6th Foundational Economy Conference: Exploring the Foundational Economy for a Just Transition

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14-16 September 2023
University of Technology, Vienna (TU Wien), Austria

Call for Papers and Contributions

From the 14-16 September 2023 we welcome the 6th Foundational Economy Conference in the heart of Vienna! During the course of our conference there will be keynote speakers and plenary sessions, parallel sessions as well as working groups and city walks.

Multiple crises – war, global warming, natural disasters, famine and social injustice – are generating heightened insecurity among populations and trigger the search for security and stability. Defending, strengthening and expanding accessible, affordable and sustainable foundational goods and services is thus a cornerstone of an eco-social transformation that can secure everyone’s basic needs.

This conference brings together academics and practitioners to critically engage with the concept of the Foundational Economy and explore potentials for strengthening and building better foundational systems. A key concern thereby is to put approaches to the Foundational Economy in conversation with feminist and intersectional perspectives on social provisioning and eco-social transformation.

We invite researchers, practitioners and organisations to submit:

• individual or co-authored academic (theoretical-conceptual, methodological and/or empirical) papers
• individual or co-authored policy papers
• self-organised thematic sessions with 2-3 academic and/or policy papers as well as
• self-organised panel sessions focussing on practice

Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words. We strongly encourage the submission of parallel sessions that include different kinds of input (e.g. a combination of scholarly research, policy papers and contributions from practitioners) and actively create the space for interactive debate and mutual learning.




Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2023

Acceptance notification for self-organised practice-orientated panel sessions: mid-May 2023

Acceptance notification for academic and policy papers: early/mid-June 2023

For papers to be included in the conference programme at least one author has to be registered for the conference by 3 July 2023

For a full parallel session to be included in the conference programme it has to be confirmed by the group or organisation that submitted it by 3 July 2023

Visit the TU WIEN website to register your place and for more information on themes and issues for papers and contributions to parallel sessions. You will also find a tentative schedule of the conference and contact details for the event organisers.

Please note, the conference language is English.