YHYS Fall Colloquium: Measuring and valuing sustainability

November 19-20, 2020

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology

The 25th annual colloquium of the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences (YHYS) will be organized at the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT), Department of Sustainability Science.

The colloquium includes high-level keynote speeches, workshop sessions and a panel discussion. We are committed to organize the colloquium live at LUT Lahti campus. However, in case of still existing restrictions due to COVID-19, the event will be changed into online-format.

We are pleased to open the Call for session proposals under the theme Measuring and valuing sustainability.

Definition of sustainability is in many ways a disputable and sensitive issue. People attach various things into discussions about sustainability, arising from their profound comprehension of the world, and the concept can also be purposefully used to drive diverse agendas. Because sustainability can mean almost anything, questions related to its measuring and valuing should be at the heart of scientific inquiries in this field. Transparent explanations of chosen measures and their valuation, on the other hand, can provide a sound foundation for sustainability-related policymaking. In this colloquium, we will discuss the challenges of measuring and valuing sustainability from various perspectives.

Aspects covered in the colloquium range from practical problems in situations where measures and values are given to sustainability-related issues to philosophical underpinnings of these types of activities. We will also aim to pinpoint interlinkages between diverse uses of the sustainability concept in research and related societal consequences. We welcome sessions from all disciplines that in a way or another relate to sustainability research. Covered themes can include, but are not limited to, management of natural resources, climate, food, energy, waste or consumption systems. We also welcome sessions aimed at conceptual clarification and methodological work around sustainability concerns. We encourage innovativeness in the working methods of the workshop sessions.

The proposals should contain a short description (200-300 words) of the intended session including the title and the names and institutional affiliations of the session chair(s). To submit your session proposal, please send it by e-mail to doctoral researcher Anna Härri (anna.harri@lut.fi) by June 14, 2020.


Important dates:

Confirmed sessions: June 24, 2020

Call for papers open: August 10 – September 20, 2020

Acceptance of papers: September 23, 2020

Registration open: September 1 – October 31, 2020

Colloquium: November 19-20, 2020


On behalf of the organizing committee,

Jarkko Levänen

Chair of YHYS