Resources for a social-ecological transformation

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World society is facing a comprehensive social-ecological crisis related to fast political, economic, tech-nological and social changes. The current economic model and its forms of excessive resource extrac-tion and use exacerbate ecological problems and conflicts, generates political instability and increases social inequalities. There is emerging agreement in science, politics and society that a fundamental transformation is needed. Some stakeholders frame the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an important step towards recognising and addressing the most pressing transfor-mation needs. However, many scholars argue that such a transformation requires a more radical change of current modes of production and living as well as development pathways instead of mere technological and managerial solutions.
In this context, the extraction, distribution, use and disposal of natural resources are of crucial im-portance. We acknowledge resources as a biophysical materiality and, at the same time, as a social, ecological and in the end as a political ‘construct’, and part of the powerfully-structured social rela-tions. Such a perspective intends to overcome the dichotomy between society and nature in a wider concept of ‘societal nature relations’. A better comprehension of the multidimensional character of resources as well as a multiscale perspective is needed to achieve a better understanding of the com-plex nexus between resources and transformation potentials.
Following the first conference (“Towards International Resource Fairness - Theories, Conflicts and Pol-icies” in 2014, see also programme, documentation and conference publication), the 2nd Austrian Con-ference on International Resource Politics focuses on the role of natural resources for a social-ecolog-ical transformation. Highlighting a North-South-perspective, the conference aims to analyse past, pre-sent and future challenges for transformation pathways that take global inequalities, geopolitics but also transnational resistance and forms of cooperation into account. The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers, practitioners and activists from different regions and disciplines to advance inter- and transdisciplinary research.
Are welcome contributions from any field of political science, development studies, geography, eco-nomics, sociology, social ecology, law and related disciplines and kindly invite you to submit proposals in one of the following areas:
 Theoretical and empirical reflections on the current social-ecological crisis related to natural resources, and their potentials and limits for transformations.
 Looking to the past to understand the future: contributions from environmental and socio-economic history.
 Methodologies and approaches assessing e.g. the economic, political, social, legal, and envi-ronmental impacts of resource extraction.
 Analysis and evaluation of public and private policies and governance of natural resources (e.g. laws, codes, standards, certification schemes, labels).
 Theoretical and empirical contributions on topics such as resource conflicts, territorial dynam-ics of resource frontiers or (global) commodity chains in context of social-ecological transfor-mations.
The proposals should be submitted in PDF format until 5th October 2018 to in one of these three forms:
1) Individual Papers, including a title, an abstract (300-500 words) and a short CV (50-70 words);
2) Special Sessions (consisting of 3-4 thematic papers), including a session description (300-500 words) as well as title, abstract and short CV (200 words) for the individual papers of the ses-sion.
3) Open Workshops with interactive features on the conference topic for/from practitioners and scientists. This form especially aims to promote transdisciplinary dialog. Proposal should in-clude a description of the workshop, methodology and goals (approx. 300-500 words) and short CV of the organizer(s) (50-70 words).
This conference is organized by the Research Platform on Resource Fairness, consisting of the Institute of Geography at the University of Innsbruck, the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE), the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and the Institute of Social Ecol-ogy at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.
All relevant information on the conference will be soon available at the conference website: Please direct further inquiries to

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    CAP 2021+: balanced development among the dimensions of rural sustainability

    Hosted by Institute of Agriculture Economics and Information Prague

    Key deadlines:

    • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2019.
    • Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2019.
    • Conference: 24-26 September 2019.
    • Publication of full papers in Rural Areas and Development, 17(2020): Spring-2020.

    Conference email:

    Abstracts template: Template.docx

    Call text: 17ERDN2019Call.pdf


    The main objective of this conference is to advance international knowledge transfer and scientific cooperation in the field of rural development and agriculture. The topic is highly relevant in the context of the current preparation of the new Common Agricultural Politicy (CAP) 2021+.

    CAP aims to integrate agricultural and rural development, bringing together various sectors of the rural economy and emphasizing the social and environmental context of the measures´ complexities. It addresses the following common EU priorities: (1) fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas; (2) enhancing the viability and competitiveness of all types of agriculture and promoting innovative farm technologies and sustainable forest management; (3) promoting food chain organisation, animal welfare and risk management in agriculture; (4) restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry; (5) promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift toward a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors; and (6) promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.

    This large scope has certain advantages, but also disadvantages. On the one hand, CAP support has the potential to create synergies in rural areas, but, on the other hand, supporting a particular issue can lead to others being disadvantaged. A focus on only economic profit can lead to ecological damage and neglect of the social dimension of rural development. Without economic viability, however, sustainable life in rural areas and care for the environment would not be possible. The conference will focus on these synergies and trade-offs between economic growth, ecological sustainability and social dimensions as well as the role of CAP in balancing support of all of them. The aim is to present the lessons learned from current CAP design and describe future visions of balanced CAP support.  CAP strives for synergy between business development, nature conservation and social development. Therefore, the contributions shall be devoted to the relationships between these dimensions of sustainable development.

    The main question that shall be discussed at the ERDN Conference 2019

    How the future CAP can address and balance the development of three dimensions of the rural sustainability (environmental sustainability, economic growth and social cohesion)?

    There are synergies and trade-offs between policy measures, eg. support of some particular field/area can lead to disadvantages of other. The question “How and what will be supported?” is a political decision but one should stress that EU is strongly promoting the evidence-based policy making, where research outcomes are behind implementation of particular policy measures. Considering these drivers, the conference aims to show the pros and cons of CAP and make use of the lessons we can learn from current experience.

    Contributions shall focus on the relationship between economics and the environment, the environment and social cohesion as well as between social cohesion and economics.

    The topics for the presentation are divided into three sections:

    1. a) Trade-offs between economic growth and ecological sustainability (section one)
    2. b) Trade-offs between social cohesion and ecological sustainability (section two)
    3. c) Trade-offs between economic growth and social cohesion (section three).

    Submission of abstracts

    Abstracts should be between 200 and 900 words in length and should be sent to: Each abstract will be double-blind peer reviewed for inclusion in the conference programme by members of the conference Scientific Board.

    Abstracts template: Template.docx


    All speakers will have an oral presentation of up to 15 minutes which can be accompanied by slides in PowerPoint® format. The conference will be held in English without translation facilities. During the conference we will discuss all of them, agree and prepare a policy brief.

    Further details

    There is no conference fee but participants are expected to pay their own hotel accommodation costs.

    The conference will take place in Hotel Academia Velké Bílovice (more information about accommodation possibilities soon)!

    Scientific and Organizing Committees

    Scientific Committee:

    • Agnieszka Baer-Nawrocka, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
    • Szabolcs Biró, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary
    • Paweł Chmieliński, European Rural Development Network and IAFE-NRI, Poland
    • Wawrzyniec Czubak, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
    • Andrew Fieldsend, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary
    • Róbert Garay , Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary
    • Tomáš Hlavsa, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information, Czech Republic
    • Ewa Kiryluk-Dryjska, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
    • Andrzej Kowalski, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute IAFE-NRI, Poland
    • Vladimir Szekely, Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
    • Marie Štolbová, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information, Czech Republic
    • Marie Trantinová, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information, Czech Republic
    • Monica Tudor, Academy of Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Economics, Romania
    • Klaus Wagner, Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Austria
    • Barbara Wieliczko, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute, Poland
    • Marek Wigier, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute, Poland
    • Dan Marius Voicilas, Academy of Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Economics, Romania

    Organizing Committee (Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information – IAEI):

    • Tomáš Hlavsa
    • Ondřej Chaloupka
    • Marta Mrnuštík Konečná
    • Marie Šimpachová Pechrová
    • Marie Trantinová
    • Edita Turková


    Marie Trantinová, Tomáš Hlavsa
    Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information Prague
    Mánesova 75
    120 00 Prague, Czech Republic
    Tel: +420 736 484 232 (Marie Trantinová),  +420 776 349 412 (Tomáš Hlavsa)

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