XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010

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Research Committee on
Environment and Society RC24

Programme Coordinator
Raymond Murphy, University of Ottawa, Canada, raymond.murphy@uottawa.ca

Organizing committee members
Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany, matthias.gross@ufz.de
Magnus Boström, Södertörn University College, Huddinge, Sweden, magnus.bostrom@sh.se
Mikael Klintman, University of Lund, Sweden, mikael.klintman@fpi.lu.se

Congress Programme

Sessions descriptions

Session 1: Civil society and environmental governance
Chair: Dana Fisher, Columbia University, USA, drf2004@columbia.edu
In recent years, civil society actors have gotten increasingly involved in environmental politics at all scales of governance.  This session encourages submissions that explore the roles that non-state, non-market actors are playing, whether individually or in hybrid collaborations.

Session 2: Civil society and climate change
Chair: Debra Davidson, University of Alberta, Canada, Debra.Davidson@ales.ualberta.ca

Session 3: Hybrid structures and environmental governance
Chair: Steven Brechin, Syracuse University, USA, sbrechin@maxwell.syr.edu

Session 4: Case studies in civil society and environmental governance
Chair: Jose Vargas-Hernandez, University of Guadalajara, Mexico, jvargas2006@gmail.com

Session 5: Social theory and the environment: the new world dis(O)rder
Co-chairs: Arthur Mol, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Arthur.Mol@wur.nl and David Sonnenfeld, State University of New York at Syracuse, USA, dasonnenfeld@gmail.com
This session brings together theory-informed papers that aim to interpret and understand the institutions, actions and authorities for environmental reform in the new world (dis)order. Do we need and see new forms and patterns of environmental reform; how can we understand their emergence and functionng; how do we evaluate them; what does this mean for (environmental) social theory?

Session 6: Social theory and the environment: Globalization and networks
Co-chairs: Arthur Mol, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Arthur.Mol@wur.nl and David Sonnenfeld, State University of New York at Syracuse, USA, dasonnenfeld@gmail.com

Session 7: Ecological worldviews, paradigms and values: Empirical analyses
Chair: Luisa Schmidt, University of Lisbon, Portugal, schmidt@ics.ul.pt

Session 8: Perceptions of climate change
Chair: Riley Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, USA, riley.dunlap@okstate.edu

Session 9: Market based instruments for the provision of ecosystem services
Chair: Stewart Lockie, Central Queensland University, Australia, s.lockie@cqu.edu.au
From cap-and-trade systems for greenhouse gas abatement to biodiversity auctions, eco-labelling and trade reform, market mechanisms are increasingly seen by governments and other agencies as the most efficient, effective and politically feasible means to secure the provision of ecosystem services. This session will examine the assumptions underlying environmental governance through 'the market', the contribution of sociological theory to our understanding of market-based governance, empirical experience in the application of market-based instruments, and possibilities to extend, supplement and/or challenge the market paradigm.

Session 10: Global environmental change and the viability of adaptive technologies
Co-chairs: Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany, matthias.gross@ufz.de and Filip Alexandrescu, University of Toronto, Canada, filip.alexand@gmail.com
In an era of global environmental change, discussions on the viability of adaptive strategies of human societies to natural changes become increasingly omnipresent in public discourse. This session will focus on the social relevance of alternate technologies and their political and cultural acceptability to address the viability of different energy systems for the reproduction of human societies.

Session 11: The management of the natural order
Chair: Cecilia Claeys-Mekdade, Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France, mekdade@univmed.fr
This session focuses on the paradox constituted by the human management of the ‘natural order’.  What does ‘natural order’ actually mean?  For whom (scientists, activists, stakeholders)?  What for (nature itself, humankind survival, God accomplishment)?  How is this issue handled in concrete cases like the management of invasive/endangered species, flood/drought, salty/fresh water?

Session 12: Environmental issues and people's voice in Asia
Chair: Koichi Hasegawa, Tohoku University, Japan, k-hase@sal.tohoku.ac.jp and KU Do-Wan, Environment and Society Research Institute, Korea, kudowan@korea.com
Focusing on environmental issues and civil activities in Asia. Under rapid modernization and industrialization, people suffer from serious environmental disruption. How do they react and raise their voice?  Or how do they  hope  in their silence.

Session 13: Sustainability and ecological democracy in East Asia
Co-chairs: See-jae Lee, Korea , seejaelee@korea.com and Koichi Hasegawa, Japan k-hase@sal.tohoku.ac.jp

Session 14: Green consumption and the tensions between global and local markets
Chair: Julia Guivant, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, juguivant@uol.com.br

Session 15: Culture/climate change: migration, adaptation, and re-settlement in an age of change
Co-chairs: Steven Yearley, University of Edinburgh, UK, steve.yearley@ed.ac.uk and Laura Jeffrey, University of Edinburgh, UK, laura.jeffery@ed.ac.uk
Sociologists are now very aware of climate change, but to date there have been few studies of the migrations and re-settlements that are expected to be an aspect of cultural adaptation to this phenomenon. This session invites empirical and theoretical analyses offering insights into this topic.

Session 16: Sustainability: addressing the Earth in peril
Chair: Eugene Rosa, Washington State University, USA, rosa@wsu.edu
The ecological foundation of human societies has all but been ignored by sociology.  Perilous threats to those ecosystems over the past century have made that inattention ever more difficult to maintain.  Sustainability is the broad rubric comprising the many actions for addressing those perils.

Session 17: Water crisis and governance: social learning and political-institutional challenges - experiences of the North and the South
Chair: Pedro Roberto Jacobi, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, prjacobi@usp.br
The session proposes an interchange of different experiences in dealing with water governance through the implementation of stakeholder participation to improve cooperatin and improve resource management problems.

Session 18:  Sustainability transitions and environmental sociology
Co-chairs: Joan David Tabara, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain , joandavid.tabara@uab.cat and Ernest Garcia, Universitat de València, Spain, Ernest.Garcia@uv.es
This session will provide examples and review the state of the art about the social research on sustainability transitions. While it will concentrate on the specific contribution of environmental sociology to the understanding of the constraints and opportunities for transitions in diverse natural resource and environmental risk regimes, we will deal with these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Papers showing empirical evidence of sustainability transitions and containing specific lessons learnt about the best possible tools, mechanisms and procedures which supported those positive transformations in specific social-ecological systems are encouraged. A debate on different models of transition and confronting visions (sustainable development, steady state, degrowth, postdevelopment, prosperous or chaotic way-down...) can also be expected.

Session 19: Environmental organization and natural resource sustainability in the developing world
Co-chairs: Lotsmart Fonjong, University of Buea, Cameroon, lotsmart@yahoo.com and William Markham, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, wtmarkha@uncg.edu
The session will discuss the role and participation of indigenous and international enivironmental organisations on enviromental protections and ecological movements in developing countries and question existing frameworks for analysing enviromental issues by these organisations.

Session 20: The shaping of public environmental risk perceptions
Chair: Leonardas Rinkevicius, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania , leonardas.rinkevicius@ktu.lt


Joint sessions hosted by other Research Committees

Joint session: Sustainability and quality of life: concordant or conflicting goals of societal development?
Joint Session of RC24 Environment and Society and RC55 Social Indicators [host committee]

Joint session: Leisure and tourism: Environmental dimensions
Joint Session of RC13 Sociology of Leisure [host committee] and RC24 Environment and Society

Integrative Session 1: Social change and the mitigation of climate change: Future scenarios
Integrative session of Research Committees RC24 Environment and Society, RC23 Science and Technology, RC07 Futures Research