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The Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) invites abstracts from doctoral, post-doctoral and young researchers working in the areas of SDG 12- “Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Patterns” and key SCP targets across 12 other SDGs in South Asia.

Background:

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) paves the way to transform our world through sustainable development by 2030. Educational institutions play a vital role as drivers of knowledge creation, human capital development, policy research and multi-stakeholder dialogue. Therefore, it is imperative to establish a community of likeminded researchers and academics, who are working to advance research on sustainable development to strengthen policies that support the SDGs.

In light of this, TERI University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) South Asia organize the annual Young Researchers’ Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the sidelines of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS). The first symposium was held from 5-7 Feb. 2015 alongside the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015.

South Asia houses close to 40% percent of the Asian population and four Least Developed Countries- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. Despite rapid economic growth, poverty is a major issue in the region, with 13.5 percent of South Asians falling below the $1.90 poverty line in 2015 . Sustainable development in South Asia is necessary to ensure sustained economic growth, improve education and health, and preserve natural resources.

Achieving the sustainable development goals in South Asia requires greater research and development opportunities to cultivate the region’s emerging scholars. The symposium provides high-level exposure for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in areas related to the SDGs, in order to share their individual research and be exposed to advanced SDG research in the region.

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Doctoral, Post-Doctoral and young researchers from South Asia are eligible. Work more than 5 years after submission of PhD thesis will not be accepted.

Abstracts should relate to the SCP targets under at least two of the 13 SDGs.

The research should be linked to either or both (i) Innovative solutions for achieving the relevant SCP targets under the 13 SDGs; and/ or, (ii) Identifying research gaps in understanding the SCP in South Asian context.

Special consideration will be given to researchers from Least Developed Countries and women.

  • Abstracts should relate to the SCP targets under at least two of the 13 SDGs.
  • The research should be linked to either or both (i) Innovative solutions for achieving the relevant SCP targets under the 13 SDGs; and/ or, (ii) Identifying research gaps in understanding the SCP in South Asian context.
  • Abstracts should be 300 words
The Technical Committee will take a decision on whether to accept or not the paper on the basis of the submitted abstract. Decision on the final acceptance of the abstract will be communicated to the authors by 15 September, 2016. The authors of final accepted papers will be invited to present them either in an oral or a poster session. Authors will be informed about the session and day of their presentation.

Abstracts should be submitted to scp_sdsn@teriuniversity.ac.in by
1 September 2016.
UNEP SWITCH-Asia and TERI University-SDSN Award for Best South Asian Researchers on SCP policy solutions.

A limited number of sponsorships are available for selected paper presenters. The sponsorship will support travel, accommodation, and registration fee in order to attend the symposium. This is available to participants from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. Interested participants are requested to send their CV and a cover letter detailing their suitability for the sponsorship via the head of their respective institute by 1st September 2016 to scp_sdsn@teriuniversity.ac.in

  • Dr. Shaleen Singhal, HOD, Department of Policy Studies, TERI University
  • Prof. Suresh Jain, HOD, Department of Natural Resources, TERI University
  • Dr Chubamenla Jamir, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources, & Network Manager, SDSN South Asia, TERI University
  • Mr MV Shiju, Fellow, Center for Post-Graduate Legal Studies, TERI University
  • Dr. Chander Kumar Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Regional Water Studies, TERI University
  • Ms Sara Castro-Hallgren, 10YFP, representative from UNEP
  • Dr Holger Kuhle, Manager, SDSN; seconded from GIZ to the secretariat of SDSN
  • Ms Zeenat Niazi, Vice President and Head - Communications Solutions Branch, Development Alternatives, New Delhi

Name(s) of other agencies likely to be involved/ Collaborating partners

Partners:

  • TERI University
  • SDSN South Asia Regional Center
  • UNEP

Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2016

The Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2016 is being organized by TERI University and the SDSN South Asia with support from the UNEP and the EU through the SWITCH-Asia Programme (www.SWITCH-Asia.eu). The symposium, to be held from 6 to 8 October 2016, will bring together young researchers from South Asia to present their research in the areas related to ‘SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production’ and key SCP targets across 12 other SDGs.

About the symposium organizers: TERI University, SDSN South Asia and UNEP:

An agreement signed between TERI University and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Programme aims to support learning on SCP in governance in South Asia.

The South Asia Regional Network of the SDSN was launched on July 6th, 2014 at TERI University, New Delhi. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network supports the SDGs in three areas: localization of SDGs, dissemination of knowledge on the SDGs, and innovative solutions for the SDGs. The South Asia Regional Hub aims at building a network of universities, research centers, and other knowledge institutions within the region. Members are encouraged to promote innovative solutions, assist localization of SDGs and develop educational materials for sustainable development for their region.

First Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on Sustainable Development 2015

The first Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on Sustainable Development 2015 invited abstracts submission mainly from doctoral and post-doctoral researchers relating to varied aspects of sustainable development, such as resource use and management, natural human systems, green economy, low carbon growth, policy and governance, environment and development, sustainability engineering and biotechnology.

The Symposium received over 40 abstract submissions from leading academic institutions such as IIT Madras, S.V.T. College of Home Science, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Lady Irwin College, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Aligarh Muslim University, Guwahati University, N M I M S Mumbai, Lady Doak College Madurai, C-USE IIT Bombay, Central University of Rajasthan Kishangarh, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Amity University, MANIT Bhopal and TERI University. The research papers were under the key thematic areas of: Water, food security, agriculture and public health; Sustainable cities and urban systems including waste management; Business sustainability, sustainable policies and education for sustainable development; Natural resources management and renewable energy; and, Human ecosystem interactions and climate change.

Proposed Dates

Last date of abstract submission5th September 2016
Announcement of candidates shortlisted for poster and oral presentation15th September 2016
Last date for submission of poster (soft copy)28th September 2016
Poster and oral presentation at symposium6th - 8th October 2016

Registration Fees

CategoryIndian NationalsForeign Nationals
Doctoral studentsINR 1000USD 50
Academics and researchersINR 1500USD 75
OthersINR 2000USD 100

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Symposium committee

Dr Chubamenla Jamir
Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources
& Network Manager, SDSN South Asia, TERI University

Dr Shaleen Singhal
HoD, Department of Policy Studies, TERI University

Gilmore Federick G Momin
Research Scholar, TERI University

Mugdha Mallik,
Research Associate, TERI University

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