2014 Conference Information
Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) 2014 Annual Conference
Part of Congress 2014: “Borders Without Boundaries”
Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
May 27 – May 29, 2014
The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to invite you to participate in its annual conference at Brock University as part of the Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences 2014.
Call For Papers information can be found here.
You must be an ESAC member in good standing to present at the conference. Presenters not possessing membership will be removed from the program. All delegates must also register for the conference through the Congress registration website.
May 27: ESAC Opening Plenary and Program, Poster Competition and Wine and Cheese event
May 28: ESAC Program, PechaKucha Night (in collaboration with CAG)
May 29: ESAC Program, Banquet (in collaboration with CAG and CCA)
Keynote speakers already confirmed include:
Dr. Ella Haley
Dr. Haley is a founding member and Executive Director of Sustainable Brant, a founding Board member of the Langford Conservancy, and is a member of the National Farmers Union and the Ecological Farmers of Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Sciences at Athabasca University. Dr. Haley has worked tirelessly on land conservation issues, and has dedicated her career to bringing numerous stakeholders together for the betterment of community and environment. In 2013 Dr. Haley won ESAC’s ECO-Award for her outstanding contributions within the field of environmental studies.
Dr. Liette Vasseur
Dr. Vasseur is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University where she is also a member of the Women and Gender Studies program and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, one of the five transdisciplinary spaces at the University. She currently leads the thematic group on Climate Change Adaptation of the Commission for Ecosystem Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Her research program is highly interdisciplinary and links issues such as community-based ecosystem management, climate change adaptation, resilience and sustainable agriculture. Her community-research work with the City of Greater Sudbury led her to receive in 2011 the Latornell Pioneers Award from Conservation Ontario. Her work focuses not only on Canada but also Africa and China, where she is a Minjiang Scholar at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.
The draft topics are:
Transdisciplinarity for Peace and Sustainability: Border-crossing Challenges for Global Citizens
A provocative and wide-ranging exploration of our understanding of the transformatory power of transdisciplinary research in theory and practice, of making sense of change in social-cultural-ecological systems and of our attempts to situate our research, ethics, and relationships within the broader struggles for peace, health, sustainability and justice.
Breaking the barriers: valuing sustainability through collaboration
Various environmental changes including climate has increased pressures on communities across the world to find solutions to better adapt to this new conditions. Solutions may not need to be only technical as often advocated but they can be of various nature. Through examples, I examine how it is possible to collaboratively find solutions and strategies that may help improve sustainability of communities not only in Canada but beyond our borders. These examples will make us travel to Africa and China to look at sustainable agriculture, food security, gender, climate change and how an ecosystem-based approach can be used to link communities and nature in adaptation.
Fresh Thinking on our Water Future – Lessons from Law and Governance Reform
The topic will be emerging trends and opportunities in water law, policy and governance – with a focus BC’s Water Law Modernization process as a case study including implications and ramification for the future of Canada’s fresh water.
Program and Local Coordinators:
Ryan Plummer and Luaine Hathaway, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University
Chris Ling and Shirley Thompson
Please visit www.esac.ca for further information and announcements or contact ESAC2014[at]brocku.ca if you have any questions.