Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

UACES Collaborative Research Network: the governance of sustainability second workshop

19 July 2010 - 20 July 2010 | Workshop

University of Leeds

UACES Collaborative Research Network

The Governance of Sustainability second workshop

Call for Papers

The UACES CRN invites paper proposals for its forthcoming workshop in Leeds.

The focus of the workshop is to investigate the influence of cognitive and normative factors in the EU's capacity to meet the challenge of governing sustainability. Its focus is energy and environmental public policy-making, two key sectors that have been the subject of rationalist and neo-functionalist spill-over accounts.

We therefore invite papers that examine the following (broadly defined) themes.

Theme 1: 'Environmental Conscience'

The notion 'Environmental conscience' refers to a 'deep world view', which sets the boundaries of 'green' policies. We seek papers that explore how the nature of a moral obligation towards the environment has varied overtime.

Theme 2: 'Sustainability'

The notion of 'Sustainability' encompasses several discourses.  While they may all be traced to an environmental conscience, sustainability discourses are typically historically specific, contingent, often incoherent and partial. We therefore seek papers that analyse (i) how policy-makers have translated sustainability into economic, social and environmental principles, (ii) how these are 'operationalised' via human institutions.

Theme 3: 'Energy and the Environment'

Energy policies were foundational to the European project, and it is in concern for energy saving/efficiency that EU environmental policies have their origin. We invite papers that track how, at the EU level, environmental concerns are being extended into 'traditional' energy policy areas such as  European gas and electricity networks, transport fuel, as well as  the merits of nuclear generation of electricity.

We invite research papers (maximum of 6,000 words) from doctoral students, early-career as well as more established academics, and practitioners from across a range of disciplines such as environmental studies, political studies, management studies, history, geography, legal studies, and economics. As the aim of the workshop is to develop papers for later publication as a special issue of a journal, paper givers will need to commit to producing their paper in good time for the workshop as we plan to peer review papers as part of the workshop.

Please send an abstract of 150-200 words to the organisers named below by Friday 14 May 2010.

You will be notified if your application has been successful by Friday 28 May 2010.

NB: Limited funding will be available to assist with expenses for doctoral and early career academics.


Please contact the co-ordinators if you require further information about the research workshop.

  • Jenny Fairbrass (Senior Lecturer, Strategy, University of Bradford: j.fairbrass@bradford.ac.uk )
  • Thomas Hoerber (Associate Professor, Centre for European Integration, Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers : thomas.hoerber@essca.fr)
  • Simon Lightfoot (Senior Lecturer in European Politics, University of Leeds: s.j.lightfoot@leeds.ac.uk)

Location Details

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