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Waste conference call for papers (September 13, 2004)

A call for papers has been issued by "Waste - the Social Context" conference (May 11 to 14, 2005 in Edmonton, Albe...

A call for papers has been issued by “Waste – the Social Context” conference (May 11 to 14, 2005 in Edmonton, Alberta).

While the solutions to our waste problems are often focused on technology, the environmental and social aspects have been widely neglected. Waste – the Social Context provides a forum for discussion on the broader implications of waste.

By bringing together researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines, the conference will provide a holistic perspective of waste management – its challenges and solutions.

Conference keynote speaker, William Rees, will discuss the “ecological footprint analysis,” one of the major areas of his internationally acclaimed research. His work reveals the fundamental incompatibility between continued material economic growth and ecological security. William Rees is currently a professor at the School of Community & Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Conference Topics

Presentations, and case studies, that address the following topics are invited: Attitudes and Behaviour (public perceptions, changing attitudes and actions, history of waste), stakeholder participation and involvement (public decision-making process, public participation and consultation), environmental policy (policy making and policy instruments, multi-level governance), economics of waste management (trade with waste and recycling products), sustainability of waste management (urbanization and waste management, waste management in developing countries), environmental justice and ethics (culture of waste, ethics of waste).

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words and must include the author name(s), title and affiliation. Please indicate if you would like to present a paper or poster. Submit your abstract by October 15, 2004 via email to the address below.

All authors will present their papers at the conference. Proceedings will be available on CD-Rom and distributed to all registrants.

Submit abstracts to:

Dr. Daryl McCartney
Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Tel: 780-492-4738

For details please contact Dr. Jerry Leonard at or visit

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