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Innovative Approaches to Ecological Sustainability in the European Union: C...

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Ecological sustainability is a core goal for the European Union (EU) and is of fundamental importance to the continued survival of life on Earth, as epitomised by global challenges such as climate change, outbreaks of famine and drought, continuing depletion of species and dwindling energy resources.

Ecological sustainability is necessarily a cross-sectoral concern. It poses key questions for the EU internal market in policies in areas such as energy, agriculture, fisheries and transport, demanding change in producer and consumer behaviour. The principle of resource efficiency, highlighted by the Commission’s Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe (COM (2011) 571 final) and the EU’s environmental action plan (Decision 1386/2013/EU), promises an opportunity to align ecological policies with ostensibly competing economic and social aims, especially in times of crisis. Identifying imagined and real tensions and developing innovative approaches for addressing existing tensions is a significant challenge for socio-economic actors and policy-makers at EU and Member State levels.

This seminar offers an opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary exchange on the development of innovative approaches that promote the achievement of ecological sustainability within the EU polity. Papers are invited on any aspects that address this core focus, including, but not limited to innovative approaches in:


• Developing or adapting policies in subject areas such as energy, agriculture, fisheries, transport, and waste management with a view to furthering ecological sustainability; and

• The implementation of policies that further ecological sustainability effectively.

Confirmed speakers include: Professors Elisa Morgera and Chris Willmore


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