Tracks and Themes

ISDRS 2023 Core Themes and Tracks

The Malaysia conference will feature the traditional themes and tracks of previous ISDRS conferences with a special topic to serve as the main thread of discussion in both plenary and breakout sessions relating to Sustainable Development.

2023 marks the midway of Agenda 2030. The 29th ISDRS Conference will provide a platform from researcher and practitioners to assess the SDG after seven and half years running. They will also provide suggestion for solution and perspective on how to achieve SDG by the end of 2030. In this respect, assessment must be made on different ways and strategies to balance the 5P of SDG: Planet, People, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. The conference will be conducted on site and online, allowing more participants with travelling or other restrictions to join the event.

NOTE: The Track Chairs mentioned in the linked pages below will be updated when they are confirmed.

1. Sustainability and science

1a. Theoretical approaches

1b. Research methods and methodologies

1c. Assessing sustainability

2. Education

2a. Provision, quality of and access to education

2b. Educating for sustainability


3. Biodiversity and ecosystem services

3a. Life on land

3b. Life below water

3c. Ecosystem services

4. Climate change and energy

          4a. Climate change: Effective response for energy, water and land use

          4b. Affordable and clean energy

          4c. Climate, tourism and sustainable development

5. Production, consumption and innovation

5a. Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

5b. Design for sustainability

5c. Circular economy

5d. Value chains and trade

5e. Sustainable consumption and consumers

5f. Food system transformation

6. Cities and regions

6a. Urban and regional transformations

6b. Urban and regional resilience

6c. The power of art and culture in sustainable cities and communities

7. Social-economic aspects of sustainability

7a. Global inequality and poverty

7b. The future of employment and good work

7c. Economic and financial innovations for sustainability transitions

8. Social foundations of sustainability

8a. Gender, inclusivity and human rights

8b. Communication for sustainability

         8c. Just transition

9. Governance, power and institutions 

9a. Peace and sustainable development

9b. Collaboration and co-creation for sustainability, SDGs initiatives and scale of governance

9c. Public participation and the role of stakeholders

9d. Legal aspects of sustainable development

10. Special themes

10a. Sustainability and Africa

         10b. Sustainability and ASEAN

         10c. One health, SDGs, and ethical conflicts

         10d. Religion and Sustainable Development

         10e. ICT for Sustainable Development in IR4.0 Era