European Society for Ecological Economics Conference | ESEE2019

Call for Abstracts and Special Sessions

Call for abstracts and special sessions for the 13th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics.

18–21 June 2019, Turku/Åbo, Finland



Since its foundation in 1996, the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) has established theoretical and practical approaches for integrating often contested environmental and developmental issues. The 13th International Conference of ESEE in Turku will scrutinize the current co-creative turn in sustainability research and policy.

One key scientific challenge of tomorrow is to provide policy advice for legitimate, fair and evidence-informed sustainability transformation. ESEE 2019 will contribute to this challenge by exploring theories and applications of co-creation: an epistemic process that merges inter- and transdisciplinary science and public deliberation with different phases of the policy cycle. ESEE 2019 brings together researchers, practitioners and civil society actors engaged in co-creation for institutional design, policy implementation and the evaluation of problem solving strategies.

ESEE 2019 builds on conventional as well as innovative formats. New interactive and dialogical formats will be applied in keynotes and co-creative events with scientists, business, governmental actors, media and civil society. We strongly encourage participants to reflect on co-creation in their own academic and non-academic work and to consider presenting their experiences, findings and insights in new creative formats.


Special session proposals

Special sessions involve 3–5 paper presentations (in 1.5 hours) with moderated discussion on specific topics and debates that complement the conference tracks and sub-tracks. Submission has been closed (deadline for regular abstracts 11 Dec., please see below).

Accepted Special Sessions and their descriptions can be found here:

Special sessions
In addition to conventional special sessions, panel discussions, and workshops, we encourage creative formats such as:


  • Explorative Lightning Talk sessions, like Ignite Session 20×15 or Pecha Kucha 20×20. Both are presentation formats in which presenters show 20 images, each for 15 or 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Sessions are followed by a moderated discussion.
  • Deliberative formats, such as fishbowl deliberation or Samoan Circle. Presenters deliberate on a controversial topic characterized by divided views within ecological economics and sustainability science. This format provides an opportunity for the audience to participate and express their deliberated opinions.
  • Co-creation workshops can extend over one or two sessions (1.5 hours each). They aim at co-creating solutions, new projects or activities that might be implemented afterwards. The results should be harvested and brought together in the form of a synthesis. For this session format only abstracts of inputs are needed. However, it is important that the session methods and formats are described thoroughly.
  • Special session can also be organised by green and circular economy companies, environmental NGOs and other environmental organisations. Special sessions can take the form of a round table discussion, workshop or other format.
  • Policy and media pitches. The purpose of this session type is to critically reflect on how to convince policy-makers and media of your evidence-informed message.

Abstracts for papers and posters

Please submit a short abstract (100 words) and an extended abstract (750–1500 words excluding references) by 11 December 2018 (extended deadline) via the online form. Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Each author can submit two abstracts as first (lead) author.
Please note: if you are submitting for an alternative special session, an extended abstract may not be required and you may just write on the text box  on the abstract form ”not relevant”. If you are in doubt, please contact the organizers of the special session (or email

Abstract submission form

 Submission has been closed

Submitters have been informed of abstract acceptance/refusal on 15 February. If you have not received a message, please contact

Poster session

There will be a poster session, and a best poster prize will be awarded at the conference. After the Day 1 and Day 2 morning keynotes there will a 15-minute slot for poster teasers. These are 20-second videoclips that the poster presenters are kindly asked to provide. The teasers are combined and showed to the audience in a thematic order. The videoclips can be anything from a 20-second elevator talk to a sequence of slides with no spoken word, a photo of the poster or anything else depending on the personal preference of the poster presenter. There will be detailed information given about the technical format of the clips.

Best paper prizes and EPG special issue

We will award two paper prizes, one for the best student paper and one for a regular paper submitted for and presented at the conference.
To enter the competition, please submit a full paper of your abstract accepted to be presented at the conference by 26 April. The style, word count and other requirements follow those of Environmental Policy and Governance. Please note that if the full paper is published or under consideration for a scientific journal, it is not eligible to take part in the best paper competition.

Author guidelines 
As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.

The main text file should be presented in the following order:

  1. Title, main text (font Times New Roman, font size 12, left alignment) and key words
  2. References (according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), see the Wiley link below for examples)
  3. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes)
  4. Figure legend
  5. Appendices (if relevant).

Word Length:
Full length papers should be approximately 7000-8000 words and attached as a PDF-file.

For more details visit:

Full paper submission

The Journal Environmental Policy and Governance (Wiley; will host a Special Issue compiled from selected papers presented at the ESEE 2019 Turku conference. All papers accepted for presentation (oral or poster) will be addressed with a targeted call for the special issue. The special issue papers will undergo the usual reviewing process of the journal.  The EPG  Special Issue call for papers will be announced after the conference.

In the line of the conference objectives, we suggest contributions within seven tracks.


This theme addresses the role and significance of natural environments in reconstituting and redirecting individual, social and collective human affairs, including:

1.1 Nature, health and wellbeing

1.2 Nature-based solutions

1.3 Green and blue infrastructure

1.4 Environmental values and valuation

1.5 Natural capital and ecosystem services



This theme addresses human habits, behaviour and motivation in achieving sustainability and ethical behaviour related to consumption, including:

2.1 Human needs and wellbeing

2.2 Non-human wellbeing and rights in consumer society

2.3 Ethics and sustainable diets

2.4 Work and leisure

2.5 Human behaviour and habits



This theme addresses the administrative, technological and instrumental conditions of co-creation towards sustainability, including:

3.1 Agro-ecology, forestry and fisheries

3.2 Information technologies and digitalization

3.3 Sustainable energy technologies

3.4 Social metabolism and industrial ecology

3.5 Planning for urban resilience



This theme addresses reform and strategies that promote sustainability transformations, including:

4.1 Innovative economic instruments

4.2 Spatial planning, action environments and behaviour

4.3 Nonhuman interests in planning and decision-making

4.4 Sufficiency and reasonableness

4.5 Sharing economy



This theme addresses the institutional reform needed at local, regional, national and global scales for the co-creation of resilient, sustainable and fair societies, including:

5.1 Knowledge co-production for democratic decision making

5.2 Democratic designs for future generations

5.3 Earth Jurisprudence, environmental justice and Political Ecology

5.4 Anthropocene and environmental governance

5.5 Designs for environmental dispute resolution



This theme addresses the challenge to co-create a new economics for sustainability transitions, including:

6.1 Ecological macroeconomic models

6.2 Degrowth and post-growth economics

6.3 Money, finance and sustainability

6.4 Deindustrialization and sustainability

6.5 Political Economy and capitalism



This theme addresses the ontological and epistemological challenges for sustainability transformation, including:

7.1 Ontology in ecological economics

7.2 Pedagogy and methodological pluralism

7.3 Interactive and action research

7.4 Integrating scientific knowledge and traditional local knowledge

7.5 Historical ecological economics