Agenda: London

Please register here to attend the conference in London

If you plan on attending the Thursday, June 9th, London Panel please review the slides on climate change below and if you have time the paper on Global Ethics as well.

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Gasper_Future Global Ethics_JGE 2014_online

The 2016 INSS annual conference will be hosted across multiple sites. The keynote speaker, cross-site synchronous activities, and the invisible disasters panel will be accessed online through all sites. Local events and activities may not be held across all sites.

Please select a site below to view its conference schedule.

Atlanta, GA

Bend, OR

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

London, UK

Thursday June 9

(red denotes simulcast across all sites)

1PM Welcome to INSS, registration and lunch

2-4PM Engineering Exchange showcase and annual report launch and afternoon tea

4PM Formal Welcome and Site Introductions (all sites)

5PM Keynote speaker Dr. Timothy Beatley – Charlotte hosting

The Promise and Potential of the Global Biophilic Cities Movement

Nature provides many emotional, spiritual and health benefits to residents of cities. Biophilia argues that we have co-evolved with nature, and that we have a deep need to affiliate with the natural world.  But how can that connection to nature happen in in an increasingly urbanized world? And what are the other ways that cities can co-exist with, nurture and care for nature, both local and global? Beatley will argue that we need to shift towards a vision of biophilic cities, and will review some of the important ways in which cities can be thought to be biophilic. He will draw from the findings of his current research, especially the ongoing Biophilic Cities Project, and will describe some of things that emerging leaders and partner cities are already doing in this arena.  Beatley will survey the emerging practice of biophilic urbanism, as well as discuss future needs and likely future directions. The global Biophilic Cities Network was launched in October (2013) and Beatley will describe the goals and aspirations for this new network.

6PM Break Buffet dinner on site

7-8:30PM Cross-site shared activities: SESSION A.    Select one to attend in person or join online.

Washington: Transportation and the Future of Communities (Panel)

The predecessors of the Transportation Research Board at The National Academies date back to 1920. The TRB mission includes broad-based research and dissemination activities to address policy issues for transportation, and it manages over 200 committees and task forces to accomplish its mission. Sustainability has raised new challenges for systems of transportation and transportation agencies in the United States and TRB projects have begun to identify these challenges and their implications for the role of transportation in supporting a sustainable society.  These panelists will draw from research and practice addressing these issues to identify dimensions that should be taken into account if goals of social sustainability are to be met.

London: The value and ethics of assessing human well-being and security: A conversation with Des Gasper (Panel)

This panel focuses on the value and ethics of assessments of human wellbeing [development] and security. Using a presentation, discussants, and discussion, the event will highlight how these concepts are important for understanding, designing, and improving sustainability concepts and projects. This topic is crucial given the implications of using concepts like these as goals or objectives and as a basis for assessing change in the planning and implementation of projects.

Dr. Des Gasper is professor of States, Societies and World Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam and one of the world’s foremost scholars in the area of human-centered socio-economic development. His research connects human development, development ethics, and public policy in both theory and application. For this event, he will speak for 20-25 minutes about his work on human development and capability and/or human security approach and its relationship to the concept of social sustainability. After his presentation and three people from academia, civil society, and government will expand or comment on one of the ideas he presented. Then, small groups of conference participants will discuss some questions initiated by these discussions.

We hope that this panel will open new dialogues about sustainability, assessment, and the transition to sustainability for all of our conference participants.

If you plan on attending the London Panel please review the slides on climate change below and if you have time the paper on Global Ethics as well.

Gasper_climate change_human-security_UCL-2016

Gasper_Future Global Ethics_JGE 2014_online

Chicago: The Value of Networks: a Reflection on the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network on Opportunities, Experiences, and Recommendations for Collaborative Work

The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network formed in October 2013 as a group of grassroots leaders from across the city of Chicago set on exploring the opportunities made possible through approaching community sustainability as a collaborative network. Over the course of nearly 3 years, the CSLN engaged over 200 members representing 174 organizations and hosted 49 events with over 800 participants. This panel will explore the new possibilities and challenges that come with being involved in a member-driven network, including:

  • Share key initiatives emerging from the CSLN, in particular its role as an in-between space to connect top-down policymakers and bottom-up community organizations
  • Reflect on the value of approaching sustainability as a network, and

Identify lessons learned for others working in and organizing networks.

Bend: Cascades Symposium:  Pathways to conflict and collaboration in sustainability projects: Addressing the challenges of diverse academic disciplines, community stakeholders, and political adversaries

Presentation 1: Development of a multi-disciplinary, collaborative sustainability lab based on the three-legged stool paradigm: Formalizing research and curricular partnerships between the ecological, social and economic disciplines

Matt Shinderman, Ph.D., Natural Resources and Sustainability, Oregon State University – Cascades,

Presentation 2: Utilization focused evaluation: Building effective researcher-stakeholder relationships in environmental and social sustainability research

Ryan Reese, Ph.D., Counselor Education, Oregon State University – Cascades,

Presentation 3: Expanding the range of environmental values: Political ideology, moral foundations, and the prospects for an inclusive environmental discourse

Chris Wolsko, Ph.D., Psychology, Oregon State University – Cascades,

8:30-10PM Cross-site shared activities: SESSION B.    Select one to attend in person or join online.

Atlanta:  Food-Energy-Water Nexus and Social Sustainability (Roundtable)

Food, water, and energy are three of the most fundamental resources we require.  Societies are able to provide these resources with varying degrees of success, both in terms of the absolute quantities and quality available to their members, as well as the equity of access, either due to affordability or lack of distribution infrastructure.

This panel will discuss metrics for food, energy, and water systems that can capture the equity of availability and the interactions between the infrastructures that can exacerbate existing inequitable distributions or potentially lead to remediating the lack of access for all.  It will highlight the role that culture plays in the organization of the provision of these resources, and how finding the right intersection between technology, culture, and economics is critical to solution emergence and adoption.

Charlotte:  Social and Physical Mobility in Charlotte

For the past several months, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force has studied the conditions in the Charlotte region that impede upward mobility for its lowest-income citizens.  The Task Force call to action follows results of a Harvard University study by Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren that looked at the upward mobility for children living in large metropolitan areas. The report revealed that the Charlotte area ranked 50th out of the 50 largest US cities (and 97th in the 100 largest US cities) in economic mobility of poor children. The study estimates that a child that is born and lives out their childhood in poverty in Mecklenburg County suffers a penalty of $X to their future income by virtue of their place of residence. Girls suffer a harsher penalty than boys.

Dr. Owen J. Furuseth is Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs and is a leader of the Task Force. He is a member and former chair of the faculty of Geography & Earth Sciences and worked as a practicing planner prior to joining academia. His recent research has focused on social disparities in immigrant communities in Charlotte and land use issues at the urban-rural fringe. The synchronous session would include a synopsis of the findings of the Task Force presented by Dr. Furuseth.  This will be presented with an emphasis on how transportation options might influence opportunity.

Friday June 10

(red denotes simulcast across all sites)

11AM SuDS and Communities workshop at the GLA (tbc)

1PM Lunch

3PM Electronic Poster Presentations (tbc) and afternoon tea

4PM-5:30PM Invisible Disasters Panel

Damaging hurricanes and earthquakes are disasters that typically stimulate an immediate and unequivocal response from national governments and relief agencies worldwide. Less widespread yet acute disasters like flood, fire and catastrophic infrastructure failures are also often handled adequately by local governments. Increasingly, however, communities around the world are subject to “invisible disasters” with origins and consequences that are either diffuse or overlooked by responsible entities. Sometimes the origins of “invisible disasters” grow apparent long after the disaster has taken its toll, and sometimes handling the consequences of such a disaster eludes traditional public authorities. Recent tragedies like contaminated water supplies in Flint, Michigan, the great invisible methane gas leak of Los Angeles, and the increasing frequency of life-threatening heat waves challenge traditional, centralized detection systems.  They may have been detected by the victims of disaster long before it was publicly recognized by responsible authorities. In such scenarios communities and community development may serve as the first and best lines of defense. This panel will explore the role of communities and local informal networks in identifying and addressing disasters that, for multiple reasons, fail to attract the attention and action of central authorities. The panel will also discuss how proactive community development, can help avert future disaster.


Dr. Divya Chandrasekhar – Assistant Professor, Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah – Will discuss the complexity of factors that contribute to the cause of disasters.

Dr. Sheri Davis-Faulkner– Director for Community Engagement, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology – Will discuss tracking emerging community issues in Atlanta with community dashboard

Ms. Sarah Kellogg – North Carolina Outreach Coordinator, Appalachian Voices – Will discuss work with families living near coal ash basins

Dr. Ryan Carlin – Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University Will discuss political changes following disasters

12:30PM Cross-site Conference Conclusion


Oxford, MS

Washington, DC