25 September 2017 to 26 September 2017

Background information

The international conference „SustEcon Conference – The contribution of a sustainable economy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” took place on 25 and 26 September 2017 at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany (organised by the NaWiKo project).

The focus of the conference was on the contributions of the sustainable economy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This contribution can be observed on a number of different levels: Innovations toward achieving the SDGs are to be as much a topic at the conference as methodological questions about measuring sustainability. In addition to that, the differences between various discourses and concepts and their respective contributions to the sustainable economy were also featured prominently in the conference. A further topic of interest was the (political) framework conditions and barriers to a sustainable economy as well as the contribution of science to the SDGs.



The conference booklet (incl. conference agenda and all abstracts) can be found here.



You can find some of the presentations held below as PDFs for download - other presentations cannot be made available or will come at a later date.

Day 1 - Monday, 25 September - 14:00-15:30

Paper Session I: Measuring Sustainability in the Context of the SDGs:  Developing indicators

Paper Session III: Innovations for and governance of the supply chain in the context of the SDGs


Day 1 - Monday, 25 September - 16:00-17:30

Paper Session V: Taking a closer look at the individual consumer: understanding consumers' daily decisions

Paper Session VI: Real-world laboratories and SDGs


Day 2 - Tuesday, 26 September - 09:30-10:30

Plenary Session: Keynote “Shaping transformations to Sustainability”
Dr. Florian Kern (University of Sussex)


Day 2 - Tuesday, 26 September - 11:00-12:00

Semi Plenary I: Panel Discussion “Innovations for the Sustainable Economy”


Day 2 - Tuesday, 26 September - 13:00-14:30

Paper Session VIII: Innovation of food supply chains by designing sustainable food production and consumption systems

Paper Session X: On the importance of motivation and cultural change for realising a sustainable economy    

Paper Session IX: Decoupling, Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models

Paper Session XI: Public discourse, perceptions and acceptance of sustainable economy issues

Paper Session XIII: The role of the SDGs in Sustainability Assessments

Day 2 - Tuesday, 26 September - 15:00-16:00

Paper Session XIV: The role of actors, technologies and framework conditions in transforming towards sustainability

Paper Session XV: International perspectives on transition to sustainability in urban areas

Paper Session XVI: Influence of techno-economic change and public policy on transition pathways



Please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions concerning this conference.

For questions or requests concerning participation and organisational matters, please contact the organizing team of Ecologic Institute at sustecon@ecologic.eu.

For content related questions or requests, please contact the organizing team of the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at sustecon@polsoz.fu-berlin.de.