SERI Infomail 06/05

Dear friends and colleagues,

Welcome to the 6th edition of SERI's InfoMail in 2005. InfoMail is the regularly published electronic news bulletin of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI). You are receiving this InfoMail, because you indicated an interest in SERI's activities. To unsubscribe see the end of this InfoMail.

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Table of contents

1. SERI-News: General news from SERI and SERI members

  • Fritz Hinterberger and Joachim Spangenberg founding members of Editorial Advisory board of IJSD
  • Sylvia Lorek and Adriaan Perrels at the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Joachim Spangenberg Professeur invite at C3ED, University of Versailles
  • SERI at the IHDP open meeting
  • SERI Germany founded
  • World Science Forum, Budapest
  • Arno Behrens at COP11 in Montreal
  • SPACES (Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems)

2. Project-Overview: News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

  • MOSUS: Presentation of final results in Brussels
  • EVALUATION project completed
  • UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook
  • Long night of science
  • MATISSE project meeting
  • New project: Factor X and the European Union
  • ARTEMIS workshops
  • International Dialogue on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development: Linking Knowledge with Action

3. Friends: Seri and (News about co-operation and partnerships)

  • Amici della Terra: News from Friends of the Earth Italy

4. Selected publications: Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related authors and publishers

  • "Sustainable Consumption Governance: A History of Promises and Failures" (by Doris A. Fuchs and Sylvia Lorek)
  • The week the climate changed
  • New German publication by Philipp Schepelmann

5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

  • Club of Rome Symposion on Future Perspectives of Society
  • Forestation project of environmental management in Bolivia
  • Internetlexikon Nachhaltigkeit neu aufgelegt

6. SERI - 5 Years ago

  • Final report on the project: “Labour and Environment”
  • New SERI research area “ECO-INFO-SOCIETY”

7. Going on in Vienna

  • Sustainability-Cafe zum Thema "Zukunft, neue Arbeit und frische Semmeln"
  • Event: SERI brownbag seminar

1. SERI-News: General news from SERI and SERI members

Fritz Hinterberger and Joachim Spangenberg founding members of Editorial Advisory board of IJSD

Fritz Hinterberger and Joachim Spangenberg have been invited to be a founding member of the Editorial Advisory board for the International Journal of Sustainable Development (IJSD).

Sylvia Lorek and Adriaan Perrels at the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production

Since two years the former European Roundtable on Cleaner Production also deals with the aspects of sustainable consumption.
During the 2005 conference 05.-08.10. in Antwerp SERI members Adriaan Perrels and Sylvia Lorek chaired an information exchange session and following workshop on “Policy Design for Sustainable Consumption”. For the summary of findings please click here.

Joachim Spangenberg Professeur invite at C3ED, University of Versailles

The invited professorship of Joachim Spangenberg at the C3ED, University of Versailles St.-Quentin-en-Yvelines was continued for a third year, providing the opportunity for continued close collaboration of SERI and C3ED.

SERI at the IHDP open meeting

At the IHDP open meeting, SERI (Joachim Spangenberg) co-organised one workshop (with Dr. Lucia A. Reisch) on Sustainable Consumption. With a packed audience and speakers from around the world, plus a lively debate, the workshop can be considered a success upon which future activities can build.

SERI Germany founded

To be able to apply for German research funds, it is necessary to be a national research institution. Consequently SERI Germany e.V. was founded in November as a new member of the SERI network. The association is located at Industriestr. 15, D 32549 Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. The founding chairman is Joachim Spangenberg, his deputy is Sylvia Lorek. All those interested are invited to become members and take responsibility in the association (now that we got it formally going, we have to set up a working structure based on the success of our first application for funding, and then hold new elections with a broader membership basis, probably in about half a year).

World Science Forum, Budapest

On November 11th, Jill Jäger gave a presentation on "Sustainability Science: Building Bridges between Science and Society" at the World Science Forum in Budapest. The Forum, organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in association with UNESCO and ICSU, had the theme of "Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility". The sessions were broadcast live on the internet.

Download Jill Jäger's presentation under http://www.seri.at/sustainabilityscience; more information: www.sciforum.hu.

Arno Behrens at COP11 in Montreal

From 28 November to 9 December 2005, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP11 & COP/MOP1) will take place in Montréal, Canada. The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) will be represented by Arno Behrens, who will at the same time act as attaché to the European Institute for Standards of Investment Studies (EUSIS, see www.eusis.org). The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA, see www.ieta.org) will host a side event on 29 November 2005 (Le Place d’Armes, 13:00 hrs) on “How to Ensure Quality of Financial Data” - which places an important role in analysing CDM projects. This side event will have a closer look at the problems and what can be done to improve the situation for both the project developers and Designated Operational Entities (DOEs). Mr Behrens has been involved in the preparation of EUSIS’ contribution to this side event, which will focus on “Standardized Tools for Feasibility Studies”.

SPACES (Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems)

"To improve framework and agenda for research and action on the sustainability of production and consumption systems" is the goal of a new project called SPACES (Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems). On October 15th and 16th 2005 the working group of this project, co-chaired by Sylvia Lorek (SERI) and Louis Lebel (Chiang Mai University, Thailand) met in Siegburg, Germany for the first time. The working group will focus on answering two kinds of questions:1. What knowledge is most needed for societies to pursue sustainability through the integrated management of production-consumption systems?2. Where appropriate knowledge already exists, but is not being effectively used, what could be done to narrow the knowledge-to-action gap? And, where the needed knowledge appears to be absent, how can research be re-oriented to address the sustainability problems in the production-consumption system?
For more information click here.


For the current news on SERI check also www.seri.at.

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2. Project-Overview: News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

MOSUS: Presentation of final results in Brussels

On December 13th, 2005, final results of the MOSUS project will be presented to policy makers, academics and NGO representatives in a one-day workshop held at the European Association of Research and Technology Organisation (EARTO). The workshop will present the simulation model, the different scenario packages and underlying assumptions, the economic, social and environmental evaluation of the scenarios by means of headline indicators as well as derived policy recommendations on how to implement a Sustainable Development Strategy in Europe. Registrations for the workshop should be sent to Mr. Rui Frazao (INETI Portugal) no later than December 6th. A detailed programme can be downloaded here. For more information on the MOSUS project see www.mosus.net.

Evaluation project completed

After a busy summer, the "Evaluation" project was finalised at the end of September and is now being processed in the European Commission DG ENV before a final version can be published. Then, all those involved hope (the major uncertainty is the EU budget dispute) that the guidebook will be the basis of an EU support scheme for the evaluation of national sustainable development strategies NSDS.

The preliminary results were presented at a seminar of UNDESA in New York, a conference on sustainability research and policy held in Kaliningrad and organised by Baltic 21, a joint government initiative of the Baltic countries, and at the sustainability think tank meeting of the Council of Europe in Paris. Few critical remarks emerged, and the support was rather broad, confirming the SERI approach to integrate as much as possible of existing good experiences into the suggested methodology, and to make it as flexible as possible to accommodate the diversity of countries and cultures.

For further information contact Joachim.Spangenberg@seri.de

UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook

Jill Jäger and Sophie Strasser went to the Author's meeting for Chapter 8 of the next Global Environmental Outlook, which will be published in 2007. Jill is a coordinating lead author for the chapter as a whole and for the topic of well-being in particular. Sophie is contributing to the writing on broad patterns of vulnerability of the human-environment system, using input from several SERI projects. The meeting, held on October 24-26 in Hua Hin, Thailand, made considerable progress in putting together a first draft of the chapter and linking the main themes of well-being, vulnerability, and opportunities for policy actions in a number of domains such as poverty, health, science and technology and trade.

Long night of science

SERI participated in the "long night of Science" on October 1st, in Vienna. As the event took place for the first time, it was an experiment for participating institutions and the organisers. But nobody anticipated that it would be such a success: We counted 300 visitors in our office rooms in Garnisongasse! This makes it the biggest SERI-event ever. Adults and children alike participated in the sustainability tour through our office - weighing the water usage of a t-shirt, judging their personal ecological footprint by their consumption habits, distributing their weekly time with candy, and discussing whole-heartedly about happiness and sustainability.

For 50 persons, we were the first institution they visited. 15 participants (and many more interested) took part in a decision making process in the "future of energy" workshop. 60 participants were counted in the happiness-lounge (and many more interested). SERI will for sure take part in the second "long night of science" next year.

Find updates and material on www.seri.at/langenacht. Check out also the page www.langenachtderforschung.at, where you can find a radio interview with Fritz Hinterberger.

MATISSE project meeting

At the second project meeting of the MATISSE project, held on November 2-4 in Barcelona, Jill Jäger and Sophie Strasser represented SERI, which is responsible for the workpackage on dissemination and training, as well as a project partner in some of the case studies. In addition to providing training on the project communication tool and providing guidance on stakeholder engagement in the project as a whole, they participated in the discussions of the plans for the coming six months, including the development of scenarios to be used in the project.
For more information see www.matisse-project.net.

New project: Factor X and the European Union

Together with Martin Rocholl from Friends of the Earth Europe and Kai Schlegelmilch from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Berlin, SERI has been commissioned by the Aachen Foundation Kathy Beys (see www.aachener-stiftung.de) to prepare a study on "Factor X and the European Union". The study will identify policy fields of high relevance for resource and energy efficiency and develop options for the Factor 10 Network and other stakeholders of civil society to influence policies towards the realisation of Factor X targets. Furthermore, a suggestion for the establishment of a headline indicator on resource use at the European level will be provided.
For more information on this project, please contact Stefan Giljum (stefan.giljum@seri.at).

ARTEMIS workshops of the national and local case study

The ARTEMIS workshop of the national case study "Neue Wege der integrierten Bewertung von Energieszenarien in Österreich" took place on Tuesday the 8th of November 2005, at the Haus der Industrie in Vienna. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the intermediate results of the national ARTEMIS case study with a group of stakeholders associated with renewable energy in Austria. In particular (1) the five renewable energy scenarios until 2020 and (2) the final set of evaluation criteria, (3) the impact matrix, and finally (4) the alternative rankings of the scenarios resulting from a multi-criteria analysis were presented by the research team. The following discussion was mainly focused on details of the energy scenarios and the assumptions behind the impact matrix. The stakeholders indicated their interest in scenario tools and further useful applications were discussed.

The final workshop as well as the public presentation of the ARTEMIS local case study took place on 21st of November 2005 in Lödersdorf. During the last 6 months SERI developed local energy scenarios based on renewable energy technologies and evaluated these scenarios with a multicriteria approach according to sustainability criteria and social preferences given by the stakeholders. Scenario development and criteria in a participatory process together with stakeholders and decision makers from the two Styrian communities Raabau and Lödersdorf. In the internal workshop the energy teams and mayors of both communities discussed the results of the scenario evaluation, which were presented by Ines Omann and Lisa Bohunovsky. In the public part of the workshop the results were presented to the interested citizens and representatives from local media. For further information about the project and its results visit the Project homepage www.project-artemis.net or contact Lisa Bohunovsky.

International Dialogue on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development: Linking Knowledge with Action

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 23-27 January 2006
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR SESSIONS AND POSTERS
Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2006

The International Dialogue on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development (IDSP), to be held in Thailand in January 2007, aims to foster effective collaborations between scientists and practitioners to advance the practice of sustainable development, through knowledge sharing and promoting national, regional, and international actions and implementation. It will do so by featuring practical examples of successful collaborations, critical analyses of what has not worked and a mixture of invited plenary dialogues, parallel sessions and poster sessions to compare and consider experiences from around the world.

Some 300 participants from developing and developed countries worldwide are expected to engage in true dialogues on how to best link knowledge with actions to achieve sustainable development, including policy makers, professionals and practitioners from the global communities of science and research, governments, business and industry, NGOs and think tanks, education and training institutions, national and international media, and private and public funding organizations. The expected outcome of the Dialogue is a comprehensive, timetabled, and agreed International Action Plan to strengthen existing sustainable development networks of collaboration between science and practice and create new alliances. The goal is to ensure that knowledge plays a stronger role in the development and implementation of short-, medium- and long-term policies and measures towards achieving sustainable development.

The Dialogue is organized under the auspices of the Initiative of Science and Technology for Sustainability (ISTS) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), in co-operation with the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI); the Unit of Social and Environmental Research (USER), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, will host the Dialogue. An International Planning Committee with experts from national and international institutions guides the organization of the Dialogue.

The IDSP International Planning Committee is now making an open Call for Proposals for special (parallel) sessions and poster sessions. The Calls for Sessions and Posters and details about submission of proposals are available at www.sustdialogue.org (go to Calls). Please submit Proposals for Sessions and Posters on this website only. If you require any further information that is not available on the IDSP website, please contact: Jill Jaeger, IDSP Executive Director, jill.jaeger@seri.at or Elisabeth Dyck, IDSP Executive Secretary, elisabeth.dyck@chello.at.

 

For more information on our projects check also www.seri.at/projects.

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3. SERI and Friends: News about co-operation and partnerships

Amici della Terra: News from Friends of the Earth Italy

In the last few years Amici della Terra have paid a continuous attention to the diffusion in Italy of the information on efficient use of resources and of their monitoring in terms of Environmental Space.
Giovanni Mastino, Amici della Terra, responsible for the issue of sustainable development, has worked in this field, with small progress initially, but obtaining quite promising results recently.

  • In at least one of the best developed local Agenda 21 (town of Solofra - Campania) the relevant concepts have been presented and widely discussed with the public and have been part of the training of environmental facilitators (2003).
  • The Toscana Region has entrusted to Amici della Terra a two phases work: evaluation of the use of environmental space at the regional level (phase one) and analysis on how to include such indicators in the regional government system (phase two). This work has been carried out between 2004 and 2005 and two papers illustrate the results.
  • Giovanni Mastino has also tutored, as co-tutor, a PhD thesis (a two year work) for the application of environmental space at the municipal level (town of Colle Val d'Elsa in the province of Siena, Tuscany Region), which has been discussed in July 2005 in the faculty of Economy (Environmental Economy Course) of the Siena University. An abstract in English is readily available. For those interested to the whole work please contact Andrea Giannini (andrea_giannini1978@yahoo.it).

For more information about FoE Italy click www.amicidellaterra.it/english.htm.

For more news please check also www.seri.at.

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4. Selected publications: Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and
     related writers and publishers

"Sustainable Consumption Governance: A History of Promises and Failures"
Article by Doris A. Fuchs and Sylvia Lorek in the Journal of Consumer Policy.

What are the implications of the current international political, and economic settings for consumer policy, and, in particular, those regarding sustainable consumption?
The paper traces the differences between the two domensions of sustainable consumption - efficiency of consumption and changes in consumption - with respect to the work of the major international governmental organizations (IGOs) engaged in developing sustainable consumption governance. It argues that the lack of commitment to strong sustainable consumption among IGOs can be explained by their “weakness” as actors in global governance and the existence of strong opposing interests among consumers and business actors.
This article is published in the Journal of Consumer Policy (2005) 28(3), pp. 261-288.
Download the paper.

The week the climate changed

In October 1985 a conference in Villach, Austria pushed the issue of climate change onto the international scientific and political agendas. 20 years after the event, Fred Pearce reflects in the New Scientist (15 October 2005) on what it was that made that meeting so significant. Based on a range of interviews (including with Jill Jaeger, SERI, who helped write the background report for the meeting together with Bert Bolin and his colleagues in Stockholm), Pearce concludes that it was important that the scientists met in Villach as individuals rather than as representatives of governments or large scientific bodies. Since then, he notes, the scientists were "put back in their cages" through the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

New German publication: Philipp Schepelmann: Greening EU-Regional Policy (Die ökologische Wende der EU-Regionalpoltik)

Environmental policy is based on the assumption that society responds to certain facts because otherwise there will be damage. According to the sociologist Niklas Luhmann this concept is too much based on day-to-day life. Against the background of social differentiation the SERI member Philipp Schepelmann discusses the problems that can emerge when environmental indicators are applied in regional economic development policy. His book draws upon empirical research in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany to develop the concept of resonance. Resonance describes the active response of social systems to environmental problems. Resonance is thus a prerequisite for target-oriented integration of environmental requirements in other policy areas. Taking as example the environmental indicators of the EU Lisbon process, Philipp Schepelmann analyses regional resonance of different policy-networks in North Rhine-Westphalia.

From a planner's perspective the results of this PhD-thesis are quite encouraging. There is not only ignorance and idleness facing the ecological problems of society; a number of differentiated policy-networks have introduced a greening of EU-Regional Policy.

Link: http://www.verlagdrkovac.de/3-8300-2146-1.htm


For other interesting publications please visit www.seri.at/publications.


5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops ...

Club of Rome Symposion on Future Perspectives of Society

December 2-3, 2005: a symposion on future perspectives of society will be organized in Vienna by the Austrian Chapter and the European Support Centre of the Club of Rome in co-operation with the City of Vienna. The focus will be on the influence of the presently dominating ways of globalisation on the individual citizen and on the social capital of society. Among the speakers there will be Jakob von Uexküll, Ernst Gehmacher, Esko Kalimo, Cornelia Klinger, Ewald Nowotny, Uwe Möller, Medea Abashidze, Siegfried Sellitsch and Friedrich Hinterberger. Conference languages will be German and English. Registration is possible via http://esc.clubofrome.org/perspektiven

Forestation project of environmental management in Bolivia

A new networking idea from Switzerland got started recently in a unique project of environmental management in Bolivia. It combines forestation with partnership based on an approach of a self-benefiting snow ball effect around the world. And this also with a good return on investment and an all-encompassing promotion concept.

It is time for innovative network projects in order to stop deforestation caused by consuming primary forest products. Together we can do something meaningful for the rain forests and their ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration. Reforestation by commercial plantations may not be the ultimate solution for this but can contribute an alleviation of forest-related problems of unsustainable livelihood in developing countries as in Bolivia. Is this of interest for you? Then go to the website: www.4846.forestation.biz.

Internetlexikon Nachhaltigkeit neu aufgelegt

Im November 2005 ist die zweite, verbesserte und aktualisierte Auflage des Internetlexikons der Nachhaltigkeit ins Netz gegangen. Auch Sie finden sich mit Ihrer Institution im Lexikon der Nachhaltigkeit wieder. Ihrer Institution ist ein Artikel gewidmet, der Ihre Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema Nachhaltigkeit wiederspiegeln soll. Über ein Feedback würden wir uns sehr freuen. DAS deutschsprachige Lexikon zum Thema der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung bietet seit drei Jahren Interessenten unter www.nachhaltigkeit.info breitgefächerte Informationsmöglichkeiten, seit langer Zeit ist das Lexikon "Google Nr. 1" für den Begriff Nachhaltigkeit. Derzeit werden monatlich ca. 100.000 Seitenaufrufe gezählt.

Auf derzeit über 600 Seiten liefert es Informationen über die lange Geschichte der Nachhaltigkeit, deren unterschiedliche Definitionen, Ziele und Akteure. Einführende Texte dazu sind dort ebenso zu finden wie Abrisse wichtiger internationaler Abkommen und Links zu deren Originaltexten. Es finden sich die Positionen und Dokumente der politischen Parteien, NGOs, Wirtschaftsverbänden, Gewerkschaften und Kirchen zur Nachhaltigkeit.

Das Lexikon der Nachhaltigkeit eignet sich damit als schnelles Informationsmedium für alle, die am Thema interessiert sind. Es soll aber gleichfalls ein Rechercheinstrument für diejenigen sein, die tiefer in ein spezielles Thema einsteigen und sich umfassend darüber informieren wollen.
Das Lexikon verfügt über eine leistungsfähige Suchmaschine, die bei der Suche nach der richtigen Information hilft.

In der neuen Auflage können Sie als Besucher erstmals an der Aktualisierung des Lexikons aktiv mitarbeiten. Neue Artikel können geschrieben werden, zu vorhandenen Artikeln können Bemerkungen formuliert und tote Links aktualisiert werden. Die Lexikonredaktion garantiert den Qualitätsstandard der Beiträge.

Das Lexikon wurde von der Aachener Stiftung Kathy Beys konzipiert und finanziert. Die Leitung der Redaktion hat Dr. Barabara Zeschmar-Lahl aus Bremen inne. Die technische Umsetzung und Programmierung wurde von maixit GbR in Aachen durchgeführt. Die Weesbach-Stiftung aus Krefeld unterstützt die Neuauflage finanziell.

Ansprechperson: Klaus Dosch
Wissenschaftlicher Leiter
Aachener Stiftung Kathy Beys
D-52062 Aachen
Schmiedstraße 3
Telefon 0241 40929 10
Email: kd@aachener-stiftung.de
www.aachener-stiftung.de


For other interesting activities and links click www.seri.at.

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6. SERI - 5 years ago

Final report on the project: “Labour and Environment”

A session finished the project "Labour and Environment" under the heading:"Sustainability creates labour" on 28.09.00 in Berlin. Aim of the session was to present the final report of the project to the German Minister of Environment, Jürgen Trittin, and to discuss the subject with experts from
science, politics, trade unions and NGOs.
One important conclusion of the final report and the discussions was: Sustainability (meant in its broad sense) is possible, IF the frame conditions are created and the measurements therefore are implemented.
See www.a-und-oe.de for detailed information on the project.

New SERI research area “ECO-INFO-SOCIETY”

The new research area "Ecological-Information-Society (EIS)" opened up by SERI in November 2000. That was because sustainable development calls for a significant education of the absolute use of ressources. One possible strategy to achieve this is the use of the potentials of the information society in combination with the macroeconomic tools and challenging changes in lifestyles thus creating an Eco-Info-Society. The web-page on the Ecological Information Society is online available. at www.seri.at/eis.

 

7. Going on in Vienna

Sustainability-Café zum Thema "Zukunft, neue Arbeit und frische Semmeln"
Kaffee Griensteidl, Karl Kraus-Saal, Michaelerplatz 2, 1010 Wien
am 29. November 2005, von 8:30 bis 11:30 Uhr

Für Menschen mit Interesse an Zukunft und Nachhaltigkeit! Zum Sustainability-Café kommen Menschen aus Unternehmen, Organisationen, Politik und Verwaltung, NGOs, Interessensvertretungen, Forschung, Bildung und Wissenschaft.

Sustainability-Café wird veranstaltet von Wallner&Schauer. nachhatig beraten, in Kooperation unter anderem mit SERI - Sustainable Europe Research Institut.

Anmeldung erforderlich. Download der Einladung.

SERI brownbag seminar:
22.11.2005 12h30-14h00, by Katherine N. Farrell
Topic: Inter-disciplinary Deliberative Democracy: Accountability, Representation and Citizenship of Scientists

Scientific knowledge is now an explicit form of political power. New modes of democratic representation are required that situate expert knowledges as democratically legitimate. In addition, the complexity of 21st century political problems renders assumptions of objective ‘truth’ and rational consensus obsolete. It may be argued that earlier contributions concerning deliberative democracy and reflexive modernisation have addressed the need to accommodate this increased complexity. However, while these contributions are important, they do no go far enough. Looking specifically at the environmental governance task ‘environmental value articulation’, I propose that in addition to self-reflexive science, this task requires other-reflexive science, in order to take into account the dynamic embeddedness of political processes and value articulation activities, as parts of the wider complex system of humanity and its environment. This embeddedness renders Beck’s proposal for reflexive science incomplete. Without rejecting the concepts of self-reflexive science and deliberative democracy, I propose that what is required is a combination of the two. I argue that, in order to accomplish this new governance structures and institutions of government proper are required. Drawing on Dryzek’s early works, I develop Barry’s concept of collective ecological management, through reference to insights from the post-normal science discourse. I propose the outlines of a new democratic theory / post-normal science methodology specifying a set of representative structures that make possible a democratically legitimate, inter-disciplinary system of deliberative democracy.

(Earlier versions of this work in progress have been presented at the 2005 Bonn UN-IHDP Open Meeting on Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change 10-13 October 2005 and at the conference Accountable Governance: an international research colloquium, Queen’s University of Belfast, 20-22 October, 2005)

Contact:
Katherine N. Farrell (katharine.farrell@qub.ac.uk)
Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research, Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland.

If you are interested in contributing a seminar, please contact Lisa Bohunovsky at lisa@seri.at.

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For more information on SERI related events in Vienna please surf to www.seri.at/events.


These were our messages and news for this month. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for detailed information on our projects and for possibilities in co-operation and partnership. It’s a challenge to start an interactive dialogue of exchanging experiences. You are all invited to participate in this process.

SERI is the first "virtual" research institute on sustainable development with associated researchers all over Europe. If you want to get more detailed information on the Institute and its members please visit our website: www.seri.at.

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute, together with a supporting legal association, exists since September 1999 according to Austrian Law. The headquarters have been established in Vienna. We would like to invite you to participate in this undertaking.

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) is a Pan-European think tank aiming to explore sustainable development options for European societies. The Institute aims to develop the concept of environmental space and shows ways to substantially reduce the resource throughput of modern industrial societies. The research carried out by members of SERI supports the dialogue within European civil society. It specifically aims to further develop the exchange of ideas between environmental citizens organisations, governments, trade unions and industry. The scientific dialogue SERI aims to engender is supported by its web page and this newsletter, conferences, meetings as well as publications.

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