Future Economy (2014)


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Future Earth Young Scientists Networking Conference on Integrated Science

on the topic of

“Ecosystems and human wellbeing in the green economy”

A key theme of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in June 2012, was the promotion of a “green economy”. Future Earth, launched during Rio+20, is an ambitious new 10-year research programme which will provide the knowledge we need to tackle the most urgent challenges of the 21st century related to global sustainability, and that includes issues relating to transformations towards green economies.

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the International Council for Science (ICSU), in collaboration with the International Network of Next Generation Ecologists (INNGE) and Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Young Scholars Initiative (INET YSI), will assemble a group of early career researchers with diverse backgrounds and research perspectives to reflect on ecosystems and human wellbeing in the transition towards green economies and debate relevant issues as part of a series of conferences on Integrated Science that are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The aim is to bring together creative multidimensional, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspectives to address the complex topic of how future societies deal with ecosystems and human wellbeing. Young scientists will debate issues relating to the topic, questioning key assumptions, theories and models underlying the current research on ecosystems, human wellbeing, and the transformation towards green economies; dynamics of governance, justice, authority at global and local levels; and the development of research methodologies to assess change in the transformations towards sustainability.

The conference is a platform to join the discussion and debate on future research agendas; and invites anyone with an interest to follow the conference as it evolves online via the twitter hashtag#futureeconomy and twitter list.

As the conference goes on there is a live online document that will serve to capture the discussions and important themes that emerge. and we invite anyone with an interest to add to the document and post questions for those at the conference.

The conference is a collaborative effort, and you can follow online daily blogs by INNGE.

Participants came out with some great research questions and workshop outputs that you can follow on the post-conference work on the wiki. You can also read a blog with more details of the discussions and see the photos from the week.