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Climate Change Conference papers online

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on November 20th, 2008

Free climate change conference ONLINE at http://www.climate2008.net. Everyone can view about 200 papers at this online conference on climate change hosted by Hamburg University.

The aims of the Conference “Climate 2008/ Klima 2008″ (now no longer accepting papers) were:

  • to introduce the latest findings on scientific research on climate change, including elements related to its environmental, social, economic and policy aspects;
  • to introduce projects and other initiatives being undertaken in both industrialised and developing countries by universities and scientific institutions, government bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders;
  • to discuss the problems, barriers, challenges and chances and potentials related to sustainability research projects in general in Europe;

Last but not least, the “Climate 2008 / Klima 2008″ encourages more networking and information exchange among participants and hopefully catalyse new cooperation initiatives and possibly new projects.

Melbourne scholar, Lionel Boxer, who brought this resource to my attention, also has a paper at this conference. Check it out:

Positioning Oneself and Others to Resolve Climate Change

Lionel Boxer, RMIT University
Email: lionel.boxer @rmit.edu.au

Abstract

Transcripts of interviews with CEOs know for their appropriate dealing with sustainability issues were subjected to discourse analysis using a positioning theory framework. It was shown that for sustainability to be achieved it is necessary to realign the underlying mood of an organisation with the sustainability issues at hand. This paper explores these findings in terms of climate change and the necessary discourse that needs to be established to facilitate more appropriate behaviour. Informed by this research, such discourse involves leaders challenging inappropriate rights that have incorrectly been assumed, assigning necessary duties, establishing a moral order within which these rights and duties can be articulated, and engaging in personal behaviour that reinforces these rights, duties and the moral order. Overlaying this framework on both sustainable organisations as well as unsustainable organisations demonstrates a correlation between how well leaders engage in positioning for climate change and the appropriateness of response to the climate change threat. This understanding presents a practical approach for leaders to apply in their response to the threat of climate change.

To view the website and the corresponding Climate Change papers visit: http://www.climate2008.net