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First Workshop on Digitally Enabled Sharing and Sustainability (DESS)

Call for contributions:

15 June 2019- Lappeenranta, Finland.

Maria J. Pouri and Lorenz M. Hilty

Department of Informatics, University of Zurich


The ICT-enabled sharing economy is a prime example of the force of digital transformation. New forms of sharing can change patterns of consumption, social relationships, and economic structures.

Participating in the digital sharing economy is becoming increasingly interesting and more effective in the eyes of its users. The effects of this new trend may be positive or negative from a sustainable development perspective. For example, the digital sharing economy can promote efficient resource consumption (improved utilization) by enabling the shared use of available resources. Moreover, it can have positive social and economic effects as it connects people and enables them to become economic actors in their social bonds.

However, from an environmental perspective, affordable, easy-to-access, and convenient services in the sharing economy may cancel out the system’s savings and efficiencies by rebound effects and hence cause new environmental problems. From a social point of view, it is important to investigate whether the digital sharing economy contributes to providing a decent life for its participants – or to poor working conditions and other social issues.

Questions of sustainability-related contributions or issues of digital sharing are not thoroughly resolved or even identified yet. Sharpening and discussing such questions will assist us in understanding the long-term potentials of the digital sharing economy, whether positive or negative, to change people's lives and the global environment as well.

We invite short papers (max. 5 pages) for presentation at the workshop addressing one of the following (or related) questions:

  • What makes digital sharing different from traditional sharing?
  • What theoretical frameworks exist to analyze the emerging instances and types of the sharing economy?
  • What are the potential implications of the digital sharing economy for sustainable development? How can we structure them?
  • Under what conditions can the digital sharing economy contribute to sustainable patterns of consumption?
  • What is value (co-)creation in digital sharing systems and how it can be translated or related to sustainability values?

The main goal of the workshop is to initiate a discussion among interested researchers, including PhD students.

Please send your short paper to

Deadline: 3rd May 2019

Call for papers


A) Edited Book: “Industrial Symbiosis for the Circular Economy: Operational experiences, best practices and obstacles to a collaborative business approach”, to be published by Springer; deadline for abstracts 15 Oct; deadline for full papers 31 December 2018. Click here Springer Book -Call- Final

B) Journal special issue "Life Cycle Thinking and Industrial Symbiosis: Challenges for A Sustainable Growth" Deadline for papers in June 2019. Click here for more information.

Business Strategy and Development Special Issue on Sustainability

Business strategy and development
Special issue on sustainability

The role of SDGs for progressing sustainability

Call for manuscripts
The journal is presently planning a special issue on the relation between economy and a sustainable development.

The idea of a sustainable development stresses the creation of resilient ecological, social and economic systems by respecting the natural and given limits of ecological viability and capacity (Arnold, 2017). Sustainable development aims at societies where living conditions and resource use continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural systems. In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the "universal, integrated and transformative" 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals have to be implemented and achieved in every country in the period from the 2016 to 2030. This constitutes a major challenge to the global and national economy as well as business enterprises. Following sustainable principles has often been regarded as an obstacle to economic profit, but few investigations have been made on the matter. There is also the question of how it might boost the economy. Last but not least, it is an urgent matter to achieve a sustainable economy.
Thus, the critical question as to whether and how companies implement SDGs in their strategies, innovations, and diversity concerns remains largely unsolved. How do companies implement SDGs in their strategies, innovations, and diversity concerns? Looking particularly at companies there is a great variation from strategic planning and processes integrating sustainability challenges and initiating sustainability-related organisational learning (Arnold, 2015). The integration of diverse stakeholders as well as taking gender issues more into account can be clues for accomplishing SDGs into strategies, activities, new business models and new inclusive models. However, there are also critical voices concerning the SDGs in terms of an allegedly fractal framework resulting in contradictory goals, neglecting trade-offs widely or retarding the realisation and progress of specific goals.
The special issue should bring new perspectives and excellent research on these questions. In this regard the special issue is seeking for different types of submissions (e.g., original research paper, review article, commentaries) from various scholarly domains. We also encourage manuscripts embedding multiple perspectives or diversified methods.

Addressed major topics and guiding research questions include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Corporate Sustainability
- How are the SDGs directly addressed by SMEs and large companies and embedded in the companies’ strategy?
- Will the SDGs guide to and aim at a new corporate sustainability understanding and management?
- Are there differences between local operating and multinational companies in facing SDGs?
- What kind of trade-offs and rebound effects might occur by objecting to SDGs?
- How can SDGs be linked to national sustainability strategies best?
Sustainability and Innovation
- Are SDGs explicitly integrated into innovation development?
- Are there differences between types of innovations or new design forms in different SDGs?
- What is the impact of the creative industries like design and art?
- What kinds of inclusive or frugal innovations are stimulated by the SDGs?
- What new types of business models are linked to innovation and sustainability?
Sustainability and Gender
- What role does gender play in achieving the goals of the SDGs?
- How could a more active use of gender issues have?
- What role do female stakeholders play in fostering the implementation of SDGs?
Sustainability Theory and Science
- Are the SDGs old wine in new skins?
- What determines a real progress concerning sustainability practice and management by introducing SDGs?
- How can sustainability theory and science be enriched by SDGs?
- Is the establishment of the SDGs a new driver for growth?
- What is the additional benefit of introducing SDGs compared to already existing concepts?

Guidelines for submission and important dates
Authors should refer to the Business Strategy & Development website and the instructions on submitting a paper. For more information click here
The manuscripts should not exceed 6.000 words and be submitted by January 1 2018.
Questions related to expectations, appropriateness of topics, and so forth are highly welcomed and may be directed to the co-editors.

Co-editors and contacts

Professor Dr. Astrid Skjerven, Oslo and Akershus University College of the Applied Sciences, Department of Product Design.

Professor Dr. Marlen Gabriele Arnold, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Corporate Environmental Management,

Katja Schneider, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Corporate Environmental Management,

Sustainable Development
Special issue on architecture and planning

Call for contributions

Nuno Martins, researcher, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon
Astrid Skjerven, professor, Department of Product Design, Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo
Martina Keitsch, professor, Department of design, NTNU, Trondheim
Michael U. Hensel, professor, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo

The issue will pay special attention to the current facts that shape our world, as listed by the Sustainable Development Goals in the Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Half of humanity is today living in cities, 95 per cent of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in the developing world and 828 million people live in slums, a number that keeps rising.
Contributions from the followings areas will be particularly welcomed:
•Discussion of key concepts, methods and applications in cutting-edge sustainable urban design and architecture.
•Discussion of the impact of innovative ecological design approaches and appliances in development projects.
•The role of stakeholders in the design of the sustainable city and region development.
•The dimensions of green design and architecture - fostering sustainable lessons in vernacular building traditions and enhancing communities and heritage-based projects.
•Community-based studies that look at the environmental, economic, social, but also cultural and ideological dimensions of sustainability, embracing the concept of well-being.

Time schedule
Submission of abstracts: within July 31 2017
Feedback from editors: within August 15 2017
Submission of full papers: within September 15 2017
First peer review: within October 15 2017
Submission of revised papers: within November 15 1017
Second peer review: within December15 2017
Information on selected papers within January 15 2018
Publication: June or July 2018

Please send abstracts of 800-1200 words in PDF format to: and

23rd ISDRS conference, June 14-16 in Bogotá, Colombia

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) is pleased to announce its 23rd Annual conference to be held on June 14-16 in Bogotá, Colombia; hosted by the Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM)!

Inclusive Sustainability for Development: How to engage academy, government, communities and business

The ISDRS 2017 Core Themes are:
Theme I.         Sustainable Development Science
Theme II.        Ecosystem Pressures and Limits
Theme III.       Climate Change and Energy
Theme IV.      Sustainable Land Use & Sustainable Cities
Theme V.        Sustainability: Transitions and Innovations in Organisations
Theme VI.      Society, Quality of Life and Sustainability
Theme VII.     Institutions and Governance Structures for Sustainable Development


  • Abstract Submission Opening: 24 October 2016
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 December 2016
  • Accepted Abstract Notification: 15 February 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Online: 31 March 2017

For more information about the conference, visit: