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ISDRS Q3 Newsletter 2020

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1. Message from the President
2. Announcements
3. Call for papers, book chapters and abstracts
4. Pyramid Art
5. Covid-19 and Sustainable Development
6. Integration of Lean with Sustainable Strategies for Productivity Improvement
7. Circular Economy: a strategic solution for post pandemic the global recession

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1. Message from the President

Dear All,

Many thanks to Gyula Zilahy and his team for hosting our annual conference in July. This went very well, with interesting key notes and a wide range of contributions from across the world. The extended hours put in by track chairs and others in time zones furthest from Budapest are much appreciated. Although the social dimension of a conference is difficult to recreate online, the overwhelming response has been that the ISDRS experience was much in evidence. The technical support from Ex Ordo kept things running smoothly. There are of course lessons we can act on in the future, but this first practice of an online conference, at short notice and under challenging circumstances, gives us a good basis for the future. In the hoped for post-Covid world, there will be the added challenge of a simultaneous online and in person experience.

Since the conference, green plus members have voted to change our charter. This means that there is no longer a distinction between green and green plus members. All members, therefore, including those benefitting from an institutional membership, will be invited to vote in the board elections later this year. Those in their second year of consecutive membership are invited to consider standing for election to the board. Remember, that to be a member you must have paid the fee either via our website or as part of your conference registration fee. The Election Committee, led by Volker Mauerhofer, will be overseeing the identification of potential candidates for the approval of the board. As usual, a key task is to promote the diversity of the board in terms of gender, ethnicity, country of residence, field of study.

Sustainable Development
Our affiliated journal, Sustainable Development is now ranked fourth in the field of development studies (with an impact factor of 4.082) according to forthcoming article in the journal (Farrukh, Meng, Raza and Tahir, 2020). The authors present a bibliometric analysis of papers published over 27-years from 1993 to 2019 using the Scopus database. Congratulations to ISDRS members who have contributed to the most cited papers and/or are amongst the most cited authors in the journal!

Sustainability of ISDRS
If you would like to join in discussions as to how we can develop ISDRS, especially in terms of inclusion and diversity (which perhaps most urgently includes increasing access beyond the Global North), please get in touch with me. As mentioned during the Members Meeting at the conference, conversation is now underway.

With all good wishes,
Prof Pauline Deutz
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2. Announcements

ISDRS 2021: Save-the-date July 13-15, 2021

In recognition of the previous conference host of 2021, we would like to keep both the dates and theme for the upcoming ISDRS 2021 conference, our 27th conference.

Please save the date of July 13-15, 2021 as the main days of the next ISDRS event, including also July 12th as the PhD day. The conference theme will be:

Accelerating the progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

We have created a Conference Committee that will help assist our efforts to bring you an online conference, true to the values of the global ISDRS community and that is attempting to live up to the lovely experience that prof Gyula Zilahy and his team did in Budapest during the summer of 2020.

At the same time, we are redesigning our conference-related websites. So while we are speaking, we are in the starting blocks to build the next conference site. An extra News Flash will come when we are ready to launch the ISDRS 2021 conference site.

Looking forward to join the movements towards accelerating the progress towards the 2030 SDGs!

Do you have questions or would like to join the efforts for a successful ISDRS 2021? Please mail us at:

Peter Dobers,
Vice President of ISDRS
In the name of the ISDRS Conference Committee:
Carlton Waterhouse
Gyula Zilahy,
Malin Gawell,
Marc Wolfram,
Simon Lockrey, and
Volker Mauerhofer

Best Article award 2019 results

Click on the certificates to read the articles. To read the shortlist, click 'shortlist' below.
Congratulations to the winners Neal Millar, Eoin McLaughlin and Tobias Börger for "The Circular Economy: Swings and Roundabouts?" in Ecological Economics.
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Congratulations also to the runner up
Ayla Esen and Ceyda Maden-Eyiusta (2019) for
"Delineating the concept of corporate social innovation: toward a multidimensional model" in
Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

Best Article Award 2020 – Jury Members wanted

Dear Member,

The ISDRS Best Article Award is becoming a pivotal element of rewarding the excellent research work in the field of sustainability and progressing ground-breaking knowledge to public. In 2021 ISDRS will hand out the Best Article Award for the best sustainable development publication of the previous year for the fourth time. The rising numbers of nominations encourage the ISDRS board to continue the selection of a Best Article Award this year again. So, when reading papers, keep the ISDRS Best Article Award 2020 in mind!

Before nominating best papers – the nomination will start in December 2020 – we look for volunteers and active members for the Award Jury. A key element of the process is the ISDRS jury, which selects the shortlist of papers for voting from those nominated. The Award Jury reviews the suggested articles briefly and nominates a shortlist of 5 to 10 papers: each Jury member reviews a batch of the suggested articles, assessing these on a 1-10 points scale. Each article is assessed by max. three Jury members.

While grateful for those ISDRS members who already declared their willingness to serve on the jury, we would still welcome additional jurors. Please consider becoming a member of the jury and kindly send your interest to Charlotte Mummery via email (

Thank you very much.

Many best wishes,

Marlen Arnold, ISDRS Jury Chair

ISDRS New Professionals Group’s Mentorship Programme

The main goal of the ISDRS Mentorship Programme is to connect senior academics (mentor) with junior academics (mentee) in a meaningful way, thereby creating a mutual benefit, and cementing a stronger relationship between the newer and more experienced professionals within ISDRS.

• Mentors: ISDRS senior researchers (PhD's as a requirement). Mentors could be 1) University professors from ISDRS institutional members, 2) ISDRS topic group leaders 3) Board members, or other experienced members.
• Mentees: ISDRS master students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, junior researchers on short term contracts and assist./assoc. prof. on tenure tracks.

The communication can be 100% online, but with the opportunity to meet at the annual ISDRS conference.

For more information, please click on the 'read more' button. 

Please click on the register link to show your interest in the program (being a mentee or mentor)

David Cepeda and Hanna Ahlström

Sustainability & Law book published as ISDRS 2018 conference outcome

Volker Mauerhofer (Mid Sweden University/Sweden), Daniela Rupo (Univ. of
Messina/Italy) and Daniela (Univ. of Pescara/Italy) published recently a 770 pages-strong co-edited book titled "Sustainability and Law" with Springer International. It covers a broad range of sections of general and special issues with 36 contributions of 59 co-authors.

The book is one direct outcome of track 9d of the 2018 ISDRS Conference in Messina, besides a Special Issue in the Journal "Sustainable
Development"/Wiley and contributions to a Special Issues in Sustainability/MDPI
Individual chapters can be inquired from the respective authors for
reasons of personal use and scientific exchange, click on the 'flyer' link below to view the product flyer of the book.
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Innovative research on the circular economy presented at 2019 ISDRS conference is published in leading academic journals

Three papers from the CRESTING project were recently published in Resources, Conservation & Recycling and in the Journal of Cleaner Production. All three papers were based on research presented at the 2019 ISDRS conference in Najing, China.

The first paper is titled “How circular is your tyre: Experiences with extended producer responsibility from a circular economy perspective (open access) and was published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. It examines the governance and sustainability outcomes of the waste management system for end of life tyres in the Netherlands, leading to key insights and recommendations for the sector.

The second paper is entitled “The Circular Economy and Cascading: Towards a Framework (open access) and was published in the journal Resources Conservation & Recycling. It integrates cascading and circular economy practices leading to a new theoretical framework that considers the necessities and complicities of circular economy governance.

The third paper is entitled A typology of circular economy discourses: Navigating the diverse visions of a contested paradigm (open access) and was published in the journal Resources Conservation & Recycling. It builds the first typology of circularity discourses to date by identifying 72 different CE-related concepts from the Global North and South (such as Gandhian and steady-state economics, buen vivir, doughnut economics and degrowth) and conceptually classifying them based on to their position on fundamental socio-ecological issues.

The presentation of the preliminary results of all three studies in the 2019 ISDRS conference allowed for constructive feedback and helped authors improve the quality and depth of their analysis. The young authors also participated in the ISDRS PhD day, where they received further comments and suggestions on how to improve their papers. The resulting publications are at the forefront of research on the circular economy, showing the usefulness of the ISDRS conferences and network for young academics seeking to publish their results, kickstart their careers and, most importantly, contribute to leading academic debates with fresh new ideas.

The Cresting project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765198.

New open access journal: World

We are pleased to announce that the journal World (ISSN 2673-4060) has just released its inaugural issue.

World, devoted to past, present, and future links between economic, political, social, and environmental issues. Based on your dedication to your field and the quality of your work, may we ask you if you have interest to contribute a paper to our journal. In 2020, the Article Processing Charge will be fully subsidised by MDPI.
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3. Call for papers, book chapters and abstracts

Call for paper: The social sustainability of global supply chains: A critical perspective on current practices and its transformative potential

Journal: International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (IJPDLM)

This special issue welcomes studies focusing on social sustainability transformation to show the real impacts of radical supply chain (re)design and (re)configuration for an improved social performance and practice, but also those studies that demonstrate how current supply chain configuration can address social sustainability issues without creating harm to their economic, environmental, governance or cultural environment.

We welcome a diversity of methodologies which include conceptual and literature reviews as well as empirical papers using quantitative or qualitative research. The use of multi-methods is well appreciated. We highlight that for qualitative research the use of non-traditional methods (e.g., action research, design science, ethnography) are valuable. The research is expected to have managerial-relevant theoretical and practical/policy implications, and also connected with the Sustainable Development Goals. It is encouraged to use/develop middle range theories that explain social sustainability under specific contexts.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: 31st July 2021
First review: September-October 2021
Second review: February-March 2022
Final decision: August 2022

Submissions to be made through the Scholar One Manuscript Submission portal for IJPDLM the window will be open from 31st May 2021. Authors are encouraged to consult the author guidelines for the journal.

Guest Editors:

Minelle E. Silva - La Rochelle Business School (France)
Morgane M.C. Fritz - La Rochelle Business School (France)
Stefan Seuring - University of Kassel (Germany)
Stelvia Matos - University of Surrey (UK)

You can read the full call for papers by clicking below.

Integrated Reporting (IR): Business Cases for Sustainability in South Asia Call for Book Chapters

The book intends to explore and discuss issues, challenges, opportunities, methodological innovations and trends in IR for sustainability from South Asia. Second, the book will contain case studies illustrating the ways in which companies develop and advance corporate IR and sustainability accounting practices, what practical solutions and applications have been developed in South Asia and how certain IR tools and accounting methods are disseminated. The overall objectives are: To present and discuss the new development of IR theories and practices in South Asia; To present practical solutions and recent developments of IR and accounting supported business cases for sustainability in South Asia; To provide guidance for the further developments in corporate IR and sustainability accounting (including sustainability reporting, IR, auditing and assurance) and integrated corporate governance practices in South Asia; and To bridge theoretical developments and practices in the area of IR for sustainability in South Asia.
Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES) is a peer-reviewed transdisciplinary journal aiming at publishing high-quality original articles from a broad range of sustainable resource utilization, associated environmental stresses, and potential solutions to achieve resource and environmental sustainability. RES is also meant to be a communication-and-cooperation platform for ISDRS community, so all the conference papers and works of members are welcomed and have priorities for consideration.

RES is calling for submissions of innovative contributions to sustainable resource utilization and environmental sustainability, especially with multidisciplinary perspectives across natural, social and technological systems. All the articles of the first issue will be on line by the end of September and the second one will be by end of December. The review process would be made as efficient as possible. All the submissions will be free of publication fees before December 30, 2020. So if you have a paper ready at the hand, you are encouraged to submit it to RES. The sooner the article is submitted, the sooner it will be reviewed and published, if it is accepted.

Manuscript Submission
All the authors should follow RES’s “Guide for Authors and the standard submission procedures of Elsevier’s Editorial Manager (EM) system.

For Submission access click on submission button below. All submissions will be subjected to thorough peer review, revision, and re-submission processes.
ISDRS 2020 Track 5c Circular Economy

Call for papers for a special issue of Circular Economy and Sustainability

Please submit papers by November 5 2020. All papers will be subject to peer review.

Andrea Cecchin. North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
Pauline Deutz. University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom.
Roberta Salomone. Department of Economics, University of Messina, Messina, Italy.

Circular economy (CE) research has taken off exponentially in the last few years, with concerted policy efforts from the EU and other bodies. Aiming at an economic system wherein products are designed to maximise the value extracted from resources, the development of a CE could indeed represent a social transformation. But a contradiction is emerging between policy views of the CE as a form of sustainable economic development, and potential degrowth strategies for circularity, such as repair, refurbishment, or even ‘refusing' to buy (Reike et al., 2018).

Following from the conference session, this issue aims to contribute to the understanding of both the variety and sustainability impact of CE practices, and different routes to innovation that may be required, exploring theoretical and pragmatic implications, mainly between the Sustainable Development Goals 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). Relatively little attention, has been paid to examining the environmental, social, and economic impact of these practices, and how those impacts may be context and/or scale dependent. In addition, as policy efforts to engender CE-practices reach new contexts, especially in emerging and developing economies, we would welcome studies into the nurturing of CE practices for a variety of business types and the challenges they face. Of particular interest is the initiation and resilience of CE practices in a rapidly changing context.

The 56th ISOCARP Congress goes fully virtual!

The 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress is now a fully virtual congress. It will focus on ‘Urban Green Deals’ as place-specific plans to ensure the well-being of their citizens while profoundly changing the way cities operate within planetary boundaries. To be conducted online within the period of 8 November 2020 and 8 February 2021, the Congress will be celebrated with accompanying activities that we anticipate to raise questions about post-pandemic conditions.

Our decision to innovate the format of the Congress is not only driven by the coronavirus situation, but also encouraged by the unrelenting support of our members, partners, and authors who submitted their contributions under these difficult circumstances.

We know that you may have a lot of questions resulting from this latest development. While we are in the process of preparing and working on the details of this innovative event, we kindly ask your patience and trust in our commitment to organise this event up to the highest standards of education and innovation. Further announcements will be made in due course.

Early bird registration in open until 8 October 2020.
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4. Pyramid Art

Functional sustainability will rely on a revolution of vision and commitment global civilization” has yet to acquire. We need a big shock to reset ourselves. The first stage is in process, but timing is everything. In the million years since our genesis as a species, we have grown much, mainly, more recently, in our weight of numbers. Unfortunately, despite specialisation, mankind is still groping in the dark at things hidden in plain sight. Is it not now time then perhaps to turn to the discipline of fine-art, synonymous with observation, vision and the true wealth of civilisation? Art remained largely unchanged over history. Its traditional role was then usurped in the nineteenth century by science, in the guise of photography. What ensued was a move away from representation, through perception research. This spawned Impressionism, as the first of many isms. Now, the first researched discovery in the field of fine-art has appeared, to rank above all scientific discovery.
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Pyramid Art, exposes the timeless force of nature, synonymous with a hive-mind, an immortal, unconscious, creative intelligence we associate with beauty. This phenomenon comprises an inescapable force of mind under whose thrall we continually dwell, which is probably why we’re generally speaking, blind to it.
Nevertheless, it must be responsible for all human creativity, in whatever field. The evidence for that is to be found in the Pyramid triptych, in meaning that shouldn’t exist, because it’s extracted mathematically from an ancient, nondescript form of binary code. It’s also in line with Einstein’s ideas about the intuitive mind and proposes a way for mankind to synergise with this psychoactive force of nature, operating through quantum entanglement. In theory, as a paradigm shift of vision into the timeless dimension, Pyramid Art must crack the conundrum of sustainability through its capacity to realise Lovelock’s Gaia effect, via feedback with nature at an intellectual and creative level. The Pyramid was discovered by questioning and observing a commonly experienced, but unexplored feedback phenomenon Carl Jung dubbed: synchronicity. Mark Dolamore, the artist responsible, underwent a transformation provoked by his precocious daily experience of synchronicity.

Thirty-something years on, he offers his ongoing project to demonstrate how it’s possible in real-time, to synergize with the universal, Anthropic intelligence Fred Hoyle referred to as the “Supercalculating Intellect”. In the words of Winston Churchill: “Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Mark Dolamore believes we need his lifeline from nature RIGHT NOW.

Check it out: The first link is to an article in Art Reveal magazine. The second link is Mark Dolamore’s home page. Bright words there are links to pictures and more. It’s all best seen on a PC screen.
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5. Covid-19 and Sustainable Development

by Renuka Thakore
Research Assistant - Education & Sustainability
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Half of the global workforce is currently on lockdown due to COVID-19 and, in the wake of this global crisis, it is important that we remind ourselves of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We must extend our thoughts to how we can protect nature, the economy and human health that can serve us as a safety network now and in future.

‘Wake-up call’
The pandemic is a wake-up call for us to rethink nature – how we deal with it and how we protect it. The economic, environmental, and social impacts due to COVID-19 require responding and planning. Individuals and organisations are already working hard to mitigate the challenges of the pandemic, but we should not lose sight of sustainable development and the UN’s sustainable development goals aimed for by 2030. The current worldwide situation is a huge challenge and requires us to be thinking about what we can do individually as well as collectively.
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6. Integration of Lean with Sustainable Strategies for Productivity Improvement


Lean remanufacturing (LM) is a newly evolved manufacturing process concerned with manufacturing of products to effectively utilise available energy and resources, while reducing wastes in the process and thereby increasing efficiency. Sustainable Manufacturing (SM) as a method for manufacturing that minimises the waste and reduces the environmental impact. These goals are to be obtained mainly by adopting practices that will influence the product design, process design and operational principles. Integrating lean and sustainable system together can benefit not only to manufacturers and customers, but to the environment as well. With today’s competitive market, scarcity of raw materials, higher transportation cost, increased global warming, the integration of lean and sustainable manufacturing systems can facilitate competitive advantage and profitability that many organizations are aiming for. A structural model needs to be developed to clarify the interrelationships among factors influencing integration of lean with sustainable strategies . In this study, Interpretive Structural Modelling (ISM) method has been used to develop the structural model depicting interrelationships and most dominant and least dominant factors. MICMAC analysis has been conducted to categorise the factors. The inferences based on the study have been derived.
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7. Circular Economy: a strategic solution for post pandemic the global recession

By J. Vanessa Prieto-Sandoval, PhD, @circular_ecoinnovation
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Business Department,

Today, global population faces a health crisis caused by COVID19 and the economic recession which threat with a decrease of 5.2% of Global GDP and 6.2% Per capita GDP (World Bank, 2020). This crisis have proved the need to understand the key components of the Circular Economy as an opportunity to rebuild our future: 1) It allows the closure of cycles of materials and energy, 2) it is multidimensional, so its implementation is at the micro-level (individual business and consumers efforts), meso-level (industrial polygons, associations, clusters) and macro-level (regions, eco-cities, countries), 3) it requires innovation in processes, products, brands, business models, models organizations and 4) CE is a way to contribute to sustainable development. Multiple governments, businesses and consumers have seen in the Circular Economy a model that would allow a closed system of infinite use of materials and energy, which facilitates economic and social prosperity, and avoids the exploitation of raw materials. This is not to say that it is the only way, but it has proven to be widely accepted the last decade, since 2009, when China launched the Circular Economy Act, then, the European Union Action Plan in in 2014 (renewed in 2020), and emerging countries aims to join the circular transition such as Colombia with a “Green Growth Policy” and South Africa with its White Paper in Science and Technology (Department of Science and Technology, 2019). Even Pope Francis through the "Laudato Si" has been clear about the responsibility we have for the care of the environment and the adoption of the role of administrators of the planet, rather than owners (Francis, 2015)
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ISDRS maintains several topic groups closely related to the UN SDG's with the goal of organising the annual call for papers preceding each conference. These working groups focus on different areas of sustainable development corresponding to each theme.
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