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Participants are invited to submit original abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations, in line with the core themes of the conference to explore Just Transitions; these being:

  • A. Crisis, Complexity, Global Change & Transitions, with a critical analysis of the Science of Sustainability, Academia, Ethics and Leadership.
  • B. Rethinking development in terms of greening the developmental state, new forms of urbanism in the context of ecology, social development and food security.
  • C. Better Governance, Institutions and Economic structures, to support sustainable development and design.
  • D. Achieving rapid transitions for sustainable living, decoupling production and consumption from resource limits and ecological constraints, and pioneering innovative, liveable and sustainable contexts.

The overarching themes described above have been divided into eight broad sub-themes, and provisional tracks, as identified below. Authors need to submit their abstracts in line with the sub-themes and indicate to which specific track they are applying. This will improve the chances of acceptance and securing specific tracks, since only a limited number of papers can be accommodated at ISDRC19. Each track will have one track chair, and a co-chair; they will jointly coordinate the double-blind reviewing process of the submitted papers.

Depending on the number of papers received, tracks are subject to be changed or be merged with other tracks subsequent to agreement by the scientific committee.

  1. Academia,  Education & Sustainability Science
    1.1 Academia, Education & Learning for Sustainability – Download this call for abstracts
    1.2 Modelling, Complexity, Uncertainty and Sustainability – Download this call for abstracts
    1.3 System Dynamics and unintended consequences of development- Download this call for abstracts
    1.4 Sustainability Science: Critical Perspectives
    1.5 Role of Universities as Sustainability Leaders- Download this call for abstracts
    2. Justice, Ethics, Deep Ecology & Spirituality
    2.1 Gender & Race Inequality & Equality – Download this call for abstracts
    2.2 Deep Ecology,  Ethics & Spirituality
    2.3 Global Equity, Aid & Transfer to the global South
  1. Social Dynamics, Behaviour, Psychology & Sustainability
    3.1 Population Dynamics
    3.2 Health, Environment, Society and Psychology
    3.3 Social Sustainability, Threats & Opportunities
    4. Conservation, Preservation, Ecology & Restoration
    4.1 Ecology, Bio-diversity and Eco-system threats – Download this call for abstracts
    4.2 Conservation, Preservation and Restoration
  1. Economics, Business, Design & Innovation for Sustainability
    5.1 CSR + CSI + Corporate Sustainability Strategies and measurement
    5.2 Sustainable Production,  Entrepreneurship & Business Promotion
    5.3 Design for Sustainability + Eco-Design
    5.4 Industrial Ecology & Life Cycle Analysis
    5.5 Innovation, Cleantech & Sustainable Product and Service Development – Download this call for abstracts
    5.6 Sustainable consumption, consumer patterns and lifestyles – Download this call for abstracts
    5.7 Markets, Institutions & Frameworks for Eco-innovations – Download this call for abstracts
    5.8 Critical Perspectives on Economic Systems – Download this call for abstracts
    5.9 Sustainable Transportation – Download this call for abstracts
    6. Globalization, Policy, Institutions & Governance
    6.1 Advocacy & Public participation for Sustainability – Download this call for abstracts
    6.2 Post-Rio, Global Governance for Sustainability..where to now?
    6.3 Globalization, Sustainability & Innovation Policy- Download this call for abstracts
    6.4 Climate Change: Policy & Governance
    6.5 Role of Intermediary organizations, NGO’s and CBO’s
    6.6 Redefining Development & Economic systems
    6.7 Emerging Markets, BRICS and Sustainability
  1. Resources, Land Use & Decoupling
    7.1 Fossil Fuels & Alternatives
    7.2 Resources Limits & Decoupling
    7.3 Sustainability and large scale land acquisition
    8. Transitions to Sustainability
    8.1 Multi-institutional social dynamics & visioning for Transition Management
    8.2 Infrastructure & Technology for Sustainability- Download this call for abstracts
    8.3 Societal transition towards a low carbon and adaptive society
    8.4 Action & Showcasing for Sustainability
    8.5 Regional Sustainability Dynamics
    8.6 Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Sustainable Development
    8.7 Innovation Systems and Spatial Transitions – Download this call for abstracts
    8.8 Green Urban Design & Architecture – Download this call for abstracts
    8.9 Transitions to Urban Sustainability – Download this call for abstracts
    8.10 Co-management of urban resource systems: Waste, Water, Energy, Food, Ecological sinks

Expectations and Responsibilities of Track Chairs and Authors

It is expected of track chairs to ensure adequate dialogue and debate of various themes prior to the conference. It is therefore expected that each track chair and authors within the tracks are familiar with the various papers and contributions to the track or theme. The allocated times for the presentations will be short, so as to stimulate debate and discussion.  Track chairs are also encouraged to contribute to special editions in a respective affiliated or relevant journals.

The final deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2013.

Student competition details to follow.


Authors are requested to conform to the following guidelines for submission of abstracts:

  • Click here to view the template indicating maximum word count.
  • Only abstracts submitted online at will be considered for inclusion in the programme.
  • The abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed and may be selected for oral or poster presentation or may be rejected.
  • The time allotted for each oral presentation will depend on the session to which the abstract is allocated.
  • English will be the language for all oral and poster presentations.
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection by the Local Scientific Committee will be mailed to the presenting author by 14 December 2012
  • We strongly encourage submitting authors to register via the online registration system simultaneously with the abstract submission.
  • Much to the regret of the organisers, failure to register by the presenting author by 30 April 2013 will automatically imply that the abstract will neither be included in the Final Program nor be printed in the abstract book.


  1. Abstracts may be submitted electronically only from 1 October 2012 until the deadline 31 March 2013 via the conference website, at
  2. Kindly follow the detailed instructions regarding the submission procedure.

Abstracts sent by mail, direct e-mail, or fax will not be accepted.