4th Global Conference
Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship:
Environments, Sustainability and Technologies
Tuesday 5th July - Thursday 7th July 2005
Mansfield College, Oxford
Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference aims to explore the role of ecology and environmental ideas in the context of contemporary society and international politics, and assess the implications for our understandings of fairness, justice and global citizenship.
In particular, the 4th Global Conference on Ecological Justice and Global Citizenship will explicitly explore the relationships between environments, sustainability and technology, the role of technology in creating possibilities for sustainable resources for the future, and the inherent problems and dangers which accompany that role.
Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on any of the following indicative themes:
GM as a symbol of public perceptions of the possibilities and challenges offered by technology and public understanding of risks of technological developments in relation to the environment
Expert vs. lay knowledge; Who decides? Scientists, politicians or 'the people'?
Participatory decision-making; e.g., the 'GM Nation' debate that took place in the UK in summer 2003
Environmental ethics; relations between humans and 'nature'
'New and emerging thinkers and trends of thought; e.g., recent books - Bill McKibben's Enough, Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake; other examples welcome
The role and place of Environmental protest; forms of resistance to GM, their significance and impact
The political economy of GM; trade, aid, justice, international dimensions
Technology and 'progress'; what counts as technological development? Which is more modern - GM food or organic food?
Developing countries and GM; the place of developing countries in the GM debate; the responsibility of the developers towards developing countries; whether patterns of development are predicated on wrong perceptions about the role of technology; the coverage of and access to alternative technologies
Cooperative and Sustainable Development
Human rights, state sovereignty and the global commons
The significance of the welfare state; the principle of distribution
Sustainable employment and cooperation between capital and labour
Property rights and private insurance vs. pooling of human and ecological resources
Transport and the environment; designing and delivering national and international transport systems; creating sustainable transport networks
Responsible consumption and corporate transparency and accountability
Communities taking responsibility for the local environment
Civil society and the role of NGOs
Environmental Education and Intellectual Health
Environmental issues and the curriculum; integrating environmental awareness and education in the primary, secondary and higher education sectors
The components of scholarship: discovery-research, teaching, integration and application
The emerging synthesis of perceptual psychology and ecological awareness
The humanistic model vs the ecological model
The role of the planning and design sciences
Teaching citizenship, identity and ethics
Designing the ecological curriculum
The integration of distinct disciplines; trans-disciplinary innovations
How we engage with the various ways in which citizens (in lay or professional roles) can, are, or could be involved in the processes of achieving increased sustainability in the way they design, make and implement technologies
The social nature of technologies;
Developing understandings of user and community 'participation' in design and decision making processes
The need for greater multi- and trans-disciplinary collaboration and its essential accompanying characteristic of inter-disciplinary or joined-up thinking
Technology, buildings, cities and planning policies: the role of technology in designing and constructing buildings and cities to more sustainable effect; the impact of information technologies; knowledge management and the environment
Papers are also solicited for special sessions which will be held in common with a second research project running at the same time entitled "Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease". Papers dealing with issues surrounding the health impacts of technological developments are encouraged. For example, we welcome submissions dealing with themes exploring the notion of 'environments' (both natural, built and virtual) as a backdrop where technologies are used through thought and action to achieve sustainability, but where mismatches between environmental issues and technological solutions have experienceable effects on health which, untreated (such as non- recognition of stress, mental ill health), result in illness. Papers could also deal with the gap between environmental ills and technological and technical solutions, and the possible consequent greater probability of disease and death. Holistic solutions to health, illness and environmental issues could usefully be explored, along with citizenship issues and access to health care.
Perspectives are sought from
people engaged in actor network theory, agriculture and agricultural economics, the built environment disciplines, conflict resolution and mediation, critical geography, environmental studies, human development and ecology, industrial relations and design, philosophy and ethics, political science and international affairs, public policy and advising, social sciences, sociology of science, theology, urban studies, western European studies
people in the public and private sectors who are involved in planning and project development, policy-making and implementation, and negotiation and mediation at national and international levels
people in Governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, voluntary sector bodies, environmental charities and groups, business and professional associations.
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th March 2005. If selected for presentation, 8 page draft conference papers should be submitted by Friday 10th June 2005.
Papers should be submitted to the Joint Organising Chairs: these should be sent as an email attachment in Word or WordPerfect; abstracts can also be submitted in the body of the email text rather than as an attachment.
Joint Organising Chairs
Dr. S. Ram Vemuri
School of Law and Business
Faculty of Law, Business and Arts
Charles Darwin University
Darwin, NT 0909, Australia
Dr Rob Fisher (address and contact information provided below)
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in a themed hard copy volume. Two themed volumes are in print and one themed volume is in press from the previous conferences.
The conference is sponsored by Inter-Disciplinary.Net as part of the 'Probing the Boundaries' programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
For further details about the project please visit:
For further details about the conference please visit the following web address.
Dr Rob Fisher
149B Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
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