Headline: Symposium: Social Sustainability

The 2030 Agenda adopted by the UN in 2015 is the first such programme to systematically link social and ecological sustainable development goals (SDGs). And for the first time industrial nations are also called on to play their part in achieving the social SDGs. But to what extent do social and, in particular, sociopolitical modernisation objectives change when viewed through the sustainability lens? Is it even possible to speak of ‘social sustainability’, and what exactly is meant by that term?

Based on the recent study “Soziale Nachhaltigkeit. Auf dem Weg zur Internalisierungsgesellschaft” (Social Sustainability. Moving towards an Internalising Society) that the IASS commissioned from the Institute for Social Ecology (ISÖ), the symposium will address the following questions:

  • What is the state of research on the relationship between the welfare regime and the environmental regime?
  • How can aspects of social sustainability be measured?
  • Can the concept of social sustainability contribute to greater transdisciplinarity in sustainability research?
  • Can this concept contribute to the development of a new sociopolitical arena based on the SDGs and human rights?

The speakers at the symposium will include:  Prof. Dr Ortwin Renn (IASS), Prof. Dr Michael Opielka (ISÖ), Prof. Dr Anita Engels (Hamburg University)Prof. Dr Anna Henkel (Leuphana University), and Dr Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn, (Member of the German Parliament).

When?: Thursday, 2 November 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm
Where?: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam, The symposium will be held in the Ballroom of the Kleist Villa..

Please address any queries about the symposium to: Symposium2017@isoe.org

Please register for the symposium here.

This symposium is one of many event planned for the Berlin Science Week.