The 23rd YHYS Colloquium

Environmental Politics, Economy and Knowledge

Turku, Finland, 23rd–24th November 2017



There is a Video Live Streaming of the keynote sessions as well as The Unconference. To follow them, please click here.


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


Thematic Working Groups

There will be five partially parallel sessions (see Programme). Please find the Thematic Working Groups’ descriptions and programmes as well as abstracts of the presentations here.


 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. 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. This session will be held in Finnish. Enrolment by 15th Nov required (through Registration Form; link below).

Please find details and description of The Unconference in Finnish here.


One Year Demonstration: Academic Publishing and Scientific Societies 

We would like to invite the participants of the YHYS Colloquium to hold one-person demonstrations for academic publishing and scientific societies by taking part in the project One Year Demonstration. This is a one-woman demonstration project by the performance artist Leena Kela (see www.instagram.com/leenakelaa). In the YHYS Colloquium, One Year Demonstration will be executed in cooperation with the project Julkea!

Please find more information here.

Environmental Problems Drama Work

CANCELLED owing to too few enrolled participants; our apology for the possible inconvenience due to this change

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