ISDRS 20th Annual Conference June 2014

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) is pleased to announce its 20th Annual conference to be held 18-20 June 2014 in Trondheim Norway. The conference is hosted by the Department of Product Design (IPD) and the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in association with ISDRS and ERP Environment, publishers of the international journal Sustainable Development. The 20th Annual ISDRS conference in 2014 is dedicated to research contributing to solving the human efforts for securing well-being and a decent life for all while maintaining the planets ecological capacity for future generations. The main aim of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussion on the complex issue of sustainability and its relations to resilience in nature and society, welcoming both empirical and theoretical contributions considering developed, developing and transition perspectives.­ 

ISDRC 20 addresses the following topics:
- Resilience thinking and the science of sustainability
- Demographic challenges for sustainable development
- Renewable resources and energy
- Sustainable Land Use & Sustainable cities
- Sustainable innovation through products, services and infrastructures
- Globalization, justice and fair distribution
- Resilience of governance, institutions and economic and public structures.
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OEP Students – Tutors January 2014

Reshaping environments explores how environments shape us and we humans reshape the environment.  It examines human attitudes to, impacts on and interactions with the environments in which we live by considering ‘natural’, transformed and built environments as sites of production and consumption, imagining and contest, in different parts of the globe.  The subject considers the material relationship between the natural and built environments by exploring issues of resource use.  Human demands for water, energy, food, fibres and minerals, will be examined in relation to the technologies and practices used to meet those needs, and the resulting creation of waste and pollution and impacts on climate and a range of ecosystems and species.

Each week there is a 2 hour lecture and a 2 hour tutorial.  Assessment tasks in this subject include: a weekly journal, an essay, group report and individual report.

Tutors are needed to facilitate the two hour tutorial sessions.  Tutorial groups are expected to be 15-20 first year students.  Tutors need experience or qualifications in the disciplines whose perspectives are included in this subject.  In addition to teaching duties, tutors will be expected to:

*work closely with the senior tutor and subject coordinator/mark reports/attend training sessions and lectures.

Please submit the following as your expression of interest in being a tutor in Reshaping Environments:

* your curriculum vitae (C.V.); and

*  an attachment that describes with evidence:

* your research experience and interests as they relate to this subject;

* any relevant tutoring experience;

* your experience with assessment strategies and how you apply them consistently;

* your ability to work as part of a team;

* how well you meet set timelines; and

* the total number of tutorial sessions you would prefer each week (on average for a first time tutor it takes ~12 hours/tutorial), and the day(s) of the week you are un/available.

Please return this application by 13 January 2014 to:

Dr Helena Bender       Ph: 8344-5019           Email:

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Roles of interest

Communications and Marketing Manager – Part Time- ClimateWorks Australia Faculty Portfolio: Office of the Provost and Senior Vice-President ClimateWorks Australia Monash Sustainability Institute Employment Type: Part-time (0.6)

Duration: 12 month fixed-term appointment Details at:

 Research and Policy Manager – Equity and Climate Change – Brotherhood of St Lawrence

(12 month leave replacement position)

HOURS: Part Time- 30.4hrs per week (4 days per week) Consideration will be given to flexible arrangements for the selected applicant


Use your research skills to work towards a socially just and sustainable society Work in an innovative, intellectually stimulating environment at the cutting edge of policy and practice development Details at:

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Four Degrees – The UPDATE

In 2011, a conference in Melbourne gave us the first integrated overview of what rapid global warming might mean for Australia. This Symposium and book launch updates what we know about the key impacts of a Four Degree World on Australia and its region.

Wednesday 4 December, 6pm – 8pm

Carrillo Gantner Theatre, 761 Swanston Street, University of Melbourne  View Map




Malte Meinshausen, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

David Karoly, Climate Science, University of Melbourne

Lesley Hughes, Ecology, Macquarie University

Mark Howden, Chief Research Scientist Primary Industries, CSIRO

Tony McMichael, Population Health, Australian National University

Robyn Eckersley, Political Science, University of Melbourne

Peter Christoff, Climate Policy, University of Melbourne



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Media and Environment in Brazil

Date: Thursday 19th November 2013 | Time: 1pm Venue: Theatre 1, 221 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter:  Professor Antonio Almeida Dept of Economy, Administration and Sociology, University of Sao Paulo Antonio is an agronomist at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), with a PhD in Sociology from USP 1995, and studied at Ecole de Hautes Etudes in Science Sociales, Paris. He was a visiting scholar at Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, 1999, and at the Communication Department, University of Massachussets, Amherst, 2004. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economy, Business and Sociology, College of Agriculture Luiz de Queiroz – USP, and responsible for the Media and Environment Laboratory. His research considers how the media engages with environmental decision making and/or influences popular understanding of key environmental issues. His most recent research has included studies associated with the Piracicaba River Basin, and the role of NGOs in corporate communication.

The Media and Environment Laboratory at the College of Agriculture Luiz de Queiroz, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil investigates and analyses the controversial realities of Brazilian engagement with social and ecological change. Using content and critical discourse analysis topics range from the printed news coverage on pesticides; television news on dams projects in the Amazon region; NGOs’ interaction with corporate environmental communication; and environmental advertisements from corporations and the Brazilian government. In this seminar, Almeida focuses on the distance between the image and environmental management practices. He will consider how media messages become environmental problems themselves.  Almeida argues that democracy depends on information and the importance of these symbolic messages about environment quality. He considers that media treatment of the environment is frequently as problematic as those issues associated with media violence, glorification of war and weapons, racism, sexism, and the dissemination of other prejudices.


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