11th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference

June 6-8, 2005 Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland

We are pleased to announce that the '11th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference with special streams on Industrial Ecology and European Environmental Policy' has generated a lot of international interest among researchers in universities and research institutions, government officials working for environmental policy, private companies concerned over corporate social responsibility and environmental management and others involved with the global challenge of sustainable development. We have already received 500 abstracts for presentations at this 11th Annual Conference. At present, the list of participants covers 40 countries and all continents in the world and the conference has been extended into a three day event.

The speakers of the conference include well-known international experts on sustainable development research and practice, experts on developing and developed countries, and those working for the implementation of corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategies. Professor Richard Welford, University of Hong Kong, Professor Karl-Henrik Robèrt, The Natural Step Foundation and Professor Roland Scholz, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are among the keynote speakers.

Organisation and Conference Journals for which Papers are Considered

ERP Environment, publishers of the international journal Sustainable Development organises this 11th annual conference in association with the University of Tampere Research Institute for Social Sciences, Finland, Inderscience Publishers, Statistics Finland, and The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). The conference will be held at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland, June 6-8, 2005.

The conference is working together with many international scientific refereed journals for which the papers of the conference are considered for publication (the full papers of the conference will also be published in conference proceedings):

  • Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons
  • International Journal of Technology Management, Inderscience Publishers
  • Business Strategy and the Environment, John Wiley & Sons
  • European Environment, John Wiley & Sons
  • Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier Science
  • International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, Inderscience Publishers
  • Progress in Industrial Ecology, Inderscience Publishers
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, John Wiley & Sons

The Board of the Conference

The board of the conference consists of experts in the fields of sustainable development research and practice, environmental policy, industrial ecology and cleaner production, corporate social responsibility and corporate environmental management:

Chair

  • Dr. Jouni Korhonen, Research Institute for Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland

Associate Chairs

  • Professor, Dr. Richard Welford, Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management, University of Hong Kong and ERP Environment, Hong Kong
  • Dr. Peter A. Strachan, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Business School, UK
  • Dr. Jukka Hoffren, Statistics Finland, Finland
  • Mr. Arnim Wiek, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Alfred Posch, Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria

Members of the Board

  • Dr. Pontus Cerin, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dr. Pauline Deutz, University of Hull, UK
  • Dr. Pall Rikhardsson, Aarhus School of Business, Denmark
  • Dr. Evans Kituyi, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr. Martina Keitsch, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Dr. Thomas Seager, Purdue University, USA
  • Dr. Jyrki Luukkanen, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland
  • Dr. Jarmo Vehmas, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland
  • Mr. Arnulf Hassler, Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria
  • Dr. Ingela Tietze-Stöckinger, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Professor Dr. Anthony SF. Chiu, de la Salle University, Philippines
  • Dr. Jim Baldwin, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Dr. Pierre Desrochers, University of Toronto at Missisauga, Canada

Background, Aims and Scope

The conference belongs to series of international conferences organised by the ERP Environment for over 10 years and is aimed at researchers, government authorities and policy-makers and corporate representatives. It seeks and brings together an international and interdisciplinary audience to begin to tackle many of the issues connected with sustainable development - to share experiences and to begin to work towards solutions. By building informal partnership and in offering opportunities to share ideas this conference seeks to move this complex debate forward.

For the Sustainable Development conference, we are seeking offers of papers from researchers and practitioners in the fields of sustainable development, industrial ecology, cleaner production and environmental policy. This year we are particularly interested in papers that critically assess the progress that has been made in sustainable development research and practice in terms of integrating policy studies and issues of governance and management to approaches in material and energy flow studies and life cycle assessment (and cleaner production). Papers may address any relevant area but contributors may find guidance amongst the key criteria listed below:

  • Definitions, concepts and implications of sustainable development
  • Ecological economics and sustainable development
  • Eco-efficiency and sustainbable development
  • Business and sustainable development
  • Industrial ecology and industrial metabolism
  • Material and energy flow studies and life cycle assessment
  • Industrial symbiosis, eco-industrial parks and eco-industrial networking
  • Cleaner production
  • Indicators of sustainable development
  • Free trade, development and globalisation
  • Poverty, population and health promotion
  • Institutional arrangements and the practice of sustainable development
  • Policies for sustainable development
  • Economic instruments and sustainable development
  • Legislation and sustainable development
  • Voluntary agreements
  • Extended producer responsibility
  • Strategies for sustainable development
  • Planning and implementing sustainable development
  • Networks, stakeholder management and sustainability
  • Local action for sustainable development
  • Cooperation and alliances for a sustainable future
  • Public-private cooperation
  • Education and sustainable development
  • The implementation of Agenda 21
  • Environmental management and sustainability
  • The role of women and minority groups
  • Developing country perspectives and examples
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • The Contribution of Sustainable Investments to Sustainable Development
  • Global governance

The target groups of the conference are researchers of environmental and social sciences, government officials and policy-makers, those corporate representatives, who are working for environmental and social responsibility strategies and others interested in working for the global challenge of sustainable development both in the developing and in the developed world.

Special Sessions and Workshops

A number of special sessions and workshops will be held alongside the general program during the three conference days. The special sessions and workshops are chaired by experienced scholars in sustainable development research and practice:

Review Process

Abstracts (max 200 words) that should contain the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s) and contact information are evaluated by the conference board (see above). Please send abstracts to Ms. Saija Helin at Saija.e.Helin@uta.fi or to Ms. Petra Lattunen at Petra.Lattunen@uta.fi

Final papers (Full Papers) should be original, unpublished and should not exceed 7000 words or 20 pages. Papers should be submitted in both A4 Word and PDF format. The full paper should be written using one column, in 12pt Times New Roman font (Title of the paper in 14pt bold) and the margins should be wide (2 cm if possible). The line spacing should be 1.

Final papers should include:

  • The title of the paper
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Full names of the authors
  • Full contact details of the authors
  • Biographical notes of authors
  • Final papers should be sent to Ms. Saija Helin AND Ms. Petra Lattunen via e-mail at Saija.e.Helin@uta.fi and Petra.Lattunen@uta.fi by May 18, 2005.

    All conference papers will be published in the conference proceedings which will be delivered to each conference delegate at the conference registration. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the conference journals (see above).

    Important Dates to Remember

    • Extended dead line for abstract submission: February 11, 2005
    • Notification of Acceptance: March 4, 2005
    • Dead line for submission of full papers to be published in the conference proceedings and to be considered for publication in the conference journals: May 18, 2005

    Contact Information

    For any further information, please contact:

    Ms. Saija Helin
    Conference Coordinator
    Research Institute for Social Sciences, University of Tampere
    Auttilankulma, Vuolteenkatu 20
    FIN-33014 University of Tampere, FINLAND

    Tel: +358 3 215 8371
    Mobile: +358 50 370 5614
    Fax: +358 3 215 8850
    E-mail: saija.e.helin@uta.fi

    or

    Ms. Petra Lattunen
    Conference Coordinator
    Research Institute for Social Sciences, University of Tampere
    Auttilankulma, Vuolteenkatu 20
    FIN-33014 University of Tampere, FINLAND

    Tel: +358 3 215 8373
    Mobile: +358 45 652 3213
    Fax: +358 3 215 8850
    E-mail: petra.lattunen@uta.fi