The IAFOR North American Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (NACSEE) 2014

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  • The Inter­na­tional Aca­d­e­mic Forum (IAFOR) in con­junc­tion with its global uni­ver­sity and insti­tu­tional part­ners is proud to announce the First North Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence on Sus­tain­abil­ity, Energy & the Envi­ron­ment to be held on Sep­tem­ber 11 – 14, 2014 in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Island, United States at the Prov­i­dence Mar­riott Down­town.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    “Indi­vid­ual, Com­mu­nity & Soci­ety: Con­flict, Res­o­lu­tion & Syn­ergy”

    Con­flict from ear­li­est times has been a char­ac­ter­is­tic of the human con­di­tion. The strug­gle between our indi­vid­ual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being chal­lenged by our being part of an inter­de­pen­dent struc­ture of rela­tion­ships on the other.

    The spe­cific blend of expe­ri­ences, abil­i­ties, atti­tudes, and aspi­ra­tions, that helps to define us, can sit some­times uncom­fort­ably along­side our com­mit­ments to those clos­est to us, our com­mu­ni­ties and our cul­tures. This can lead to con­flict at dif­fer­ent levels.

    Con­flict within com­mu­ni­ties and soci­eties is inevitable given that these groups are based on com­mon­al­ity of geog­ra­phy, val­ues, atti­tudes, and beliefs that help to dif­fer­en­ti­ate one from another. The dialec­tic engen­dered by diver­sity, how­ever, although it may lead to con­flict, can play an impor­tant role in the expan­sion of ideas in com­mu­ni­ties and soci­eties. One major chal­lenge of mod­ern soci­ety is to har­ness the syn­ergy that emerges from the inter­ac­tive dialec­tic gen­er­ated by these differences.

    The IAFOR North Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence on Sus­tain­abil­ity, Energy & the Envi­ron­ment will include a vari­ety of pre­sen­ters rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of social sci­ence dis­ci­plines, express­ing diver­gent views, search­ing for com­mon ground, and cre­at­ing the syn­er­gies that can inspire multi-​disciplinary col­lab­o­ra­tions. In devel­op­ing these rela­tion­ships among our­selves, the role of the social sci­ences is strength­ened as we take our place at the table, along with schol­ars in the STEM dis­ci­plines (i.e., sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, and math­e­mat­ics), in seek­ing solu­tions to the com­plex issues and prob­lems of the 21st century.

    NAC­SEE 2014 will address these var­i­ous dimen­sions of human sus­tain­abil­ity as we invite schol­ars from around the world to address ques­tions and search for syn­er­gies and solu­tions to the com­plex issues sur­round­ing sus­tain­abil­ity in a forum encour­ag­ing seri­ous and thought­ful exchange between aca­d­e­mics, mem­bers of the global busi­ness com­mu­nity, and prac­ti­tion­ers in the fields of human endeavor that link these. We call on sci­en­tists from around the globe to meet and share our respec­tive out­looks and col­lec­tive wis­dom on a crit­i­cal issue of com­mon con­cern: the pur­suit of a sus­tain­able world.

    NACSEE2014 Con­fer­ence Topics

    The con­fer­ence theme is “Indi­vid­ual, Com­mu­nity & Soci­ety: Con­flict, Res­o­lu­tion & Syn­ergy” and the orga­niz­ers encour­age sub­mis­sions that approach this ques­tion from a vari­ety of per­spec­tives. How­ever, the sub­mis­sion of other top­ics for con­sid­er­a­tion is wel­come and we also encour­age ses­sions within and across a vari­ety of dis­ci­plines and fields related to Sus­tain­abil­ity, Energy and the Envi­ron­ment, includ­ing the fol­low­ing streams:

    • Envi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity & Human Consumption
      • Food and Water, Hunger and Thirst
      • Waste
      • Fresh­wa­ter, Oceans and Seas
      • Land Use & Misuse
      • Atmos­phere and Air
    • Eco­nomic Sustainability
      • Envi­ron­men­tal Chal­lenges and Eco­nomic Growth
      • Sus­tain­able Busi­nesses and CSR
    • Cul­tural Sus­tain­abil­ity: Pro­tect­ing, Pre­serv­ing and Conserving
    • Social Sus­tain­abil­ity & Social Justice
    • Social Sus­tain­abil­ity, War and Peace
    • Social Sus­tain­abil­ity & Sus­tain­able Living
    • Energy
      • Envi­ron­men­tal Degradation
      • Renew­able Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Solutions
      • Energy Eco­nom­ics and Eco­log­i­cal Economics

    Pub­lish­ing Opportunities

    Authors of accepted abstracts will have the oppor­tu­nity of pub­lish­ing their asso­ci­ated paper in the offi­cial con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings, and a selec­tion of papers will be con­sid­ered for inclu­sion in the inter­na­tion­ally reviewed IAFOR jour­nals asso­ci­ated with the conference.

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