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LUBS Conferences

LUBS Conferences

Ethical Finance and Sustainability Conference (EFS-2024)

Ethical Finance and Sustainability Conference (EFS-2024)

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The 7th Edition of Ethical Finance and Sustainability (EFS) Conference (EFS-2024), organised by Leeds University Business School - Economics Department, will take place on 15-16 May 2024 at the Leeds University Business School, Leeds (UK).
Human civilization faces an existential threat in the 21st Century from ecological breakdown and anthropogenic climate change. To tackle these threats there have been various international efforts carried out under the auspices of the United Nations and especially since the early 1990s the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The first UNFCCC Conference of the Parties convention took place in Berlin in 1995. The Paris agreement of 2015 signals a further development in global cooperation to tackle the problem of climate change. Paris was a major symbolic milestone, involving agreement from major emitters and most sovereign nations to work to reduce carbon emissions, ideally to maintain average global temperatures to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels, but if not then 2° C. Each country has set “Nationally Determined Contributions” (NDCs) and set out plans to (in some cases eventually) achieve reductions in accordance with these NDCs. Moreover, many countries have subsequently committed to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. The critical question today focuses on the adequacy of targets and policies to achieve them. Technology transfer, rapid investment, and abundant finance are widely considered crucial, though many other questions remain regarding “just transition” and other issues. In any case, it seems highly likely that achieving targets will require a major shift in socioeconomic and financial activity. Clearly, there is great need for academic engagement across the sciences and social sciences. 

We cordially invite academics, practitioners, and policymakers to submit proposals and papers covering these and related issues.  

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Rural Entrepreneurship Conference 2024

Rural Entrepreneurship Conference 2024

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Tickets permit entry to the 2024 Rural Entrepreneurship Conference. Ticket prices include admission to the conference, lunches on each day of the conference, and one evening dinner.

Tickets permit entry to the 2024 Rural Entrepreneurship Conference. Ticket prices include admission to the conference, lunches on each day of the conference, and one evening dinner.

The Rural Entrepreneurship Conference (REC) gathers a range of national and international academics, practitioners, public servants and other stakeholders who, while developing networks, discuss different aspects of rural development, and share new knowledge informing research, policy and practice.
Conference Theme: "Empowering Rural Futures: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Potential in a Net-Zero Era"

This year's theme, 'Empowering Rural Futures: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Potential in a Net-Zero Era', focuses on driving sustainable entrepreneurship in rural areas, considering global Net-Zero commitments. The conference will explore the intersection of rural entrepreneurship, sustainability, and innovative strategies to overcome barriers in rural settings.

This theme encapsulates the dual aspects of addressing the challenges and barriers that rural entrepreneurs face (constrained entrepreneurship) and the strategies to support and empower them (conducive entrepreneurship). Moreover, it weaves in the critical element of sustainability and environmental responsibility, aligning with UK Net-Zero goals.

In 2024, we want to reflect on this dynamic and highly unpredictable environment, and explore its impact on farmers, rural businesses, community-led social enterprises as well as wider rural communities. How can rural businesses not simply survive, but how can they thrive in these incredibly constrained contexts?

To address this and other relevant questions, and to encourage debate about drivers and impacts of rural entrepreneurship, we welcome presentations that focus on, but are not limited to, the following themes:

Opportunities and challenges for rural development
Resilience of rural businesses in times of crisis
Technology, digitalisation and innovation in the rural economy
Farming, land-based entrepreneurship and the natural environment
Tourism, heritage and culture in the rural economy
Migration and rural development
Communities and land
Rural policy, support and investments in rural entrepreneurship
Regional and international dimensions of rural entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and public service co-production
Social entrepreneurship and community enterprise
Social innovation and sustainable development
Innovative approaches to rural entrepreneurship research and practice
Critical perspectives and approaches informing rural theory
Open stream. 

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