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IAPS 2022

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


Submissions are welcomed on such issues as:


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.



Submission Procedure:

All submissions must be made online through the platform.
The link to the submission platform is here.

Abstracts must be submitted in English.

They will be sent to reviewers as submitted; any errors are under the author’s responsibility.

No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline (please keep in mind Lisbon/Greenwhich timezone). Please check deadlines here.

Maximum Submissions: You may submit only one abstract as the main/presenting author of individual communication or poster, and participate in a maximum of two other proposals (amounting to 3 submissions, one of which as main author).
This rule excludes symposia proponents and workshop/fishbowl proposals (in this case, you may also submit one proposal for each)
The same abstract cannot be submitted for different presentation types.

Anonymity: the authors’ name must not be stated (just write “author, year” whenever applicable).

Review process: Abstracts will be reviewed by at least two specialists, under double-blind review.

Early bird Registration: Active participants (presenters, discussants) must fully register in early bird to be included in the final program. Please check early bird fees and dates. Other co-authors who attend the conference need to make a separate full registration.



  1. Symposia

Each symposium totals a 90-minute session, including up to five presentations taking 12-minutes each, followed by a discussion taking 30 minutes. A discussant is desired, but not compulsory.


Symposia should provide a common framework under an emerging issue (theoretical, methodological) and can include both research and practitioner perspectives.


Symposia organizer(s) must submit:


  1. an overall symposium abstract (up to 300 words), including:


  • Symposium title (30 words maximum);

  • Background and objectives;

  • Significance for the advancement of People-Environment relations;

  • Author(s) name(s) and preliminary title of each individual presentation.


   2. individual contributions for the symposium, following the guidelines for individual communications:

   It is the responsibility of the symposium organizer(s) to coordinate with the presentation authors all the elements to submit at once.


Symposium abstracts should be submitted under the tab "Symposia" at the top of the submission platform. ​Individual contributions should be submitted under the tab "Abstracts" at the top of the submission platform, signaling they are part of a symposium and indicating the respective symposium title.

2. Individual communications


Each presentation will take up to 15 minutes and will be included in a thematic session joining other presentations, followed by an open discussion period.

Presentation formats include research and/or practice/policy-oriented proposals. Research proposals can be based on own’s empirical research or a critical review of important issues in person-environment studies.



Abstracts (up to 300 words) should include:

  • Title (up to 30 words);

  • Background and objectives;

  • Process and methods (for empirical research);

  • Main results (or main arguments in the case of critical reviews);

  • Implications for research and practice/policy;

  • Importance and originality of the contribution;

Individual communications should be submitted under the tab "Abstracts" at the top of the submission platform.

3. Workshops / fishbowl conversations

These sessions involve conversations with and between experts on transversal topics (e.g., the challenges in transdisciplinary research) or intervention projects (e.g., examples of success and failure in intervention projects). They provide opportunities for sharing approaches to particular problems that can engage a variety of audiences.

They can take the form of roundtable, workshop, or other format that makes sense for the purpose and expected audience. A total of 90 minutes will be allocated to each session, to be managed by the proponent/s in terms of time, amount and type of speech interventions, and invited speakers.


Abstracts (up to 500 words) should include:

  • Title (30 words maximum);

  • Expected audience;

  • Pertinence and scope of the topics addressed;

  • Appropriateness and interest to the conference and its thematic lines;

Workshops/Fishbowl should be submitted under the tab "Abstracts" at the top of the submission platform.

4. Poster flash Presentations

Poster sessions will take a format stimulating interactions, by including a flash of research results and implications in five minutes.

60 minute sessions will include up to eight poster presentations.

Abstracts (up to 300 words) should include:

  • Title (30 words maximum);

  • Research or practical problem and objectives;

  • Methods and process (for empirical research);

  • Main results preview and importance (or main arguments in the case of critical reviews).

Specific guidelines for poster display, format and presentation will be provided after abstract acceptance.

Poster presentations should be submitted under the tab "Abstracts" at the top of the submission platform.

5. Early Career Researcher's Workshop

Details available here 

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