Call for Abstracts/Papers
Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference
Wrest Point, Tasmania
9-13 July 2019

Session Title: A global Concept in local Contexts: Local understandings of sustainable development and its practice

Session Organiser: Jerome Jeffison Ofori (University of Adelaide)

Session Abstract

Sustainable development has evolved to become the dominant concept in planning and policy decisions.  Within the context of global and national discourse, sustainable development is “an article of faith, a shibboleth; often used but little explained” (Tolba 1984). Despite the evolution of the concept, the following questions remain- sustainable development for who, on whose definitions or terms and whose interests? This session aims at providing a more nuanced understanding of how sustainable development is conceived by different actors and how this plays out in practice within the socio-economic and political context of local communities. Papers that examine discursive representations of sustainable development in practice, the politics of its governance and its differentiated impacts on groups of people are welcomed.

Please submit abstracts of 150 words to the conference website ( Submission of abstracts closes 28 February 2019. Please circulate this call  to your colleagues and students who may be interested.


If you have any questions at all or comments, please do not hesitate to email;

Kind regards


Jerome Jeffison Ofori

PhD Candidate

Geography, Environment and Population

University of Adelaide

Adelaide, 5005

Ph: +61 406709674


Current Project

Benefits Sharing and Sustainable Development of Mining Communities


Recent Publications

Ofori,J.J, & Ofori, D.R (2018).  Earning Social License to Operate: A Mining Community Perspective. The Extractive Industries and Society.

Ofori, D. R., & Ofori, J. J. (2018). Digging for Gold or Justice? Misrecognition and Marginalization of “Illegal” Small-Scale Miners in Ghana. Social Justice Research, 1-19.

Ofori, J. J. Y., & Lujala, P. (2015). Illusionary transparency? Oil revenues, information disclosure, and transparency. Society & natural resources, 28(11), 1187-1202.