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PhD opportunities at Christian-Doppler-Research Laboratory for Sustainable Product Management

Two open PhD position in our research lab "Sustainable Product Management enabling a Circular Economy

40 hours a week, temporary employment for 3 years, position to be filled as of September 2020

  • Full-time PhD-position that focuses on data-driven sustainability assessment of a vehicle traction battery. To the announcement
  • Full-time PhD-position that deals with the determination of a lifecycle sustainability optimum of an automotive component. To the announcement

Application Deadline

August 14th 2020

Application procedure

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application documents (motivation letter, CV, certificates) before the application deadline to: Please combine all documents in a single file and enter "CD-PhD-01" as subject in your email. For further questions please contact Prof. Dr. Rupert Baumgartner (Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research) at +43 316 380 3237.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 5th Annual Conference of the Portuguese Association of Energy Economics (APEEN)

Deadline extended to 20 September 2020

5th Annual Conference of the Portuguese Association of Energy Economics (APEEN)

20-21 January 2021

 The 5th Annual Conference of the Portuguese Association of Energy Economics (APEEN) is fully dedicated to all aspects of the Energy Transition and Sustainability. Climate change and sustainability are challenging energy systems to new levels of innovation, in terms of technology, regulation and social values.

The 5th APEEN conference aims to join leading academic scientists, researchers, innovators and business and social stakeholders, through an interdisciplinary context to present, share and discuss the most recent experiences, research results, innovations and ideas around the multiple themes on Energy Transition and Sustainability.

The 5th APEEN conference will take place on 20-21 January and will be held online.

Call for abstracts | Submission form

Deadline for submissions: 20th September, 2020

 Selected Focus Topics

The APEEN solicits abstracts for oral and poster presentations on the following select research topics:

●      Renewable energy sources and technologies

●      Energy storage

●      Energy security and sustainability

●      Technologies for carbon neutrality

●      Energy-efficient and sustainable buildings

●      Energy efficiency in industry

●      Sustainable mobility

●      Energy systems modeling

●      Energy systems resilience to climate change

●      Energy communities and prosumers

●      Energy sustainability in cities, including supply chain

●      Natural resources and materials for energy systems

●      Energy indicators for sustainability

●      Environmental impacts of energy systems

●      Digital technologies for sustainable energy systems

●      Artificial intelligence and big data for energy transition

●      Public policies and smart regulation for sustainable and carbon neutral energy system

●      Energy economics and markets

●      Energy Transition financing

●      Energy Poverty

●      Social aspects of energy transition

●      Policy, education, and legal aspects of energy transition

●      Energy for sustainable development


Abstract submissions can be made by filling the following submission form.

 All papers accepted for presentation (oral or poster) will have the opportunity to be considered for publication in the following journals: International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management and Sustainability (Special Issues: Energy Systems Sustainability and Multidimensional Perspectives for Energy Poverty Sustainable Mitigation). The selection will be carried out during the peer review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. Full papers submission will be managed by the editor of each Journal. The final decision for paper publication will be made based on peer review reports by the respective Journal.

 Important Dates

Extended abstract submission deadline: 10 September 2020

Authors notification: 10 October 2020

Submission of final extended abstract: 10 November

Full conference program: 10 December 2020


More information

Contact us for additional information:

5th Annual APEEN Conference is organized by CENSE (Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research) from NOVA School of Science and Tecnhology .

DLGS Call for applications 2021 Glowing cities: Heat and drought in urban contexts

The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) offers PhD scholarships for young scientists interested in research in the field of spatial sustainability science.

The deadline for applications to the call is 15th September, 2020. The program starts on 1st March 2021.

The current call topic focuses on the priority challenge of heat and drought in urban context. The graduate school is looking for research proposals that confront this high priority challenge and explore its implications theoretically and/or empirically, aiming to support novel and potentially ground breaking theoretical developments, approaches or solutions for transformative change that can limit urban drivers for heat and drought, and foster resilience to them.

Click here to see full call: DLGS Call_2021

Job opportunity: OsloMet

Associate Professor in Design for Sustainability

NEWS: Second Utrecht Degrowth Symposium (track 5c)

Over 600 people attended the Second Utrecht Degrowth Symposium: From Circular Economy to Circular Society on the 15th of May 2020. The event brought together scholars and practitioners from various sectors including government, NGOS, businesses and academia to discuss a circular future beyond economic growth.

The symposium included interventions by Dr. Sanli Faezi (Utrecht University), Martin Calisto Friant (Utrecht University), Dr. Kersty Hobson (Cardiff University), Ilektra Kouloumpi (Circle Economy), Joey Hodde (De Ceuvel), Dr. Socrates Schoutens (Waag), Martine Postma (Repair Café) and Dr. Ernst Worrell (Utrecht University).

The diversity of speakers and attendees allowed for a cross pollination of ideas and led to thought-provoking debates on what a degrowing circular society can look like and how it can be achieved.

One of the main topics of the symposium was the differentiation of a circular economy, seeking eco-efficient material and energy resources cycles with a circular society, which also seeks to circulate wealth, knowledge, technology and power in fundamentally democratic and redistributive manners.

The event therefore discussed the current challenges and critiques of the circular economy concept and the need to go beyond market-based circular solutions. Evidence presented in the symposium showed that circular innovations (such as product service systems and material recovery technologies) do not guarantee positive social and environmental benefits, especially if questions of scale, power and redistribution are no also addressed. This demonstrates the need to think of a sustainable, fair and equitable circular society rather than simply an eco-efficient circular economy.

The symposium also challenged the assumption that a circular future could be compatible with continued economic growth. Indeed, planetary boundaries and inevitable global resource limits force us to reconsider the current system’s addiction to growth and oblige us to imagine a degrowing circular society. As we have already overshot our planetary limits, degrowth is not only socially desirable (to create a new convivial world beyond individualism, utilitarianism, materialism, ethnocentrism, sexism and anthropocentrism) but also necessary for the very survival of human and non-human life on Earth.

In addition to this, the event discussed practical solutions and perspectives such as Amsterdam’s doughnut model used as a tool for circular, sustainable and regenerative urban planning. Other solutions were also presented such as repair cafés, cooperative housing models, and open source technologies.

The discussion also raised questions regarding the adoption of circular innovations in the Global South. This led for a fruitful debate showing that the Global North could, in fact, learn a lot from the diversity of circular and regenerative perspectives of the Global South such as Buen Vivir, Radical Pluralism, Ecological Swaraj etc. Instead of forcing western forms of circularity, a plurality of different circular societies can be imagined from many radically different epistemological and ontological frameworks.

Overall, the event was wake-up call regarding both the limits and potentials of circularity and the need to combine circular innovations with redistributive degrowth principles in order to ensure that the Earth’s ecological limits are respected and that the benefits and costs of a transition to a sustainable world are shared equally. Growth in a finite planet cannot continue, especially now that we have already grossly surpassed the world’s biocapacity. In this context, the second Utrecht degrowth symposium brought key ideas to avoid collapse and build de-growing circular societies, which are truly sustainable, fair and democratic.


Recordings of the symposium are available on the  YouTube channel, click 'see recordings' above.


The academic paper on which the concept of circular society was based on for the symposium can be accessed here.

Shortlist announced! Best Article Award 2019

The shortlist for best sustainable development article 2019 is ready. Please visit here to see the 2019 shortlist. Links to all articles are provided.


Please feel free to encourage other sustainable development researchers to register with the ISDRS and to see our 'Best Article award Hall of Fame'.

The winner will be announced in a special online ceremony during the conference.

Happy reading!

Shortlist 2019

Coronavirus: six key factors poor countries should focus on

By Olawale Emmanuel Olayide

Since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic late last year in Wuhan, China, the global community has witnessed unprecedented policy responses to curtail, contain and control the disease. Many have proven to be successful. But others required critical context consideration.

For instance, the lockdown in Nigeria risks threatening the livelihoods of millions of people who are dependent on the informal market for their survival. Another example is the fact that the security measures being imposed are extracting a heavy price from ordinary citizens.

Read full article in The Conversation CLICK HERE

Invitation to the second Utrecht Degrowth symposium: From circular economy to circular society, 15th May 2020

ISDRS Track 5c Circular Economy

Please join us for our second Utrecht Degrowth symposium: From circular economy to circular society on Friday 15 May. In response to the current measures in place to contain the spread of COVID19, this symposium will be held online.

During the symposium we discuss the possibilities of a holistic societal transformation towards sustainability. We will explore what a circular society can look like and how it can be achieved from the perspectives of academics and practitioners.

Registered participants receive a link to the ZOOM meeting and more information on the online proceedings one week before the event.

We look forward to have this timely discussion with you on May 15th.

The symposium is supported by the Towards a Circular Economy and Society hub of Utrecht University's strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability

Event Organisers

Olga Coretcaia

Dr. Ir. Sanli Faez

Martin Calisto Esquetini-Friant

Dr. Giuseppe Feola

Laura van Oers

Coronavirus Update:

With the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus, life in general and also conference planning has become more complicated. We monitor developments closely and take into account both national and international recommendations as presented by different public health organisations. The safety and wellbeing of the ISDRS community is of utmost importance to us.

Given all uncertainties around travel, we have decided to develop a virtual version of ISDRS2020, which may run parallel to the onsite event, if the situation improves by July, or will be organized solely, if travel for most participants is still not possible.  This change has major implications for most aspects of the conference including the structure of the programme, the required facilities and the financial resources needed to host the event, which in turn will also require the revision of registration categories/fees.

However, our determination to provide a platform for scientific discussion – as ISDRS conferences have always been – is unchanged. For this reason we ask you to continue with the preparation of your presentations and papers. The conference proceedings will be published as normal and details about different ways of participation, changes in registration fees and deadlines will be posted on the website as soon as possible.