Futures of Natural Resources – Call for papers and workshops
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“Future of Natural Resources” is the 24th international Futures Conference – Futures Conference 2024 – organized by the Finland Futures Research Centre and the Finland Futures Academy, University of Turku, Finland, hosting the Helsinki Node of The Millennium Project, in collaboration this year with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE).
The conference will take place in Turku, Finland, on June 13-14, 2024, and will also run an online pre-conference event on June 4, 2024. Moreover, the Foresight Europe Network, one of the regional Nodes of The Millennium Project, will hold an in-person membership meeting in (or very near) the conference venue preceding on June 12, 2024, 15.00-17.00. More information will follow.
The global consumption of natural resources has accelerated since the industrial revolution, in pursuit of development and economic growth. With the emergence of climate and other ecological crises, it is now acknowledged that the rate and patterns of consumption are neither sustainable nor equitable. The vested interests, and related structures of economic and political power, play a central role in maintaining a status quo, characterised by short-term thinking and a priority on profit maximisation. Within these conditions, the perspective of the future of humanity and of the natural world on which we depend is marginalised. These prompts empirical, philosophical, policy and practice-oriented questions. They prompt social and environmental consequences of continuing on this path, on the role and value of nature, and on what would a transformed relationship between humanity and natural resources look like?
The Futures Conference 2024 focuses on the questions of what futures research provides for the sustainable management of natural resources, both in water and the surface of the earth and below. Our gaze may also be directed to space. How can we maintain a good quality of life on earth when we are facing increasing pressures on natural resources? Can technology reduce the current wasteful use of natural resources and how? What kinds of new approaches, through political and ecological economics could be brought to the management of natural resources in the future? What are the new restoration and regeneration approaches in land use, whether we are talking about farming, forestry or, for example, planning urban environments? What kind of novel approaches and solutions could futures research and its methodology offer in the wider societal discussion?
The call for abstracts and workshops will be open until January 31, 2024. Our Helsinki Node invites researchers, practitioners and alike from universities, research institutes, companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations to submit an abstracts (max. 300 words) by using the following link: https://link.webropol.com/s/fc2024
More information about the conference are available at futuresconference2024.com