International Conference on Inequality and Sustainability

Registration is now open for this exciting conference! Please join us for two days of thought-provoking presentations and dialogue, and help us spread the word by sharing this email with colleagues and friends. We particularly encourage interested members of the Tufts Community and New England area to attend. If you have any questions, please email Amanda Fencl.


November 9-10, 2012
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy

Debates over equity – the fair distribution of resources, costs, and benefits – and a closely related topic, economic inequality, have arisen in the wake of the recent financial crisis.
The gap in wealth and income between those who came out well after the crisis and those who did poorly has been widely noted. However, in a longer view this can be seen as part of a much broader debate in which conflicting normative goals raise troubling questions, complicated by uncertainties over how societies and economies do and should work.

If we are to build a prosperous society, does inequality do more to help or hinder the pursuit of that goal? As we simultaneously seek an equitable and just society, then what level of inequality is consistent with an equitable outcome?

The pursuit of a sustainable society raises further questions. Sustainability implies a normative goal of inter-generational equity, and some have argued that lessened inequality and increased equity may be preconditions for a successful transition onto a sustainable path. This conference, part of a major international SEI project, will look at equity and inequality through the lens of sustainability and, conversely, at sustainability from the point of view of equity and inequality.

The 2-day conference aims to bring together sustainability, equity, and inequality researchers to learn from one another about the current state of the art in their respective fields, and to think creatively about the intersections of these fields and the application of these important concepts to development policy debates.

This conference is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Register online now»

See keynote speaker bios» http://www.sei-us.org/InequalitySustainability

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