28 September, 2014

Public Lecture Series -- Social innovation for sustainable transition: The role of social enterprises (Room BS 1.03)

Tuesday 07.10.2014 19.00-20.30
Campus Limpertsberg, Bâtiment des Sciences, Room BS 1.03

Public Lecture by Dr. Benjamin Huybrechts, University of Liège

The public lecture will first explore the notions of social innovation and social enterprise and examine how these concepts relate to each other. We will then examine the emergence of social enterprises as "hybrid organizations" combining logics of the state, communities and the market. The focus will be laid on the potential of social enterprises to offer innovative answers to current societal challenges. Moreover, we will look at how these innovative answers lead to the emergence of new market categories that are populated not only by social enterprises but also by mainstream businesses. The cases of fair trade and renewable energy will be used to illustrate the dynamics of these "mixed-form" markets. Finally, we will explore to what extent social enterprises, together with other actors, can contribute to a transition towards a more sustainable economic system.

Dr. Benjamin Huybrechts, Assistant Professor at HEC Management School, University of Liege (Belgium). He is the holder of the SRIW-Sowecsom Chair in Social Enterprise Management, a member of the Centre for Social Economy and belongs to several academic networks (EMES, EGOS, ISTR, Fairness, RIODD, AES, etc.). He holds a PhD in Economics and Management (University of Liege) and has been on a post-doctoral research stay at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School (University of Oxford). Besides several book chapters and a book on Fair Trade Social Enterprises (Routledge, 2012), he has published articles in the Journal of Business Ethics, the Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics, the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and the Social Enterprise Journal.

All welcome!
We also invite you to consider disseminating this announcement to any one you know who may be interested.
We appreciate any one planning to attend (who is not registered as a participant to the SESI course 2014) to confirm their participation by sending an email to: sustainability@uni.lu .

For further information on getting to campus Limpertsberg, please visit: http://wwwen.uni.lu/contact/campus_limpertsberg

Schéi Gréiss - Mit freundlichen Grüßen - Meilleures salutations - With kind regards

Danielle Schwirtz-Lejeune
Secrétariat de Dr Ariane König,
Responsable pour le Développement Durable
162a, avenue de la Faïencerie
L-1511 Luxembourg
T +352 46 66 44 6942
F +352 46 66 44 6951
danielle.schwirtz@uni.lu www.uni.lu

26 September, 2014

Luxembourg Lectures in Geography and Spatial Planning, “Border Studies“

Within the scope of the lecture series Luxembourg Lectures in Geography and Spatial Planning, the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the UL is pleased to announce the following lectures on the topic "Border Studies": 

22nd September 2014:  Prof. Dr. Dorte Andersen Jagetic
Bordering and multiplicity: A conversation on the call in border studies for new critical approaches  
17h30 on Campus Walferdange, Building X, Room 0.34. 

6th October 2014: Prof. Dr. Martin van der Velde
Significant European Borders! Integration and mobility across borders   
17h30 on Campus Walferdange, Building X, Room 0.34. 

3rd November 2014: Dr. Cathal McCall 
The EU and Peace Building: The Cross-Border Dimension 
17h30 Campus Walferdange, Building X, Room 0.34. 

Note: Unfortunately, Dr. Bettina Bruns’ lecture, "Smuggling and research: Participatory observation at the Polish-Russian border ", originally scheduled for 20th October 2014, had to be canceled at short notice.

Light refreshments will be served following the lectures and discussions.

With the help of the UL Media Center, all lectures will be broadcast live online in order to allow students and other members of the partner universities in Kaiserslautern, Lorraine, Liège, Saarbrücken and Trier, as well as other interested parties, to follow the lecture series.
If you would like to have access to the live streaming, please contact Kristina Hondrila.

For general information about the lecture series, please contact Prof. Dr. BirteNienaber.

Please register for each respective lecture via the following link:

This lecture series is further supported by the "University of the Greater Region - UniGR".

23 September, 2014


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18 September, 2014

CFP: Doing Global Urban Research

Please find below a call for papers for the Urban Studies Foundation sponsored international conference “Doing Global Urban Research”, which will take place at Loughborough University, UK, from Monday 7 September to Wednesday 9 September 2015.

Thanks to the generous support of their sponsors, Loughborough University is able to offer free registration, accommodation and subsistence – and for some a significant subsidy on travel costs – for 45 participants. They therefore invite interested colleagues to read the following call for papers and to submit proposals.

Irrespective of whether you are an urban geographer, urban sociologist, urban political scientist, urban historian, urban economist, favouring a qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approach, the challenge that confronts researchers attempting to participate in and engage with our increasingly ‘globalised’ urban studies remains fundamentally the same – how to make sense of global urban complexity.

In the quest to make sense of urban complexity, urban scholars are leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of new theory production. The aim of this conference is to examine the current state of empirical research (and the methodological approaches we possess) for conceptualising global urban complexity – or as we are putting it, Doing Global Urban Research.

For more a detailed overview of the conference theme please visit http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/projects/projec100.html

The aim of the conference is to confront the research challenges presented by new geographies of urban theory.

The conference has 4 objectives:
  • To provide a platform to showcase the best examples of theoretically-informed, empirically-grounded, policy-relevant research in global urban studies.
  • To provide a forum to confront the research challenges and opportunities presented by new geographies of urban theory.
  • To consider the methodological/empirical responses to new geographies of urban theory.
  • To establish the near-future priorities for researchers doing global urban studies.

In a break from traditional conferences the programme includes time for intensive debate and moderated workshops/panels to outline near-future research priorities and possible collaborations. 50 papers will be presented over 3 days, comprising 3 plenary sessions (with 5 invited keynote speakers), 5 sets of parallel workshop sessions (with 40 minutes per paper), and two specially convened panel sessions.

We are delighted to confirm our 5 keynote speakers:
  • Professor Roger Keil, York University, Director of ‘Global Suburbanisms’ project
  • Professor Susan Parnell, University of Cape Town, African Centre for Cities
  • Professor Christian Schmid, ETH Zurich, Future Cities Laboratory
  • Professor Peter J Taylor, Northumbria University, Director of GaWC
  • Professor Kevin Ward, University of Manchester, Director of cities@manchester

45 places are available. If you would like to present we invite you to submit a proposal to the organisers, John Harrison (J.Harrison4@lboro.ac.uk) and Michael Hoyler (M.Hoyler@lboro.ac.uk), by Friday 12 December 2014. (Further contact info below)

Your proposal should be no more than one side of A4 and include the following information: name(s) (clearly identifying the named presenter), affiliation and e-mail address, title of contribution, details of contribution (including the methodological/empirical contribution) and up to 6 keywords.

Contributors will be selected to attend based on the quality of their research and its direct relevance to the conference theme. Our aim is to bring together researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds who share common ground through their interest in global urban research. This includes those at the ‘centre’ of recent debates, emergent voices, as well as engaged critics.
Decisions on proposals will be made during January 2015.

Thanks to the generous support of the Urban Studies Foundation there will be no registration fee. Hotel accommodation (two nights), food (breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks), drinks reception and conference dinner are also included for each named presenter. We will also be able to provide travel bursaries to support some speakers, with preference given to those coming from the Global South, Central & Eastern Europe and/or early career researchers.

Our plan is to showcase some of the best examples of theoretically-informed, empirically-grounded, policy-relevant research in global urban studies presented at the conference through publication of a special issue and an edited book.

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Michael Hoyler
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Associate Director, Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network
Department of Geography
Loughborough University
Loughborough LE11 3TU

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222740
Fax: +44 (0)1509 223930