1st Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics: “Towards International Resource Fairness – Theories, Conflicts and Policies”

Konferenz Donnerstag, 04.12.2014 - Samstag, 06.12.2014

The Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE) and the Institute of Geography at the University of Innsbruck organize the 1st Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics entitled “Towards International Resource Fairness – Theories, Conflicts and Policies”.

The conference takes place from 4-6 December 2014, with a keynote from Thomas Pogge (Yale University) and guest speakers Marcel Bursztyn (Harvard Kennedy School, Brazil), Khin Zaw Win (activist from Myanmar), Isabella Feichtner (Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany), Chris Armstrong (University of Southampton, UK) and many more.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Conference description

Natural resources have become a key issue in international politics. Competition for access to and control of natural resources has intensified, and so have conflicts over the distribution of benefits as well as over negative environmental and social impacts of exploration and production. In this context, the question arises of how to conceptualize “resource fairness”, i.e. how access to, distribution and use of natural resources can be organized in a way that takes into account the legitimate interests of all actors and institutions involved. In this context, far-reaching questions emerge with regard to the current modes of production and living.

The purpose of the conference is to analyze prevailing natural resource politics, policies and arrangements, as well as problems and conflicts associated with specific forms of resource extraction, production and consumption at various scales. The conference wants to bring together researchers from different disciplines and to combine theoretical inputs with concrete case studies on resource conflicts.