July 4 – 8 2022 | Iscte – Lisboa – Portugal

IAPS 2022 retakes climate change, its challenges and impacts as a major issue in current societies. It assumes that the increasingly visible and unavoidable impacts of a changing climate are already recasting several dimensions of our way of living and that additional knowledge is needed of in-motion transitions as well as innovative arrangements to tackle this central issue. Portugal is at the forefront of sustainable interventions and innovations in several domains, such as renewable energy generation, nature-based solutions, and biodiversity conservation. The environmental conflicts reveal that we need greater reflection, discussion and solutions in three interrelated areas: governance, sustainability and consumption. However, both Portuguese urban and rural environments are producing some of the most important and heated current debates concerning people-environment studies, namely regarding gentrification and touristification; the low carbon transition; and adaptation to climate change (e.g., sea level rise; loss of biodiversity).

IAPS 2022 will address the challenges of these three themes.

January 31 2022  – Abstracts proposal submission deadline

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The Conference title is: “Global challenges, local impacts: rethinking governance, sustainability and consumption in light of climate change”.

Three main domains were selected to organize the topics of the conference, each one with several sub-categories.

a) Governance – it addresses the person-community-institutions relations, comprising the challenges arising from environmental (in) justice, new collective and activist movements, co-management of natural resources, and community-based approaches.


  • Collective and co-responsible approaches to climate change impacts;

  • Institutional and activist responses to environmental (in)justice;

  • Built and natural spaces and landscapes: meanings, uses and policies;

  • Nature-based solutions in the city: community participation and engagement in urban planning.

b) Sustainability – to cover mechanisms and processes taking place to achieve a more sustainable society, including people-environment relations in natural, urban, rural, and organizational/work settings, as well as in the interfaces between settings. Human’s responses to extreme events, as well as interventions to promote health and well-being are important topics to be considered.


  • Addressing sustainability through multi, inter and trans-disciplinary work and principles;

  • Sustainability and social innovation research;

  • Sustainable mobility and transportation;

  • Personal and social uses of domestic, work and public spaces;

  • Health and well being related to natural and built settings;

  • Risk perception and communication;

  • Place relations and the global-local interplay;

  • Spill-over effects and processes across behaviors and contexts;

  • Representations of rural spaces and landscapes;

  • Use of creative art to promote sustainability;

  • Experiences of low-carbon transitions;

  • Gentrification and touristification.

c) Consumption – to address consumption and production processes, as well as those related to renewable and efficient energy and sustainable infrastructures, in order to reduce resource use, degradation and pollution.


  • Sustainable lifestyles and green economy;

  • Resource crises and environmental research;

  • New patterns of production and consumption;

  • Ecological behavior and climate change;

  • Environmental education and sustainable lifestyles;

  • Leisure and tourism behavior.

Submissions addressing the Covid-19 pandemic are also welcomed.