Published on May 20, 2019

Conference on Loss and Damage 2019
Understanding, measuring and governing Loss and Damage for social and ecological systems

Wednesday, 30th October- Friday, 1st November 2019, Lund, Sweden


While the proliferation of new papers and initiatives relating to L&D is promising, many challenges remain for the scientific and policy communities. These include how L&D from climate change should be conceptualised, how to measure and quantify existing L&D and predict future L&D, and what governance arrangements are most appropriate for different contexts.

For example, which approaches to L&D from climate-related events can best account for both economic as well as non-economic impacts, where increasing evidence suggest the latter can be just as significant to individuals and communities ?

How can climate science, ecological science and sustainability science perspectives be combined to advance L&D theory and practice? And how can L&D from climate events be meaningfully situated within the broader sustainable development agenda, including the SDGs, as highlighted in Article 8 of the Paris Agreement? Is there need for new research to support L&D policy, as new questions emerge that require attention?

The conference will explore L&D through five analytical lenses.

  • Defining L&D from a climate change perspective – what do we know?
  • Defining L&D from an ecological perspective – what do we know?
  • Defining L&D from a sustainability perspective – what do we know?
  • Governance and economics of L&D – how do we do it?
  • Policy and practice of L&D on social-ecological systems – how do we do it?

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Call for Papers

The conference will feature invited speakers, alongside presentations selected from abstract submission, with ample time for discussion. We would like to encourage presentations of new papers to be submitted to a special issue. We will select abstracts to be written into working papers, published in a conference book, and then developed for a special issue.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for paper abstracts: 1st June 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 17th June 2019
  • Full papers due: 30th September 2019

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The conference is hosted by Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies in partnership with the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) Lund University, Oxford University, Met Office UK, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Munich Re Foundation