Final CFP - IAG Brisbane Conference 11 - 14 July 2017

There are four sessions identified with the theme of Environmental Sustainability that are open for abstracts:

Environmental Security In The Anthropocene

Theme: Environmental Sustainability
Tobias Ide, University of Melbourne
The era of the Anthropocene is characterized by massive human impacts on geological and ecological systems. The associated changes can have severe implications for the security of individuals, communities, nation states, regions and eventually the planet. The study of these implications constitutes the dynamic research field of environmental security. The goal of this session is to discuss new insights on environmental security and to relate so far separated streams of research to each other. Contributions can address several topics, including (but not limited to):

Environmental Sustainability: Does Anyone Care Anymore?

Theme: Environmental Sustainability
Robyn Bartel, University of New England
At a time when planetary boundaries for Earth's capacity to support us are being exceeded we are also, somewhat perversely, facing a pushback of denial rather than mobilisation of action to address critical global issues including land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change. Hard won legislative protections are being eroded and economic growth pursued above all else. What can we as geographers do about this? Does anyone care about environmental sustainability anymore? All contributions - descriptive, empirical, analytical, critical - are welcome.

Frontiers Of Ecological And Environmental Justice: Who And What Counts?

Theme: Environmental Sustainability
Jason Byrne, Griffith University
Environmental justice and to a lesser extent ecological justice have been mainstays of geographic research in the United States for the past two decades. But much less attention has been given to the unequal distribution of environmental benefits and harms upon marginalised and disadvantaged groups in Australia (e.g. remote Aboriginal communities, neighbourhoods adjacent toxic waste sites, urban heat exposure etc.). Even less attention has been given to the intersections between environmental justice and ecological justice (i.e. disproportionate burden of environmental harm on humans and non-humans). In the Anthropocene, both are oftentimes imbricated. This session explores the issue of who and what counts in environmental and ecological justice research in Australia. Contributions are welcomed from scholars and activists investigating diverse socio-ecological inequalities including, but not limited to, coal seam gas, waste, heat, water contamination, air pollution and the like.

Geospatial Technologies Informing Australia’s Environmental Strategies And Policies: Leading Practices

Theme: Environmental Sustainability
Graciela Metternicht, UNSW
Australia’s TERN AusCover delivers earth observation data and products from satellite and airborne imagery, linked to field observations, that measure and monitor key land-surface and environmental characteristics. This session will focus on how environmental monitoring and management activities can use AusCover products; e.g. supporting bushfire management, carbon emissions trading, pollen monitoring for public health benefits, natural resource management. We welcome submissions that show case different Auscover TERN applications, as well as other applied research on environmental and policy management assisted by remote sensing.

The call for papers in these and all sessions is currently open...

Deadline (recently extended) for Abstract Submission is Wed 19 April.

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best wishes
Robyn Bartel (Acting Interim Convenor, Environmental Sustainability Study Group of the IAG)

Robyn Bartel, PhD (U.Melb), Master of Higher Education (ANU), BSc (H1, UMedal)/LLB (ANU).

Associate Professor | School of Behavioural Cognitive and Social Sciences | Geography and Planning

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