Workshop Transitions in Water-/Energy-/Food-infrastructures



Agorazaal, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Workshop Transitions in Water-/Energy-/Food-infrastructures

Experts on the topic of transitions

VU Amsterdam

Profile theme: Science for Sustainability

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Environmental Humanities Center and Amsterdam Sustainability Institute invite you to:

Workshop Transitions in Water-/Energy-/Food-Infrastructures 

Date: 1 November 2019

Time: 09.30 – 17.00

Location: Agorazaal, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Global climate change requires far-reaching transitions of water-, energy-, and food-infrastructures. While such transitions are often perceived as technologically challenging, they also concern overcoming behavioral, societal, and cultural burdens. This workshop aims to bring together a diverse audience of graduate students and other scholars in order to investigate and discuss how the humanities, social and environmental sciences can be bridged to reflect on the transitions needed to cope with global warming and to devise manners to enhance and operationalize them.

Workshop programme:

09.30- 09.50Climate Change and Climate Extremes as a Driver of Transition Challenges – Dr Ted Veldkamp (Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
09.50- 10.30Doing Sustainability Transitions Research: Activism in Disguise? – keynote by Prof. Derk Loorbach (director of DRIFT and professor of socio-economic transitions at Erasmus University Rotterdam)
10.45- 12.15 

Paper presentations: Perceptions 
•  Hydrological Transition in Greenland and the New Concerns of Ice – Dr Jeff Diamanti
•  Tidal Transitions, or Cultivating Attention to Ebbs and Flows – Aster Hoving
•  Failed Infrastructures, My Little Ponies, and Wadden Plastics: Exploring the Eco-Intimacies in the Case of the MSC Zoe Container Disaster – Renée Hoogland
13.15- 14.45
Paper presentations: Policy 
•  Comparison of national climate and sustainable development strategies in Germany, South Africa and the Philippines: Who participates in knowledge creation and manages the just transition? – Ramona Hägele
•  Polycentrism and Local Energy Transition – Ernani Contipelli
15.00- 16.30 
Paper presentations: Practice 
•  Pathways towards a circular economy: does place matter? – Abe Hendriks
•  The rationality of farmers and food production: a historical perspective from marginal upland environments – Eugene Costello
•  What societal challenges lie in chrystalline silicon photovoltaic waste management? – Younjung Choi
16.30- 17.00The story of 510 and the Red Cross Movement – keynote by Dr Marc van den Homberg & Sterre Bierens

The workshop (including lunch and refreshments) is of free of charge, but registration is required due to limited space (see below).

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