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An International Workshop on Innovation, Diversity and Sustainable Development in Areas of Social Vulnerability

An International Workshop on

Innovation, Diversity and Sustainable Development in Areas of Social

November 17-18, 2011

An event of the

Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

University of Massachusetts Boston, USA


Chair in Multiculturalism

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

The Chair in Multiculturalism has been created through a national and
international agreement among the University of São Paulo (Brazil),
Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil), University of Pittsburgh
(USA) and York University (Canada).

Workshop location:

University of Massachusetts Boston, USA


Conference Objectives

The concept of social vulnerability has been associated with a number
of factors that bind the socio-economic, environmental, cultural and
psychological connected to exposure of poorer social groups to risks
in areas of environmental degradation and lacking of public policy.
Social vulnerability refers both to these risks and to the lack of
strategies for addressing them. This workshop aims to discuss
strategies for the empowerment of residents in the areas of social
vulnerability and the implementation of public policies with a
sustainable basis, in such areas. We are interested in examining the
following issues, amongst others:

? Development of strategies for sustainable development in areas of
social vulnerability

? How the cultural, racial, sexual, ethnic diversity, etc. could be
used as a positive variable for

the construction of strategies for empowerment and for the creation of
resources for

counteracting various forms of humiliation that affect the people
living in these areas

? The development of strategies for research and creation of
indicators that can supply

policy makers with information relevant to the proposal for public policies

? Development of strategies for mobilizing resources for projects
which are focused on

these topics

? Development of strategies for training leaders for sustainable development

This workshop will be the starting point of an organization of a
network of specialists interested in pursuing the discussion about all
of these issues. We shall create a Virtual Forum for this purpose and
host another Workshop in 2012, at the University of São Paulo, São
Paulo, Brazil.

Key Workshop topics

We welcome proposals related to the following themes:

? Strategies for sustainable development in areas of social vulnerability

? Strategies for population empowerment and the elimination of
humiliations connected to social vulnerability and/or gender, age,
ethnic, race, sexual orientation and disabilities

? Children and youth care and empowerment in areas of social vulnerability

? Strategies for sustainable urbanization against flooding and other
kind of disasters due to

climate changes or lack of public policies

? Establishing indicators of social vulnerability and sustainable development

? Strategies for fundraising to assist in the development of
vulnerable areas before and after


Who should attend?

We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and proposals presented by
scholars, researchers, public policy makers, governmental
representatives and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Submission of abstracts and papers

? Abstracts and papers will be accepted in Portuguese and English (no
simultaneous translation

will be provided during the event)

? Abstracts (200 words); and, a Biographical sketch (150 words) should
be sent as e-mail

attachments (in Word format) to: with copy to

? In the subject line of the e-mail, please write "CRSCAD NOVEMBER 2011"

? Deadlines: Abstracts - February 28th, 2011; full papers (6,000
words) - July 31st, 2011

? Notification of acceptance of peer-reviewed abstracts - April 30th, 2011

Registration fee: US$200.00

This does not include meals, accommodation in Boston or ground

It should be paid (in US funds) by international money order, Credit
Card or a check drawn on a United States bank and payable to
"University of Massachusetts Boston."


For disability-related accommodations, including dietary
accommodations, please go to

For further information about the International Workshop, please go to: or call 617.287.7116

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