Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Call of Papers: 1st Seminar About sustainability strategies and climate change in the BRICS countries - Application: 22th May 2015

1st International Seminar of Studies on the BRICS

1st Seminar About sustainability strategies and climate change in the BRICS countries 

28th to 30th July 2015

Venue: UFRN - Natal - Brazil


Call of Papers




            The organization of the 1st International Seminar of Studies on the BRICS / Seminar About sustainability strategies and climate change in the BRICS countries invites researchers, professionals, professors, students and managers to submit studies and experiences with the global warming in the following areas: environment; food; education; security; public administration; housing; entrepreneurship, employment and income; energy; water and sewage.

            It is understood topics related to sustainability those who collaborate in the improvement of sustainable behavior in the context of public, private and society. We highlight some issues of common interest to the countries belonging to the BRICS:

- Environment (Biodiversity, Energy, Water, Waste);

- Actions quality of life;

- Suppor to rural communities and at risk;

- Economic development.

            It is also important for the event 1st International Seminar of Studies on the BRICS / Seminar About sustainability Strategies and Climate Change in the BRICS Countries participation of researchers holding research methodologies and intervention providing: 1) comparative studies between countries; 2) internationalization of research; 3) expansion of the social, environmental and economic indicators; and 4) guidance for the formulation of public policies.

            The 1st International Seminar of Studies on the BRICS / Seminar About sustainability Strategies and Climate Change in the BRICS Countries seeks to promote the sharing of innovative experiences and provide knowledge transfer to the improvement of instruments and living practices with global warming.




2.1 – E-mail and form to submision of presenting the following title "BRICS SEMINAR – SURNAME AND FIRST NAME".

2.2 - Rules for Abstract Submission:

1) The abstract should must use Times New Roman font, size 12, single spaced, justified; 2) The title should be typed in capital letters, font 12, centered, in bold at the top; 3) The name(s) of author(s) shall (will) be mentioned below the title. In order: name, institution and e-mail; 4) Suggests that the text be developed with a maximum of 800 words; 5) It is suggested that abstracts must contain: Introduction: general and specific objectives, presenting also a brief description of the organization or community of the studied experience and key theoretical concepts related to the works. Methodology: describe which method (qualitative or quantitative); population studied; description of the procedures and instruments for collect data and techniques used to analyze the results. Results: analysis of the key findings of the research results; and Conclusion: implications of the research for the improvement of the organization and / or studied design, as well as their social, organizational and economic contribution. References: inform the main references cited in the theoretical framework. 6) The work must be submitted within the deadline: 22th May 2015

2.3 - will not be accepted: project description and intent to work or summary literature review only.




            There will be prizes for the best experience and studies presented at the 1st International Seminar of BRICS Studies/ Seminar About Sustainability Strategies and Climate Change in the BRICS Countries through certificate for the best jobs. 




            We invite you to submit your abstracts by the 22th May 2015, by emailing CEBRICS (

            Please feel free to share this invitation with other researchers or colleagues that might be interested in submitting a topic.

            We look forward to your contributions!

With steem,

Prof. Julio Francisco Dantas de Rezende

Coordinator of Center of BRICS Studies (CEBRICS) - UFRN


Phones: 55 84 9986-9173/ 9981-8160

Asia/Environment Student Research Conference

Asia/Environment Student Research Conference

Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability & Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Thursday, April 16, 2015 – Friday, April 17, 2015

Undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research related to Asia and the environment are invited to submit posters and papers for presentation at this first in a series of annual conferences.

Today it is impossible to think seriously about the challenges of sustainable development and the environment without understanding the local and global environmental footprint of rapid economic growth in Asia—and the Asian response. At the same time, Asian Studies students increasingly require familiarity with the scientific, cultural and political dimensions of environmental crises and sustainable development.

With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is sponsoring an annual student research conference, providing a venue for students to present undergraduate, masters and PhD level research at the intersection of these critical issues. The conference seeks to shed critical light on how we all might live sustainably—or not—in a 2050 world with three billion more people, limited resources, a thickening blanket of carbon dioxide heating the planet, and a global economic development process increasingly defined by Asian models and leadership.

The conference will be held on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, which is easily accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $30, and housing and meals will be provided for student participants. Meals are included for non-student registrants. The conference will begin at 4 PM on Thursday, April 16, and end at 9 PM on Friday, April 17.

To learn more about the conference, please sign up for our mailing list here.

To submit a paper for a panel, or a proposal for a poster presentation, please send a one paragraph abstract to Undergraduate students must also include a letter of support from a professor.

Download: Poster - Asia-Env 1.pdf
For more information, call 845-758-7067, e-mail,
or visit
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday, March 2, 2015

Call for Papers: Building governance and climate change: regulation and related polices


Special issue: Building governance and climate change: regulation and related polices

When considering the limited development of building codes against the background of the Brundtland Report (1987), the lack in progress is notable.  This raises the question of whether the existing focus of building regulations and control policies should expand from issues of inhabitant health and safety to include a wider remit of environmental health and safety. This will challenge traditional regulatory roles and responsibilities. It also raises wider questions of what alternatives exist or can be created for the governance of these issues.

This special issue will explore alternatives for the role, processes (and politics), the system and its institutional structures, the formulation, the content and the organization of governance (normally thought of as 'building regulations and building control policies' and the influence of standards) in the following areas:

  • Alternative governance approaches (e.g. building performance and reducing energy performance gaps)

  • The application of life cycle thinking to governance

  • The potential for the inclusion of resilience strategies (for long-term uncertainties) into governance

  • The balance between command and control regulations versus incentive schemes

  • New roles for control and supervision: widening the focus from the design stage to monitoring the construction process, testing the quality of the final building and monitoring/adjusting its occupied performance

  • The role of regulations and related polices for existing buildings and adaptive re-use of buildings

  • The contradictions between regulation as a barrier (e.g. for the construction of affordable housing) and as

    protection (e.g. health & safety, climate change, etc)

  • Unintended consequences (e.g. higher requirements leading to the demolition of existing buildings, etc)

  • Institutional frameworks for regulatory systems or other forms of governance

  • The risks and effects of path dependence in regulations

Important dates:

Call for Abstracts issued 23 February 2015

Deadline for abstract submission Tuesday 07 April 2015

Abstracts selected & authors notified  17 April 2015

Full paper due 07 September 2015

Revised paper due 25 January 2016

Publication  mid-2016

Guest editors: 
Professor Edwin Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr Jacques Laubscher, Tschwane University of Technology

Last call for abstracts! "Our Common Future under Climate Change" Conference, 7-10 July 2015, Paris

This is the last opportunity to submit a contribution for the international scientific conference "Our Common Future under Climate Change". You have until March 10 at 23h59 (CET) to submit your abstract for an oral or poster presentation.

Come to Paris between 7-10 July 2015 to participate in this major scientific event, share your latest research and findings, and discuss and exchange in more than 100 parallel sessions with colleagues from all disciplines on the various aspects of climate change in the broader context of global change.

This conference is designated a "COP21 - Paris 2015" event by the French Government and will be the largest scientific conference ahead of the COP21. A large number of renowned keynote speakers have already confirmed their participation.

Don't miss this key milestone leading up to COP21!

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