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International Conference "Transformation in a Changing Climate"

19-21 June, 2013

This conference will serve as a creative, innovative and inspirational gathering that catalyzes new insights on transformation processes and the implications for research, policy and practice.
Conference organizers: University of Oslo, CICERO, Stockholm Resilience Centre and ISSC.

Conference Aim
Climate change is considered by many to be the greatest challenge to humanity -- a "perfect storm" that will lead to unprecedented social and ecological impacts unless addressed in a comprehensive, urgent manner.
Yet there is a growing recognition that traditional, "business-as-usual"
approaches to mitigation and adaptation are insufficient to address the breadth, scale and complexity of challenges associated with climate change. In fact, there have been many calls for new modes of thinking about multiple interacting processes, policies, and programs, and both scientific and policy discourses increasingly emphasize the need for deliberate transformation in response to climate change. There are, however, significant research gaps on transformation that are critical to address. The "Transformation in a Changing Climate" conference aims to fill these gaps by bringing together diverse perspectives on deliberate transformation in response to climate change.

Overarching Questions
The conference will adress the following overaching questions: What do we actually mean by transformation? Do we know how to make it happen? Do we have a sufficient knowledge base to inform strategies and actions for deliberate, ethical and sustainable transformation at the rate and scale that is called for? What is the role of science in the transformation process?

Call for Papers
We are pleased to announce a call for papers to the conference "Transformation in a Changing Climate". The conference is structured around eleven themes that are listed below:

    The Economics of Transformation
    The Politics of Transformation
    Technical and Infrastructural Transformation
    Urban Transformation
    Community-based Transformation
    Transformative Learning and Leadership
    Social-ecological Transformation
    Transformation of Values, Norms and Worldviews
    Transformation of Research and Policy
    Transformative Communication
    The Art of Transformation

While we are interested in papers that are directly linked to one or several of these themes, we also welcome those that cut across themes to look at the linkages between different scales and dimensions of transformation. In particular, we are interested in understanding relationships between personal, cultural and systems transformation. We seek papers that address questions such as:

    What types of transformation are considered necessary?
    What factors facilitate transformation in theory and in practice, across different systems, sectors, and domains?
    What types of capacities and competencies need to be developed to initiate and facilitate transformations that are both ethical and sustainable?
    How does science itself need to change, and how can new approaches to global change research contribute to transformation of both theory and practice?

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