Title

Sustaining Occupation: Individual Meaning and Governance in the Face of Global Environmental Change

Start Time

22-10-2011 10:25 AM

End Time

22-10-2011 11:55 AM

Session Type

Event

Abstract

Occupational science is beginning to consider the occupational dimensions of global environmental change and to develop suggestions as to how occupational performance may promote sustainability. This panel will focus on issues that influence and structure the performance of occupations that build sustainability, investigating how applied knowledge from occupational science can provide models for different ways of being in the world, challenging people to think differently and value different aspects of everyday life. The panel will consider both individual-centered models of occupation as well as the problem of environmental governance, i.e., how the institutions developed by human cultures for organizing society influence occupational performance. Humans clearly can never “master” their environment, but human societies attempt to control the use of ecosystem services through a range of institutions. How such governance factors may affect occupational performance has so far received little attention and this panel will attempt to outline some of the relevant issues. Topics discussed in the panel will include: how maintaining occupational balance in life can provide an opportunity for a redirection of human energies towards real human needs and wider ecological sustainability and resilience; the extent to which occupational science conceives occupation as action with the potential to transcend existing ways of doing, when people become more mindful of the needs of the biosphere; how traditional、 village-level institutions for interacting with the natural environment have been transformed by modernity in southwest Japan; and how Alaskan Native societies have dealt with opposing global pressures for resource production and conservation. The Discussion session following the paper presentations will attempt to debate the role of culture, governance and individual choice in the occupational dimensions of global environmental change.

Session Presenters and Papers:

Teena J. Clouston, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Cardiff University, Wales, UK: Ecological balance: Achieving sustainability and resilience in a work-driven world

Gaynor Sadlo, PhD, PGDip, TCDHE, DipOccThy, FCOT, Assistant Head, School of Health Professions and Professor of Occupational Science, University of Brighton, UK: Mindful occupation: one key to sustainable living

Izuru Sakai, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Health and Welfare Sciences, Nishikyushu University (University of West Kyushu), Kanzaki, Japan: Social institutions and the natural environment in Kanzaki County, Japan

Mark J. Hudson, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Nishikyushu University (University of West Kyushu), Kanzaki, Japan: Globalization, environmental governance, and occupational change in Alaskan Native society

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Sustaining Occupation: Individual Meaning and Governance in the Face of Global Environmental Change

Occupational science is beginning to consider the occupational dimensions of global environmental change and to develop suggestions as to how occupational performance may promote sustainability. This panel will focus on issues that influence and structure the performance of occupations that build sustainability, investigating how applied knowledge from occupational science can provide models for different ways of being in the world, challenging people to think differently and value different aspects of everyday life. The panel will consider both individual-centered models of occupation as well as the problem of environmental governance, i.e., how the institutions developed by human cultures for organizing society influence occupational performance. Humans clearly can never “master” their environment, but human societies attempt to control the use of ecosystem services through a range of institutions. How such governance factors may affect occupational performance has so far received little attention and this panel will attempt to outline some of the relevant issues. Topics discussed in the panel will include: how maintaining occupational balance in life can provide an opportunity for a redirection of human energies towards real human needs and wider ecological sustainability and resilience; the extent to which occupational science conceives occupation as action with the potential to transcend existing ways of doing, when people become more mindful of the needs of the biosphere; how traditional、 village-level institutions for interacting with the natural environment have been transformed by modernity in southwest Japan; and how Alaskan Native societies have dealt with opposing global pressures for resource production and conservation. The Discussion session following the paper presentations will attempt to debate the role of culture, governance and individual choice in the occupational dimensions of global environmental change.

Session Presenters and Papers:

Teena J. Clouston, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Cardiff University, Wales, UK: Ecological balance: Achieving sustainability and resilience in a work-driven world

Gaynor Sadlo, PhD, PGDip, TCDHE, DipOccThy, FCOT, Assistant Head, School of Health Professions and Professor of Occupational Science, University of Brighton, UK: Mindful occupation: one key to sustainable living

Izuru Sakai, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Health and Welfare Sciences, Nishikyushu University (University of West Kyushu), Kanzaki, Japan: Social institutions and the natural environment in Kanzaki County, Japan

Mark J. Hudson, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Nishikyushu University (University of West Kyushu), Kanzaki, Japan: Globalization, environmental governance, and occupational change in Alaskan Native society