Project Seminar

Sustainable Development Indicators for China and Emerging Economies

Bogazici University, Center for Economics and Econometrics

 Istanbul, 17-18 September 2013

Albert Long Hall - Kriton Curi Room


Tuesday 17 September: Sustainable Development Indicators for China

09.30 – 10.30: Introductions

  • Welcome and introduction by Fafo (Jon Pedersen, Director Fafo, 15 mins)
  • Welcome and introduction by CASTED (Wang Yuan, Director CASTED, 25 mins)
  • Welcome and introduction by Bogazici University (Refik Erzan - Begum Ozkaynak, 10 mins)
  • Agenda and objectives of the seminar (Svein Erik Stave, Fafo, 10 mins)

Coffee Break: 15 minutes

10.45 – 12.45: Conceptual framework and indicators

  • Theoretical basis and conceptual framework (Svein Erik Stave, 30 mins)
  • Framework modules and selected indicators (CASTED researchers, 60 mins)
  • Comments and discussion

12.45 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.15: Preliminary results

  • The SDI composite index (incl. database and sensitivity test) (Huafeng Zhang and Jon Pedersen, Fafo, 40 mins)
  • The web presentation tool (Jon Pedersen, 20 mins)
  • Comments and discussion

Coffee Break: 15 minutes

15.30 – 17.15: Seminar

  • China and Sustainable Development Indicators in a “Limits to Growth” perspective (Jørgen Randers, Professor and author of “The Limits to Growth”)
  • Comments and discussion


Wednesday 18 September: Measuring Sustainable Development

09.30 – 12.45: Collection of Sustainable Development related survey data

09.30 – 11.30: The SDI Well-Being Survey for China

  • Introduction and review of the survey (CASTED/Jing Liu, Fafo, 20 mins)
  • Results and application of the data (Huafeng Zhang, Fafo, 20 mins)
  • Preliminary analyses and international comparisons (Anders Barstad and Jørgen Randers, 50 mins)
  • Comments and discussion

Coffee Break: 15 minutes

11.45 – 12.15: Urban Sustainability – SDI and a Survey 

         (Refik Erzan, Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu, Begüm Özkaynak, Boğaziçi University)


12.15 – 12.45: Discussion on experiences with collection of survey data

12.45 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 16.00: Brief presentations of projects, approaches, ideas, and challenges

(Boğaziçi University, ~25 mins each) 

  • Measuring  stakeholders' SDGs and MDGs priorities in Turkey, Guyana, Malawi, Nepal and Sierra Leone: Preliminary results of a choice experiment (Barıs Karapınar)
  • Environmental Conflicts in Turkey and the concept of Social Metabolism (Begum Ozkaynak, Irmak Ertor, Pınar Ertor-Akyazı, Cem İskender Aydın)
  • Developing child well-being indicators for Turkey: The Case of Istanbul (Basak Ekim Akkan, Serra Muderissoglu, Pinar Uyan Semerci)
  • Applications of system dynamics on sustainable development (Ali Kerem Saysel)
  • Nature and Economic Growth in Turkey: What Does Ecological Footprint Imply? (Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı and Sevil Acar)

Coffee Break: 15 minutes

16.15 – 17.15 Expansions/”spin-offs” of the project and possibilities for collaboration

  • Introduction (Fafo/CASTED)
  • Open discussion (Boğaziçi University and project partners)

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