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CENSE hosted the #4THNEST Conference (4th-5th April)

CENSE hosted the #4THNEST Conference, between 4th and 5th April 2019, in Lisbon. This was the 4th annual conference from the Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions (NEST), with the theme “Transitions to where? Shared values and visions for sustainability transitions”. This conference’s focus was on reflecting upon the concept of sustainability transitions and delve into what we are actually trying to attain at the end of the day. “Transitions to where?” hence spans the whole spectrum of conceptualizing societal transitions, from concrete and clearly defined visions to a broader focus on large-scale normative movements. There were talks and presentations about visions for sustainability transitions and practical workshops to inspire and experiment participatory tools useful to develop common visions in different contexts.

This conference was organized locally by Inês Cosme (CENSE, FCT NOVA), Alexandra Polido (GOVCOPP, University of Aveiro) and remotely by Adriaan van der Loos (Utrecht University) and Verena Hermelingmeier (TransZent, Wuppertal Institut & Wuppertal University). It had the support from the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN)Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa (CIUL) and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa. Mariana Perera and Daniele Klein, both PhD students at CENSE, collaborated with the Organizing Committee as student helpers during the event.


We received 82 delegates from 14 countries on 4 continents, 79 oral presentations, organized in 2 plenary sessions and 25 parallel sessions, 5 workshops, plus several wonderful social events.

Paula Antunes (CENSE, FCT NOVA) opened the conference with the keynote "Visions and Pathways for Sustainable Futures". We also had keynotes from Jorge Gonçalves, co-founder of MINGA Integral Cooperative (Montemor-o-Novo), with the talk "Minga: an experience of an Integral Cooperative for the transition to solidarity based economies”, and from Jochen Markard (ETH Zürich) and Nuno Bento (ISCTE-IUL) in the session "Accelerating sustainability transitions – new challenges for research".





Several CENSE members presented their research at the conference:

  • Antje Disterheft: "Collaborating for sustainability: a literature review on methodic approaches and reflections about practical experiences of a visioning workshop"

  • Filipe Alves: "Monetary plurality for Sustainable Transitions: the role of complementary currencies in the paradigm shift"

  • Inês Cosme: "Exploring degrowth transitions in a multi-level perspective - the Portuguese context"

  • Patrícia Tourais: "Experimenting with transitions management for the creation of organisational sustainability strategies"

cense members

Two members also organized parallel workshops to show participants "Tools for Building Visions & Pathways for Sustainability": Antje Disterheft organized a "Dragon Dreaming" workshop, while Rita Lopes organized a "Visioning" workhop. Verena Hermelingmeier organized the "Design Thinking" workshop, the third of this session.







Consult the full program of this conference here!