The European Conference on the Social Sciences 2018

Fish and Chips (2001) by Jim Haldane. Image copyright © Jim Haldane

Fish and Chips (2001) by Jim Haldane. Image copyright © Jim Haldane

"Surviving and Thriving: In Pursuit of a Sustainable World"

Religious, cultural and societal fractures have seen rises in authoritarianism and nationalism across the world, and threats and perceived threats have been used to justify the stifling and marginalisation of voices of opposition and dissent. Hard-won progress and freedoms are being questioned and undermined, and questions of peace, security and human security abound. In this period of great global social, economic, political and environmental instability, the future is for many a place of great uncertainty and fear.

However, in any period of great change, and undoubted challenge, there is also a great opportunity to harness and nurture these forces. The future is not yet written, and the powerful heuristic of sustainability has become a reality in many areas, where human creativity, imagination and technological advances have helped to make the world a better place. From small individual initiatives within families, communities and places of work, to the larger and more long-term development initiatives of governments and supranational institutions, exemplified by the UN’s 2030 goals, human resourcefulness is being used in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable world.

The European Conference on the Social Sciences 2018 (ECSS2018) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ECSEE2018). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either of these conferences permits attendance in both.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Sussex and Birkbeck, University of London, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.

The ECSS2018 Organising Committee

Professor Kwame Akyeampong, University of Sussex, UK
Professor Anne Boddington, Kingston University, UK
Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones, Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK
Dr Evangelia Chrysikou, University College London, UK
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Dr Tom Houghton, Curtin University, Australia
Professor Ljiljana Markovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Dr James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, USA

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton, UK
  • Dates: Friday, July 06, 2018 ​to Saturday, July 07, 2018
  • Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving: In Pursuit of a Sustainable World"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: February 20, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: May 21, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.


Speakers

The European Conference on the Social Sciences 2018 (ECSS2018) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2018 (ECSEE2018). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

  • Professor Matthew Weait
    Professor Matthew Weait
    University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK
  • Dr Tom Houghton
    Dr Tom Houghton
    Curtin University, Australia

About Brighton

The International Academic Forum’s European Conference Series is based in the vibrant city of Brighton in the UK. From iconic tourist spots to beachfront cool, Brighton is crammed full of things to see and do. Boasting a cultural heritage that includes the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums plus the seaside attractions of Brighton Pier, the Brighton Wheel and the famous pebble beach, Brighton offers something to delight each and every visitor.


Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo, (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Professor Matthew Weait
University of Portsmouth, UK

Biography

Matthew Weait is Professor of Law and Society, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. He studied law and criminology at the University of Cambridge, and gained his DPhil from the University of Oxford. He qualified as a barrister and is a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. In 2017 he was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has worked at a number of universities, including Oxford, Keele, and Birkbeck, University of London - where he was a founder member of the Law Department. He has held visiting positions at Oxford, Cardozo Law School, the American Bar Foundation, and the University of British Columbia. Matthew’s research is concerned with the impact of law, especially criminal law and criminal justice process, on people living with HIV and AIDS and on efforts to prevent the spread of HIV. He has been a consultant for UNAIDS and was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Global Commission on HIV and Law, which reported in 2012. He is an advisor to the European AIDS Treatment Group, and a trustee of Watipa – a charity that provides educational opportunities to young people in developing countries.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added shortly
Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK

Biography

Eddie Bruce-Jones (DPhil, Berlin; LLM, KCL; JD, Columbia; MA, Berlin; AB, Harvard) is Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean for Recruitment at Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK, where he teaches and researches in the areas of human rights, European law, legal theory, equality law and legal anthropology. At Birkbeck, he is Assistant Director of the Centre for Critical European Law. He is a member of the New York Bar and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. He serves on the Board of Governors of Birkbeck College, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asylum, Immigration and Nationality Law, the Board of Trustees of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and the Board of Directors of the Institute of Race Relations.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change
Dr Tom Houghton
Curtin University, Australia

Biography

Dr Tom Houghton is Director of the MBA (Oil & Gas) at Curtin Graduate School of Business, Australia, and was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, UK. His principal field of research is sustainable energy economics and he has a keen interest in energy for development, having established a training program in Renewable Energy for Developing Countries with UNITAR. Dr Houghton is a Visiting Professor at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan, where he provides courses in sustainable energy to MBA students. Before joining Strathclyde he spent more than five years in the power industry and a further eight in the banking sector, latterly as director at the Japanese bank Nomura. With colleagues in Asia and the United States, he established a consulting company in the renewable energy sector in 2011. Dr Houghton holds an MEng from Imperial College, an MBA from London Business School and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Tom Houghton is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added here shortly.