Adaptation and Innovation for Sustainable Societies Conference

Ten social scientists with expertise in behavioral science, social-ecological systems, institutional change, anthropology, psychology, and other areas pertinent to biosocial/biocultural adaptation presented pioneering research and insights on key aspects of adaptation and innovation for sustainable societies. The presentations, and resulting discussions, addressed a range of issues including, but not limited to, climate change, biodiversity loss, and population, among other pressing challenges.

About the Sustainability Research Conference Series

The Stanford Initiative on Business and Environmental Sustainability Research Conference Series is hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.


May 19–20, 2023


Stanford University campus

This conference was designed to facilitate dialogue, knowledge exchange, and collaboration among world class researchers and practitioners with the hope to create a sustainable toolkit to cultivate positive habits for our future and a sense of shared prosperity.


Friday, May 19, 2023: 12:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 20, 2023: 8am - 5:15pm

Full Conference Agenda

Stanford Initiative on Business & Environmental Sustainability: Podcast

Listen as professor William P. Barnett and Stanford student Ingrid Ackermann host a discussion with professor James Holland Jones and E-IPER director and associate professor Nicole M. Ardoin to discuss the takeaways from this conference.

Conference Organizers

James Holland Jones
Professor of Environmental Behavioral Sciences and Earth System Science, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Director, E-IPER, Associate Professor at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment