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The social sustainability of European agriculture facing old and new challenges. Issues, methods and policies
The 13th AIEAA Conference "The social sustainability of European agriculture facing old and new challenges. Issues, methods and policies" will be hosted by the University of Bari on 20-21 June 2024
Organization
 
Conftool for submission and registration is now available!

 

Conference Schedule

AIEAA – Young Researchers Day 2024 will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in the afternoon 

The Pre-conference will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2024 in the morning

The 13th AIEAA Conference will start on Thursday, June 20, 2024 in the afternoon and will end on Friday, June 21, 2024

 

Program Committee

Anna Carbone - Chair (University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy)

Aurora Cavallo (Unimercatorum University, Rome, Italy)

Pavel Ciaian (Joint Research Centre, Seville, Spain)

Alessandro Corsi (University of Turin, Italy)

Giacomo Giannoccaro (University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy)

Margarita Rico Gonzales (University of Valladolid, Spain)

Roberta Sardone (CREA, Rome, Italy)

Alessandra Scardigno (CHIEAM-Bari, Italy)

Anna Vagnozzi (CREA, Rome, Italy)

Matteo Zavalloni (University of Urbino, Italy)

 

Local Organizing Committee

Giacomo Giannoccaro - Chair (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy)

Francesco Bozzo (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy)

Maria Carla Martelli (CIHEAM Bari, Italy)

Giovanni Ottomano Palmisano (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy)

Maurizio Prosperi (University of Foggia, Italy)

Simone Russo (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy)

Fabio Gaetano Santeramo (University of Foggia, Italy)

Ruggiero Sardaro (University of Foggia, Italy)

Sarah Stempfle (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy)

Marco Tappi (University of Foggia, Italy)

Grazia Valentino (CREA, Bari, Italy)

Cristina Vaquero Pineiro (University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy)

 

Information and contacts

For updated information and contacts, please refer to the conference website at www.aieaa.org or email aieaa2024@conftool.net 

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The social sustainability of European agriculture facing old and new challenges. Issues, methods and policies

In the last years the concept of sustainability, encompassing its three environmental, economic, and social dimensions, has gained increasing attention in the scientific debate as well as in the broad society and in the political debate, especially at the EU level. However, so far speculations on the concepts and measures for environmental sustainability, and partly for its economic dimension, are, if not fully satisfactory, certainly more advanced than the state of the art of the reflections on what social sustainability precisely is, which aspects are included in it and how to measure them. Although current events increasingly drive our attention to the challenges and contradictions of ongoing social transformations and tensions, the topic still presents itself as extremely multifaceted, magmatic and largely elusive.

The agricultural sector has a primary role in the debate on social sustainability since the transformations linked to climate change, geopolitical crises, technological transformation and pandemic disruption have fully hit it in recent years. In addition, EU policies and especially the CAP are increasingly concerned by the direct and indirect impacts on society of the EU regulatory frameworks and of support policies. Even the longer-term dynamics in agriculture and some of its structural characteristics represent real challenges to its social sustainability. Just think to:

  • the survival difficulties of family businesses in increasingly globalized markets and supply chains characterized by giant firms; 
  • the lack of generational turnover and the increasing demographic imbalances;
  • fragile workers’ and women’s working conditions in agriculture and rural areas;
  • the instability of the labor market and the widespread asymmetries between supply and demand (and in some cases its illegality). And, on the top of these, the complex migration issues and the management of EU and non-EU workers, whether seasonal or not;
  • the depopulation and marginalization of some rural areas;
  • the social implications of environmental degradation and climate change of which agriculture is both victim and responsible;
  • the social impact of the healthiness of the agricultural environment and of the products that the sector delivers to citizens and consumers.

From the above, it is clear how the issue of social sustainability of agriculture has direct and indirect implications on the management of farms/firms/companies as well as on the governance of supply chains but also on the territories and local production systems and, more generally on the vitality and attractiveness of rural areas.

The 13th AIEAA Annual Conference, titled "The social sustainability of European agriculture facing old and new challenges. Issues, methods and policies ", aims at contributing to the discussion and to advancing the shared knowledge on the above comprehensive theme with respect to concept definitions and analysis, as well as on methodological issues, policy tools and perspectives.

The overall conference theme has a focus on, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Advancing the theoretical framework for analyzing social sustainability.
  • Advancing the measure(s) of social sustainability through data collection and identification of indicators.
  • Intersections, synergies, and trade-offs among the three dimensions of sustainability.
  • Social issues in the agricultural labor market, including workers’ protection and legality of labor; gender issues; demographic change; generational turnover, the management of migration flows.
  • Social innovations facing emerging challenges: governance, practices and policy issues.
  • The role of social farming in all its diverse forms.
  • The social impact of unfairness and unbalances along supply chains (e.g. Unfair Trade Practices).
  • Implications for the society of food safety and food security disruptions.
  • Policy options to respond to social sustainability issues.
  • Social challenges and opportunities deriving from technological innovations and consequent emerging re-organization processes.
  • Living conditions and quality of life in rural areas.
  • AIEAA welcomes the submission of contributions on the topics above. However, the submission of contributions on other agricultural and applied economics topics is also encouraged.

AIEAA welcomes the submission of contributions on the topics above. However, the submission of contributions on other agricultural and applied economics topics is also encouraged.

The Call for papers for the 13th AIEAA Conference "The social sustainability of European agriculture facing old and new challenges. Issues, methods and policies" is now available.

Proposals should be submitted in English through the Conference management platform Conftool.

The deadlines for submission are:
  • February 29th, 2024 (postponed to March 15th, 2024), for contributed papers;

  • March 15th, 2024, for pitches and organised sessions or panels.
Attachment Call for Papers

Contribution proposals should be submitted in English through the Conference management platform, Conftool.

There are three types of contributions: Contributed papers, Organized and Panel sessions, and Pitches.

The submission must be made using the provided Templates available here and in the Section "Materials".

Contributed papers

Participants intending to present a contributed paper are requested to submit an extended abstract (minimum 1,500 words; maximum 2,000 words) before February 29th, 2024 (postponed to March 15th, 2024). Abstracts should include the following:

a. Introduction to the topic and objectives of the paper

b. Description of data and research methodology

c. Discussion of the expected theoretical and empirical results

d. Main conclusions and emphasis on the paper’s potential for generating discussion during the Conference.

e. A list of few essential references.

All submitted abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review process. Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by April 15th, 2024.

The final version of accepted contributions (either in the form of a full paper or revised extended abstract) should be submitted by May 31st, 2024.

Upon the Authors’ authorization, the final version of the abstract/paper will be made available on the conference website and AgEcon Search.

Authors may indicate their willingness to participate in the Special Issue that Bio-based and Applied Economics dedicates to the Annual Conference of the AIEAA. The papers will be subject to a standard review process.

Organized sessions and Panel sessions

Participants are invited to propose organized and panel sessions primarily, but not exclusively, on topics relevant to the Conference themes.

Organized sessions include several (papers) presentations around a given topic; while organized panel sessions include several experts discussing a specific topic. It is suggested that the proposed sessions include up to four presentations/panelists.

Proposals should be submitted by March 15th, 2024Proposals will be subject to a peer review process. Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 24th, 2024.

Pitches

AIEAA welcomes the submission of pitches (short presentations of maximum 5 minutes and 3 slides). Accepted pitches will be presented and discussed in the parallel sessions.

Participants should submit an abstract (max 500 words) by March 15th, 2024. Pitches proposals will be subject to a blind peer review process. Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 24th, 2024.

Ornella Maietta Best paper award

The best paper award 2024, entitled to Ornella Maietta, will be selected among papers accepted for presentation at the AIEAA 2024 Conference. The requirements for consideration for the best paper award are: a) the first author and presenter is below 40 years; b) the full paper is uploaded by May 31st 2024.

The Conference will take place at the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences - University of Bari "Aldo Moro"

Campus Universitario "E. Quagliarello"

Via G. Amendola 165/A Bari - 70126 Italy

How to register to the Conference

You can register through the Conference management platform, Conftool.

 

Registration Fees

Registration fees include the Conference lunches, the coffee breaks and the social dinner.

 

Early Registration (before May 15th)

Regular fee: 280€ (200€ if already AIEAA member in 2024)

Reduced fee (Ph.D. students, Postdoc): 150€ (110€ if already AIEAA member in 2024)

 

Late Registration (after May 15th)

Regular fee: 320€ (240€ if already AIEAA member in 2024)

Reduced fee (Ph.D. students, Postdoc): 210€ (170€ if already AIEAA member in 2024)

Important deadlines

 

Abstract submission by authors: February 29th, 2024 (postponed to March 15th, 2024)

Organized session/pitches submission: March 15th, 2024

Notification of acceptance to abstract authors: April 15th, 2024

Notification of acceptance to session/pitches authors: April 24th, 2024

Final contributions submission: May 31st, 2024

Authors’ registration deadline: May 31st, 2024

Keynote speakers

Jesùs Antòn (OECD)

Eva-Marie Meemken (ETH Zurich)

 

Plenary panel session

"Evaluating and monitoring the sustainability of EU farms: the new FSDN" (organized by CREA PB)

Materials

 

The Templates for the submission are available here in attachment.