Sustainable European welfare societies Assessing linkages between social and environmental policy

Sustainable European welfare societies

The project Sustainable European welfare societies: Assessing linkages between social and environmental policy started October 27th 2014.

Objective
The project’s primary objective is to generate new knowledge about how researchers and policymakers may tackle issues of social welfare and environmental sustainability in coordinated and mutually supportive ways across policy fields.

Partners are

  • Norwegian Social Resarch (NOVA), HiOA (Project Owner)
  • Cicero Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (Oslo)
  • Lunds Universitet Socialhögskolan
  • Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche, Universitá di Milano
  • Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences

NOVA is a research institute at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA).

The project is funded by the research programme Welfare, Working Life and Migration (VAM) of the Research Council of Norway. Project manager is Professor and Head of Research at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) Bjørn Hvinden.

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Transition to low-carbon economy: Can Europe avoid tough choices?

by Mi Ah Schoyen

Faced with climate change, the dilemmas between social justice and a sustainable use of natural resources pose great challenges for...

Faced with climate change, the dilemmas between social justice and a sustainable use of natural resources pose great challenges for European societies. So, what next for European welfare capitalism if we want a low-carbon future? 

Article by Mi Ah Schoyen published as part of the SGI News series on 6 May 2016.

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Expert Workshop on Sustainable Welfare

by Mi Ah Schoyen

Pufendorf Institute, Lund University, Lund 7-8 May 2015 Programme This expert workshop addresses the question of what is required to...

Pufendorf Institute, Lund University, Lund 7-8 May 2015

Programme

Lund University logoThis expert workshop addresses the question of what is required to make welfare societies ecologically sustainable. The purpose of the workshop is to join research on welfare and sustainability, which until now has been carried out separately and in isolation with little contact and cross-fertilization between the two currents.

While contemporary welfare literature circles around the crisis of the national welfare state and corresponding readjustments, ecological concerns – voiced as early as the 1970s– has been largely ignored. Meanwhile, the world is searching for pathways towards a sustainable welfare society, but there is yet ‘no credible, socially just, ecologically sustainable scenario of continually growing incomes for a world of nine billion people’ (Jackson 2009).

Emerging research in ecological economics, social policy, and philosophy has begun to conceptualize welfare, prosperity and happiness in alternative ways. There is thus a momentous, and largely unexplored, opportunity for merging welfare research with research on sustainability. The project Sustainable Welfare at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund University, brings together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers from five faculties to study these issues.

In this workshop acclaimed international scholars are invited to address the following questions:

•    How can human well-being, social welfare and ecological sustainability concerns be reconciled?
•    What are the most important practical steps in order to move towards sustainable welfare societies?
•    How does the research agenda need to develop to respond to the challenges of sustainable welfare?

Max Koch, Bjorn Hvinden and Mi Ah Schoyen will all speak at the workshop.

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ESA 12th Conference: RN12 – Environment and Society

by Mi Ah Schoyen

12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015 will take place in Prague from Tuesday 25th August to Friday 28th...

12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015 will take place in Prague from Tuesday 25th August to Friday 28th August.

The theme for the conference is ‘Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination’.

Call for papers – closing date 15 February.

RN12 – Environment and Society

RN Coordinator: Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research, Leipzig and University of Jena, Germany (matthias.gross(at)ufz.de).

The theme of the 12th conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) is “Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination.” In accordance with this theme, RN12 will critically focus on the environmental dimensions of contemporary inequalities and justice issues as well as the sociological imagination to fathom new ways of conceptualizing human development in the natural environment. Our sociological focus will be on areas as diverse as water management, social movements, renewable energies, human-animal relations, air and soil pollution, environmental risks, the role of science and technology in environmental innovation, and vulnerability to natural and technological disasters. We aim to explore issues of environment and society from diverse theoretical, methodological and empirical points of view keeping an eye on practice orientation of sociological research.

 

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