Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Symposium Working across Differences, beyond Carbon, Capital and Commodity

Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Symposium Working across Differences, beyond Carbon, Capital and Commodity

Events

22-23- Nov 2018
Venue: The University of Newcastle, Sydney Campus, 55 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

A two-day symposium including roundtable discussions, to cross-fertilize between several game-changing communal responses, pioneering workable policy agendas and ‘real utopian’ visions in the current era of economic uncertainties;
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The post-mining boom era has already started and it has posed serious challenges to the Australian economy in general and to the Hunter region communities in particular. Among the most important challenges commonly acknowledged by the entrepreneurs, small business owners and workers in the region are: prospects of rising under/un- employment especially among the youth, environmental degradations, unconstructive competitions (between sectors like farming, wine production, tourism and mining), wage stagnation, decline in property investment and water management issues. New insights and leadership are needed for a future after coal. Prospective trajectories of change in future should be predicted. Alternatives and solutions to such challenges, instead of short-term remedies, need to be envisioned by drawing on careful analysis of the roots of today’s challenges and changes. Many lessens can be learnt from projects and experiences that have already gained momentum in other places across the world.

Alternative Futures Project through its first national Symposium aims to create a collaborative dialogue between the academics and potential local/national industrial/communal partners. At the end of each day, there will be a discussion roundtable run by designated discussants (see the tables below for more details). The event and further online communications will be used to disseminate the outcomes of studies, explore all the potentials for research collaboration, enhance a focused discussion of the participants’ views and research outcomes, and to strategize for successful linkage grant applications.

Each session will start with plenary presentations of academic views on post-GFC and Post Coal/Carbon Futures and the policy implications for regional city centers in NSW, particularly the Hunter Valley followed by a discussion involving delegates from key community organizations and enterprises, to benefit from the experiences/inputs/feedback of a representative cohort of local community organizers, social activists, policy advisors, advocates and analysts from the national and regional civil society sector.

For more information please contact:

Dr. S. A. Hamed Hosseini F.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
The University of Newcastle,
Callaghan, NSW, 2308
Australia
Phone: +61 2 4921 5878
fax: +61  2 4921 6933
Email: hamed.hosseini@newcastle.edu.au