International Conference on Sustainable Transitions IST 2012, Copenhagen, August 29-21 2012 (deadline 7 February)

Note: deadline for submissions extended until 7 February 2012.

The Technical University of Denmark will host the
3rd International Conference on Sustainability Transitions with the title  
Sustainable Transitions: Navigating Theories and Challenging Realities

The need for societal sustainability strategies is globally recognized and reflected in the coming Rio+20 Earth Summit. In the wake of the current international economic crisis such strategies are increasingly framed in a ‘green growth’ discourse, where economic and ecological problems are addressed through the promotion of clean technologies and ‘smart’ solutions: Smart cities, smart grids and smart growth. While such efficiency strategies may provide for changes in specific sectors and cross-sector practices, they are not likely to facilitate the type of pervasive transformative changes at the system level needed to deal with the entrenched character of the current climate and resource utilisation challenges.

Previous STRN conferences in Amsterdam and Lund have explored the plurality of issues related to such transition processes. Various approaches have been developed to describe the path-dependency of socio-technical systems’ developments and to explore and engage in transition’s challenges.

This third IST conference hosted by the ‘SusTrans’ research alliance in Denmark welcomes further explorative studies. Furthermore, it also aims to engage in the core research program of the community through deepening the analysis of how opportunities for transformative change of systems reconfigurations may be recognized and exploited. This includes strategies for changing or dismantling existing systems as well as nurturing diversity in solution frames.
Date: August 29-31, 2012

Place: Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen
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