Sustainability Conference, 2005

Welcome to website of the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. To be held at the East-West Center, Island of Oahu, Hawai’i, from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th February 2005, the conference will work in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of sustainability. Main speakers include some of the leading thinkers in these areas, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.

Participants are invited to submit presentation proposals for 30 minute papers, 60 minute workshop, or jointly presented 90 minute colloquium sessions. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circles a forum for focused discussion of issues.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication before or after the conference in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Presentations submitted for publication will be fully refereed and published in print and electronic formats. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are available, which provide access to the online edition of the conference proceedings. Virtual participants can also submit papers for refereeing and publication in the Journal.

If you would like to know more about this conference, bookmark the Sustainability Conference site and return for further information — this site is regularly updated. You might also wish to subscribe to the Conference Newsletter

For all conference inquiries please email the conference organisers, Common Ground, by clicking this link.

International Advisory Board

The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability and the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

Manfred Steger, Professor of Politics and Government, Illinois State University, and Academic Director, The Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder and Director, The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).

John Dryzek, Professor of Social and Political Theory/Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

Robyn Eckersley, Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne.

Judy Spokes, Director, Cultural Development Network, Melbourne, Australia.

Paul James, Director, Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Mary Kalantzis, Innovation Research Professor, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Peter Phipps, Researcher, Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Martin Mulligan, Researcher, Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Lyuba Zarsky, Globalism Institute, RMIT, Australia, and Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, United States.

Bill Cope, Director, Common Ground, Australia.

Who Should Attend

Conference Supporters

The Globalism Institute is the public face of a university-wide research strength in globalisation and cultural diversity at RMIT University. The Institute undertakes engaged research into globalisation, transnationalism, nationalism and cultural diversity. It seeks to understand and critically evaluate current directions of global change, with an emphasis on the cultural implications of political and economic transformation. The role of the Institute is to initiate and manage research and community projects involving consortia of academics, researchers and consultants from diverse backgrounds. These collaborative projects draw on expertise from across the university and beyond, in fields such as global politics, international relations, community studies, cross-cultural communication, international education, international trade, productive diversity, global English and media studies.
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The Globalization Research Center (GRC) was established in 1998. It is a member of the Globalization Research Network (GRN), a consortium of four research centers, including the University of South Florida, the University of California, Los Angeles, and George Washington University. We seek to promote interdisciplinary, international and global studies of pressing problems faced by humanity and investigate causes, arguments and alternatives to present trends and relationships within the phenomena of globalization. The GRC-Hawaii has a special focus on globalization and the Asia-Pacific region. Some current projects look at urban water management in the Mekong Delta, Responsible Tourism in Southeast Asia, Human Trafficking, and the formations of households across borders or Global Householding.
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The Cultural Development Network is an independent agency generating new ideas and new connections for councils, communities and cultural vitality. We advocate a stronger role for local government in nurturing community cultural expresssion and see the arts - at the heart of culture - as central to this. We commissioned and published (with Common Ground) 'The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: Culture's Essential Role in Public Planning' by Jon Hawkes. The book argues that the 'triple bottom line' model of sustainability is fundamentally flawed without the vital fourth perspective of culture as an essential element. The four pillars model defines the structure of the international sustainability conference itself and we are pleased to see this idea taking hold across many disciplines in academic, community and public policy circles. We are proud to be a partner of this inaugural conference and its mission to encourage longer, broader and deeper views about the journey towards a sustainable future.
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The University of Hawaii at Manoa

The mission of the University of Hawai'i's Program in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) is to educate the next generation of emergency managers and humanitarian aid workers by teaching them the languages and concepts they need to know to operate effectively in a multi-hazard, multi-agency, multi-sectoral, multi-discipline environment and to meet the challenges of an ever-changing domestic and international environment. The Program in DMHA has the support and cooperation of the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (COE-DMHA), also based in Hawaii.

The Program offers a multi-disciplinary, 18-credit graduate Certificate of Completion in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration on DMHA, through the UH Department of Public Administration. Both the MA and the Certificate are open to students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, many with relevant field or employment experience, who are looking to integrate academic theories, concepts and the latest research in order to enter this exciting and growing field.

The Program draws upon the Asia-Pacific expertise of the UH faculty and the extensive field experience of the COE-DMHA staff and associates. Teaching staff includes faculty from Law, Psychology, Political Science, Public Health, Nutrition, Public Administration, Economics, Communications, Asian Studies, Geography, and Medicine, together with field professionals, and United Nations, USAID, International Red Cross and other key international agency experts.

For more information, please visit: www.green-innovations.asn.au

Conference Organisers