Rencontres 2011 – Social Justice and Sustainability: Back to Planning?


Hosted at the University of Reims on June 22-23, 2011
Organized by HABITER Lab. with the participation of Ignacy Sachs, and the support of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and of Suez Environnement.

These first “rencontres” marked the launching of the Research Center for Sustainability Science in Reims. Sustainability Science—that can hardly be translated into French—represents an emerging discipline []. Its formal birth dates back to the 2001 Amsterdam Conference Challenges of a Changing Earth. Sustainability science addresses action on sustainable development. This presupposes a multiscale approach—temporal, spatial, and functional—, as well the inclusion of dynamic equilibria, not only of an economic, physical-chemical or biological kind, but also between actors and societies whose interests may be divergent. It correspond to use-inspired research, which is based on the postulate that the greatest scientific achievements in whatever domain take place in the framework of research applied to concrete needs of human societies. This research is, therefore, at the same time “basic” and “applied”. It is about science (natural and social) and technology for sustainability.

This center —an european focal point— will be the place for theoretical construction of research programs that privilege interfaces among disciplines. Every year, it will organize a thematic intensive workshop, bringing together a wide partnership.


Wednesday 22 June 2011

10:00 am – Opening
François Mancebo, Professeur, Université de Reims, Coordinateur du point focal en Sustainablity science

Keynote speeches of the first day

10:30 am – Entering the Anthropocene: climate change and poverty are coupled challenges
Ignacy Sachs, EHESS, Honorary Professor

11:30 am – Linking knowledge with action for a sustainability transition: The challenge to planning
William Clark, Harvard University, Director of the Sustainability Science Program, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development

12:30 am – Lunch break

First session

2:30 pm – Sustainable Territorial Resources: Redistribution Or Hold Up?
Bernard Pecqueur, University of Grenoble, Director of the Territories Section of the PACTE Lab

3:15 pm – Environmental Risk, Justice and Sustainable Territorial Development: the Challenges Ahead in the Context of Climate Change
Isabelle Maret, University of Montreal, Associate Professo

4:00 pm – Soft Mobility: Justice, Safety, Sustainability
Paul Lewis, University of Montreal, Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape

4:45 pm – Normation, Regulation And Sustainable Planning: An International Relations Perspective
Jon-Marco Church, Harvard University, Ruffolo Fellow in Sustainability Science

5:00 pm – End of the first day

Contribution of our partners and supporters

5:30 pm – Combining social justice and sustainability in environmental services and industrial business: Suez Environnement»
Thomas Perianu, Vice-President Strategic Analysis and Sustainable Development at Suez-Environnement

6:15 pm – Fostering Equity and Societal Progress: UNITAR’s E-learning Program
Babar Kamal, Manager à l’United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Thursday 23 June 2011

Keynote speeches of the second day

10:30 am – Reinventing Globalization: National Development Strategies and International Collective Action
Deepak Nayyar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Professor of Economics, Honorary Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University

11:30 am – Renewing Development Planning: The Necessary Prevalence Of Political Choices
Christian Comeliau, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva, Honorary Professor

12.30am – Lunch break

Second Session

2:30 pm – Strategic Environmental Assessment: A Planning Tool For Sustainability
Emilio Labre La Rovere, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Director of LIMA – Interdisciplinary Lab on the Environment

3:15 pm – Economic Democracy: meeting some management challenges
Ladislau Dowbor, Pontifical University of Sao Paulo, Professor of Economics

4:00 pm – Time and the Market: a retrospective on the last 30 years of environmental economics and climate economics
Jean-Charles Hourcade, CIRED, Director, Research Director at the CNRS

4:45 pm – Synthesis And Launching Of The Focal Point On Sustainability Studies
François Mancebo, Professor, University of Reims, Coordinator of BABEL

4:30 pm – End of working