The Future of Environmental Movements

Sunday 28 September 2014 9.00 - 5.00pm

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Law Annex Seminar Room, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney


To present research, discuss, and explore the current pressures facing environmental movements

This full-day Pre-Conference Workshop will provide a forum for participants to present research, discuss, and explore the current pressures facing environmental movements and new practices, strategies, and identities being developed in Australia and globally.

Synopsis: This workshop is designed to:

  • provoke theoretical reflection upon, and analysis of, deep-seated changes in social movement forms, foci, and behaviour in the environmental domain in response to broad societal transformations relating to climate change, fiscal crises and economic inequality, the increasing criminalisation of activism, attention to supply chains, shifting modes of communication, and more.
  • consider challenges for the public and political mobilization and representation of environmental issues, and for the study of such movements, in the first half of the 21st century,
  • create a space for dialogue and debate about these changes and challenges between academics, activists, and policy practitioners in the environment movement, relevant government agencies, and the formal political sphere,
  • attract media attention to, and generate public discussion about, the changing nature and institutional dimensions of environmental politics, and
  • explore the development of collaborative groups and potential funding for projects.

Papers and panels will reflect on a broad range of topics related to the future of environmental activism and movements. Activists and agency practitioners, as well as academics, are encouraged to participate.

Deadlines: All participants need to register for the conference. Early Bird rates close on 10th June 2014. For academic participants, full papers need to be submitted by 1 September 2014.

Logistical details: There is no fee for this workshop. Participants are requested to attend for the whole day, if possible. The event will provide registered participants with refreshments, a buffet lunch, and early evening drinks reception.

The event will be held immediately prior to the Australian Political Studies Annual Conference at the University of Sydney.

APSA 2014 program committee

Department of Government and International Relations
Merewether Building (H04)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

By email: Michelle St Anne: michelle.stanne@sydney.edu.au