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Socio-Ecological Transitions and the Impact on Labour

28 June, 2012 | (01 hr)

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This webcast is about the oncoming socio-ecological transition away from fossil fuels the world is inevitably faced with, and the transition’s impact on labour and employment against the background of what we can learn from historic and still ongoing energy transitions. It is part of a series and integral part of NEUJOBS, a European Commission FP7 financed consortium aimed at giving a comprehensive picture of the European labour markets in 2025.

Willi Haas from the Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna will present the ongoing Socio-ecological transition implications on labour, and will discuss with Tara Murphy, Program Director at The Conference Board and HR Business Consultant how these transitions will impact the way we work in the future. Pointing to the fact that market expectations shortens business horizon and planning horizon is mostly 3-5 years, she focuses on how to built bridges to these informed scenarios.    

The focus of this webcast is therefore on how the 'historic' transition of the energy regime from an agrarian society towards an industrial society based on fossil fuels entailed dramatic and far-reaching changes for society as a whole and, in particular, for the organization of labour. This transition also generated major impacts on the global bio-geo-spherical cycles, most notably on the climate system, leading to a reduction in biodiversity and depletion of non-renewable resources. As major developing countries now also in this transition, the global trend of resource use is becoming not only unsustainable but non-viable, and we will have, or are already in a “new” transition away from fossil energy and probably away from the familiar energy-abundant type of society. Labour was fundamentally transformed by the “historic” transition of the energy regime, and will be equally affected by this next transition exceeding anything that can be captured by the notion of 'green jobs'.

For further information about NEUJOBS and this project go to the NEUJOBS webpage and blog


Tara Murphy

Tara Murphy
Council Director, Strategic Workforce Planning; HR Operations; Talent Acquisition Executives Councils
The Conference Board

Tara Murphy is the Council Director for HR Operations, Strategic Workforce Planning, Talent Acquisition Executives Councils in Europe, and previously ran The Conference Board’s Global HR councils from the New York office.  She has over 20 years business experience, of which 19 with Uni...Full Bio

Willi Haas

Willi Haas
Senior Researcher and Lecturer
Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna

Willi Haas is senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Social Ecology. He coordinates the thematic area of sustainability support. Research interests are socio-ecological transition processes with focus on questions like how social systems can be guided on pathways towards a more ...Full Bio

Bela Galgoczi

Bela Galgoczi
Senior Researcher
ETUI (European Trade Union Institute)

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Bela graduated in electronical engineering (1982) at the Technical University of Budapest Hungary, then in sociology and philosophy (1986) at the University of Sciences Budapest, postgraduate studies in political sciences at the University of Amsterdam (1990), PhD in Ec...Full Bio

Andrew Tank

Andrew Tank (Moderator)
Executive Director, Business Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Andrew Tank is responsible for The Conference Board’s membership in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Associate Members receive on-going research in the fields of productivity, corporate governance and organizational effectiveness, information services and access to exclusive peer g...Full Bio

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