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Workshops on International Relations (WIRE)

12th WIRE Edition

   Sustainability Transitions: Non-state Perspectives

Brussels, Belgium

June 25-26, 2018

Monday 25th June

8:30 – 9:00    Coffee

9:00 – 9:30    Welcome and introduction

Session 1 (Chair: Laura Gomez Mera)

9:30 – 10:15    Paper 1.  Transformative Social Innovation: Implications for Transitions Research by Bonno Pel, Alex Haxeltine, René Kemp, Adina Dumitru, Flor Avelino, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of East Anglia, Maastricht University, University of A Coruña and Dutch Research Institute For Transitions  (Discussant: Amandine Orsini, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)

10:15 – 11:00   Paper 2. Who has the power in transitions? A multi-actor perspective on power dynamics in sustainability transitions by Flor Avelino, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Discussant: Mathieu Blondeel, Ghent University)

11:00 – 11:15   Break

Session 2 (Chair: Christian Olsson)

11:15 – 12:00   Paper 3. Energy Transitions as local projects: the German experience by Gerhard Fuchs, University of Stuttgart (Discussant: Loïc Cobut, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)

12:00 – 12:45   Paper 4. Non-State Actors and Sustainable Development: Private Initiatives to Prevent Forced Labor and Ensure Decent Work in Supply Chains by Laura Gomez-Mera, University of Miami (Discussant: Christian Olsson, Université libre de Bruxelles)

12:45 – 2:00   Lunch

Session 3 (Chair: Loïc Cobut)

2:00 – 2:45     Paper 5. Transnational Municipal Networks: a hope for urban sustainability transitions? by Marielle Papin Manjarrez, Université Laval (Discussant: Laura Iozzelli, VUB/Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)

2:45 – 3:30     Paper 6. Transitions in developing countries by Helen Alhborg, Gothenburg University (Discussant: Valentina Brogna, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)

3:30 – 3:45     Break

3:45 – 5:00     Paper 7. Driving Sustainability Transitions: Small Enterprises' Environmental and Social Entrepreneurship, by Katja Biedenkopf, Leuven Universiteit (Discussant: Nicolas de Sadeleer, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)

7:00                Diner

Tuesday 26th June

Session 4 (Chair: Amandine Orsini)

9:00 – 09:45 Paper 8. The power of non-state actors in the renewable energy transition by Jamal Shahin Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) & University of Amsterdam and Irene Niet, University of Amsterdam (Discussant: Flor Avelino, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

9:45 – 10:30 Paper 9. Trade unions participation in climate governance after the Paris Agreement: taking stock of current situation and exploring new opportunities by Benjamin Denis, European Trade Union Confederation and Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (Discussant: Elena Kavvatha, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)

10:30 – 10:45 Break

Session 5 (Chair: Elena Kavvatha)

10:45 – 11:30 Paper 10. The new EU Organic Farming Regulation. The European Organic Sector capacity to influence interinstitutional negotiations. by De Poras Miguel, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and University Pablo de Olavide (Discussant: Tom Bauler, Université libre de Bruxelles)

11:30 – 12:15 Paper 11. Citizen’s claims for a cleaner air and how they transform (or not) supranational law by Delphine Misonne (Discussant: Helen Alhborg, Gothenburg University)

12:15 – 12:45 Conclusion

12:45 Lunch

Participants

  • Helen Alhborg, Gothenburg University
  • Flor Avelino, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Tom Bauler, Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Katja Biedenkopf, Leuven Universiteit
  • Mathieu Blondeel, Ghent University
  • Valentina Brogna, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
  • Loïc Cobut, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
  • Miguel De Poras, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and University Pablo de Olavide
  • Nicolas de Sadeleer, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
  • Gerhard Fuchs, University of Stuttgart
  • Laura Gomez-Mera, University of Miami
  • Laura Iozzelli, VUB/Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles
  • Elena Kavvatha, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
  • Delphine Misonne, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
  • Irene Niet, University of Amsterdam
  • Christian Olsson – Université libre de Bruxelles (only on the 25th)
  • Amandine Orsini, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles
  • Marielle Papin Manjarrez, Université Laval
  • Bonno Pel, Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Nathalie Schiffino, UCL (only on the 25th)
  • Jamal Shahin, VUB

Workshop organizers

  • Amandine Orsini (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Loïc Cobut (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Elena Kavvatha (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)

Additional members of the steering committee

  • Christian Olsson (Université libre de Bruxelles)
  • Denis Duez (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Nicolas de Sadeleer (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Benjamin Denis (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)

Sponsor

This workshop is part to the Jean Monnet Module project POLLEN (EU Environmental Policies & Law, www.usaintlouis.be/iee/2732.html) awarded by the European Commission.