While the main event will be conducted in English, please see the French information page for your convenience. Bien que l’événement principal se déroule en anglais, veuillez consulter la page d’information en français pour votre commodité.


What: Student research symposium
When: Thursday June 25 – Saturday June 27, 2020
Where: Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Toronto ON
Abstract due date: Monday April 20, 11:59pm PST
Cost: This is a free event for students! CANSEE and our partners will cover accommodation, meal (breakfast & lunch only) and workshop expenses. Accommodations will be provided from Jun 24-28. Travel to/from the event are to be covered by the student or their host institution.

Symposium Objectives

1. Advance and share student research in ecological economics and related fields
2. Foster constructive dialogue among participants to examine tensions and assumptions in the sustainability discourse
3. Co-create defining themes for 13th biennial CANSEE conference

Preliminary Program

The program is still in development. Following the 2018 symposium model, students will have 10 minutes to present their work followed by an additional 10 minutes for an assigned Discussant to provide tailored and constructive feedback. The remainder of the program will entail various interactive workshops for advancing student research and fostering collaborations among students and Discussants.
Thursday June 25: Orientation, workshops and expert panel discussion
Friday June 26: Concurrent student presentations (30 students x 20min)
Saturday June 27: Team building workshops and theme integration – this session may take place at Peace Valley Ranch in Mulmur, Ontario, details to be confirmed. Expect programming to carry into the evening of June 27 – return travel should be booked for Sun Jun 28.

Applicant Requirements

Up to thirty students will be accepted to participate in the 2020 Symposium. Students should be in the development stage of their graduate research (comprehensive exam or proposal stage) however all levels (undergraduate) are encouraged to apply. The organizing committee will conduct a double-blind review of all submitted abstracts to determine the 2020 Symposium class by the end of April. Participating students are expected to submit a minimum of 5 pages of written summary (excluding references) one month prior to the Symposium for Discussants to review in advance of the event.

Students are encouraged to align their work within one of five research streams:

  1. Materials accounting: A classic Ecological Economics research area including national and regional material and energy accounting, and policy approaches to environmental taxation such as payments for ecosystem services.
  2. Complex Systems Science: The very scientific and technical revolutions that have brought about modern civilization are intrinsically connected to the undermining of our planet’s biosphere. Assessing the spatial, temporal and ethical dimensions of a low-carbon economy, and the tensions within, will be vital.
  3. Feminist and Queer Ecologies: How might Ecological Economics contend with the disproportionate risk, responsibility and labour associated with a sustainability transition on marginalized groups such as women, children, Indigenous communities and migrants?
  4. Indigenous Ecological Economics: Indigenous economic theory is founded in an Indigenous worldview that considers relationships as primary and sees all elements of the biosphere as living agents. Indigenous Economics have much to contribute to a peaceful, prosperous and regenerative economy.
  5. Sustainable Enterprise: Innovating business models to adapt to environmental, societal and economic changes can enhance the financial stability of individual enterprises, minimize market disruption and increase community impact.


Contact Sophia Sanniti, CANSEE’s VP Research & Education at ssanniti@cansee.ca for any questions, concerns or comments, or if you would like to volunteer to support this initiative.

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