Theme 2: Sustainable Societies


Joakim Ekman
Prof., Södertörn University, Södertörn, Sweden

Scientific Committee
Joakim Ekman. Prof., Södertörn University, Södertörn, Sweden
Hele Kiimann, Dr., Uppsala University, Sweden
Ildikó Asztalos Morell, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Department of Urban and Rural Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Scienses, Sweden

Theme: Sustainable Societies
Wellbeing has direct correlations to several factors influencing the everyday quality of life, such as health, human rights, economy, the environment and poor management of our scarce resources. A sustainable society focuses on the current and future well-being of its citizens and the environment. The three spheres of sustainability encompass many concepts which explain how decisions and actions can have an impact on the overall sustainability of our world. In this perspective the issues of legislation and planning are essential.

How policy, planning, implementation and practice on local, regional and global levels involve issues on sustainable development matters in making progress. Planning is crucial in handling the many interests involved in decisions and actions influencing the society today and future. Issues such as public involvement and participation, transparency, the access principle and freedom of speech are crucial in the development of sustainable societies. Failing to put emphasis on the social factors influenced by decisions or actions may result in the collapse of the spheres of sustainability, and society as well. Research is crucial for a sustainable outcome and mitigation of the many interests involved in decisions and actions influencing our society today.