Human and Environmental Security Conference | 25-27 November 2015, Morocco

The organization of HES2015 International Conference “Human and Environmental Security in the Era of Global Risks” (25-27 November 2015, Agadir, Morocco) is in progress. We have received an important number of proposals so far but the Organizing Committee have decided to provide potential interested delegates with additional deadlines to submit their proposals.

– Deadline for abstract and session submission: August 30, 2015.

HES2015 — as the 4th edition of a science-policy forum organized by the Environment & Human Security Program (EHSP) of the NRCS with many national and international partners — is an opportunity on the eve of the COP21 to deepen the debate about the security implications of global risks, especially environmental and climate ones. The approach consists of questioning the ability of existing concepts, technologies and governance frameworks to accurately deal with emerging risks to human and environmental security and help acting in the direction of effectively managing their impacts. Speakers from different perspectives will be provided with the opportunity to share their relevant research, insights, and successful practices, and furthermore explore innovative options to guide future processes of change. The Conference key topics are multidisciplinary and highly relevant to policy-making processes in all governance levels and spheres.

HES2015 Key Topics

The structure of the HES2015 consists of the following four thematic approaches across which different sessions will be formed to addressing related topics in an innovative and interdisciplinary manner:

– Understanding the vulnerability of human and environmental
security to emerging global risks
– Identification of constraints and opportunities in addressing
global risks’ impacts on environmental and human security
– Shifts to be made to deal with global risks from a security
perspective while fostering the co-viability of human-ecological
– Governance and policy innovations to manage global risks from a
human-environmental security perspective

Conference homepage:

Conferencia Anual COES 2015. Conflictos urbanos y territoriales: ¿desafiando la cohesión social?

En el actual contexto mundial, latinoamericano y chileno existe una creciente preocupación por la extensión del conflicto social. Por otra parte, el espacio ha llegado a ser reconocido como una dimensión fundamental en el ejercicio del poder, así como en la búsqueda de una mejor calidad de vida, ya que proporciona los recursos para la acción colectiva y la cohesión de la comunidad, al mismo tiempo que a menudo ofrece un contexto para la reproducción de las desigualdades sociales. Es por eso que COES invita a comprender el conflicto social y la convivencia en su dimensión espacial y territorial, a través de su Conferencia Anual 2015 titulada “Conflictos urbanos y territoriales: desafiando la cohesión social?”…/conferencia-anual-coes-2015-conflictos-ur…/> a celebrarse entre el 17 y 20 de noviembre del 2015 en Santiago de Chile, en las dependencias de la Universidad Diego Portales y de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

I Encuentro Internacional “Conceptos clave en la Antropología Ambiental” Red de Antropología Ambiental (Valencia, 27 y 28 de mayo del 2016)

Abierto el plazo de presentación de comunicaciones

Para participar en el encuentro se solicita a los miembros envíen título comunicación y palabras clave. El envío se puede hacer bien a través de nuestro correo electrónico ( o bien a través de la ficha que hay en la pestaña de Procesos de participación de esta página ( 

Recordad que tenéis hasta el 31 de julio para hacerlo!!!

Disclosing Sustainability: The Transformative Power of Transparency?

International Conference. Wageningen University, the Netherlands
June 24-25, 2016
Conference Theme
Transparency is one of the most widely touted concepts of our  age. We live in an era of ever greater openness and disclosure of  information, even as a push for more transparency is not discernible to the same extent everywhere and in all social settings. The driving force of this growing call for transparency  is an unwavering belief in its potential to foster more accountable, democratic and effective decision-making and action at different levels and across public and private domains. While the transparency turn is being ever more closely scrutinized in policy domains such as diplomacy, national security, human rights, or economic relations, the relationship between transparency and sustainability remains strikingly obscure. Yet even in this realm, there remains an assumption that transparency is transformative, i.e. that greater openness and deliberative acts of information disclosure can empower those previously uninformed about the sites and sources of environmental gains orlosses, and can transform practices and institutions towards sustainability. Yet does transparency live up to its sustainability promise? Does it enhance the accountability of those perpetuating environmental harm and foster improved environmental outcomes? Such questions are theoretically and empirically under-examined. This conference will address such questions for a wide array of environmental challenges and sectors.
There will be three conference streams (although we welcome  proposals on any topics that explore the links between transparency and sustainability):
1. Transparency, accountability and empowerment in global environmental governance:Increasingly, ‘governance by disclosure’ is pervading public and private attempts to govern transboundary environmental challenges, ranging from trade in hazardous substances to climate change. A key development is a growing reliance on monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, as a means to enhance accountability and improve sustainability performance. Yet the politics of MRV systems (and governance by disclosure) remains little scrutinized. Who is being held to account, who is empowered, and (how) is sustainability being furthered? We welcome papers that explore the relationships between transparency, accountability, empowerment, and improved sustainability performance in a wide range of multilaterally negotiated state-led and public-private-hybrid environmental governance arrangements. Particularly less examined are areas requiring anticipatory governance of novel technologies, such as geoengineering, synthetic biology or nanotechnology. By anticipatory governance, we mean governance in the face of extreme uncertainty and normative conflict over the very existence and nature of harm. How (if at all) is transparency and governance by disclosure implicated in anticipatory governance of novel technological risk and harm?
2. Transparency and traceability in commodity chains Transparency is rapidly moving to the centre of sustainability  governance of (global) commodity chains, and is accompanied by  new actor roles and changing power relations. Pressure is increasing to supply information about the environmental performance of commodity chains (products as well as production and processing methods) through labelling and certification schemes or other means. In the context of globalizing modernity, enhanced sustainability is often seen as resulting from transparency through traceability. Yet, how is the quality and reliability of information within commodity chains assessed by different involved actors? What forms of and challenges to trust exist between different commodity chain actors? Who is deciding on information standards and who is in control of informational flows? How can the need for clear and reliable standards be balanced with the search for continuous improvement in commodity chains? If transparency becomes a marketable product in itself, what are the consequences for sustainability and different societal actors?
3. Citizen generated (and citizen–centered) transparencyThe relationship between transparency and sustainability is often approached through a top-down perspective, with a focus on institutions, rules and technocratic monitoring systems. An alternative to this approach is how transparency can be achieved bottom-up or through co-creation. Citizens, as individuals or organized in collectives, are increasingly involved in the analysis, provisioning and monitoring of sustainable development.
Citizens detect environmental problems through innovative technologies, such as smart phones; monitor energy use and consumption through in-house displays; or analyze data on sustainable development through open data platforms. What do these developments mean for promoting sustainability through transparency? Do citizens gain greater insight and influence over trajectories of sustainable development? Does this empower them to creativelyself- or co-organize sustainable lifestyles?If so, who gets involved and in what ways do they become empowered? Or do new technologies of visibility actually control and constrain citizen involvement, demanding more top-down oversight?

Key Dates
Deadline for paper abstracts and panel proposals: 15 October 2015
Notification of acceptance: 15 November 2015
Registration deadline (for paper presenters): 15 April 2016
Registration deadline (for non-paper presenters, i.e. those attending only): 31 May 2016
Full papers due: 15 May 2016
Types of Submissions
1. Individual papers:
Abstracts (300 words or less) addressing one or more of the above streams or any other topic relevant to exploring the link between
transparency and sustainability can be submitted on the conference website:
2. Full panels:
Panel proposals addressing one or more of the above streams, or any other topic relevant to the main conference theme, can be submitted here. Proposals must include a description of the panel (300 words or less), 4-5 abstracts (each 300 words or less), and list a panel chair and discussant.
Additional information
Conference fee: Euros 150 (includes two lunches, coffee/tea, and one conference dinner); Reduced fee of Euros 100 for PhD candidates and students.
Registration: Please register at
For information on travel, accommodation and other information, please go to
Please note: some limited travel support for 8-10 participants from developing countries is available, more information on the conference website.

HERITAGE 2016 5th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development

Julio 12-15, 2016  Lisboa,Portugal
HERITAGE 2016 – 5th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development follows the path of the previous editions: it aims at establishing a state of the art event regarding the relationships between forms and kinds of heritage and the framework of sustainable development concepts.
For a long time now heritage is no longer considered as a mere memory or a cultural reference, or even a place or an object. As the previous editions of “Heritage” (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014) have proven, heritage is moving towards broader and wider scenarios, where it becomes often the driven forces for commerce, business, leisure and politics. The Proceedings of the previous editions of this conference are the “living” proof of this trend.
Specialised research produced in recent years has remarkably expressed that sustainable development is being brought much forward than the concept expressed in the book “Our Common Future”, commonly known as “The Brundtland Report”. The role of culture and social aspects enlarged the initial statement where environment and economics had the main role. The environmentalist approach (conceiving the world as a whole ecological system) enhanced the idea of a globalized world, where different geographic dimensions of actions, both local and global, emerged as the main relationships between producers, consumers and cultural specificities of peoples, philosophies and religions. In such a global context heritage became one of the key aspects for the enlargement of sustainable development concepts. Heritage is often seen through its cultural definition and no further discussion seams to be appropriate. However, sustainable development brings heritage concepts to another dimension, as it establishes profound relationships with economics, environment, and social aspects.
Nowadays, heritage preservation and safeguarding is constantly facing new and complex problems. Degradation of Heritage sites is not any more just a result of materials ageing or environmental actions. Factors such as global and local pollution, climate change, poverty, religion, tourism, commodification, ideologies and war (among others) are now in the cutting edge for the emerging of new approaches, concerns and visions about heritage. Recent events in the Middle-East are saddling proving the rightness of these assertions and deserve our attention.
Thus, HERITAGE 2016 – 5th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development proposes a global view on how heritage is being contextualized in relation with the four dimensions of sustainable development. What is being done in terms of research, future directions, methodologies, working tools and other significant aspects of both theoretical and field approaches will be the aims of this International Conference. Furthermore, heritage governance, and education are brought into discussion as the key factors for enlightenment of future global strategies for heritage preservation and safeguarding.
A special chapter on Heritage and Authenticity was included in this edition, as Authenticity is one of the key-words on present days discussion on heritage. Defining what is, and is not, “authentic” raises a number of serious issues, answers are not easy to reach and consensus is far from being achieved. Authenticity can be addressed as “historically true” or as depending on authorship… can be viewed as matter of “style” or as question of possession/property… can be an interpretation of material objects or a objectification of intangible concepts. In fact, authenticity is such a complex domain that it deserves proper research and specific attention. Heritage 2016 wants to contribute to the discussion on these issues, under the umbrella of sustainable development – this special chapter aims at pushing forward a debate that is far from being a peaceful one.
HERITAGE 2016 is a peer reviewed conference.
Visit the conference website for full details about the conference scope, topics and submission procedures at:

Wolf award-July 15 deadline

Announcement for the 2015 Eric Wolf Prize
The Political Ecology Society (PESO) announces the 2015 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper.  We seek papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology. To be eligible for the competition, scholars must be ABD or have received their Ph.D. within the three years prior to publication of this announcement.  A cash prize of $500 accompanies the award, which will be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (the committee is open to discussing arrangements for award at an alternative meeting as suited to the winning candidate). The paper will be published in the Journal of Political Ecology; the prize reviewers may suggest revisions before the item is published. The preferred format for papers is electronic.  (But, please contact us, if you need to send in some other format.)  Please use the style guidelines provided on the Journal of Political Ecology webpage:<> <> .
Electronic copies should be sent to Dr. Brian Burke (<> ).
The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.