The ESA 2013 conference, titled "Crisis, Critique and Change" took place at the University of Turin from August 28th until 31st. Gert Spaargaren, Peter Oosterveer and Kris van Koppen from the Environmental Policy Group gave presentations on a variety of topics.
About 3000 European sociologists from different fields of application (sociology of Youth, Labour, Religion, Social Movements, Environment etc.) gathered for a three day conference in Torino, Italy at the end of August. In a deserted city (all Italians were on holidays) and on a deserted campus (all students were gone as well) an intense program of lectures, workshops, author-meet-critics, lunchroom debates etc. was offered by the organizers. For the participants such a conference is no holidays at all: from 9.00 in the morning to 9.00 in the evening you are busy attending lectures, discussing research, talking to PhDs, meeting old friends and making new ones.
Environmental research has a prominent place in the conference. The Environment & Society Research Network (RN12) has one of the most extensive sub-programs of the conference, with more than 150 people presenting papers on environmental topics. Three ENP staff members (Kris van Koppen, Peter Oosterveer en Gert Spaargaren) joined this conference, giving presentations about their favourite topics (Kris on ‘Nature and the Social’, Peter on ‘Food and Trust’ and Gert on ‘Consumption and Practices’. You can consult their slide shows and papers for more detail below. A conference like this provides an opportunity to spot new topics and trends, to see who is popular, who delivers high quality, and what is the state of the art. From the audiences attending our lectures and from the formal and informal discussions about our work, we were happy to conclude that ENP is regarded a strong player in the European environmental field, co-shaping the future agenda of environmental sociology. A good feeling on the way home, making up for the lack of sleep.....
- Gert Spaargaren's presentation on 'Consumption and Practices'
- Peter Oosterveer's slides on 'Food and Trust'
- Kris van Koppen's PowerPoint on 'Nature and the Social'