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YHYS colloquium: Sustainable Welfare

When: 25.–26.11.2021
Where: Dipoli, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo, Finland
Registration period: 26.10.2021 8:00 – 18.11.2021 12:00
Event language(s): English

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Welfare societies have evolved to pursue progress, distribute wellbeing, and build up institutional capacities to regulate and steer social development. Sustainability concerns present a double bind for such societies. While the key conditions of the development of welfare societies erode, including rampant acquisition of natural resources and rapid economic growth, crisis escalate and transformational sustainability challenges amount. In between such pressures, sustainability pursuits call for a broad constituency, new visions of welfare and wellbeing and creative articulation of transformational pathways to sustainability.

In the YHYS 2021 colloquium, we highlight particularly the following aspects of sustainability transformations:

Institutional lock-ins and the capacities of the welfare state
Novel ideas about the actors, key processes, and structures in a welfare state context
How environmental and social crises punctuate and build momentum for transformations
Legitimacy, inclusiveness, and acceptance of sustainability transformations
How global perspectives infuse in and inform societal change from personal and local to national processes

Keynote speakers are:

  • Dr. Shane Epting is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (USA).
  • Julia Steinberger is a Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Dr. Susan Chomba is the Director of Vital Landscapes for Africa at the World Resources Institute (WRI).
  • Lauri Rapeli works as the Director of Research in the Social Science Research Institute (Samforsk) at Åbo Akademi University since 2016.