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ISDRS Q1 Newsletter 2022

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1. Message from the president

2. Announcements:

Conference update
Best Article Award 2021 update
New professionals group
Call for papers
Job opportunity
III International Meeting : Histories of Nature and Environments: More Than Just Biodiversity
International Symposium. Sustainability in the tourism sector: implementation and speech
Robotics for Sustainability Partnership Platform 2022
Book release: Co-Creativity and Engaged Scholarship: Transformative Methods in Social Sustainability Research
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1. Message from the President

Ukraine, ISDRS and 60 years since the book of Silent Spring.

As we are painfully reminded of daily, Ukraine has been hit by an illegal and unjust war, hit by an aggressor who does not hesitate to attack civilians, cultural buildings, hospitals, schools and universities; who does not hesitate to commit war crimes. The situation remains deeply worrying.

ISDRS was early with a condemnation and stance. Such a statement of support and solidarity is important and should not be underestimated; I am grateful that the ISDRS Board could act so quickly. Research and higher education are true international activities and as university teachers and researchers we have strong networks with colleagues around the world. ISDRS is one of the oldest networks for scholars in sustainable development.

Research and education, where new knowledge is created and disseminated, are crucial for a sustainable future. Our universities have an important role to play; research-based education at our universities contribute to lifelong learning for people of all ages and is a fundamental human right. As a global network for transformative research on sustainable development, ISDRS is stronger than ever and will continue playing an important role.

But another thing is worth noting, which has not least been significant for the environmental movement of our time and our time's research on climate change. It is sixty years since the American marine biologist Rachel Carson published the book "Silent Spring". Over the years, Carson has been attacked by many, including by representatives of the chemical industry. The criticism has largely been about the pesticide DDT, which has been used in the control of malaria mosquitoes, among other things. Research since then has proven her right; societies have become less dependent on DDT and the environment has recovered from DDT pollution.

Carson and her work against DDT became a symbol for debaters who oppose all forms of regulation against the "free market". Such polarization, that "free market" would stand in opposition to science, has also been common in discussions about the climate since the end of the 20th century, however it is starting to become obsolete. Large and powerful players in business and the financial sector are well aware of the seriousness of climate change and more recently also biodiversity (just have a look at Stop Ecocide initiative[1]).

Recently, a new report was published by the Network for Greening the Financial System, entitled: "Central banking and supervision in the biosphere: An agenda for action on biodiversity loss, financial risk and system stability"[2]. The network consists of about eighty of the world's central banks and other major financial actors. They are convinced that natural values ​​must be taken into account when making their decisions, that loss of biodiversity can have major economic consequences and poses a risk to economic stability.

Also in this respect, I am very proud of what ISDRS stands for and that our annual conferences enable the ISDRS community of scholars from all over the world to contribute with new knowledge for a sustainable development.

Peter Dobers, professor
ISDRS President 2021-2022
April 8, 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden

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2. Announcements

ISDRS 2022 Conference update

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Registration is now open

Registrations have now been open for a few days and we are happy to see the list of delegates growing! Make sure to register before May 2nd if you are a presenter and would like to present at the conference. Both on campus and online options are available. Make sure to read through the instructions in the registration form, this will help you find the right fee category. See you in June!

More information about prices and how to register, and more importantly the link to the registration page, go to Pricing & Registration.

Invitation to all our members and followers:

What is the best article in 2021?

Dear ISDRS Members and Followers,

All members and followers of the ISDRS are invited to vote for candidates for the ISDRS ‘Best Sustainable Development Article Award 2021’.

We want to reward thrilling sustainability papers and we want to help sustainability researchers to flag sustainability research globally.

A shortlist for the selection of the best sustainable development article 2021 is already on the ISDRS homepage for voting.

A great achievement, and a warm thank you to all who contributed!
NOW, we need your votes as a shortlist without voters isn’t too meaningful!
You, as a member are warmly invited to have a look at the papers and give your vote. Please visit here to find the links to the shortlist comprising six thrilling sustainability articles published in 2021, selected by the Award Jury from more than 20 submissions.
So, please: Vote! Have a look at the papers, make up your mind, and vote.

The voting page to cast your vote, voting closes on Sunday 24th April.
Happy voting!
Best wishes,
Marlen Arnold, Head of Award Jury

Choose the best three out of six NOW!
Your voting counts!
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ISDRS New Professionals Group

Application for the 2022 ISDRS Mentorship Programme is now open!!!

The main goal of the ISDRS Mentorship Programme is to connect senior academics (mentor) with junior academics (mentee) in a meaningful way, and thereby creating a mutual benefit, and cementing a stronger relationship between all involved: the new professionals, the senior ones, and within ISDRS as a whole.

ISDRS Mentorship Programme was initiated in 2020 and ran successfully for the first time in 2021. Mentors and mentees were paired to talk about academic work/research, career and/or work-life balance, networking and professional contacts, etc. In addition, several inspiration events were held online or as face-to-face workshops to share experiences and set the future directions.

We welcome interested researchers to fill the following Google form to participate in this year’s mentorship programme:

  • Mentors: ISDRS senior researchers (PhD's as a requirement). Mentors could be 1) University professors from ISDRS institutional members, 2) ISDRS topic group leaders 3) Board members, or other experienced members.

  • Mentees: ISDRS master students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, junior researchers on short term contracts and assist./assoc. prof. on tenure tracks.
The application deadline is April 30, 2022. The paired results will be notified by late May.

For any questions, please contact Xin Liu via

Call for Papers

Dear ISDRS members and colleagues,

I am very pleased to be launching new Special Issues together with expert editorial teams:

Link to Submit:

We are now in the process of putting together a group of top researchers whose work we'd like to feature in these Special Issues, and we would like you to participate. This is a unique opportunity for us to collaborate and to showcase your research.

Please get in touch if you have any questions - looking forward to receiving your articles.

Best Regards,

Hamed Gholami, PhD, MEng


Two RES special issues are now open for submissions

1. Topic: Supporting multi-criteria sustainability assessments towards a circular economy of food systems

Environmental impact assessment, Sustainability, Food systems, Circular economy, Sustainable diets, Food policy, Consumers attitude

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: Sep 30, 2022
Acceptance Deadline: Dec 15, 2022

Guest editors
Dr. Dario Caro
Joint Research Center, Spain,

Dr. Alessandro Galli
Global Footprint Network, Belgium,

Dr. Marta Antonelli
Centro Euro Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy,

More information, please visit:

2. Topic: Understanding hydro-climatic extremes in an anthropogenic climate change era and their environmental impacts

Climate change, Hydrological processes, Extreme events (e.g., droughts, floods, bushfires), Adaptation and mitigation, Resilience, Food security, Remote sensing

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: Mar 31, 2023
Acceptance Deadline: Aug 31, 2023

Guest editors
Dr. Christopher Ndehedehe
Griffith University, Australia,

Prof. Vagner Ferreira
Hohai University, China,
Dr. Ashraf Dewan
Curtin University, Australia,

More information, please visit:

You can find RES on the following social media:
  • RES Linkedin group:
  • RES Linkedin company page:
  • RES Twitter:
  • RES Youtube:
  • RES WeChat:
Special Issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050): Anthropogenic use of phosphorus resources and environmental impacts
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 2022. 12. 31
Keywords: phosphorus cycling, human activities, food production and consumption, trade, nutrient management, eutrophication, resource depletion

Guest Editors:
Dr. Xin Liu, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, China
Prof. Dr. David A. Vaccari, Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Job opportunity

The Department of Business Administration at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor level. We are seeking candidates in the areas of Strategy, Sustainability, and/or Corporate Social Responsibility. The start date is flexible.

Duties: Duties of a faculty member will include in varying proportions: a) teaching activities, b) research activities, and c) academic service activities.

Terms:  Our working conditions include a start-up period with a 2-course teaching load per semester and the possibility to hire teaching and research assistants. We also provide incentives for publication as well as an attraction bonus (subject to certain requirements).

Application Deadline:  Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.
  • Ph.D. completed or near completion (achieved before arrival).
  • Languages: English (required); Spanish (preferable but not required).
  • A promising research agenda.
  • Ability to effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the field.

III International Meeting

Histories of Nature and Environments: More Than Just Biodiversity

Peniche (Portugal)
24, 25, 26 November 2022
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The Centre for History (CH-ULisboa) of the University of Lisbon, the Centre for the Humanities (CHAM) of the NOVA University of Lisbon and the Centre for Administration and Public Policies (CAPP) of the University of Lisbon are pleased to be hosting the 3rd International Meeting Histories of Nature and Environments: More than just Biodiversity from the 24th to the 26th of November 2022. The meeting will take place in Peniche with the support of the city Hall. 

Following the previous meetings and the discussion on the interaction between humans and the natural world and on landscape as a historical testimony and source for the study of the past, this third reunion aims to focus on the plurality of ecosystems and species, and the richness of the natural world, while addressing cultural and social diversities in their multiple entanglements with nature.

Ecocultural systems, or integrated 'natureculture' views, will be the main object of our discussions, considering that different species, both human and non-human, and their interrelationships, can be placed at the centre of the debate and be discussed as agents in historical and current narratives.

Grounded in the humanities for the environment, this is an inter- and multidisciplinary event that seeks to reach out to different scholars, academics, scientists, and stakeholders, and to involve various disciplinary approaches. The aim of this meeting is to promote a fruitful multidisciplinary exchange and an active debate on these issues with the contribution of all participants.
We are welcoming contributions from early stage to senior researchers, as well as from people outside academia, in the following suggested topic areas

Suggested but not exclusive main topics
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Blue and green humanities
  • Environmental art
  • Environmental education and outreach
  • Ethics and policy
  • “Natureculture” systems and anthromes
  • Past and present ecosystems
  • Tales of/for the Anthropocene

Submission of abstracts
The conference will be held in English and is open to submissions from any discipline and scholars in different stages, including ESRs, with interests in these fields. Potential participants should submit a proposal by May 15, 2022 to Proposals must be sent in a Word document and include: Title; Name(s) of author(s); Institutional Affiliation; E-mail address; Topic area; Abstract - up to 300 words; Keywords – up to 5. Each author can only submit one proposal as first author.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 1, 2022. The abstracts accepted in the conference will be available on-line. Maximum allotted time for presentations is 15 minutes.

At this moment, with information that global vaccination rates are increasing, we are confident in the possibility of holding an in-person meeting. In this case, national regulations regarding Covid-19 will be implemented. Nevertheless, we are also exploring the possibility of a hybrid (in-person/online) meeting format.
The meeting will be free of charge, but registration is mandatory.
For further information, please contact us via e-mail -

Steve Mentz (St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, US)
Hal Whitehead (Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada)
Jane Carruthers (University of South Africa, SA; Rachel Carlson Center)
Regina Horta Duarte (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil)
Ana Cristina Roque (CH-ULisboa)
Cecilia Veracini (CAPP - ISCSP-UL)
Cristina Brito (CHAM– NOVA FCSH)
Nina Vieira (CHAM – NOVA FCSH)
Joana Gaspar Freitas (CH-ULisboa)
Ana Marcelino (CH-ULisboa)

Website for our last event:
Our last publications:

International Symposium. Sustainability in the tourism sector: implementation and speech

The "International Symposium. Sustainability in the tourism sector: implementation and speech" aims to be a place for meeting between institutions, organisations, professionals and academics to analyse the current status sustainability in the tourism sector and the keys to greater sustainability in the future.

Participants are encouraged to present theoretical reflections, empirical results or practical and didactic experiences in the fields of management and development of sustainable business and its speech. The organisers consider that the plurality of perspectives and methods, as well as the exchange of experiences and reflections from different areas (engineering, architecture, social sciences, law, linguistics or marketing, to name a few), are essential to ensure the advancement of sustainability both at the theoretical level and in its application internship.

The symposium is organised by Tecnun-Escuela de Ingeniería of the University of Navarra and the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra, at framework of project "KiNESIS: Alliances of knowledge for social innovation in the face of depopulation".

Communications in English and Spanish
Date for receipt of contributions: until 24 April 2022. Notification of accepted contributions will be made by 1 May 2022.

30 June and 1 July 2022
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Book release

Co create
An open access social sustainability science research methods book has just been published entitled ‘Co-Creativity and Engaged Scholarship: Transformative Methods in Social Sustainability Research’. The book is one of a number of outputs produced by RECOMS, an H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission (No. 765389). The volume, edited by Prof. Alex Franklin (Coventry University), features 15 chapters by young and established sustainability researchers and offers a unique overview of transdisciplinary approaches to researching and communicating community environmental practice. It demonstrates how to engage in impactful research realising the full potential of transdisciplinary science and makes for an invaluable reference for researchers working across a range of different institutions and community settings. For free and unlimited access, download your copy here:

Speaking of Co-Creation and communicating community practices, RECOMS has also recently released an interactive game-like tool aimed at addressing social justice in urban food systems. The Re-ADJUSTool, engagement toolkit is designed to enable policy-makers, practitioners and citizens to jointly unpack, discuss and integrate social justice within their specific economic, cultural and political food governance contexts. By playing the RE-ADJUSTool you will jointly discover what it takes to create a more equitable, inclusive and fair food system in your local community or city. The RE-ADJUSTool enables policy makers, stakeholders and citizens to talk about and operationalise social justice within an urban food governance context. Download the freely available DIY (do-it-yourself) version of the RE-ADJUSTool and check out the game expansions on:; See also this video on the tool from RECOMS’ YouTube channel:
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