We are pleased to announce that the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI), University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) will host its second international sustainability conference: Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice and Action (STTPA) in October 2023. IMI welcome contributions from all disciplines and stakeholders, and also invites you to participate in this conference as a delegate. The STTPA Call for Abstracts provides information on submitting papers, posters, proposals for themed sessions, panel discussions, workshops and more.
Want to present at this year’s conference? Submit your abstract by May 28th, 2023. For more information on the conference and how to get involved and/or submit abstracts and proposals, visit: sttpaconference.com.
About the STTPA Conference
The Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action (STTPA) Conference engages transdisciplinary and intersectoral dialogue on the pressing issues, solutions, and actions for confronting the wicked problems and move towards greater sustainability. STTPA brings together voices of all stakeholders, such as academics, practitioners, policy makers, governments, Indigenous people, and civil society to create evidence-based and action-oriented agendas for transdisciplinary research, policy, practice, and action. As we enter 2023, we continue to wrestle with challenges related to increasingly dramatic climate change, unrelenting inflation, a lingering pandemic, a widening income gap, growing social inequality, and human and Indigenous rights. These are not problems with easy solutions. They are “wicked” problems because they span traditional disciplinary boundaries and ways of thinking and finding solutions to them is inherently complex. In some cases, insights from academic researchers lead the way, whereas in others, industry, community, and government and Indigenous leaders and practitioners lead the way. In some cases, solutions involve global collaboration and enhanced curriculum in our educational systems. And in other cases, solutions are hyper-local and contextualized within specific communities, professions, and organizations. Such an ambitious agenda can only be achieved through critical, holistic, and integrative thinking that draws upon—but also moves across—the insights and knowledge produced through traditional academic disciplines, transdisciplinary and emerging academic fields, and areas of specialization as well as through policies, practices and actions. As a path towards sustainability requires mutual respect and learning from each other, the organizing committee plans to organize three days of innovative, interactive, and unique program designed to create and strengthen a community of engaged conference participants. The conference program will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, integrated (theory, practice, and action) sessions, concurrent sessions, workshops, poster (research and practice) presentations, exhibits and other formats of communication enabling all stakeholders to learn and contribute meaningfully to our path towards sustainability.