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Conferences and Guest Speakers

This three-day conference will feature presentations, panels, workshops, and exhibitions on sustainability in general and urban sustainability in particular from student and faculty researchers from Concordia and beyond. Check out the conference website for the latest updates!


As part of our monthly seminar series, Oren Ben-Yosef examines the shifting role of botanical gardens, from living museums with very specific audiences to places of education, empowerment, therapy, and rehabilitation.


As part of our monthly seminar series, John Stella examines the effetcs of invasive tamarask on dryland fluvial systems.


As part of our monthly seminar series, Adan Suazo examines conflict over water in water-rich New Zealand.


As part of our monthly seminar series, Dr. Christine Merk examines individuals’ trade-offs between climate engineering technologies and mitigation.


As part of our monthly seminar series, Dr. Bengi Akbulut presents her work on collective action in Turkey.


Drs. Rayjmond Paquin, Guillaume Pain, and Suzanne Tilleman investigate how firms’ strategic schemas –corporate cognitive models representing strategic interpretation– and environmental impacts influence each other over time.


As part of our monthly seminar series, Dr. Mona Luxion will present her research on water availability in India.


This two-day conference (March 8-9) will feature Dr. Kamal Bawa, as well as presentations from Concordia faculty and students on sustainability research. This year's conference will also feature a workshop on careers in sustainability. For more information about the conference, visit the conference website.


As part of our monthly seminar series, Marie Gagné will present her research on the large-scale industrial acquition of land for biofuels and industrial agriculture in Sénégal.


Famed explorer and mountaineer, much-honoured humanist and environmentalist Bernard Voyer will share his experiences and insights on the topic of Northern conservation.


Material Engagement Theory (MET) represents an attempt to link the material world to sociocultural development as well as the emergence, development, and maintenance of socioeconomic institutions that ultimately come to define a people. What would happen if we applied the tool of MET to our own contemporary material culture? Can we then learn anything new about our own culture? Can we learn anything new about sustainability? This seminar will explain what MET is, how it is used, and how it might be applied in environmental studies research. The presenter, Peter Graham, will argue that MET provides an entry point to get at the tacit knowledge and the implicit learning that comes from simply growing up and being in a cultural landscape and actively engaging with the materiality of that landscape. The question pertinent to sustainability that MET raises is whether sustainability could possibly be achieved without a radical shift in the ways we engage with the material world. More information here.


Professor Drizo has been working on innovative, sustainable phosphorus removal technologies for eutrophication mitigation and control for the past 25 years. She will present her efforts and challenges in innovative technology research, development, implementation, testing and validation across 4 continents and will talk about future research and opportunities. More information here.


In an age where our Earth limits are increasingly perceptible, how can our economic systems take them into account? By recognizing the need to redefine ecological and social justice, this conference aims to highlight the current ecological and social challenges, the different visions and tools that fuel change, as well as paths to be undertaken to transform our economic system. Visit the conference website for more information.


This conference will feature an opening ceremony presided over by Kevin Ka'nahsohon Deer, Faithkeeper, Peacekeeper and Teacher of the Mohawk Trail Longhouse from Kahnawake (Quebec). Professor Kathleen Mahoney from the University of Calgary, Chief Negotiator for the Assembly of First Nations and primary architect of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, will present a keynote address entitled Reconciliation, Human Rights and Climate. John Crowley, Leader in environmental humanities and Chief of Research at the UNESCO in Paris, will present a keynote address entitled Environmental Humanities: Politics, Dialogue and Ethics. Visit the conference website for more information.


This is a two-day interdisciplinary conference (March 16th and 17th), featuring keynote addresses by Bishop Sofie Petersen and Dr. Daniel Simberloff. Visit the conference website for more information.





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