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ISDRS Q3 Newsletter 2022

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1. Message from the president (including photo gallery of ISDRS2022)

2. Announcements:
Best Article Award 2022
Call for Papers
Message from ISDRS member
CSR Survey request

3. Sustainable Community – The SUBTOPIA way: Making the World a Better Place
4. Steel and the Circular Economy: A Guide to Sustainable Manufacturing and Construction (An Industry Perspective)
5. Inclusion as barrier in Community Development: Reference from a World Conference's Oral Presentation

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1. Message from the President

There is always room for hope

Welcome to Newsletter Q3 for 2022!

It is filled with the usual valuable information with a Call for paper on “Social entrepreneurship, creative territories, and responsible consumption”; a message from an ISDRS member; a students request to participate in a CSR survey; another students report on sustainable community as lived in Subtopia, where this summers annual conference dinner took place in; a guide to sustainable manufacturing and construction; and a report from the World Community Development Conference 2022.

One particularly appreciated activity in the ISDRS community is the Best Sustainable Development Article Award 2022. All members and followers are warmly invited to vote for candidates of the best article in sustainable development in 2022!

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Early November 2022 (Nov 9th to be precise) and the autumn weather in Stockholm, Sweden where I write this message, is uncomfortably warm. Day three of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh is coming to an end. While Sweden in post-election months wake up to a new right-leaning government based on the 20% support of Sweden Democrats with nazi roots, lowering gas prices for almost SEK 7 billion, the new British prime minister quotes the late Queen Elizabeth from COP26, “When nations come together, there is always room for hope” as UK triples its climate adaptation budget to GBP 1.5 billion to fund nature and green energy at COP27. And night has come to USA after the so called mid term election has come to a close, and it seems that the Republicans will gain control of the house of representatives, most certainly putting an end to any progressive steps there could have been by the Democratic president Biden.

I could get in a gloomy mood for less.

Until I realise how thankful and hopeful I am for ISDRS, its conferences and its very active community. Earlier this year, we held our most successful 28th annual conference in mid-June 2022 as hosted on campus in Stockholm, Sweden and online by Marie Cederschiöld University, Stockholm School of Economics, Swedish Defence University, Stockholm University of the Arts, Södertörn University and University College Stockholm. Five days of very intensive program including
  • a record-high number of 75+ participating doctoral students during the PhD Day;
  • three days of hybrid conferencing including a wonderful reception at the Stockholm City Hall in the golden room of the Noble Prize Celebrations and a longed for conference dinner and dans at Subtopia (a cluster for art, business, education and social engagement) and
  • a final day with three social trips in the name of sustainability.
Please, take a moment and check out the recently established YouTube Channel of ISDRS. Just go to YouTube and type in “ISDRS” and you are there. Or you just click on this direct link to see a selection of six panel presentations and discussions that took place during the conference:

Coming up is the 29th annual conference of ISDRS in July 11-13, 2023 in Malaysia, hosted by the Faculty of Law Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the Graduate School of Business UKM. I am very eager to see the second hybrid conference taking place to further allow for inclusion and diversity to take room in our conference, to include on campus elements and online elements in explorative hybrid ways. There is plenty room for hope for us to look forward to yet another wonderful conference experience, on campus and online. I wish the organizing team of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia under the leadership of Associate Prof. Dr. Rasyikah Md. Khalid best luck in preparing ISDRS 2023!

My best,

Peter Dobers, professor
ISDRS President 2021-2022
November 9th, 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden

ISDRS2022 Photo Gallery

Photo 1: the guided tour for the ISDRS community of the Stockholm City Hall and its Golden Room interior, where Noble Laurates dans and party during Noble Celebrations on December 10 each year.

Photo 2: Part of the happy on campus participants at Subtopia, the cluster for for art, business, education and social engagement.


Photo 3: A handful of participants in the “Love Sofa” during conference dinner night.

Photo 4: Art in the shadow of the war: “Hope and Despair”. Sculpture by Michel Östlund, and extraordinary well suited to the main entrance of the Swedish Defence University.

Michel Östlund has interpreted via the sculpture “Hope and Despair”, how the world’s striving for increased openness and democracy has turned in the opposite direction. 8 million kilometres of barbed wire are set up in the world every year. A significant part is intended to exclude people. An equal share is intended to lock people in.
Transparency is the key to human progress (within the barbed wire is a light for enlightenment). Exchange of ideas, culture and goods has added the foundation of peace and success in our time. But throughout history have epochs of exchanges between societies and cultures constantly followed by seclusion. The consequences have been devastating.

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Photo 5: VoNo, a professional vocal ensemble whose goal is to develop and renew vocal performing arts in a way that affects the listener on an emotional and personal level, under the leadership of artistic director Lone Larsen, perform a 20 minute extract from Earth Call.öreställningar/earth-call
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2. Announcements

What is the Best Sustainable Development Article in 2022?

Dear ISDRS Members and Followers,

All members and followers of the ISDRS are invited to vote for candidates for the ISDRS ‘Best Sustainable Development Article Award 2022’.

We want to reward thrilling sustainability papers published in 2022 and we want to help sustainability researchers to flag sustainability research globally.

Please click here to check on the article criteria.

Click on 'vote' below to submit your favourite article(s) of 2022.

Happy voting!
Best wishes,
Marlen Arnold, Head of Award Jury
Your voting counts!
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Call for Papers

Social entrepreneurship, creative territories, and responsible consumption

(Social entrepreneurship) AND (creative territories) OR (responsible consumption) OR (Cleaner consumption)

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: April 20, 2023
A 50% discount ($600) is provided for all authors who wish to publish open access and submit their article by 1 May 2023.

Guest editors:
Chief Ass. Prof. Ivan Bozhikin, Ph.D.
University of National and World Economy

Prof. Janaina Macke, Ph.D.
University of Caxias do Sul

More information, please visit:
Ethics International Press is pleased to invite proposals for scholarly books and edited collections. If you are researching and writing in fields broadly related to ethics, or addressing ethical issues, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please note that we publish primarily for an academic market. You can download a Book Proposal Form here.
We aim to be broad in scope, inclusive and welcoming of diverse voices and approaches, and to be a friendly place to publish. All proposals are independently peer reviewed. Please note that we make no charges to publish.
We take a deliberately broad approach to the topic of Ethics. Ethical questions, considerations and decisions can be said to underpin most, if not all, areas of human endeavour. As examples, we have published books dealing with:
  • philosophical issues such as Religion and Faith, Morality, and Decision Making
  • applied fields, such as Bioethics, Education, Built Environment, Data Ethics, and ethical issues in Business, Economics, and Governance
  • current challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Climate Change, Food Security, Poverty, and Technology/AI
  • discussions in Arts, Humanities and Social Science fields such as History, Society and Culture, Community, Gender, Politics, and Literature
  • legal and medical ethics, including Psychology, Counselling, and Childhood Studies
If in doubt about scope, please ask and we will give you an answer on likely suitability quickly.

Additionally, we have a number of Open Calls for Chapters in Edited Collections including Statistics, Technology and AI, Critical Psychology and Psychiatry, and Socio-Technical Systems. You can see more information on our Edited Collections here.

We aim to build Ethics International Press into the world's leading specialist academic publisher in ethics and related fields. For more information about Ethics International Press, including current and forthcoming titles, please visit our website, at

The books we select for publication are aimed at scholarly researchers, teachers, and students, worldwide. We publish in English. Ethics International Press was founded in Cambridge, UK in 1993. We will publish about 50 new titles in 2022.

We look forward to hearing from you.
With best wishes
Robert Blair
Commissioning Editor
Ethics International Press

Message from ISDRS member

We would like to share with you an achievement, in which ISDRS is a participant, in a way.

In 2021, we participated in the event with the idea of our paper still in its first version. The ISDRS allowed for the advancement of discussions between the authors. In 2022, the unprecedented and substantially improved final version entitled "Stakeholder theory and actor-network theory: The stakeholder engagement in energy transitions" was sent to the journal Business Strategy & The Environment. The paper has been published, which is a great joy for the authors and our University. Follow the link:

The ISDRS allows the broad discussion of abstracts and papers submitted for evaluation, enabling publication in highly relevant journals and promoting the dissemination of knowledge about sustainability and sustainability transitions. The strength of this event allowed us to reach a level of excellence for publication.

In 2022, we participated again in the ISDRS, recognizing the importance of its panels for expanding the frontier of knowledge. I particularly presented the abstract entitled "The Embeddedness of Actors in Energy Transitions: A Case Study
in Brazil
", which is part of my ongoing doctoral research, supervised by Professor Anete Alberton, which I will complete this year at the University of Vale do Itajaí, in Brazil.

We appreciate the opportunity to share our scientific research and the reviews received. We hope that new editions of the Congress will come and that we will have the privilege of being with you again!

Best regards,

Gabriela Almeida Marcon Nora

CSR Survey Request

The survey is for my DBA thesis researching CSR in SME companies in addition to the materiality analysis.

We are interested in your views! Please take about 10 minutes and share your opinion with us. All information will be kept completely confidential and anonymous and will only be used by the undersigned in the context of their DBA Theses.

Aims of the survey:
  • Understanding the importance of different areas in relation to sustainability & CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).
  • Prioritisation for the implementation of CSR & sustainable action
  • Differences among different companies etc.
As a thank you for your participation, we will be happy to send you a summary of the survey results upon request (please provide your contact details at the end of the survey).

Thank you very much for your support!

Philip Lattauer
DBA Student
BSI Luxembourg
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Background Study of Cultural Sustainability1 and Urban Development

The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural ORGANISATION (UNESCO), under the United Nations, has committed to its mandate to ensure full participation in achieving the UNITED NATIONS, AGENDA 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals outlined. Cultural sustainability has been identified as the fourth pillar of the sustainability perspectives which includes economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Even though cultural sustainability has been the latest to be identified and added by researchers and some policymakers, it by no means undermines its significance and importance in the list. In fact, culture has been part of human existence since the emergence of ancient civilizations like the Romans empire, the ancient African empires like (old Mali, old Ghana Songhai empire and the old Ethiopian empires), European civilization as well as the ancient Egyptian Civilizations which is known to be the first of the world’s civilizations. All these civilizations, especially their economic cities could not thrive on the economy, alone without the mention of their rich culture and creative arts. Considering this, it is very important now as it was in the ancient days to include cultural dimension as an important aspect of sustainability in the current discussions of achieving the agenda 2030.
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4. Steel and the Circular Economy: A Guide to Sustainable Manufacturing and Construction (An Industry Perspective)

In the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about the circular economy. This concept consists of reusing resources, reducing waste and making sure that materials don't go to waste.

The circular economy is a way of using resources sustainably, avoiding waste and reducing pollution. Steel is one of the most important materials in this system because it's used to make buildings, cars, ships and other products.

As the world's supply of steel gets more expensive and increasingly difficult to access, it's important to understand how your organisation can make good use of this precious resource.

The circular economy offers an alternative strategy for creating new products that are more efficient than traditional manufacturing processes. It also provides opportunities for businesses to reduce their carbon footprints and become more efficient at using natural resources by using less energy, reducing waste output or making better use of materials.

Steel, in particular, is a good example of what can be done with this approach. It has high value and low environmental impact at the same time. And by creating more jobs and industries in Europe, we can also create new opportunities for people who have been left behind as traditional manufacturing methods have moved overseas.

(ISDRS welcomes feedback on this article, via

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5. Inclusion as barrier in Community Development: Reference from a World Conference's Oral Presentation

Mark Gabriel Wagan Aguilar, MBA, MHMT

The World Community Development Conference 2022 was held on October 3-5, 2022; it was conducted virtually and was participated by more than 300 delegates from 59 countries. Oral Presentations were delivered covering the ideas, planned programs, and practices on inclusion and community development, one of which was delivered by yours truly, Mark Gabriel Wagan Aguilar. The presentation revolved around the topic of Inclusivity Practices and Challenges in the Philippine Tourism Industry, particularly in the Food and Beverage, and Air Transport Sectors. It has also included the findings of a study on Employees' Diversity Challenges to provide an idea on why there are organizations that are still hesitant to embrace inclusion.

Studies suggest that inclusion leads to greater results; in organizations, it provides the possibility to have a group of employees with a wide variety of perceptions and innovative ideas, which attracts top talent and increases productivity, professional growth, and flexibility. This may be true, but we can't deny that there are still people who reject this idea and prefer to be biased due to perceived challenges their businesses may face. With this being said, it is important that we also talk about the challenges experienced by employees in working with other people who have different gender, religion, and age, in short, determining challenges in workplace diversity.

Through a research that I and my team conducted, it was determined that what made inclusion difficult is not really the problem of acceptance of the concept of inclusion, rather it is a problem brought by culture. Results of the study showed that Filipinos believed senior citizens must be at home relaxing, and there is a need to be cautious whenever you talk to them because if you are young, there should always be respect, so there is a need to be cautious in the words that you will use, and aside from that, is the problem with their capabilities that could affect their work such as poor hearing, which could lead to miscommunication. When it comes to gender, Filipinos, particularly men, in dealing with women feel shy and sometimes emotions get involved just because they are of a different gender, in fact, there are, most of the time, instances when men even develop affection, which could affect the way they work with them. Apart from these, men have a perception that women are too sensitive, tend to argue more, and are perfectionists, which leads to the reluctance to work with them. This applies as well to the LGBTQ+ Community that has expressed to be more comfortable working with men. Lastly, in regards to religion, the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ Community has also been affected by cultural barriers, provided that the Philippines is a Catholic country, and the church has been very vocal about their position on this subject. With these, there is really a wall that limits the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ Community in the Philippines. In fact, the lone LGBTQ+ employee, when asked, has shown a lack of interest in working with individuals of various religions because of a personal experience in which his gender identity was questioned by one.

These were the interpretations, and if we really want to address Inclusivity being a challenge in community development, then this is where the government, concerned organizations, employers, and the people must focus on. As mentioned, inclusivity more than just an idea is believed to be a culture, so cultural development is really the key towards full observation of inclusivity. There is a must to develop an inclusive culture among our people and eliminate the ideology of cancel culture or conflict that embraces the notion that people couldn't get along just because they are different. What we must do is realize that those differences could be used to fill in what's lacking in each other, so we could form a better group. Additionally, if we really want to inflict positive change in this context, instead of convincing people to embrace inclusion, let us target institutions; the government, the church, and other institutions that form society. If we could change the culture, then definitely we could change the perspective of the people. Moreover, we must keep in mind that though Inclusivity is good, more than the idea, it's the process that matters. It is smart to also understand why there are still people who are hesitant to embrace diversity and inclusion, particularly in organizations. It is important to know the challenges they experience in diversity, so that we would be able to address them. If their doubts are addressed, for sure their point of views will change, and from here, we could begin the transformation of communities into something inclusive, where everyone is given equal opportunities and are treated right.

The video of the presentation at the said conference is publicly available and can be watched through this link:

More presentations to acquire understanding on the cause, and to learn about International Association for Community Development, and Inclusive Practices, are available to the public on this link:
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