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Rethinking Globalisation in the light of Contraction and CONVERGEnce

Objective

"The CONVERGE project will build from the concept of 'contraction and convergence' that informed the Kyoto process. C&C linked the key social concept of equal rights to emissions with the key ecological need for reduced emissions to issue a challenge to economic systems to develop fair processes for emissions reduction. CONVERGE aims to re-think globalisation by developing our understanding of convergence beyond emissions-trading across wider social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainability. CONVERGE will research, develop and test the processes of contraction, convergence and divergence in current forms of globalisation. The research will be based on systems science to integrate social, scientific and economic disciplines in order to create coherent solutions to complex problems. Key to the success of this study is the interdisciplinary approach and working with stakeholders from civil society, government and business. CONVERGE seeks to explore convergent sustainability relationships across different scales from local, national, global-regional to global. CONVERGE will research current examples of convergence in communities, policies and indicators moving towards sustainability. The project will develop a convergence frame for understanding and development in civil society and policy communities; accessible publications providing guidance and tools for the use of this framework; a set of Convergence indicators, quantitative and qualitative, that will be used to test and model the processes of convergence including development of a Computer Programme; and recommendations to assist policy makers to integrate C&C into the decision making process. CONVERGE will play a significant role in achieving the strategic objective of EUs global partnership: ""to promote sustainable development actively worldwide and ensure that the European Union's internal and external policies are consistent with global sustainable development and its international commitments."""

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/globalization
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DR. E.F. SCHUMACHER SOCIETY LIMITED
Address
The Create Centre, Smeaton Road
BS1 6XN Bristol
United Kingdom
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 73 840
Administrative Contact
Ian Roderick (Mr.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 40 203,52
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mike Hobbs (Mr.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 280 165,20
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Harald Sverdrup (Prof.)
GREENDEPENDENT - SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS ASSOCIATION

Participation ended

Hungary
EU contribution
€ 52 934,96
Address
Eva Utca
2100 Godollo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Edina Vadovics (Mrs.)
SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 129 456
Address
Pater Karoly Utca 1
2100 Godollo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Balint Balazs (Mr.)
THE SCHUMACHER CENTRE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 321 856,96
Address
Bush House, Prince Street 5Th Floor
BS1 4HU Bristol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ian Roderick (Mr.)
The Natural Step International
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 180 691
Address
Garvagatan 9C
11221 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josefin Nyström (Ms.)
SOCIAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT
India
EU contribution
€ 74 083
Address
Bye Pass Road 105A/1
627003 Thirunelveli
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Charles Christy (Mr.)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 145 668
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kirstin Vala Ragnarsdottir (Prof.)
GREENDEPENDENT INTEZET NONPROFIT KOZHASZNU KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 99 253,36
Address
Eva Utca 4
2100 Godollo
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kristóf Vadovics (Mr.)