Conference Info:2nd IST2011

2nd International Conference on
Sustainability Transitions

Diversity, plurality and change:
breaking new grounds in sustainability transition research

June 13-15, 2011
Lund University, Lund, Sweden

The Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University and the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) invite you to the 2nd International Conference on Sustainability Transitions.

Governments across the globe are developing plans, such as a New Green Deal, to curb a combined economic and ecological crisis. Plans for the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012 also emphasize the need to green the economy in light of sustainable development and poverty eradication. A common theme is the need for a broad societal and industrial transformation towards more sustainable modes of production and consumption. Such sustainability transitions are increasingly seen as a major source of opportunity for developed, emerging and developing economies in the 21st century.

Alongside this growing policy interest has been an increase in academic study of issues in sustainability transitions. Research publications have increased significantly over recent years, and specific streams of research have emerged including, for example, historical studies on shifts in socio-technical regimes, analyses on the emergence of new technologies as well as policy and governance oriented research addressing the potential to influence innovation and transition processes.

The first international conference on Sustainability Transitions, held in Amsterdam June 2009, brought together a rapidly growing community of researchers and practitioners interested in socio-technical transitions and eco-innovation. It emphasized the growing internationalization of sustainability transitions research, not only as a research community but also in terms of its research agenda. The diversity of participants indicated considerable enthusiasm for new connections within the transitions research community and engagements with other relevant disciplines or communities.

Call for Papers

Abstract submissions deadline: Extended to January 31, 2011

The maximum number of words for abstracts: 400

Abstracts under any of the conference themes are welcome. Abstracts must be submitted electronically by January 31, 2011 at

Proposals for thematic sessions of 4-5 papers are also invited. Such proposals should include abstracts for each paper together with a short overview of the session and be sent to the program committee,, for approval prior to submission.

Authors will be notified March 1. The review process will be double blind and the Sustainability Transition Network (STRN) steering group will act as reviewers.

Successfully submitted abstracts will be acknowledged with an electronic receipt including an abstract reference number, which should be quoted in all correspondence.

Detail information:

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  • Call for Paper Brochure:


Extended Deadline for paper abstracts:
31 January 2011
Notification of acceptance:
1 March 2011