London agenda

INSS Annual Conference
April 8-10, 2015
London, UK Site

This year, in an effort to reduce travel impacts, we are experimenting with a novel hybrid conference model. Several “nodes” are available for participants to gather and engage with us:

UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Oregon State Univ. Cascades, Bend, OR

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
University College London, London, UK

Some sessions will be for local attendees only, but many of the sessions, including the keynote session, will be shared during on-line connections times.

All sites will be exploring the intersection of infrastructure and social sustainability. Through our keynote presentation and the infrastructure sub-themes each site has elected to emphasize, we will consider the ways in which we understand, study, and create linkages between infrastructure and social sustainability.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
(red denotes events simulcast across all sites)
1:00 pm Registration and lunch (Chadwick G04)
2:00 pm Welcome to INSS London (Chadwick 102)
2:30 pm Papers
• Michael Drinkwater – Human Security and Well Being: Addressing Inequality and the Dysfunctions of the Economic Growth Model
• Atiyeh Ardakanian – Sustainability of Social Values or Social Aspects of Sustainability?
3:30 pm Afternoon tea (Chadwick G04)
4:00 pm Formal Welcome and Site Introductions (all sites)
5:00 pm Keynote speaker: Adjo A. Amekudzi-Kennedy, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech (all sites)
6:30 pm Cross-site shared activities (select one to attend in person or join online):
Bend: Communities of Well-being, Eco-wellness, and Building sustainable mental health systems
Charlotte: Planning for Social Sustainability
Using the premise that social sustainability is most useful as a process rather than a set of objective criteria, several INSS investigators will guide attendees through considering how groups can engage in making and sharing each other’s plans to better understand how different “sustainabilities” across different organizations and interest groups complement and contradict one another. We will have the opportunity to grapple with how to help previously disparate groups begin to internalize each other’s priorities.
Lansing: Sustainability, Transdisciplinarity, and Infrastructure in Detroit
London: Building the Engineering Exchange: experiences and lessons
Phoenix: Six major themes/issues related to social sustainability that we are pursuing at ASU
7:15 pm Cross-site presentation session (all sites) and heavy appetizers
Presenters at all sites will be available (online and in person) to discuss their presentations, which will be available online ahead of time in some format.
 8:30 pm Dinner, Norfolk Arms (28 Leigh St, London WC1H 9EP)
Friday, April 10, 2015
(red denotes events simulcast across all sites)
9:00 am Meet in foyer of Chadwick Building for field trips
10:00 am Community Engagement and Social Sustainability with rail infrastructure development: Crossrail (25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf London E14 5LQ)
12:00 pm  Urban regeneration, displacement and threats to local economies: Elephant and Castle (Social Life, 12a Peacock Yard, Iliffe St, SE17 3LH)
1:30 pm Lunch (Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre)
3:00 pm Afternoon tea and site visit debrief (Chadwick 102)
4:00 pm

Social sustainability initiatives in planning and engineering organizations: We will hear from representatives from several national organizations about their sustainability efforts.


  • Rachelle Hollander, National Academy of Engineering
  • Robert Kerns, American Planning Association
  • Richard Wright, American Society of Civil Engineering’s Infrastructure Education Committee Chair, member of ASCE Committee on Sustainability
5:30 pm Cross-site conference conclusion
6:00 pm End of Conference Drinks (Chadwick G04)