Sustainability in Contemporary Europe – a Changing Agenda? Definitions, Assumptions and Impact

Date: 13-14 June 2022 (Monday – Tuesday)
Venue: ESSCA School of Management, Angers – in the Loire Valley, France & Online
Conveners: EU*Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management

Following two online workshops and a panel at the UACES Annual Conference in September 2021, this new event of the UACES Research Network ‘The Role of Europe in Global Challenges: Climate Change and Sustainable Development‘ will adopt a hybrid format with participants at ESSCA, Angers and online. Several publications have already emerged from this network, and further publications in the form of special issues or edited volumes are planned for the new contributions. The objective of the conference is to analyse the dynamic of European integration in the fields of sustainability policy and action. Questions will be asked about the extent to which a ‘narrowing’ in the definition of the concept of sustainability has taken place, as seen through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals and in the response of the European Union and European nations in particular. The European Union is portrayed as a global actor in the development of Sustainability Policy. A key question to be addressed is to what extent international perceptions meet realities ‘at home’ and the extent to which a European model of sustainability has emerged.

Four panels will address the following topics:

  • Energy and sustainability: an integration puzzle
  • Interacting with communities
  • Sustainability as a political challenge
  • EU policies and technologies

Download the programme

On Monday, 13 June 22, 16:15-18:15 CET, we will host a session on funding.

How to structure funding applications?

Jean Monnet, Horizon Europe, mid-sized funding, … join this session to learn about setting up and managing European research projects.

  • Johanna DROUET, George CONRAD-KUTASHVILI, CAP Europe – University of Angers, Funding opportunities
  • Prof. Simon SCHUNZ, College of Europe, Bruges, European Commission Funding
  • Prof. Richard BULL, Nottingham Trent University, Research groups funding application 

If you would like to join this conference in person, please send an email to and indicate which session(s) you would like to attend.

Click here to see the call for papers for this conference.


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