30 October 2019 - 01 November 2019
Lund University for Sustainability Studies, Lund, Sweden

Conference on Loss and Damage 2019

Understanding, measuring and governing Loss and Damage for social and ecological systems

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© Jasper van der Meij | Unsplash

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:

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

Call for Papers


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 Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Munich Re Foundation and IIASA.


The conference will feature invited speakers, alongside presentations selected from abstract submission, with ample time for discussion. The organizers encourage presentations of new papers to be submitted to a special issue. They 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


All abstracts will be evaluated by a scientific committee. All abstracts (up to 300 words that address one of the five conference streams) should be sent to: in the format of a PDF.


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CONTACT DETAILS

Reinhard Mechler

Deputy Program Director

Risk and Resilience

T +43(0) 2236 807 313

Thomas Schinko

Research Scholar

Risk and Resilience

T +43(0) 2236 807 467

Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer

Acting Program Director

Risk and Resilience

YSSP Dean

Young Scientists Summer Program

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PUBLICATIONS

Linnerooth-Bayer J, Surminski S, Bouwer L, Noy I, & Mechler R (2018). Insurance as a Response to Loss and Damage? In: Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Eds. Mechler, R., Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1156-7574, Surminski, S. & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., pp. 483-512 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72025-810.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_21.

Mechler R, Calliari E, Bouwer L, Schinko T ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1156-7574, Surminski S, Linnerooth-Bayer J, Aerts J, Botzen W, et al. (2018). Science for Loss and Damage. Findings and Propositions. In: Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Eds. Mechler, R., Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1156-7574, Surminski, S. & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., pp. 3-37 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72025-810.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_1.

Mechler R & Schinko T ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1156-7574 (2017). Climate risk analysis for identifying the policy space for loss and damage. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.

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