Key note speakers

Asmita Kabra

Professor Asmita Kabra teaches at the School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University Delhi. Trained as an economist, she works on the interface of critical development studies and political ecology. Her research areas are conservation and rural livelihoods, forced displacement, social impact assessment, agrarian change and rural education. She is the founder and President of the NGO Adharshila, and founder trustee of the NGO Samrakshan Trust. Both organizations work for sustainable and dignified livelihoods and education in the dryland forested areas in the Chambal region of Central India. She is currently Managing Editor of Ecology, Economy and Society – the INSEE Journal.

Uma Kothari

Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. Her research interests include colonialism, decoloniality and solidarity, mobilities and borders and, environmental change and island geographies. She is a Vice President of the European Association of Development Institutes and, is a founding member of the Storying Geography Collective. She is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and was conferred the Royal Geographical Society’s Busk Medal for her contributions to research on global development. She has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2022 – 2025) for a project on ‘Touring Britain in the 1950s: the adventures of postcolonial travellers’.

Neil Powell

Neil Powell is Professor in Sustainable Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a Senior Lecturer in learning for sustainable development and global Health at SWEDESD, Uppsala University. As a pracademic, he engages in research, education and development practice in low- and high-income contexts. He examines the inequities associated with so-called sustainability actions in contexts characterised by abrupt environmental change and controversy. The applied objective of his research is to develop methods and processes to foster social learning to navigate wicked sustainability challenges such as water, food and climate security to support health equity and well-being. Co-creation, systemic practice, equity, social learning, action research, multi-stakeholder processes, adaptive capacity, and intractability are keyframes of his work.


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Important dates

1 April 2023: Deadline for abstract submissions and sub-themes for co-creation workshops
13 April 2023. Decision on accepted abstracts and sub-themes for co-creation is communicated.
21-23 August 2023: Conference is going on

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