Research Committee on 
Environment and Society
RC24


Statutes


GENERAL OBJECTIVE

1. Research Committee 24 on Environment and Society (hereafter RC 24) has been established in accordance with Article 4 of the Statutes of the International Sociological Association (hereafter ISA). Its general objectives are to promote research on environment and society, and to promote the international exchange of scientific information in this field.

ACTIVITIES

2. To bring these objectives to realization, RC 24 will carry out the following activities:
a) organize sessions at the ISA's World Congresses of Sociology;
b) publish a Newsletter, mailed to all members in good standing, to keep them informed of ongoing and planned activities;
c) organize and sponsor additional international meetings, where environmental-sociological researchers come together to exchange information and collaborate;
d) undertake any other activities that promote the objectives of the RC 24.

MEMBERSHIP

3. Any social scientist can be a member in good standing of the RC 24, provided s/he has paid the applicable RC 24 membership fee. An individual who has not paid RC 24 membership dues is dropped from the membership list six months after the final period paid for. A social scientist can also be declared a member in good standing of RC 24 if the Board determines that s/he has appropriate qualifications for RC 24 membership and deems that s/he is unable to pay RC 24 dues. The membership in good standing of RC 24 collectively constitutes the Research Committee.

4. RC 24 members in good standing have the rights:
a) to vote for Board elections;
b) to propose themselves or others for Board membership;
c) to participate and vote in business meetings of RC 24;
d) to participate in all other activities of RC 24;
e) to receive the RC 24 Newsletter.

BOARD

5.
a) The Board shall consist of six regularly elected members plus a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The most recent Past President of RC 24 shall serve as an eleventh voting member of the Board. Other members in good standing who have previously served as President of RC 24 are encouraged to join the Board as ex officio, nonvoting members.

b) No member of the Board may serve more than two consecutive terms, except: 1) for the immediate Past President who serves as a voting member of the Board, 2) for persons who previously served as RC 24 President and who are continuing their service on the Board in a non-voting capacity, and 3) for any given Board member has served an extra term as President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer.

c) The Board shall contain no more than three members from the same country. An effort shall be made to ensure a fair regional, national, and gender representation, and to ensure that each Board consists of some continuing and some new members. Board members should be nominated, above all, in recognition of their activity in and service to RC 24, and of their contributions to environmental sociology scholarship.

d) The Executive Committee of the Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

e) By majority vote of the Board, more than one person may simultaneously occupy the office of Treasurer. All such persons confirmed by the Board to serve as co-occupant(s) of the office of Treasurer become voting members of the Board for the duration of their terms.

f) By majority vote of the Board, more than one person may simultaneously occupy the office of Secretary, provided that one of the co-occupants of the office of Secretary has been elected to that office by the membership of the Research Committee. In addition to the person elected as RC 24 Secretary, all such persons confirmed by the Board to serve as co-occupants of the office of Secretary become voting members of the Board for the duration of their terms.

6. The duties of the Board are:
a) to organize the activities of RC 24;
b) to represent RC 24 in the ISA and elsewhere;
c) to manage the funds of RC 24;

7. Board positions shall be considered vacant if the incumbent dies, submits a formal written resignation, is unable to perform the duties of office due to ill health or other reason, or fails to perform the duties of the office. In the case of disputes, the Board shall determine by majority vote whether Board memberships are vacant. The Vice President will assume the duties of the President if the President is temporarily unable to serve. The Vice President shall assume the office of President if the office of President is vacant. For offices other than that of President, an unexpired term due to a vacancy may be served by an RC 24 and ISA members in good standing upon the nomination of the President and ratification by the Board.

8. The Board shall meet at each World Congress. Other Board meetings may be called by at least two members of the Board, at least one month before the meeting. A Board meeting can only take valid decisions if a majority of voting Board members is present. Board decisions can also be taken by mail ballot among the voting Board members. The Board takes its decisions by simple majority of its voting members. In the case of equal votes among the Board the President shall have the deciding vote.

DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

9. The President, as chief executive of the RC, shall preside at the meetings of the Committee and its Board. The President will be responsible for seeing that the sessions of the RC at the ISA World Congress are appropriately organized. The President will initiate and carry out policies in conformity with the RC's purpose as specified by the Board and the membership.

10. The Vice-President shall assist the President in carrying out the functions listed above. S/he may also be assigned special duties by the President.

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a) The Secretary is responsible for communicating the RC's activities and plans to the members at least twice a year through the newsletter. These include the time and place, as well as the organizers, of regional workshops, ISA World Congresses, and other special meetings that are organized or co-sponsored by the RC. At the Secretary's discretion the newsletter may be published electronically provided that members without internet access are able to receive the newsletter through alternative means.

b) The Secretary shall announce to the membership the time and place of general meetings, to be known as a Business Meeting Assembly. A Business Meeting Assembly shall be held in conjunction with the ISA World Congress. The Secretary, or the designee of the Secretary, shall prepare minutes of Board meetings and of Business Meeting Assemblies of the RC membership for subsequent distribution and approval. Announcement of the Business Meeting Assembly shall be made by the Secretary to the RC members at least one month in advance of the World Congress, along with a tentative agenda of business.

12. The Treasurer shall prepare a membership list to be used for the purpose of elections, and for the purpose of RC 24 membership ratification of Council actions, when membership ratification is required by the Statutes.

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

13. Elections to the Board will be held every four years, within the twelve months prior to each ISA World Congress. The four-year terms of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and other Board members shall begin at the end of the Business Meeting Assembly at the World Congress immediately following their election, and continue through the Business Meeting Assembly at the World Congress held four years hence.

a) At least twelve months prior to the next World Congress the Executive Committee of the Board shall appoint a Nominations and Elections Committee consisting of two officers or other Board members and one at-large member drawn from the RC's membership in good standing. At least two of the members of the Nominations and Elections Committee must not be candidates for election or re-election.

b) The duties of the Nominations and Elections Committee are to solicit and receive nominations for candidates, decide on the slate of candidates for each office, and to oversee the election.

c) To the greatest degree practicable, the Nominations and Elections Committee shall identify at least two candidates for each elected Executive Committee office (President, Vice President, and Secretary). The number of candidates for election to other Board memberships shall exceed the number of Board positions to be elected.

d) Each candidate for Executive Committee and other Board positions must be an RC 24 member in good standing, and also an ISA member in good standing, at the time of the election.

e) Only RC 24 members in good standing have the right to vote.

f) Elections are conducted by mail ballot. Elections will be conducted even if the number of candidates does not exceed the number of positions to be filled. Ballots may be distributed in connection with distribution of the RC newsletter. An opportunity for write-in candidates will be provided for each Board position. Members shall be given at least two months from the postmark date when the ballot is mailed to members until their ballots are due. Election materials shall be mailed to RC 24 members in sufficient time so that the due date for receipt of ballots is at least one week prior to the beginning of the subsequent ISA World Congress.

g) The candidate receiving the largest number of votes for President, Vice President, and Secretary shall be elected to office. The six Board candidates with the largest number of votes shall be elected to office, except in the case where four or more of the six candidates with the largest number of votes are from one country; in such an event, the three candidates from this one country with the highest number of votes will be elected to office, and the remaining three Board members shall be from other countries. In the event of a tie vote for the sixth Board position, all candidates tied for sixth place shall become voting members of the Board.

14. The Treasurer will be appointed by the President subject to ratification by the Board. The term of the Treasurer will be four years. The Treasurer's term will normally begin and end at World Congresses. The Treasurer may serve two or more successive terms. If the office of Treasurer is vacant, the Secretary may assume the duties of the Treasurer, subject to ratification by a majority of the Board. If the Secretary assumes the duties of the Treasurer, the Secretary will relinquish the Treasurer's duties upon Board ratification of the President's nominee for the office of Treasurer.

BUSINESS MEETING ASSEMBLY

15. A Business Meeting Assembly is held at least every four years, including one at each World Congress. A Business Meeting Assembly may be held at an RC 24-sponsored conference or other event between World Congresses provided that: (a) there is a quorum of Board members present, (b) at least ten other RC 24 members in good standing are present, and (c) the RC 24 membership is notified of the Business Meeting Assembly through the newsletter at least one month prior to the meeting.

16. The outgoing President shall chair the Business Meeting Assembly at the ISA World Congress through the completion of the agenda of old and new business, at which time the incoming President is installed and the incoming Board is confirmed. New business may be conducted after the installation of the incoming President and confirmation of the new Board.

17. Votes can only be cast by RC 24 members in good standing who are present at the Business Meeting Assembly.

18. The duties of the Assembly are:
a) to evaluate and approve the four-year report;
b) to discharge the outgoing Board of its responsibilities, including the financial statement;
c) to discuss and carry motions on any other points that may arise.

19. Decisions in a Business Meeting Assembly are taken by simple majority. In the event of a tie vote the President shall have the deciding vote.

COMMITTEES

20. Ad hoc committees may be appointed for specific purposes by the President following ratification by the Board. The chairs or co-chairs of ad hoc committees shall report on their activities to the Board.

FUNDS

21.
a) The RC will administer its own funds. Expenses are made by the Board, or by the Treasurer on its behalf, pending authorization by the Board.

b) A statement of financial affairs will be prepared by the Treasurer and be published in the Newsletter every four years.

c) RC 24 funds may be disbursed by the Treasury in support of Research Committee activities [2.a-d], to facilitate the work of the Nominations and Elections Committee [13.-14.] and ad hoc committees [20.], and to facilitate the conduct of business by the Board or Research Committee membership.

22. The funds of the RC 24 consist of:
a) membership fees from individual members;
b) subscriptions to the Newsletter;
c) revenues from conferences and other activities;
d) ISA subventions;
e) royalties from RC-24-sponsored publications;
f) donations, grants and other means.

23.a) The membership fees for RC 24 are:
US $60.00 regular four-year membership for scholars from OECD countries
US $30.00 regular four-year membership for scholars from non-OECD countries
US $20.00 reduced four-year membership, for students and members with special needs.

24. Membership fees may be changed by majority vote of the Board, following ratification by majority vote of the Business Meeting Assembly or of the membership in good standing by mail ballot. The membership fee structure will normally be reviewed, and be altered if appropriate, every four years in conjunction with the Board meeting and Business Meeting Assembly at the ISA World Congress.

PUBLICATION

25. To the greatest degree practicable, the RC 24 Secretary shall make available the current version of the Statues on the worldwide web or comparable medium. To the greatest degree practicable, the Secretary shall also make available upon request a printed copy of the Statutes to any RC 24 member in good standing.

DISPUTES

26. The Board shall interpret the Statutes and rule in any disputes.

DISSOLUTION

27. The Research Committee may be demoted (to a Working Group or Thematic Group) or closed if it ceases to meet the conditions laid out in the ISA Statutes [4.3-4.4]. In the event of dissolution the net assets of the Research Committee shall be transferred to the ISA.


FINAL REGULATION

28.
a) These statutes supercede those adopted at Madrid on July 14, 1990.

b) These statutes were adopted unanimously by the Business Meeting Assembly at ISA World Congress in Brisbane, Australia, July 10, 2002.

c) Changes in and amendments to these statutes, other than changes in membership dues, must be proposed in writing by at least five RC 24 members in good standing, and must be approved by two-thirds of the votes in a mail ballot or Business Meeting Assembly.

 

Posted at May 14, 2003
International Sociological Association
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