Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Call for Papers: JNU TRCSS and SASH&KN Symposium on Sustainability Studies | JNU New Delhi | 26-27 September


Symposium on Sustainability Studies

JNU Researchers' Interaction

September 26-27, 2017; Committee Hall, Convention Centre, JNU


The TRCSS and SASH&KN invites research scholars, faculty and students, of all Schools and Centres of JNU to participate in an interaction that focuses on Sustainability and Sustainability Studies. We perceive Sustainability as a societal concern for creating and leaving behind for future generations social, economic and environmental conditions that promote the health and wellbeing of ecosystems and human beings. This is obviously a wide, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary area that requires transitioning to other kind of developmental path(s) and governance modes than has been dominant world-wide over the past decades. Much research in the university relates to these issues, and we would like researchers to use this platform of the TRCSS to share views and theoretical formulations, research methodologies and findings, innovative policy implications, among other dimensions of Sustainability so as to enrich this field of study and develop a contextualised South Asian version of how to conceptualise and operationalise Sustainability and Pathways to Sustainability.

We invite submission of abstracts by those who would like to present their M.Phil./Ph.D./Faculty research that relates to any dimension of Sustainability Studies, including but not limited to the following:

·         Conceptualising Sustainability

·         Food security

·         The Political Economy of Sustainability

·         Sustainability through gender/ caste/ class lenses

·         Knowledge Generation for Sustainability

·         Health and wellbeing of all

·         Emerging Concepts related to Sustainability

·         Sustainable and ecological health care

·         Pathways to Sustainability

·         Addressing Inequalities—Social Sustainability

·         Examining the Sustainable Development Goals

·         Economic prosperity and sustainability

·         Science and technology studies from a sustainability lens

·         Critiquing Sustainability

·         Built Structures, Architecture, Aesthetics and Sustainability

·         Planning for Sustainability

·         Policy Approaches to Sustainability

·         Local initiatives and Grassroots Innovations

·         International Dimensions of Sustainability

·         Governance and Sustainability

·         Sustainability from a South Asia and Third World Lens

·         Sustainable land use and green cover

·         Assessing Sustainability Measures

·         Environmental Integrity and Degradation

·         Ecologically sustainable livelihoods and related knowledge systems

·         Environmental Pollution and Remediation

·         Climate change, mitigation and innovative sustainable adaptations

·         Issues of Waste and Waste management

·         Sustainable Regional Development

·         Sustainable Urbanisation

·         Multiple dimensions of Poverty

·         Sustainable energy sources

·         Production and Consumption Patterns

·         Sustainable Rural Development

·         Issues of Water; local to global water systems and issues of sustainability

·         Literature, Arts and Culture for Sustainability

·         Livelihoods, especially in the 'informal' sector

·         Teaching Sustainability

·         Conditions of work, social security and occupational health


We also invite faculty members who are interested in the area of related studies but do not wish to make a presentation to let us know, so we can interact and engage in other ways.


Last Date for submission of abstracts: 10th September. Abstract should not be more than 500 words. It submitted online to – 


Authors should clearly mention their complete name, affiliation or programme of study (M.Phil./Ph.D.), Centre and School in JNU along with the title of the presentation and an abstract.  


Note: TRCSS is considering award/recognition for outstanding papers of research students. For this, interested students must submit their complete papers by September 22, 2017.


TRCSS Members: Ritu Priya, Dinesh Abrol, Pranav N. Desai, Ramila Bisht, Atul Sood, Sucharita Sen, Milap Punia, Archana Prasad, Bikramaditya K. Choudhary, Pradeep Shinde, Vikas Bajpai, Pravin Kushwaha


Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS), JNU is a collaborative initiative of four Centres within the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, namely Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) and Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies (CIS&LS). South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) is a joint initiative of JNU and STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. 

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