International Symposium of Social Work and Sustainability in Jyväskylä

The 2-day symposium is organised by the team of the ECOSOS research project (Contribution of Social Work and Systems of Income Security to the Ecosocial Transformation of Society), funded by the Academy of Finland (2015-2019).
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  • Aika 15.04.2019 – 09.30 16.04.2019 – 17.00 (Europe/Helsinki / UTC300)
  • Paikka Lea Pulkkinen Hall, University of Jyväskylä (main campus) / Lea Pulkkisen sali, Jyväskylän yliopisto, Jyväskylä
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The complexity of sustainable development is possibly the biggest universal challenge of our times. A radically new level of transdisciplinary research, cross-sectoral policy-making and multi-agency practice is required in order to meet this challenge and achieve planetary wellbeing.

We know that the social problems that social workers are addressing around the globe are significantly linked to the environmental, economic and social turmoil of today’s societies.

The transdisciplinary discussion on ecological or environmental social work is vivid and steadily growing. This international symposium will up-date what social work research and practice can contribute to this transdisciplinary discussion on sustainable development. The symposium aims to present current research-based social work knowledge and to discuss the social work interventions related to environmental and economic sustainability. By doing so, the symposium provides a new transdisciplinary platform for common learning and international networking. The symposium is also an excellent opportunity to develop new research ideas as well as share successful ecosocial practices and innovative teaching approaches.

At the symposium, the final results of ECOSOS will be presented for the first time to a Finnish and an international audience. The programme will contain contributions from international experts, including, among others, Amy Krings (Loyola University Chicago/USA), Jef Peeters (UC Leuven-Limburg/Belgium) and Komalsingh Rambaree (University of Gävle/Sweden).

The symposium will take place on Monday from 9.30 am to 5 pm and on Tuesday from 9 am to 5 pm. There is no registration fee to pay. We warmly welcome students, researchers, practitioners and activists interested in sustainable development to join this international symposium! Please register via the following link by 15 March 2019.  Further information on accommodations is available on the ECOSOS webpage.

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Monday 15 April

9.30 - 10.00 Welcome coffee

10.00 - 10.30 Opening of the Symposium

Opening words:

  • Jari Ojala, vice dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences, University of Jyväskylä
  • Tanja Risikko, director, University of Jyväskylä, JYU/Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
  • Aila-Leena Matthies, professor of social work, JYU/Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius

10.30 Discussion and introduction round

11.00 – 12.30 Paper session I

  • Aila-Leena Matthies (JYU): The overview of the results of ECOSOS-research project
  • Ingo Stamm (JYU): Unemployment, social work and ecosocial innovations: Towards new eco-social policies
  • Comments by Jef Peeters (KU Leuven)


12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Paper session II

  • Amy Krings (Loyola University Chicago): Promoting Sustainable Development: Community Contestation over Green Gentrification
  • Komalsingh Rambaree (University of Gävle): Environmental Justice for the Chagossian Communities: A Case for Transnational Ecosocial Work
  • Comments by Pilvi Hämeenaho (University of Eastern Finland)


15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 - 17.00 Paper session III

  • Brita Backlund Rambaree (University of Gävle): The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Eco-Social Work with Coastal Communities?
  • Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö (JYU): Metal mining and social work - what could social work do to tackle the resources question?
  • Comments by Bhavesh Sarna (JYU)
  • Discussion

17.00 - 17.30 Discussion and reflections of the first day

19.00 Dinner in Alba Hotel (Ahlmaninkatu 4, 40100 Jyväskylä)

Tuesday 16 April

9.00 – 10.30 Paper session IV

  • Jef Peeters (KU Leuven): Reframing the economy in function of sustainability: new models and practices
  • Benjamin Hok Bun KU (Hong Kong Polytechnic University): Social Work and the Practice of Social Economy in China (online-presentation)
  • Comments by Johanna Perkiö (Left Forum & Tampere University)


10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30 Paper session V

  • Erin Kennedy (Lund University): Reflections from future social workers on how to work with environmental issues and address the impacts of climate change
  • Kati Närhi (JYU): Social workers’ views on ecosocial transition in society
  • Comments by Maija Mänttäri-van der Kuip (JYU)


12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.00 Paper session VI

  • Tuuli Hirvilammi (JYU) & Tuula Helne (Kela): Having, Doing, Loving and Being
    − How do young unemployed persons’ conceptions about wellbeing match the framework of sustainable wellbeing?
  • Panu Halme (JYU, Wisdom-network): The concept of Planetary Wellbeing
  • Comments by Mikko Valtonen (Tampere University)


15.00 - 16.00 Coffee and group discussions

16.00 - 16.30 Concluding discussion

18.00 Sauna and dinner at Savutuvan apaja