Jeff Masuda will be participating on a panel at the 2017 Canadian Sustainability Transitions Symposium taking place on June 2, 2017 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Montreal.

The aim of the symposium is to explore theory and practice in Sustainability Transitions within the Canadian context, by supporting a dialogue between Sustainability Transitions research and the wide array of perspectives and approaches in the field of sustainability. More precisely, the aim is to showcase the role of this field of research for social transformation in Canada, and connect researchers from the field of Sustainability Transitions with those in other areas of sustainability research, thus encouraging and building opportunities for cross-fertilization. The aim is also for researchers, students and practitioners to exchange on action research in Sustainability Transitions.

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Sustainability Transitions theory originated in Netherlands and has been developed mainly by European scholars in the last decade; it explores how socio-technical systems (systems consisting of networks of actors; institutions, norms and regulations; material artifacts and knowledge) shift to more sustainable modes of production and consumption. The Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN)[1] (based in Europe) was founded in 2009 to “support the development of a sustainability transitions research community internationally, and provide an independent, authoritative and credible source of analysis and insights into the dynamics and governance of sustainability transitions” (STRN, 2010, p.4).

The objectives of the symposium are as follows:

  • Explore the theory and practice of Sustainability Transitions and its application to social transformation in Canada
  • Create opportunities for cross-fertilization across linguistic, disciplinary and geographical barriers in the study of transitions
  • Encourage dialogue between practitioners and researchers on how to make transitions happen

Symposium Coordinating committee

René Audet, Professeur au Département de stratégie, responsabilité sociale et environnementale, Institut de sciences de l’environnement, UQAM

Blake Poland, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Joey El-Khoury, PhD Candidate, Université de Montréal

Gorana Govedarica, MSc, HEC Montréal