Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Towards a Zero-Carbon Society - Seminar


900 Registration
920 Introduction 

930 Dr Edward Mallia – Towards a Low Carbon Economy
945 Discussion

1000 Dr Simon Mizzi - The car dysfunction - The viability of car transport in densely populated areas - A systems engineering perspective
1015 Discussion

1030 Coffee Break

1100 Dr Michael Briguglio & Dr Maria Brown - 5 Years later: A civil society perspective of sustainable energy policy and green jobs in Malta as a Small EU State
1115 Discussion

1130 Glenn Formosa & Dr Marie Briguglio - When households go solar: the determinants of uptake of a photovoltaic scheme
1145 Discussion

1200 Dr Mario V. Balzan - 
Providing Nature-Based Solutions for Malta's Sustainable Development
1215 Discussion

1230 Skype link with
Dr Amrita Sen & Professor Sarmistha Pattanaik - The discourse of political ecology, conservation and conflicts in the protected areas: a case study on Sundarban, India

1240 Skype link with
Dr Sana Huque - Questioning conversion of East Kolkata Wetlands from perspective of (un)sustainable development

1300 Ends

To register for participation in conference please email ceratoniafoundation@gmail.com

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Document: Paving the way for a Green debate on Refugee, Asylum & Migration Policies

This brochure provides a summary of a study conducted by the Green European Foundation in regards to the Green response to the current Refugee, Asylum and Migration Policies crisis in Europe.
This provides an overview of public documents such as European Green Party resolutions and public positions of the Greens in the European Parliament, and summarises  the study comissioned by the Green European Foundation at the end of 2015. Therefore, this information attempts to reflect the main Green positions in relation to this topic, both at European and national level. 
For more information, and for link to download the document  please click  here

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Call for Papers: Towards a Zero Carbon Society

Seminar organised by Ceratonia Foundation in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, University of Malta

Ceratonia Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, University of Malta, is inviting social scientists to participate in this half day seminar which will take place on Saturday 29 October, 9am-1pm at the Faculty of Arts Library, University of Malta. 

We invite papers and/or presentations from all social sciences and interdisciplinary networks. 

We encourage submissions on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to the following:

- Consumerism, Citizenship and Identities

- Clean Technology

- Ecological Modernization

- Sustainable Development

- Ecological citizenship

- Environmentalism and zero-carbon societies

- Circular Economy
- Environment and social policy

- Energy strategies, pathways and policies
- Sustainable transport policy

- Social perceptions of the green economy
- Energy and social inequality
- Theoretical approaches to zero-carbon society research
- Civil society, democracy and the zero-carbon transition
- Spatial and geo-political dimensions of zero-carbon transitions
- Zero-carbon communities
- Economics of zero-carbon societies
- Methological approaches towards zero-carbon society research
- Small islands and zero-carbon transitions
- Zero-carbon society in an EU context

To submit an abstract (150-300 words), please send in word document, including 5 keywords and academic affiliation to:  


Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an academic panel, and selected papers/presentations can be presented during the seminar.  The seminar will also include a round-table debate. A peer-reviewed publication may be published following the seminar. 
Deadline for submissions: 22 August 2016

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1684637491862087/

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A Heart for Europe - Available for free download

A Heart for Europe - The Case for Europatriotism, by Dick Pels is now published by Good Works Publishing Cooperative in Bristol, UK. You can download it for free by clicking here A print version will also soon be available. 

Dick Pels is a sociologist and freelance political writer, and former director of the research foundation of the Dutch Green Party. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

Green jobs from a small state perspective. Case studies from Malta

This publication, realised by GEF with support of the Maltese Green foundation Ceratonia, looks into the need for developing high quality Green jobs to manage the transformation to a sustainable European economy. Malta is taken as an example for small European states, with limited resources to contribute to this transformation. Questions such as how to create employment strategies that foster a better work-life balance, increased gender equality and allow for more emphasis on leisure time, community participation and family life are a central part of this publication.
The economic turmoil and the financial crisis faced by most of the European Union Member States can represent an opportunity to address the needs of the time by embarking on the ecological transformation of current production and consumption models in our societies. This transformation of the economy will entail a transformation of Europe’s employment strategies. Many of the jobs which are likely to be in demand in the future may involve tasks and require abilities different from those being demanded today. This is why we have to discuss the needed changes to the labour force and to analyse the prerequisites for the creation of green jobs, as well as the characteristics of these jobs.

The Green European Foundation (GEF) has been working extensively on a Green New Deal for Europe – a comprehensive response to the current economic, financial, social and environmental crisis. The Green New Deal puts forward a set of reforms at micro- and macro-economic levels aimed at ensuring high levels of prosperity and well-being. The creation of decent employment and re-thinking the role work plays in our societies are central parts of this response, and thus need to be thoroughly addressed. This is how the project “Green Jobs from a Small State Perspective” developed by GEF with the support of Ceratonia Foundation in Malta came about. 

The current collection of articles focuses on the Europe 2020 Strategy to create new skills and employment opportunities and its relevance for Malta, as one of the smallest Member States of the EU. As reforming the labour market, as well as creating new green jobs is a resource intensive process, Malta was chosen as an example of a small state, without extensive financial, or natural resources that would facilitate this transformation. We find it a worthwhile case study that constitutes an example for other Member States.  
Download the publication through this link: