CSSI Partnerships Conference 2022

Important dates

15 October 2021: Call for Papers published on the website
21 February 2022: Extended Deadline for Abstract submissions
25 March 2022: Notification of acceptance
1 April: Registration opens
13 May: Deadline for Early Bird Registration with reduced fee
20 May 2022: Deadline for Full Paper submission
16 June 2022: Registration closes
21 June 2022: Doctoral Consortium
22-24 June 2022: CSSI 2022 Symposium
27 June 2022: Paper Development Workshop for BAS Special Issue

The 8th Cross-Sector Social Interactions (CSSI) online Symposium on “Partnering for Resilience and Transformation” has been organized by Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands, 22-24 June 2022.

Video recordings of the Conference Opening, the Keynote Lecture and Keynote Panel, the Science-Practice Dialogues and the Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony and Lecture are available on this website.

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For the 8th Cross-Sector Social Interactions Symposium in 2022 at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, we selected “Partnering for Resilience and Transformation” as the central topic. How do partnerships perform in times of crisis? Are they able to respond quickly enough, and to flexibly adjust course where necessary? What makes partnerships resilient? What makes partnerships transformative? These are pertinent questions that have been catapulted to the top of the agenda and require our attention as a scholarly community.

Responding to a crisis is a crucial first step for building resilience of the collaboration and involved partners. Being resilient may also be the steppingstone towards rebuilding a brighter future. Bouncing back to the old situation, with its associated vulnerabilities, is not necessarily the best approach. Reconciling resilience and transformation is a major challenge both in practice and in the theoretical debate. How can partnerships facing crises or disturbances contribute to the transformations necessary for a more sustainable future? Do partnerships provide transformative capacity for in-depth change? We hope that inquiring into partnering processes with resilience and transformation as lenses will result in inspiring scholarship that is both theoretically innovative and practically useful.

Overlooking the Lower Rhine river and situated in the Food Valley, Wageningen hosts a vibrant green campus where education buildings and research facilities intermingle with other activities, including a Unilever R&D plant, a branch of the public Food Safety Agency and a student-run vegetable farm - partnerships are in the DNA of this university! The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. As a life science university, Wageningen specializes in research on food, the living environment and health, and puts high value in interdisciplinary research between the natural and the social science. The social science department covers nearly all social science and humanities disciplines, from history to management, and from economics to policy sciences, but with a focus on topics like agriculture, food, environment, water, climate, biodiversity and health. In sum, an excellent environment to discuss the grand sustainability challenges of our time, and the role of partnerships in fostering resilience and transformation.