Call for papers
International Conference on
Motivations and arguments to act for biodiversity
Alternative ways to inspire innovative policy making
10th–11th of June 2015, Brussels, Les Ateliers des Tanneurs
Organised by the BESAFE research consortium, the BIOMOT research consortium,
and the BIOGOV research unit at Université catholique de Louvain.
Funded by the FP7 programme of the European Union,
and the National Research Foundation, Belgium (F.R.S.-FNRS).
The call for papers can be downloaded [here].
Objectives of the Call for papers
Argumentation for biodiversity conservation is largely built today on the concept of ecosystem services. However, in spite of much increased awareness of what Nature provides for us, policy makers in Europe and throughout the world still do not appear to respond effectively to prevent further massive biodiversity degradation. Why is this? Why are the present arguments not compelling enough?
This call for papers will explore the full richness of approaches to arguments and motivations for the transition towards biodiversity-embracing societies in the EU and the consequences for innovative policy making:
- Analyses from environmental and ecological economics, governance theory, environmental psychology and philosophy, landscape architecture, anthropology, linguistics and discourse analysis, and other disciplines
- Integrated studies of specific exemplary cases of arguments and motivations, and innovative policy making, at work in any field of biodiversity or landscape actions, e.g. from general policy making, management of natural parks and nature reserves, natural forest management, peatland restoration, business enterprises in action for biodiversity, iconic animal protection or reintroduction, agro-biodiversity programmes or biodiversity infrastructure in man-made environments
Extended abstracts on one of these topics should be sent for the 15th of February 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The format of the extended abstracts should be:
(1) title page: title, affiliation of the authors
(2) extended abstract (between 1000 and 1500 words), which contains the key research question, the methodology and an overview of the research results.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to authors by 15th of March 2015.
Full conference papers are due by 31st of May 2015.
Key notes speeches
Our discussion during the Conference will be facilitated by the following key note speakers and forum participants:
Motivational drivers and governance: group-based valuation of socio-cultural ecosystem services
Mark Reed, The Birmingham School of the Built Environment, UK
Multi-level social learning processes in resource governance
Claudia Pahl Wostl, Universität Osnabrück, Germany
Conceptualizing BESAFE and BIOMOT, before and after the act
Martin Sharman, former EU Policy Officer responsible for biodiversity and ecosystems services
Transdisciplinary research for ecosystem service provision and biodiversity management in the EU
Michael Pregernig, University of Freiburg, Germany
Knowledge co-production / co-design and the future of sustainability research
Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, DG Research and Innovation, EU
Ignace Schops, director of Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland, director of EUROPARC
Forum participant (to be confirmed)
Ladislav Miko, DG Health and Consumers, EU
Scientific conference Committee
|Wouter De Groot || Radboud University ||The Netherlands |
|Rob Bugter || Alterra || The Netherlands|
|Bauler, Tom || Université Libre de Bruxelles ||Belgium |
|Bonaiuto, Marino || Sapienza University of Rome ||Italy |
|Dedeurwaerdere, Tom || Université catholique de Louvain || Belgium|
|Harrison, Paula ||University of Oxford ||United Kingdom |
|Haslett, John ||Paris-Lodron-University Salzburgo ||Austria |
|Jokinen, Pekka ||University of Eastern Finland ||Finland |
|Knippenberg, Luuk ||Radboud University || The Netherlands|
|O'Neill, John || University of Manchester ||United Kingdom |
|Tinch, Rob || Economics for the Environment Consultancy Limited ||United Kingdom |
| van Herzele, Ann || Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) ||Belgium |
|Young, Juliette || Centre for Ecology and Hydrology ||United Kingdom |