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Converge (FP7)


 

 

 

 

GreenDependent Institute is taking part as a consortium member in the FP7, EU research consortium project 'Rethinking globalisation in the light of Contraction and CONVERGEnce' ('CONVERGE') (n.b. from August, 2011 GreenDependent Association was the contracted partner).

In this research project, nine international partner institutions are tasked with ‘re-thinking globalization’ through the concept of "Contraction and ConvergenceTM" by applying this idea beyond its original application as a carbon reduction framework.

The CONVERGE project builds from the concept of 'Contraction and Convergence' (C&C), formulated by the Global Commons Institute, 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 an 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 EU’s 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."

The official project website: http://www.convergeproject.org/

Consortium partners:

 

Dr. E.F. Schumacher Society Ltd (U.K. - Coordinator)
University of Bristol (U.K)
Lund University (Sweden)
Greendependent Institute Nonprofit Kft (Hungary)
Szent Istvan University (Hungary)
The Schumacher Centre Ltd (U.K.)
The Natural Step International (Sweden)
Social Change and Development - SCAD (India)
Haskoli Islands - University of Iceland (Iceland)

Project Meetings:

1. Budapest - 2009. September 16-18. (Gellért Hotel)

 

2. Lund (Sweden) - 2009. Nov. 30. - Dec. 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Iceland- 2010. April

 

4. Bristol - 2010. September

 

5. Lund (Sweden) - 2011. Feb. 16. - Feb. 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Bristol (UK) - 2011. Nov 30 - Dec 1.

                               

 

7. Gödöllő (Hungary) 2012. June 25 - June 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

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