Directorate-General for Research
European Commissiion
A socio-economic perspective from the conference
Sustainable development: A challenge for European research
Brussels, 26-28 May 2009.

This publication draws upon presentations and discussion from the conference on ‘Sustainable development: A challenge for European research’ that was held in Brussels in May 2009. This paper focuses on the role of socio-economic sciences and humanities within the European research effort directed at sustainable development. It follows and takes stock of recent reflections in this field like the European Commission Conference ‘Towards a post-carbon society’ of 2007 and the EU French Presidency Conference on ‘Humanity and society faced with Climate Change: an agenda for Europe’ of 2008.

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