The conference will mark the culmination of the 4 year European Commission project: GLOBIS: Globalisation Informed by Sustainable Development. The project is conducted in partnership between Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Sweden; Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Developpement (CIRED), France and the Fraunhofer ISI, Germany. The dual goals of the conference are to disseminate the results of the research project to the scientific and policy making communities whilst also engaging them in critical reflection on their salience in the light of the upcoming declaration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The GLOBIS project:
The GLOBIS project proceeded from the position that globalisation is essentially a neutral process, with both threats and opportunities when it comes to sustainable development. The focus of research was on understanding how these threats could be overcome and opportunities harnessed towards globally sustainable development. In order to do this the project partners undertook scenario based investigations of a number of industrial sectors: energy, food and transportation, as well as conceptual investigation of the broader discourses of development, sustainable development and globalisation, and the associated processes of migration and eco-innovation. Working in interdisciplinary teams the project has been geared towards the furthering of scientific knowledge in these areas as well as the articulation of contributions to EU policy, particularly in the light of the upcoming sustainable development goals (SDGs). This central aim of this conference is therefore to present the GLOBIS work and engage invitees from multiple sectors, policy-makers, scientists, private enterprise and civil society, in outlining the project can best contribute to the SDGs.