Call for panels

Do you want to get together with other researchers and/or practitioners on the topic of "Partnering for Resilience and Transformation"? Submit a panel proposal on a topic of your interest for the CSSI 2022 Symposium to cssi2022@wur.nl by 31 May 2021!

The central theme for CSSI 2022 is “Partnering for Resilience and Transformation”. We will collectively address a range of important questions: How do partnerships – in particular, partnerships across public, private and/or civil society sectors - perform in times of social-ecological crisis? Are they able to respond quickly enough, and to flexibly adjust course where necessary? What makes partnerships, and their partners, resilient? What makes partnerships support the transformation of the socio-ecological systems where they are embedded? 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. Yet, bouncing back to the status quo, with its associated vulnerabilities and injustices, might not necessarily the best approach. Hence, reconciling resilience and transformation represents 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? How do partnerships provide - or fail to provide, or even hamper - transformative capacities for in-depth change?

As part of the CSSI 2022 conference, we now cordially invite researchers, practitioners, social innovators and transdisciplinary change-makers to submit Panel Proposals that speak to this general theme, or to partnerships and cross-sector social interactions more generally. This will enable you to gather a set of like-minded academics, practitioners and organizations on a topic or theme of shared interest.

Collaborative proposals with two or three co-chairs are particularly welcome. Chairs of panels selected for the CSSI 2020 Symposium will subsequently be invited to circulate a ‘call for papers’ for their panel, both through the symposium website and their own networks. Please note that in the case of similar or overlapping panel submissions, the Organising Committee may ask panel chairs to collaborate in leading consolidated panels to ensure the overall coherence of the symposium.

We welcome different types of panel proposals, including:

  • Research panels, inviting research papers on a particular topic or question
  • Practice panels, bringing together practitioners on a particular topic or question
  • Teaching panels, inviting educators to exchange insights on teaching about partnerships
  • Case-based panels, bringing together practitioners, researchers and stakeholders to discuss a particular partnership case

Submission of Panel Proposals

We invite panel proposals on partnerships and cross-sector social interactions across a range of different domains and issues, including (but not limited to) sustainable value chains, disaster management, circular food systems, environmental sustainability, poverty, climate change, human rights, digitalization, et cetera. We are also keen to include a diversity of panels taking a business, governance or civil society perspective as their starting point.

All panel proposals should include the title of the panel, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the chair(s) and a contact email, a description of the panel topic, and an explanation of its contribution to the field of Partnerships and Cross-Sector Social Interactions Research.  Please also indicate in which of the categories your panel proposal is being submitted: Research Panel, Practice Panel, Teaching Panel, Case-Based Panel. Please clarify whether your panel already includes a number of participants besides the chair(s), and whether other participants can still submit a contribution to the panel in the next step (call for papers).

Proposals should be no longer than 500 words and not exceed one page. Literature references are not necessary. Note that the conference language is English and that all Panel proposals (and subsequent contributions) must be in English.

Panel proposals must be submitted to the following email address: cssi2022@wur.nl no later than 17:00 (CET) on 31 May 2021.