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Outstanding Participation of EnvJustice team in the 12th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics in Budapest

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) and especially the researchers from the EnvJustice project are playing an important role in the 12th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) which is taking place in Budapest (Hungary).

Many speakers from ICTA-UAB will be attending the Conference, such as Joan Martínez Alier, Federico Demaria, Daniela del Bene, Sofia Avila, Brototi Roy, Sara Mingorría, Grettel Navas, Camila Rolando, Leah Temper, Giacomo d’Alisa, Filka Sekulova, Beatriz Rodriguez Labajos, Maddalena Ripa and Jolanda Iserlohn at the different sessions of the programme. The first eight in this list are all part of the EnvJustice team. Some of them will present their posters.

Ecological economics has always aspired to have systemic impacts on human behaviour and institutional structures. Since its foundation in 1996, the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) has combined diverse knowledge systems and disciplinary concepts and tools to foster sustainability. After two decades of scholarly work and community-building, it is timely to now reflect on our achievements and impacts.

Today’s challenges require true engagement and novel solutions from ecological economics. Academic and practitioner communities must enact meaningful participative and mutually empowering activities across disciplines and different knowledge systems. Ecological economics can contribute to generating inclusive and reflective research in a number of ways: as transformative science; as advocacy for non-human beings and future generations; as advocacy for environmental and social justice; as policy science; through understanding and promotion of broadly defined well-being; and through empirical insights and real-life impacts. Scientific and governance practices should be closely linked to the explicit spatial context of ecosystems and the biosphere, taking into account the needs of the non-human world.

The 12th International Conference of ESEE aims to support this reflective and responsible turn in sustainability science in general and ecological economics in particular. The conference will bring together diverse sets of actors who are engaged in co-producing ecological economics insights and advice for responsible and creative pathways towards sustainability. We seek to open up disciplinary boundaries through collaboration and discussion with conservation biology, environmental psychology and sociology, political ecology, social anthropology (amongst others), as well as through critical engagement and mutual learning with practitioners and local community efforts that aim to realise transformation towards sustainability.

Novel socio-ecological insights and dialogues aim to encourage pathways to individual, collective and institutional change by virtue of collaboration, connection and meaningful knowledge-sharing through diverse expressions of human thought.

Presentations by EnvJustice team members

Daniela Del Bene, 21 June, 2 – 3.30 pm. Hydropower expansion in the Western Himalayas: mapping resistances to the “consensus of infrastructures”. Room 326.

J. Martinez Alier, 22 June, 10.30-12 pm, Analysis of recent cases of deaths of environmental defenders (from the EJAtlas). Room 236.

Sara Mingorria, 23 June, 10.30-12 am Oil palm conflicts across times and spaces in Latin America, Africa and SE Asia. Room 336.

Grettel Navas, 23 June, 10.30-12  am. Environmental and Health Justice – a comparative analysis of damage by DBCP to workers in banana plantations. Room 336.

Sofia Avila, 23 June, 10.30-12 am. Wind energy conflicts: a global comparative perspective. Room 336.

Federico Demaria et al, 23 June, 10.30 am-12. (Panel) Theoretical and political journeys between environmental justice and degrowth. Room 238.

Federico Demaria & Giacomo D’Alisa, panel, 23 June, 1 pm-2.30 p.m. Capital accumulation, degrowth and environmental conflicts. Room 238.

Brototi Roy, 23 June, 1pm -2.30 Linkages between the Anti-Coal Movement and Degrowth: evidence from Indian subcontinent Room 238.


Brototi Roy, 21 June 1pm. Shrimp exports from India to the global North: a case for ecologically unequal exchange.

Daniela Del Bene & Beatriz R. Labajos. 22 June 1pm Energy Sovereignty and Democray: transformative conflicts and the repolitization of life projects.

Camila Rolando Mazzuca, 22 June 1pm. “Mujeres autoconvocadas” opposing mega-mining in Argentina. Their motives in the defense of environmental justice.

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