November 16-18, 2017
Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)
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2017 – Cartagena de Indias

Society, Culture, and Sustainable Development in Ibero-America
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III Ibero-American Socioeconomics Meeting (III ISEM-SASE)

The question of development has been central to the Ibero-American debate concerning the relationship between economy and society. The current discussion of its different definitions have taken a more protagonism due to their scope to other spheres rather than just economic growth, a concept to which it has been confined almost exclusively for several decades .

Despite the initial confusion between its fundamental goals and the means of achieving them, the concept of development has evolved significantly from its beginnings, when it focused on material growth, through paradigms of human and sustainable development. The concentration on extra-personal indicators such as income, wealth, and GDP mistakenly considered these means of attaining development as its goal. The ultimate goal of development, however, concerns the quality of life, how people feel about themselves, what they desire to be and to do. The pursuit of a better life, according to Amartya Sen, consists in freedom and reasons to celebrate . Indeed, one must be free in order to be able to have a good life.

As such, new approaches to development allow us to understand man and society as part of a complex global system. As a part of specific contexts, it is thus necessary to consider the relationships between the different components of development as well as how the concepts of quality of life and individual well-being relate to it at both aggregate and local levels.

Despite theoretical advances in the conceptualization of development in its broader sense, however, many Ibero-American countries continue to subscribe to a model of development based on the exploitation of natural resources. This approach generates significant negative externalities on the environment and human health, restricting both people’s freedom and their capabilities. This model based on the exploitation of natural resources and raw materials is unsustainable and constitutes a major constraint to human development. Thus, there is a need for change that will enable our society to reconcile the structures of production with the theoretical advances that allow for a sustainable future. Some fields, such as ecology, anthropology, and sociology, have made significant contributions to the concept of development and to the valuation of cultural, environmental, and natural assets, lending weight and demonstrating the pertinence of the enjoyment of nature and its preservation, the understanding of the culture of a given territory, the lifestyles of local populations, and justice in the recognition of people’s rights.

The III RISE will thus be brought to incorporate discussions about development in the framework of the pursuit of more balanced, just, and sustainable societies. The event will provide a space for reflection on the economic growth of nations and its relationship to human well-being and the environment; it will also provide an occasion to analyze its relevance, incidence, and social scope in a sustainable development context.

Academic Areas of Discussion (Networks)
  1. The State of the Art in Socio-Economics
  2. Globalization and Human Development
  3. Environmental Governance, Social Movements, and Developmentli>
  4. Regulation, Supervision, and the Financial System
  5. Demographic Horizon, Labor Relations, and Well-Being
  6. Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Environmental Balance
  7. Culture, Development, and Creative Economy
  8. Insularity, Sovereignty, and Territorial Dynamics
  9. Peace, Post-Conflict, and Democracy
  10. Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness, and Development
  11. Tourism and Development
  12. Regional and Urban Development
Abstract Submissions
  1. It is possible to submit in two different categories: Individual Papers and Sessions.
  2. To submit an individual paper, you must include an abstract. Abstracts for submissions to regular networks should be no longer than 500 words. All submissions need to include 3 key words.
  3. To submit a session, you must include both an overall abstract for the session and abstracts for each of the 3-4 paper abstracts composing the session. The same word length applies to papers within sessions as does to individual paper submissions.
  4. The abstract shall contain:
  • Objective(s)
  • Methodology
  • Main findings
  • References
  • Names, emails, and academic status of all authors
  • Under 500 words
  • Papers must be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
  1. Indicate in which academic area the document is being submitted (Network 1 through 12).
  2. Send submission to: or upload at:


Important Dates
Opening term to receive abstracts
Closing date to receive abstracts
Communication of selection process
III RISE Opening Day
III RISE Final Day


Publications of the III RISE in Peer-Reviewed Journals

The III RISE offers the opportunity to publish the best presentations from the meeting in peer-reviewed journals. Authors interested in publication should send their full paper before 20 December 2017 and must comply with the guidelines for evaluation and publication of each journal. The requirements to participate are:

  1. Submit an abstract for the III RISE during the submission period
  2. Author must register for the III RISE and all submission co-authors must be SASE members
  3. Paper must be presented at the III RISE conference
  4. Full paper must be sent in before 20 December 2017
Scientific and Organizing Committee
Scientific CommitteeOrganizing Committee
Dr. Augusto Aleán Pico (UTB) Dr. Gerardo Fujii (UNAM) Dr. Michael Piore (MIT) Daniel del Toro (UTB)
Dr. Rafael Agacino Rojas (UC) Dr. Fernando González Laxe (UDC)Dr. Jorge Quintero (UN) Santos M. Ruesga (UAM)
Dr. Miguel Atienza (UCN) Dr. Jorge Iván González (UE) Dr. Frederico Rocha (UFRJ) Tania Jiménez Castilla (UTB)
Dr. Luis Enrique Alonso (UAM) Dr. Leonardo Lomeli (UNAM) Dr. Santos M. Ruesga (UAM) Julimar da Silva Bichara (UAM)
Dra. M. Cristina Cacciamali (USP). . . .Dr. Antonio Martin Artiles (UAB) . . . .Dr. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (OU) . . . .Augusto Aleán Pico (UTB)
Dr. Carlos del Cairo Silva (UJ) Dr. Jorge M. Martínez Piva (CEPAL)Dr. Andrew Schrank (UB)
Dr. Víctor Cantillo (UN) Dr. André Moreira Cunha (UFRGS) Dr. Diego Silva Ardila (UIS)
Dr. Jorge Carrera (ULP) Dr. Juan Carlos Moreno (UNAM) Dr. Julimar da Silva Bichara (UAM)
Dr. Rolando Cordera (UNAM Dra. Isabel Novo Corti (UDC) Dr. Chris Tilly (UCLA)
Dr. Andrés Escobar (UC) Dr. Carlos Ochando (UV)Dr. Daniel Toro (UTB)
Dr. Pedro Fonseca (UFRGS) Dr. Gueibi Peres Souza (UFSCDr. Olman Villareal Guzmán (UCR)


Participating Organizations

With special thanks to the participating organizations of this years Ibero-American Socioeconomics Meeting (III ISEM-SASE).

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About SASE

Founded in 1989, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) is an international organization with members in more than 50 countries. The SASE organizes a main annual meeting, occasional regional meetings, and has a peer-reviewed journal, Socio-Economic Review. The first Ibero-American meeting of Socio-Economics was held at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 2013. The second such meeting took place in Porto Alegre at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 2015.

In 2017, III Ibero-American Socio-Economic meeting will be held in Cartagena, Colombia. The organization of this year’s meeting, headed by SASE, will be coordinated by the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEN), the Institute of Studies for the Development (IDE), and the Master´s degree in Development and Environment of the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, with the support of Department of Estructura Económica y Economía del Desarrollo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. The central topic of the III RISE: “Society, Culture and Sustainable Development in Ibero-America” seeks to inspire theoretical and political debate over the complexities immersed in the relationship between sustainability, development, and economic growth in Ibero-American countries, from a multidimensional approach and with the participation of academics and researchers from different disciplines, including economics, political science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, law, and sociology