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Keynote speakers

Yrjö Haila

University of Tampere, School of Management, environmental policy, Finland 


Professor Yrjö Haila retired from his chair in environmental policy in 2015 and is now working as a free writer and academic. Yrjö Haila has background in ecology and philosophy and also keen interest in arts. He became the professor of environmental policy at the University of Tampere in 1994 and has shaped the interdisciplinary studies and research conducted in the subject. Professor Haila was the leader of the Finnish Graduate School in Environmental Social Sciences in 2002-2015 and also long-term chair of the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Science. His research interests have focused on the conceptions of nature and he has written on the development of conservation thought. Yrjö Haila has developed the so-called eco-social perspective to environmental policy, bridging natural and social sciences, and is one of the fouders of the Nature Conservation journal. Among his publications is the edited volume How nature speaks (2006) with Chuck Dyke.


James Meadowcroft

Carleton University, Department of Political Science, Ottawa, Canada 


James Meadowcroft holds a Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. He is a Professor in both the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Administration. His research is focused on the ways governments are adjusting their practices and policies to cope with the emergence of problems of the environment and sustainable development. Meadowcroft has written widely on environmental politics and policy, democratic participation and deliberative democracy, national sustainable development strategies, and socio- technical transitions. Recent work focuses on energy and the transition to a low carbon society, and includes publications on carbon capture and storage (CCS), smart grids, the development of Ontario’s electricity system, the politics of socio-technical transitions, and negative carbon emissions.

Morgan Meyer

Institute for Research and Innovation in Society, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France 


Morgan Meyer is lecturer at Agro ParisTech and research associate at LISIS. He holds a Masters in biology, a PhD in sociology and was a postdoc in the Department of Sociology, University of Sheffield and the Sociology of Innovation Centre at Mines ParisTech. He was recently a visiting professor at the University of Vienna (Department of Science and Technology Studies) and visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh (Genomics Forum). His current research focuses on the emergence, governance and development debate on new forms of biology (synthetic biology, do-it-yourself biology), and on the places and practices for 'knowledge brokering' (intermediation of knowledge) and the boundaries of science.

Josephine Mylan

University of Manchester, Sustainable Consumption Institute, United Kingdom  

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Dr. Josephine Mylan works at the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester, engaging with questions related to Sustainable Consumption and Production, Sustainability Transitions and Eco-Innovation. Her work is guided by an interest in how everyday life and ‘normality’ changes to become more (or less) resource intensive. Conceptually, she draws on insights from the sociology of innovation, practice theory, economic sociology, business studies, and institutional theory. Empirical areas of research include lighting, laundry, and agro-food (including studies on meat, milk, bread, orange juice). Her inter-disciplinary orientation is visible in her publications which span a wide range of journals including Global Environmental Change; Research Policy; Journal of Cleaner Production; Organization & Environment; Technology Analysis & Strategic Management; Sociology.

Esther Turnhout

Wageningen University, Environmental Sciences, Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Netherlands 

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Esther Turnhout is Full Professor at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research program The Politics of Environmental Knowledge includes research into the different roles experts play at the science policy interface, the political implications of policy relevant knowledge, and the participation of citizens in environmental knowledge making, also known as citizen science. Current research projects focus on the UN Intergovernmental science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), wildlife management and invasive species, auditing practices in forest management and the production of transparency and traceability in global value chains. She has published articles on these and other topics in journals such as Nature, Environmental Politics, Geoforum, Journal of Rural Studies, Science and Public Policy, Environment and Planning, and Conservation Letters. She is associate editor of Environmental science & Policy. She has been selected as an expert for IPBES and also advises the Dutch government on IPBES.

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