IST 2020: August 18-21, Vienna 1

“Governance in an Era of Change –Making Sustainability Transitions Happen”

IST2020 will take place as an online event.
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European Parliament has declared a climate emergency, following a number of countries and local communities worldwide. Proposals for a “Green New Deal” have been advanced on both sides of the Atlantic, seeking broad-based support. Calls for “just transitions for all”constitute an integral part of the Paris Agenda and the Green Deal proposed by the President of the European Commission. These and other recent developments create the impression that there is a growing realization of the necessity of immediate and profound systemic change, in order to tackle the manifold global crises of our times. However, business-as-usual and one-size-fits-all approaches won’t be successful in providing the most effective and suitable multi-level and place-based actions, policies and governance approaches that will substantially boost transitions in this respect. Against this background,the call for IST 2020 “Governance in an Era of Change –Making Sustainability Transitions Happen”invites researchers to put these developments into perspective. Following up on last year ́s focus on“Accelerating sustainability transitions”, we specifically invite contributions that address structural issues and causes for current challenges together with the design and implementation of transformative governance and policies for systemic change. Contributions may want to shed light on issues such as the role of the state, the role of non-state actors (e.g. intermediaries, social movements)or new forms of governance tackling multiple, interacting, and potentially overlapping transitions.We also welcome contributions that address the challenges and opportunities of “just transitions”, including e.g. trade offs between different sustainability objectives.

The 11th Sustainability Transitions Conference will take place as an online conference.
It will be hosted by the Austrian Institute of Technology and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Institute for Law and Governance/Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance).

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The call for submissions can be found here.

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Key Dates
4th June 2020 – Registration opens : Please register here 

24th June 2020 – Global South Scholarship application deadline

15th July 2020 – Deadline registration presenters &  Full papers submission deadline (new deadline!)

10th Aug 2020 – Deadline registration participants 

18th-21st August 2020 – IST 2020 Conference ONLINE


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