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May 9: Standards, concepts and other actors in emergent environmental policy / Dr. Shula Goulden

Standards, concepts and other actors in emergent environmental policy / Dr. Shula Goulden (Tel Aviv University, Haifa University)

Policies on environmental issues are powerful tools for steering society towards a more environmentally sustainable future. Environmental terms, such as 'green building' or 'climate change', often function as taken-for-granted representations of the problems being addressed. However these organizing concepts continue to evolve and interact with different factors during the policy process itself, including conflicting social values, approaches to quantification and the policy tools chosen to address the issue. Based on ethnographic research in Israel, and drawing on theoretical concepts in STS and sustainability transitions, this lecture will present research analyzing the development of standards for sustainable buildings. It will explore the role played by standards and human actors involved in the standard-setting process in defining and setting limits on environmental goals. This will lead to a broader discussion of how environmental policy concepts emerge in different social and historical contexts and the implications for public policy discourse and resources.


Shula Goulden researches environmental policy and discourse with a focus on contemporary transitions to sustainability. She holds a BA in Geography from Cambridge University and an MSc in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics. She completed her PhD at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, writing her thesis on hybrid networks in green building policy, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. She has also worked at the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection and has run programs to support environmental collaborations between academics, local governments and business. Shula currently teaches and conducts research at the Department of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University, and is a post-doc affiliated with the School of Public Health at Haifa University.

יום א', 9 במאי, 18:00, בית הסטודנט בניין 502 חדר 43 אונ' בר-אילן

לפרטים נוספים: 03-5317756 או


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