New article by Niklas Jakobsson, Raya Muttarak and Mi Ah Schoyen in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.
Max Koch, Anne Therese Gullberg, Mi Ah Schoyen and Bjorn Hvinden write about sustainable welfare in the EU in a new commentary in Critical Social Policy.
As part of the Research Committee 19‘s
programme at 3rd ISA Forum in Vienna, Professor Max Koch and Dr Mi Ah Schoyen, organised a session entitled ‘Sustainable Welfare: Perspectives, Policies and Emerging Practices’
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.
Pufendorf Institute, Lund University, Lund 7-8 May 2015
This 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.