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SUSTAINABILITY

 

JUSTICE

Sept. 24-25, 2019

Illini Union Rooms A/B/C

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

 

#iSEECongress2019

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About the Congress

 

Environmental justice, the theme of the 2019 iSEE Congress, began as a social movement two decades ago, and is now a keystone concept driving the broader sustainability project. Simultaneously representing a field of scholarship, political agenda, and framework for understanding our fast-changing world, the marriage of social justice and sustainability has moved beyond its initial focus on the inequitable distribution of environmental burdens to incorporate a range of pressing social and ecological issues — Black Lives Matter, indigenous rights, climate change, and biodiversity loss, to name just a few — within a unifying framework that strives to realize sustainable justice for all.
 
But as human rights advocates know, the concept of justice can be defined in multiple ways, and its implementation into policy, environmental law, ecological design and planning, not to mention global trade, faces great challenges. For example: which social dimension to prioritize — race, class, gender, or age? How to balance the costs of conservation and resilience with poverty alleviation? And what is the role of biophysical sciences, engineering, law, and other academic disciplines in advancing the goals of sustainability justice?
 
Over two days, “Sustainability Justice” will bring together a diverse group of researchers, educators, journalists, and activists to discuss these urgent questions. The goals of the Congress are to introduce the Illinois campus and community to cutting-edge issues surrounding sustainability and social justice, to build bridges across different approaches, disciplines and geographies, and to chart new directions toward a sustainable, and just, future.
 
iSEE Congress 2019 is supported by generous funding partners. The organizing committee includes iSEE Associate Directors Gillen D’Arcy Wood and Madhu Khanna, and Illinois faculty members Amy Ando, Trevor Birkenholtz, Jeffrey Brawn, Pradeep Dhillon, Paolo Gardoni, Zsuzsa Gille, McKenzie Johnson, Daniel Miller, and Robert Morrissey.

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Fill in the form below, or visit https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/2524204.
 
 

Conference Program

Note: The session times and dates are set; some of the speakers are tentatively scheduled. More confirmed speakers and info about them … coming soon!

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24

 

1:30-1:45 p.m. — Opening Remarks

Speaker TBA

Department TBA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1:45-3:15 p.m. — Panel 1: "What is Sustainability Justice, and Who Decides?"

Moderated by McKenzie Johnson, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Jaskiran Dhillon

Global Studies, New School, New York

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Samuel Bagg

Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford

Presentation title: “Beyond Deliberation and Participation: Power and Democratization in Sustainability Justice”

Abstract: For decades, well-intentioned reformers placed their faith in the transformative potential of public participation in decision-making processes. Deliberative forums open to all perspectives, it was hoped, would make use of dispersed knowledge to produce better decisions while enabling a more democratic form of control. On both counts, however, these projects have yielded mixed results at best, and in the face of increasingly dire political and environmental developments, many are becoming frustrated with these methods. This presentation considers why these ideas were attractive, why they failed to achieve transformative goals, and how we might think about democratization instead. First, we may salvage what is valuable from deliberative and participatory models by deploying these tools to block specific mechanisms of elite capture rather than attempting to implement a generalized popular will. Second, we must focus much more on building effective countervailing power through movement organizing. Together, these recommendations represent a more oppositional conception of democracy. Rather than aiming for compromise or consensus with extremely powerful actors whose interests are intimately linked to environmental destruction, the goal of democratization in environmental matters must be explicitly to contest their capture of public institutions — by whatever means necessary.

Bio: As of September 2019, Bagg is a Prize Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University (2017-19). His work in democratic theory has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and several other scholarly venues. He is completing a book manuscript entitled The Dispersion of Power: A Critical Realist Theory of Democracy.

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Shanondora Billiot

Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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3:15-3:45 p.m. — Coffee Break

3:45-5:15 p.m. — Roundtable: "Flint and Beyond: Sustainable Water"

Moderated by Ann-Perry Witmer, Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Michael Mascarenhas

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Danielle Purifoy

Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Mary Pat McGuire

Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Jeremy Guest

Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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5:15-6 p.m. — Reception

6-7:15 p.m. — Opening Keynote

Julian Agyeman

Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts

Presentation title: “Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning and Practice”

Abstract: Agyeman will outline his concept of “just sustainabilities — the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.” The talk will explore concepts such as coexistence and sharing, belonging and becoming, and Agyman will give practical examples from his recent research into spatial justice in urban planning and design, food justice, sharing cities, and planning in and for intercultural cities. 

Bio: Agyeman, Ph.D. FRSA FRGS, is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of “just sustainabilities,” the intentional integration of social justice and sustainability. He centers his research on critical explorations of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the urban environment, whether mediated by governments or social movement organizations, and their effects on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. An expert, innovator and thought leader, Agyeman’s Google Scholar citations have placed him in the top 20 most highly cited urban planning academics in North America. He is the author or editor of 11 books, including: Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books, 2013 and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press, 2015). He was Co-Founder in 1996, and is now Editor-in-Chief, of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. He is Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice published by Zed Books and Co-Editor of the Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City Series.

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7:30 p.m. — Dinner (invitation only)

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25

 

8:15-8:45 a.m — Coffee and Pastries

8:45-10:15 a.m. — Panel 2: "Green Spaces, Just Places"

Moderated by Ken Salo, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Frances ‘Ming’ Kuo

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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William Stewart


Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Stewart, a Professor of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism at Illinois, conducts research associated with park and natural resources development and teaches courses in the universitywide environment program. His research facilitates landscape change to improve quality of life and enhance a public sense of place, and the work builds relationships with stakeholders and community leaders to facilitate conservation planning in mixed-use landscapes. His research program incorporates experts from many disciplines, including landscape architects, conservation psychologists, agricultural economists, agricultural engineers, fisheries biologists, planners, and ecologists. Stewart co-authored and co-edited Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from the Social Sciences (2013). He received his Ph.D. in Watershed Management and Forestry in 1987 from the University of Arizona.

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Winifred Curran


Geography, DePaul University

Presentation title: “Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification”

Abstract: This talk explores the potential for a just green enough strategy to contest environmental gentrification. A just green enough strategy focuses explicitly on social justice and environmental goals as defined by local communities, those people who have been most negatively affected by environmental disamenities, with the goal of keeping those people in place to enjoy any environmental improvements. It is not about shortchanging communities but about challenging the veneer of green that accompanies many projects with questionable ecological and social justice impacts. Drawing on examples from New York and Chicago, I will explore how different visions for the green city are enacted through activism and policy making and interrogate how urban sustainability can be used to open up a space for diversity and democracy in the neoliberal city.

Bio: Curran is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at DePaul University. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of gentrification on the urban landscape, looking at labor, policing, environmental gentrification, and the gendering of urban policy. She is the author of Gender and Gentrification (Routledge 2018) and Co-Editor, with Trina Hamilton, of Just Green Enough: Urban Development and Environmental Gentrification (Routledge 2018). Her work has appeared in Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environment and Planning A, Urban Geography, and Local Environment. She was a Public Voices Fellow with the Op-Ed Project, with op-eds published in The New York Times, Daily Beast, and The Conversation. She received her Ph.D. from Clark University.

More about Curran >>>

10:15-10:45 a.m. — Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Panel 3: "Climate Justice"

Moderated by Daniel Miller, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Summer Gray

Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Tony Reames

School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Presentation title: Coming soon.

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Bio: Coming soon.

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Darren Ranco

Anthropology, University of Maine

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12:15- 1 p.m. — Lunch

1-2 p.m. — Lunchtime Keynote

Kimberley Wassermann-Nieto

Little Village Environmental Organization, Chicago

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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2-2:15 p.m. — Coffee Break

2:15- 4 p.m. — Panel 4: "Race, Housing, Pollution"

Moderated by Amy Ando, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Peter Christensen

Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Spencer Banzhaf

Economics, Georgia State University

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Rachel Morello-Frosch

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley 

Presentation title: Coming soon.

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Bio: Coming soon.

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Brentin Mock

CityLab

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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4-4:15 p.m. — Coffee Break

4:15- 5:30 p.m. — Panel 5: "Sustainability Justice: Thinking Globally"

Moderated by Zsuzsa Gille, Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Kim Suiseeya

Political Science, Northwestern University

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Debarati Sen

Geography, Kennesaw State University

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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Giovanna Di Chiro

Environmental Studies, Swarthmore College

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Bio: Coming soon.

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5:30-6:15 p.m. — Reception

6:15-7:30 p.m. — Closing Keynote

John Knox

Law, Wake Forest University

Presentation title: Coming soon.

Abstract: Coming soon.

Bio: Coming soon.

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7:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks

Speaker TBA

Department TBA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Accommodations & More

Venue

North side of Illini Union facing Green Street.

The Illini Union is located on Green Street, right at the meeting point of Urbana and Champaign. This facility is a warm and welcoming space perfect for soaking in the latest knowledge on how water, agriculture, and energy interact in our world today and in the future.

Address: 1401 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

View on Google Maps or the Illinois Campus Map.

Illini Union website

Getting here:
Many of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s bus routes pass right in front of the Illini Union on Green Street, or stop close by at the Illinois Transit Plaza. The 2 Red, 5 Green, 8 Bronze, 10 Gold, 12 Teal, 13 Silver, 21 Raven, and 22 Illini stop on Green at the newly renovated stops.

Bicycle racks are available, and active transportation is encouraged.

Parking is available at meters in nearby lots and along the street. Please be sure to read the specific instructions of your meter; each street and lot can be slightly different from others nearby.

Nearby eats: In addition to the Union’s own food court and eateries throughout the building, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat between sessions on Green Street.

Air Travel

Willard Airport (CMI)

The quickest, easiest way to travel a long distance to the iSEE Congress is to fly into Willard Airport (CMI) in Savoy.

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