THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE IN ASIA (ICSS-ASIA)
MARCH 2-4, 2011, HANOI, VIETNAM
Organized by Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo and Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Co-organized by Asian Institute of Technology Vietnam (AITVN) and United Nations University
Social Adaptations to the Challenge of Sustainability Session:
It is clear from scientific assessments that human use of the Earth’s resources is currently unsustainable. Asia shares the challenge of sustainability, but also bears the imperative of developing the living standards of its growing population. Many responses to this challenge come in the form of technological interventions and through the application of scientific knowledge.
Important those these approaches are they are not sufficient by themselves. Any attempt to put development on a sustainable pathway must take into account the social and cultural dimensions that influence human values and behaviour. In many instances solutions to the challenges of sustainability lie both in changing human values and behaviour as well as equipping people with the technological and economic means of improving themselves.
The session is based in the perspective of Human Ecology, which takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexity of socio-environmental systems. Understanding sustainability as combined social-environmental system opens the way to re-imagining pathways to futures that have better functioning and healthier material cycles as well as being more socially and spiritually harmonious and emotionally desirable. This session is designed to stimulate conversation on these issues.
March 3 (Thu)
1. Robert Dyball (Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Australia) PDF
2. Budhi Gunawan (Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia) PDF
3. Truong Thi Kim Chuyen (University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Vietnam National University, Vietnam) PDF
4. Lawrence Ang (Ateneo De Manila University, Philippines) PDF
5. Chiho Watanabe (Human Ecology Program, University of Tokyo, Japan) PDF
ICSS-Asia secretariat office, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo, Japan