Aniseh Sjona Bro researches coffee crops in Nicaragua
I was invited to present results from my PhD research to the 12th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, held in Portland (OR) on 20-24 January 2016. This was a great opportunity for me to present my research to a diverse audience of academics and professionals who work in the field of sustainability: from urban planners to government officials, from international development workers to local activists and policy makers.
Personally, this was an interesting experience as most of my research has ever been presented to practitioners and academics who work in very similar fields, unlike this conference, where the uniting theme is a very abstract concept that can be interpreted very differently and applied to many different fields (sustainability). I felt outside of my element much of the time, yet deeply connected to the core belief that research, planning, design, and growth need to be centered on the sustainability of the endeavor. This conference opened my eyes to how different epistemologies merge as organizations begin working together to make sustainability a driving item in research and policy agendas around the world.