Project Description

Transitions to sustainability, lifestyles changes and human wellbeing: cultural, environmental and political challenges

The theme of the 25th International Association People-Environment Studies Conference follows coherently with the themes of the last Conferences in Lund/Alnarp, Timisoara, Glasgow and Leipzig. The theme of the last IAPS conference underlined the importance of the everyday life contexts to understand people-environment relations. In Rome 2018 we will go further along this thematic stream, and focus on the transition processes needed to achieve more sustainable societies at the global, regional and local level.

To achieve a significant shift towards a more sustainable relation between humans and their daily life environments, the need of a radical lifestyle change is increasingly recognised, at the scientific, political and public opinion level.

To sustain this transition, and to manage the related cultural, economic and political processes, people-environment studies have a fundamental role to play.

Therefore, the Conference works will try to address important questions in this domain, such as:

How can we realise transitions towards sustainability in the real world?

What are drivers, triggers, instruments – but also the obstacles and limits to these transitions?

Which is the role of the key actors and networks to advance sustainability transitions in practice: individuals, groups, communities, and institutions?

How can scientific results impact societal challenges in practice, and how can we provide effective and evidence-based knowledge about the fundamental role of people-environment studies in this process?

Participate to the Call for Abstract! The submission deadline is January 7th 2018 (midnight, CET).