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YHYS Fall Colloquium:
Measuring and valuing sustainability, 19–20 November 2020

LUT University
Lahti Campus

Important information: Due to COVID-19 situation, YHYS Fall Colloquium 2020 will be organized in online format. The program will be fully available online, but if the situation in November allows, it will be possible to follow the opening session, closing panel and streamed keynote lectures also in the auditorium of LUT Lahti Campus. All workshop sessions will be organized online only.

There will not be a participation fee for this year's conference.

The 25th annual colloquium of the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences (YHYS) on Measuring and valuing sustainability will be organized by LUT University, Department of Sustainability Science. The colloquium includes high-level keynote speeches, workshop sessions and a panel discussion.

Definition of sustainability is in many ways a disputable and sensitive issue. People attach various things into discussions about sustainability, arising from their profound comprehension of the world, and the concept can also be purposefully used to drive diverse agendas. Because sustainability can mean almost anything, questions related to its measuring and valuing should be at the heart of scientific inquiries in this field. Transparent explanations of chosen measures and their valuation, on the other hand, can provide a sound foundation for sustainability-related policy making. In this colloquium, we will discuss the challenges of measuring and valuing sustainability from various perspectives.

Aspects covered in the colloquium range from practical problems in situations where measures and values are given to sustainability-related issues to philosophical underpinnings of these types of activities. We will also aim to pinpoint interlinkages between diverse uses of the sustainability concept in research and related societal consequences.

Keynote speeches and workshop sessions will happen on both days.

The keynote speakers

Assistant Professor David P. Carter, University of Utah
Assistant Professor David P. Carter, University of Utah

Professor Stephen Morse, University of Surrey
Professor Stephen Morse, University of Surrey

Professor Christopher Preston, University of Montana
Professor Christopher Preston, University of Montana

Project officer, PhD, Anna Kuokkanen, European Commission
Project officer, PhD, Anna Kuokkanen, European Commission

YHYS Fall Colloquium

Local arrangements:

LUT University, Finland

Contact person:

Assistant professor Jarkko Levänen (jarkko.levanen@lut.fi)
Junior researcher Anna Härri (anna.harri@lut.fi)

Important dates:

  • Call for papers open:
    August 10 – September 20, 2020
  • Acceptance of papers:
    September 23, 2020
  • Colloquium:
    19–20 November 2020