The Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions (NEST) is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the 9th annual NEST Conference 2024 held under the theme: “Addressing Inequalities and Sustainability Transitions”. The Centre for Sustainability Transitions joins the organising committee for 2024 and will host an in-person hub event in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 5 – 6 September 2024, that we encourage you to apply for and share with your networks. The conference is free to attend, and some funding will be made available to attend and participate within the Stellenbosch Regional Hub event.

Call for abstracts

The Stellenbosch NEST Regional Hub event frames the theme of “Addressing Inequalities and Sustainability Transitions” within the context of Africa’s massive infrastructure deficits, the devastating effects climate change will have on the African continent, and the role both play in addressing the historic legacies of injustice and inequality that Africa must contend with.

The hub will also host a special session on 5 September 2024 and will focus on the following topics:
• Infrastructure
• Finance
• Justice
• Innovation

Scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts under these themes as well. In addition to sharing research and facilitating meaningful feedback, participants can look forward to a dynamic day full of creative expression and engaging conversation with diverse stakeholders.

Abstract submission
We invite all PhD. candidates, Master’s students, and ECRs working on sustainability transitions to submit a 250-400 word abstract using the NEST 2024 abstract template, for a 15-minute presentation followed by a ten-minute discussion. Include a 100-150 word biography of the presenting author, as well as five strong keywords that determine the area of research.

The deadline for abstract submission is 6 April 2024. You will receive our notification of acceptance in June 2024. We look forward to receiving your abstract.

Important dates to remember:

• Abstract Submission: 6 April 2024
• Notification of acceptance: June 2024
• Registration period: July 2024
• Conference dates: 6-7 September 2024

If you have any questions, contact the NEST organising team at