The 23rd YHYS Colloquium

Environmental Politics, Economy and Knowledge

Turku, Finland, 23rd–24th November 2017

Call for Papers (OPEN NOW)

The conveners of Thematic Working Groups now warmly welcome suggestions for oral presentations (appr. 30 mins including discussion). Please find below the list of the working groups and submit your abstract directly to the specific working group’s Convener by Email. The deadline for doing this is Sunday 22nd October 2017. Author’s(/-s’) name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and Email address(es) should be included in the abstract proposals. Maximum length of an abstract is 400 words. Notification of the (un)acceptance of abstracts will be given by Sunday 29th October 2017.

It is recommended (but not necessary) that the presenters will send a full paper (Work-in-Progress) to the Convener at latest one week before the Colloquium (Thursday 16th November) and that the Convener(s) then makes the papers available for the other presenters of the Working Group session.

Thematic Working Groups:
(1) Holding private sector and the state accountable: Learning for transformational change within and beyond the forestry sector
(2) Sustainable urban development and knowledge
(3) Governance of information for bio- and circular economies in the age of digitalization
(4) The role of living laboratories in sustainability transformations
(5) After the big picture: Degrowth and post-capitalist ecologies
(6) Regenerative notes – Reflecting and developing empathetic practices in post-fossil world
(7) Games as transformative tools in environmental policy

General Theme

The purpose of the colloquium is to bring together researchers from environmental social sciences and humanities to discuss how the interrelationships between environmental politics, economy and knowledge are currently being rearranged. For example, circular economy draws heavily on expert knowledge and engineering-based solutions. These solutions are argued to contribute to economic growth, creating jobs, international competitiveness and sustainable development. Furthermore, mitigating climate change requires successful combination of progressive politics and innovative economics, based on scientific knowledge. Environmental denialism, in its turn, builds on negation, questioning scientific experts and the knowledge they produce. Finally, degrowth challenges the rationality of prevailing politics and economy. The understanding of planetary boundaries supports the underlying justifications of degrowth, yet its knowledge basis is fragmented.


Keynote Speakers

Elisa Morgera, University of Strathclyde Law School/ Centre for Environmental Law and Governance & Louisa Parks, University of Trento
Karin Edvardsson Björnberg, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
Jouni Paavola, CCCEP, Leeds
Juha Hiedanpää, Luke, Turku


YHYS Colloquium 2017 Programme


Environmental Problems Drama Workshop (OPEN NOW)

Studying environmental problems through research is rewarding, but there is a danger of our view becoming too one-sided. Are we researchers really capable in handling complex problems in versatility they deserve? Or do we see only one aspect of the problem at the time?
In the environmental problems drama workshop you get a chance to create new view and impressions for yourself and the other participants. By empathizing various different stakeholders in environmental problems through drama it’s possible to experience problems in the ways we wouldn’t normally even consider.
Producer of the workshop is drama instructor Tommi Koskinen.
Duration: 1,5 hours
Date and time: 23rd November, 16.30–18.00
Enrolment: Send an email to jari.karkkainen @  utu.fi or through Registration Form (link below)
Worksop will be realised if there are enough enrolments. Workshop minimum is six persons, maximum 20 persons. Additional information will be provided after workshop realisation is confirmed.


The Unconference: ”Ajattelun karikot ja tutkimuksen virheellinen käyttö”

An informal discussion session chaired by Ville Lähde (http://www.villelahde.fi/kuka/) will take place on Friday 24th at 10.30-12.00. To facilitate the discussion, brief pre-readings will be available for the participants. Enrolment by 15th Nov required. The session follows the principles of the so-called unconference format which aims at supporting active participation and offers a platform for lively, cross-disciplinary discussions.

Language: This session will be held in Finnish.

Description in Finnish

Yksinkertaistavat vastakkainasettelut ovat yhä yleisempiä julkisessa keskustelussa. Tieteen ja muun yhteiskunnan suhteiden kannalta hälyttävintä on tieteellisen tiedon aktiivinen kyseenalaistaminen. Tiedon ja mielipiteen raja hälventyy: tutkimustiedosta tulee vain yksi mielipide muiden rinnalla. Yhtäältä tämä tarkoittaa, että esimerkiksi ympäristökiistoissa tutkija on helppo leimata vain yhdeksi ideologiseksi ryhmäksi muiden joukossa. Tutkijoiden näkemyseroista voidaan puhua julkisuudessa, vaikka niitä ei olisikaan merkittävästi. Toisaalta tätä asetelmaa vastaan kamppailu voi myös yksinkertaistaa kuvaa tieteestä: tiedeyhteisöjä puolustetaan nahkoineen karvoineen, jolloin ei jää keskustelutilaa tiedeyhteisöjen sisäisten ongelmien käsittelyyn. Yksinkertaistavan ajattelun ongelmista keskustellaan BIOS-tutkimusyksikön tutkijan ja tietokirjailijan Ville Lähteen avittamana. Taustalukemistona on kaksi lukua (Mielipide vai tieto? s. 98-113 sekä Miten ajattelu lopetetaan? s. 182-188) Lähteen teoksesta Paljon liikkuvia osia (Savukeidas, 2015) sekä ”Ihmisen ekologinen jalanjälki moninainen” -kirjoitus Turun Sanomissa (http://www.ts.fi/mielipiteet/lukijoilta/3010005/Ihmisen+ekologinen+jalanjalki+moninainen). Keskustelua rohkaistaan rönsyilemään.

Enrolment: Through Registration Form (link below)


Registration, Colloquium Dinner, and Payments

Participation fee (non-YHYS members): 20€
Participation fee (students or YHYS members): FREE OF CHARGE

Colloquium dinner at Tiirikkala (Linnankatu 3, Turku; http://www.tiirikkala.fi) at 19.30 on Thursday 23rd November 2017

The participation fee includes participation in the programme and coffee/refreshments. Travel, accommodation and lunch costs are not included in the participation fee.

The participation fee as well as the Colloquium dinner should be paid to YHYS bank account: FI95 8000 1770 4407 26 (Danske Bank) when registering for the event by 15th November at latest. The link to register and options for the colloquium dinner: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/431DFC62D473876D

Cancellation policy: For cancellations received by 15th November 2017, the paid registration fees will be refunded, except for any invoicing costs. No refund will be issued for cancellations made after this date. No refunds will be made for absentees. A paid participation fee may be transferred to another individual from the same organisation without any extra charge. All requests for cancellations, refunds and registration transfers must always be made by e-mail to mataah (at)  utu.fi.

Should you encounter problems or have any questions related to the matters above, please contact mataah (at)  utu.fi