[A full list of keynote speakers will be shortly announced]
Prof. Dr. Alessio Russo
Head of Laboratory of Urban and Landscape Design, School of Arts, Culture and Sports
Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia
Professor Russo is the Head of Laboratory of Urban and Landscape Design at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia. His research interests include biophilic urbanism, urban ecology, green infrastructure and sustainable design. He holds a Bachelor in Science in Plant Production from the University of Naples, a postgraduate specialisation in Healing Garden Design from the University of Milan and a Master in Science in Landscape Design and Planning from the University of Pisa. He received his Ph. D. in Urban Forestry from the University of Bologna. Professor Russo has been a Contract Professor for a Master course in Landscape Architecture at the University of Rome La Sapienza. He has been a guest lecturer at University of Florida, USA; Free University of Bozen, Italy; USAMV University in Cluj Napoca, Romania and University of Hamburg, Germany. Professor Russo has worked as a Landscape Architect in the UK, Italy and the UAE, dealing with sustainable design and eco-urbanism. He is currently delivering at a number of international forums throughout Asia and is Far Eastern Federal University's BRICS representative for 2016.
TOPIC: "SUSTAINABILITY – IS IT COMPATIBLE WITH OUR CURRENT 'SOCIETAL' PARADIGM?"
Friday, 30 November 2018 – 17:00-18:00
Chair: Alessio Russo (Prof. Dr., Far East Federal University, Russia)
Participants: [Four prominent panel members will be announced]
This discussion intends on bringing representatives of a scientific, business, planning and public administrative background to the table. While sharing the concern for a sustainable future in a broaden manner, speakers – based on their respective field – will present varying opinionated views to the topic question at hand. In line with the themes and supporting tracks of the conference, the panel will look into recent research in science and technology of sustainable societies. Discuss how it lays out a critical scope on the state-of-the-art rationale in terms of human interconnectedness with the world-around-us and the diverse challenges contemporary societies face. Key points of interest will exemplify, in terms of fostering the need to understand, sustainable societies via a functional, versus dysfunctional, redefinition of society itself. Present research relating to studies that co-involve many science-based queries in which the examination of the coexistence of personal and interdisciplinary studies play key roles in better piecing together the human factor of improving societal harmonisation. Reflecting on historical and chronology-based research act as vital elements in improving the understanding of why and how contemporary societies sense detachment from what is sustainable and in what direction they are headed. The panel will base it responses on a worldwide growing concern of ideas and concepts that people from all scopes of life are probing. The concern can be correlated to human necessities in which needs and wants at an individual level coexist and frame day-to-day actions. The level of harmonisation societies exert is somewhat of a balancing-act in which large scoped challenges – such as loss of biodiversity, acute poverty and rising inequality – are at the centre of attention receiving fixes that have been relatively inept. Sustainable societies relate not only to lifestyle but to an aggregate thinking of where human survival starts and ends. On a broadened scale, the continued fragmenting relationship is at a crossroad and transitional point in which forthcoming generations will work and live at a standard consequential of our actions.
A tentative session schedule including poster presentations will be setup based on final paper submissions. Please be advised that this schedule may be subject to change as additional submissions are reviewed.
Conference Sessions Schedule: [View | Download .pdf, size KB]
(First draft document will be uploaded from September 2018)
Requirements for Oral Presentations
Please prepare a 15 minute presentation. You may use Microsoft Office PowerPoint or [.pdf] slides. There is no layout requirement. Presentations have to be uploaded to the conference server before each session. Please ask our staff members in the HQ room for IT assistance. Each presentation will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A session.
Requirements for Poster Sessions
Please prepare an A0 poster in portrait format and bring the printout with you when attending the conference. There are no additional layout requirements. Movable walls will be arranged in the conference foyer where you may pin your posters and give a short 1 minute presentation. These poster sessions will follow the keynote speakers on Thursday and Friday morning – a schedule for poster presentations is included in the Conference Sessions Schedule document.
Workshop Attendance *
The Conference will start with a full day workshop block on Wednesday 28 November 2018, where selected workshops of varying length and for varying audiences will touch upon the topics central to ICSHGE18. The results from this day will be presented on Thursday 29 November 2018, following the official opening of the Conference. These workshops will represent the ideal introductory stages to the scholarly discussions to come. The next two days will also run workshops that coincide with the parallel sessions. The Organising Committee is looking forward to your active participation and kindly asks delegates to email us directly regarding your Workshop participation and registration as places are limited. More information on the respective workshop topics is provided below.
* Workshops are to be booked via email at firstname.lastname@example.org using the Subject Header: "WORKSHOPS"
"Governance for Sustainable Development"
The importance of governance has been increasingly recognised in efforts to alleviate poverty and promote environmentally-sound development. Recently the terms "governance" and "good governance" have been increasingly used in development literature. Major donors and international financial institutions often base their aid and loans on the condition that reforms ensure "good governance" are undertaken. The study of governance is concerned with the way power is exercised, at a global, national and local level. Research on governance examines how states, multilateral organisations, private companies, investors and other non-state actors exercise power in different institutional settings, and how this influences governance outcomes. It also examines the interplay between political, economic, socio-cultural and institutional factors in governance processes, so as to identify their influence on development and the environment. Investigative research into the emergence, effectiveness and legitimacy of governance processes in areas significantly shaped by globalisation are also linked into this research via the cycle of sustainability governance.
Number of Participants: 15-20
Duration: 2 hrs
"Consumption, Sustainability and Well-being"
There is an urgent global need to re-evaluate our consumption patterns in a more sustainable direction. The environmental impacts of consumption and the urgency to transform the ways global elites and rich countries consume have been given relatively little attention in the research or politics of sustainability. The efforts to reduce the levels, patterns and impacts of consumption within the framework of the dominant economic growth paradigm have fostered a huge difference and over simplification in the theory and policies of sustainable consumption. For most of its brief history, research and policies have been dominated by rational choice theory, market economics and technology positivism. This workshop is to engage in innovative research and new theoretical developments in sustainable consumption, including perspectives from social practice theory and the relationship between consumption and well-being in wealthier, developed countries.
Number of Participants: 12-15
Duration: 1-2 hrs
"Understanding Nature's Benefits"
Nature provides humans with what they need to survive. These services include many things we take for granted, like trees purifying air, wetlands filtering water and bees pollinating crops. Though the Earth's benefits seem free, they have enormous value that often are unaccounted for. Pricing these assets can be difficult, especially in high-paced modern society, hence the factoring in of nature can lead to more informed decision making and management of these natural resources. More often than not, it is cost-efficient to allow nature to produce these vital ecosystem-related services (e.g. water and air purification), versus humanintervention and environmentally-related engineering. Allowing for the growth of resilient ecosystems to do the work they were meant to do, invests in community resilience and relating challenges like climate change, drought and population growth. The workshop will look at a variety of ecosystem services approaches incorporating a variety of complex, interconnected problems. It will examine a number of tools that evaluate nature and try to express a co-existence based understanding of looking at environmental challenges.
Number of Participants: 6-10
Duration: 3-4 hrs
"A Closer Look at Urban Sustainability"
In a city there is a large population of people, often living quite close to each other. These people need many things, such as food, energy and clean water, and they need to dispose of their waste. This may have a large negative impact on the environment. Large amounts of countryside may be turned over to growing food for people in the city, valleys may be flooded to store and supply water and landfill sites used to dispose of waste. Urban sustainability is the idea that a city can be organised without excessive reliance on the surrounding countryside and be able to power itself with renewable sources of energy. The aim of this is to create the smallest possible ecological footprint and to produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible, to efficiently use land, compost used materials, recycle it or convert waste-to-energy and to make the city’s overall contribution as minimal as possible. However, human beings are social creatures and we thrive in urban spaces and this, in turn, encourages social connections. Despite what some people think, urban systems can be more environmentally sustainable than rural or suburban living, where people may be further from each other, from essential services and from the workplace. With people and resources located so close to one another it is possible to save energy and resources by the effective planning of services such as food transportation and mass transit systems. Cities also benefit the economy by bringing people together in one relatively small area where ideas can easily be generated and developed. This workshop will examine how working with businesses and academia can play a vital role in solving urban solutions in water, energy, transportation, health, building materials and food production.
Number of Participants: 10-15
Duration: 2-3 hrs
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
"Developed Versus Developing"
At the surface, defining, the developing world predominately has been by economic, social and demographic factors. The Human Development Index (HDI), created by the United Nations, recognises that a country’s level of development is a function of all three of these factors. The HDI has put together three correlating sets of development indicators to match the measurements to construct this index. The United Nations HDI website has further information on this model and framework [hdr.undp.org/en/content/human-development-index-hdi]. Accordingly, from a geographical viewpoint, the countries of the world can be categorised into nine major regions according to their level of development. These regions also have distinctive demographic and cultural characteristics, differing in how people earn their living, how the societies use their wealth and other economic characteristics. This workshop will examine the increasing concerns with both the similarities and differences in the economic patterns of various regions.
Number of Participants: 5-8
Duration: Session 1: 1-2 hrs, Session 2: 1-2 hrs
"Backdrop to Global Health"
Global health refers to problems that transcend national borders or that have a global impact. Global health research focuses on the interdependence of the health determinants, transnational health risks and policy responses of countries, role of international organisations and many other actors in the global health field. While economic growth, technological development and globalisation have brought unparalleled health and prosperity to some, these benefits have not been evenly distributed, and have come with significant social and ecological costs. More people are living under conditions of extreme poverty, hardship and disease. Changes associated with overpopulation, pollution, ecosystem degradation, war and conflict – remain a challenge to global health. This workshop will examine the linkages between health and social, economic, political and environmental factors. It will acknowledge solutions to health challenges and the requirements and contributions across disciplines, domains and sectors. Drawing on perspectives from anthropology and political science, the major topics of our research will focus on global health governance, global health initiatives, epidemiology and medical geography.
Number of Participants: 15-20
Duration: 2 hrs
"Energy, Environment and Climate: Shifting Toward Renewable Energy"
Energy is essential to the development and sustenance of social and economic systems, however its use continues to come at an increasing cost to the environment. The research base of this workshop is aimed at generating new theoretical ideas and perspectives on the transformation to more sustainable energy consumption and clean energy production. This relationship can account for global imbalances in wealth and global responsibilities regarding climate change. The workshop will address the fields of renewable energies, environment and atmospheric sciences. Some key research on new energy technologies is the development of low-pollution producing energies. These concepts include renewable energies that focus on solar thermal power and solar photovoltaics, electric vehicles, 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels, hydrogen and fuel cells, energy efficiency and energy conservation in urban dwellings and buildings. This multidisciplinary research will be somewhat theoretical in that it will examine sustainable energy strategies and try to piece together the understanding of climatic evolutionary mechanisms currently taking place. Additionally, the idea will be to extend the workshop into outlining natural material resources and the control factors of environmental impact of such energy technologies.
Number of Participants: 8-12
Duration: 2-3 hrs, with possibly a second session of 1-2 hrs
"Environment Ethics and Philosophy"
The research on environmental ethics and philosophy seeks to critically develop and challenge the existing ethical and metaphysical principles codifying the relationship between humans and nature. When we challenge our existing ethical values we often, without thinking about it, use a comparative method of reasoning. Utilising this comparative method, we ask ourselves whether a new idea is better than our own, and if it is, decide whether or not to integrate it as part of our lives. Human beings differ in their range of flexibility and this workshop will examine critical aspects of ethical values and norms. The workshop, together with a variety of interdisciplinary scientific field, will bring philosophy together with cultural and environmental history, ecology, biology and anthropology. We will strive to excel in working in a broad range of contemporary environmental philosophy to describe the present crisis of Western civilisation as a crisis of relationship. The workshop will also address more pragmatic, communication-based approaches both to the environmental crisis and to the advancements in sustainability-based thinking. Example research includes qualitative methodological practice using “weak sustainability” versus “strong sustainability” modelling. Research questions exploring ethical paradigm shifts between rich North, poor South and fast developing economies. Other example issues include: (1) the ethics of environmental refugees, (2) the role of environmental discourses in framing the environmental exploitation and (3) the socioenvironmental questions of living on a planet that is in jeopardy.
Number of Participants: 5-8
Duration: 2 hrs
INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETAL STUDIES WORKSHOPS
"Socioeconomics: Definition and Inequalities"
Socioeconomics – or social economics – are concerns regarding the factors that can impact an individual or family’s social standing and economic status. These concerns or questions include the ethics, fairness and results of policies, theories and institutions that may result in a different standard of treatment and opportunities based on socioeconomic status. Poverty is a major socioeconomic issue because it is the source of many other socioeconomic concerns. Socioeconomic factors are lifestyle components and measurements of both financial viability and social standing. They directly influence social privilege and levels of financial independence. Factors such as health status, income, environment and education will be addressed in the workshop. This will include, in sociological terms, how they each affect human behaviours and circumstances. As lifestyle measurements, they are believed to be directly correlated to patterns of drug use, health, food choices, migration, disease prevalence and rates of mortality in human populations. The issue of socioeconomic inequalities is by and large addressed in terms of the extreme poor detached from the relational dimensions of the extreme rich. This extreme wealth-imbalance is characterised as a result of multifaceted processes led by the emergence of complex forms of appropriation and private enjoyment of the socially affluent. Sociological expertise can bring light to this subject matter by way of social classes and conceptualising the consequences of this current process on society as a whole – covering substantial wealth and personification of wealth – via the affluent class. Collectively, it should be recognised that hindrances and prejudices exist from historical class difference in which we envision a need to be overcome. This would allow progress toward the production of critical knowledge about the division of society and the formation of power and of subordination. The workshop will enlarge its socioeconomics research throughout key areas of Southeast Asia and North America.
Number of Participants: 15-20
Duration: 2 hrs
Politics of Food
The rise in global food prices that peaked in mid-2008 has put rising food insecurity back on the international political agenda. According to recent estimates, the number of undernourished people in the world is currently over 1 billion. Food politics is the political aspects of the production, control, regulation, inspection, distribution and consumption of food. The politics can be affected by the ethical, cultural, medical and environmental disputes concerning proper farming, agricultural and retailing methods and regulations. Food has become central to the precarious economy, it has become a form of social control in which conceptual and methodological approaches to understanding its security, nutrition, availability and accountability have left most people detached from what they consume. The workshop will focus solely on the political aspects and route cause-and-effect.
Number of Participants: 10-12
Duration: Session 1: 2 hrs, Session 2: 1-2 hrs
Welcome to a geographer's mountain paradise! Zakopane is the winter capital of Poland just south of Kraków. The town lies in the valley of the Tatra Mountains making it a perfect vacation location with stunning views, sensational skiing and plenty of activities. The town is a short two hour bus ride from Kraków. The ICSHGE18 mountain research excursion will be on Saturday 1 December 2018 – the fourth day of the conference. The excursion will take delegates via private bus from Kraków, south of the city, to Zacopane located within the Tatra Mountains National Park. The morning will include sightseeing and short workshops discussing general dialogue on developing rural infrastructure planning and wildlife management. An examination of the local mountain village programme, ecotourism development, green sustainability and and the local education programme will follow. The delegates will be split into varied groups depending on desire and physical ability level. Please note the varying challenge level maybe required for some smaller excursions.
Group #1 level — low impact, easy adventure level, low physical ability level — short trek/walk and easy tour of Zacopane (relaxing afternoon)
Group #2 level — medium impact, medium-high adventure level, medium-high physical ability level — additional walking to nearby mountain tops, medium level climb and high adventure cable-car ride to the mountain top tour (adventurous afternoon)
The two groups will regroup back at approximately 17:00 for the bus ride back to Kraków, concluding the fourth day of the conference with a farewell snack. A tentative schedule is available below.
CONFERENCE THEMES AND SUPPORTING TRACKS
· SUSTAINABILITY INDICES
· ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
· URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
· GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
· DEVELOPING WORLD
· LATIN AMERICA
· GLOBAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY
· REMOTE SENSING
· POPULATION MIGRATION
· FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
· GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
· NATURE AND CULTURE
· ENERGY AND CLIMATE
· RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
· ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
· ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
· ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
· SOCIETY STUDIES
· POLITICS OF FOOD
· POVERTY AND AID
· POLITICAL ECOLOGY