Editors: Olawale Olayide, Marlen Arnold

Dear reader,

We hereby like to bring you the latest information about recent activities and news about our Society and direct your attention to interesting developments and up-coming events.




1. Message from the President

2. Announcements 

3. ISDRS Team visits USA - Circular Economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

4. Indo-Chinese Cooperation for SDG 7

5. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  
in Nepal and academia's response  

 6. Can we avoid “global extinction”? 

7. Price Penalty of 7.2% for GMOs in Australia 

8. Calls for papers, session proposals and abstracts

8a. ARTEM OCC 2020 – Call for Paper

8b. Call for Papers for the Special Issue “INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND INNOVATION” 

8c. Call for book chapter - Book title: Agroecology in India: action research, practice, management and education for sustainable development

9. Sustainability and Resiliency: Community and sustainable leadership combined

10. Urban food sharing book dissemination 





1. Message from the President  

Dear All, 

Just a brief message this time, as I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in person at the conference in Nanjing next week.  Having had a preview of the programme, I am excited by the range of talks. I will be pleased to meet up with Zengwei Yuan and his team. 
Also at the conference, we will have the pleasure of announcing the winner of the 2018 best paper award. Many thanks to all those who contributed nominating a paper and/or voting.  If you haven’t seen the shortlist, see here for 10 great contributions to the literature last year. 
With great pleasure I can now announce that next year’s conference will be in Budapest, Hungary, 15-17th July.  Gyula Zilahy will be chairing the conference, hosted at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.  This will be ISDRS’ first visit to central Europe. Budapest is a beautiful city; I personally look forward to returning there after a much too lengthy gap.   More to follow in Budapest over the summer, but please add ISDRS 2020 to your diary! 
Best wishes, 


2. Announcements 



a. ISDRS 2019 conference schedule is now available click here


b. ISDRS Board Membership Opportunities.

Would you like to take a role in the organisation of the Society?  If you are in your second consecutive year as an individual member (i.e., G+ member), you are encouraged to consider standing for election to the board when we hold the election later this year.  Overseeing the governance of ISDRS, including the selection of conference locations, the board also plays a substantial role in the conference (e.g., preparing calls for papers, chairing sessions at the conference, participation as adviser in the PhD workshop).  Board member also elect the executive committee, to which they are eligible to stand for election.  The election will take place later in the year, but if you might be interested, the conference is a great opportunity to speak to existing board members. 

Contact for more information

c. Job Opportunity at the University of Hull, UK

PDRA (Knowledge Exchange and Innovation) in Bio-economy and biodiversity

The post will be based in the Energy and Environment Institute but work with a multidisciplinary team in the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment as well as colleagues from across the University and the other partner universities.   In addition, there will be opportunities to proactively engage with other related research.  For instance, a large EPSRC funded Plastics Collaboratory and an EU-funded international PhD-training network relating to the circular economy.  Geography and Environmental studies research was ranked 3rd in the UK for its impact in Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Click here for more information


3. ISDRS Team visits USA 

Circular Economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

ISDRS Team visits USA April 2019 to deliver thought provoking discussions on the Circular Economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals Pauline Deutz and Peter Dobers Representatives of ISDRS travelled to New York and Washington D.C. to be part of expert panels providing thought provoking discussions on how the Circular Economy might contribute to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. …

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4. Indo-Chinese Cooperation for SDG 7

Arun Sahay

I am writing this contribution for the newsletter fresh from Annual Workshop conducted in preparation to this year’s G20 conference to be held in Osaka Japan. The workshop was attended by representatives from G20 countries. It was quite important for us as the Presidency of G20 will come to India in 2022. India will be completing 75 years of Independence in 2022. In that special year, India looks forward to welcoming the world to the G-20 Summit. “Come to India, the world's fastest growing large economy! Know India’s rich history and diversity, and experience the warm Indian hospitality,” is the spirit behind hosting G20. In this regard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Italy for allowing India to play the host, as previously, Italy was to be the host for the international forum of the world's top 20 economies in 2022. Italy, the designated host for the G20 meet in 2022, gracefully stepped aside accepting Prime Minister's proposal for India to be the host in 2022 instead of 2021. Be that as it may, the concern for different member countries are different though each of them address concern for SDGs. However, G20 leaders have agreed to include innovative financial mechanisms and partnerships, such as impact investment for inclusive and sustainable growth. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the next host of the G20 Summit, among others, highlighted the urgent need to address climate change on the grounds that it was essential to enhance environmental and economic growth together. He explained, “This meant creating good circular economy-environment system, and have the private sector invest to bring it to life. The Osaka environmental priority would include acting against marine plastic pollution and supporting marine biodiversity. A related priority was energy.” The Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth will take place in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture on June 15 and 16, 2019. The other issue, he flagged, was the issue of aging population. The climate Change issue revolves round the issue of energy management where India and China have to play a big role.

Both India and China, big user of energy in the Asian continent, have climate action plan that hinges around energy management. The energy consumption is continuously rising in both the countries, the rate of energy consumption growth being higher in India. Be that as it may, because of the geopolitics, both India and China face huge energy risk. Global Energy Institute’s Energy Security Risk Scores call for the need of immediate partnerships between India and China to ameliorate energy security risks. Among top 25 Large Energy Using Countries, both India ranked at 20 and China ranked at 15 fall in the bottom half. As far as India is concerned, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, monitors SDG 7 for the country. SDG 7 has got linkages with some other SDG goals. As per the country’s estimate, there is a financial gap of US$ 406 billion in implementing SDG 7. After rounds of debate, it was felt that both India and China can actively turn towards international cooperation for blended finance programmes. These programs, of late, have emerged as an excellent solution as they can adequately bridge the SDGs’ budget deficits.

The UN Sustainable Development Solution Network SDG Report 2018 scores India at 59.1 and China at 70.1 in terms of the achievement of SDG 7; Sweden occupies the highest position in this aspect with a score of 85.0. In the domain of energy, while India’s performance is more or less stagnated, China’s performance is moderately getting better, but not at a desired rate. Deliberations on the Sino-Indian cooperation on energy opportunities have been endorsed vociferously for close to a decade now. However, in the purview of SDG 7, as well as the successive reports on the country wise performances, a contemporary revisionist approach may be required for SinoIndian partnerships on energy cooperation. This is to facilitate energy structure transformation in the long run. As far as energy is concerned, the main overlapping areas for both the nations lie in the growing demand-supply imbalance leading to concerns of long term energy security and the surging import dependency. It is, therefore necessary that both the countries base their bilateral ties on such common grounds, to enhance partnerships on both upstream production of energy resources as well as downstream activities such as transmission and distribution of gas, refinement, marketing of petroleum products, creating translational and networks of energy pipelines.

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative which has huge potential for reframing global energy cooperation. Though India is not participating in this global project, it is not expected that this will hinder alliances between the two countries. China’s energy demand is likely to fall in the future due to its demography and deviation from investment led growth but most of the business opportunities associated with the SDG 7 lie with the developing countries with large market sizes, such as India. As countries included among the world’s top oil importers, India and China have often collectively bargained for better prices in the global oil market. Iran, being crucial for the energy security of both the nations, has caused huge economic losses due to supply side disruptions following the recent US sanctions. Against this backdrop, India and China have created a joint working group on oil and gas - the first cooperative institutionalized setup on energy issues, following the recent visit of the deputy chief of China’s National Energy Administration to New Delhi.

Sino-Indian partnership has a strong focus on SDGs. For trade enhancement, this partnership will be one of the major in the near future. Energy cooperation on multilateral platforms such as BRICS and the G20 Global Energy Governance agenda calls for both countries to play a substantial role. While leveraging on their individual comparative advantages in expanding energy sector trade and investments on both sides, the way forward for India and China is to work on better bilateral ties. G20, this year, while focussing on the agenda of climate change and thus, energy cooperation will seek answers from these two Asian giants. It is not going to stop in Osaka; it is likely to haunt even in 2022 when India will be playing the host.



The SAMAJ project – A collaboration between Norway and Nepal 

 Prof. Dr. Martina Maria Keitsch, Visiting Professor, Institute of EngineeringTribhuvan University, Nepal, SAMAJ Project Leader, Department of Design, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 

  Nepal was one of the first countries to conduct an SDG baseline study, before the formal adoption of the SDGs in 2015 (Sustainable development Knowledge Platform, 2017). In the last 10 years Nepal’s triple bottom line progress has had a significant impact on both society, environment and economyHowever, implementing the SDGs is also posing major challenges to the low-income countryFirst, Nepal is prone to natural vulnerabilities, from earthquakes to climate change. Secondin 2017 Nepal embarked on implementing a new federal structure of governance, and the government must quickly mainstream SDGs into the provincial and local level planning and budgeting systems. Third, governmental agencies, businesses and societal actors do not fully realize the SDGs yet and thus have difficulties to plan and implement strategiesFourth, in addition to the realignment of policies, financing challenges remain pressing, particularly implementing job-creating economic growth, enhancing social services and reducing risks from disasters.  

 Nepal attempts to transgress from a least-developed to a middle-income country by 2030. This is an ambitious goal, in a country, where 21% of the population lived under the World Banks Poverty line of 1,92 USD in 2018 (Nepali Sansar, 2018), and necessitates an intense focus on poverty reduction. Struturing the tasks abovethe Nepalese Government has formed three high-level committees:  A Steering Committee chaired by the Prime Minister; a Coordination Committee chaired by the Vice Chairman of the National Planning Committee (NPC) and nine thematic committees comprising of the following areas: Economic Development; Industrial Development; Urban Development; Social Development; Employment Management; Agriculture Climate and Environment; Physical Infrastructure; Energy Development; Peace, Justice, and Inclusive Institutions. The nine committees are headed by NPC Members and include members from public and private sectors, from civil society and development partners. 

 Nepal encourages national and international alliances in moving towards realization of the SDGsFor this the NPC has formulated the following overarching strategies: 

1.Regular/annual audits of the program and budget from SDGs perspective.  

2. Strong collaboration between federal, provincial and local governments for SDGs.  

3. Partnership between public, private, Cooperative, NGOs sector and development partners.  

4. Explore new avenues for resources in knowledge generation and education.  

 Against the backdrop of point 4 knowledge generation and education for the SDGs, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, has signed a renewed collaboration agreement with Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu, Nepal, in May 2019. NTNU and TU have worked together for over 30 years in disciplines such as engineering, architecture and design, health etc. The renewed agreement comprises among others common education, research and development activities towards sustainable societies.  

 Within this framework the ‘SAMAJ project - Transdisciplinary Education for a Sustainable Society’ has started in 2019. The project is hosted by the Department of Design, Faculty of Architecture and Design at NTNU and co-hosted by the Department of Architecture, Institute of Engineering (IOE) at TU. SAMAJ is financed by the Norwegian Government and has the purpose to firmly integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at both institutions by utilizing socio-economic, environmental and cultural potentials of Nepal and Norway 

 As a transdisciplinary project SAMAJ has the main goal is to create synergies between higher education and society. Facilitating transdisciplinary education and R&D through stakeholder collaboration and implementing gender mainstreaming strategies on all project levels are actively pursued policies. Transdisciplinary education means developing methodologies for academia to collaborate directly with societal stakeholders. Considering both societal benefit and the progress of the institutions towards the SDGs, the SAMAJ project focuses on three pillars of sustainable societies: Social justice, ecological balance and economic resilience, within local and regional cultural contexts in Nepal and Norway.  

 SAMAJ generates knowledge on SDGs at Master and PhD level at IOE and NTNU through long-term student mobility, peer learning and online info hub. The project will exchange in total 34 Master students from Norway to Nepal and 30 Master students from Nepal to Norway between 2019 and 2024, working with their Master theses. An online elective Master course and a common PhD course: ‘Transdisciplinary Methodologies’ will be designed and offered at both institutions. Results of transdisciplinary education will enable Master and PhD students to plan and design solutions that are feasible, applicable and desirable for societal stakeholders and yield SDGs policy adaption. 

 In terms of project management SAMAJ consists of three transdisciplinary teams, who supplement each other. Partners and participants in Team 1 and Team 2 (Academia) are responsible for management, education and dissemination activities, supported by the professional administrative staff from NTNU and IOE. Team 3 (Local government representatives, NGOs and business representatives) will provide access to communities of practice, case studies and field work settings. Team 3 partners will also select groups of local stakeholders and contact persons to be consulted throughout the project. 

 Education includes enhancing the capability of humans, globallyPeople become skilledinformed, critical and independent citizensKnowledge and education also contribute to learn tolerance and to smoothen diverse social and cultural practices. In summary, countries that advance education and research for sustainable innovation will be better prepared to meet emerging challenges, nationally, but also in a global context. The SAMAJ project hopes to contribute to enhance SDG knowledge through education and to create better synergies for implementing this knowledge by fine-tuning academic competence with stakeholders needs.  



Sustainable development Knowledge Platform, 2017, accessed 6 June 2019, 

 The National Planning Commission’s Sustainable Development Goals Platform, accessed 6 June 2019, 


6. Can we avoid “global extinction”? 

 Sandra Enteiriço, Economist 

 1. What do we need to addressClimate change or “Earth System”? “Earth System”The Earth System is not a “closed” system, it functions more like a “human body”, with several interactions between the “sub-systems”.  For example, higher water temperatures, increased precipitation intensity, and longer periods of low flows are projected to exacerbate many forms of water pollution, including sediments, nutrients, dissolved organic carbon, pathogens, pesticides, salt and thermal pollution. This will promote algal blooms and increase the bacterial and fungal content. At the same time, higher temperatures and increased variability of precipitation would lead to increased water demand. Climate change, ozone and aerosol levels in the atmosphere, the overload of nitrogen and phosphorus in ecosystems, acidification of the oceans, use of potable water, changes in land use and loss of biodiversity, call into question the maintenance of our "earth system" in the Holocene period, as in the last 12.000 years, the only period that allowed human life as we know it. Scientific research has identified indicators, so-called “Planetary Boundaries” (Rockström et al 1 & Steffen et al2) that scientists have defined as "Safe Operating Space for Humankind"which define the limits of fundamental Earth System processes that must not be overstepped if we want to maintain the stable Holocene like conditions. 

 2. How much time do we have to avoid several effects on the “Earth System”? Up to 10 yearsThe Climate Change Planetary Quota for Climate Change is 350 ppm and, in August 2018, a total of 407 ppm was reached. Since 1970, the CO2 concentration raised, in average, 1,73 ppm per year and the CO2 emissions amount, in average, 40 GTons. The trend is soaring, in the last ten years, the CO2 concentration raised, in average, 2,33 ppm per year and the CO2 emissions amount, in average, 52,1 GTons. Considering the last ten years average increase on CO2 concentration per year, the “current quota” of 23 ppm to reach a global warming of 1,5ºC (430 ppm) and 43 ppm to reach a global warming of 2ºC (450 ppm), will be consumed in approximately 10 and 18 years, respectively. That simple relation does not take into account the feedback effects, as explained in “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene”, by Steffen et al.3 (+0,46ºC = less 9 years). This scenario lead us to the need of urgent solutions if we would like to guarantee our species survival. Moreover, it demands contingency solutions. To avoid to go beyond 1,5ºC, the world, in an whole, should be carbon neutral by 2020 (only possible trough Carbon Capture and Storage). To avoid to go beyond 2ºC, the world should be carbon neutral by 2030. 

 3.Are the global leaders and United Nations doing something? Little steps are occurring within the “Global Pact for Environment”On 10th May 2018, the UN resolution A/RES/72/277, "Towards a Global Pact for the Environment", calls on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to submit a technical and based on evidence report that could identify and assess possible gaps in international environmental law and respective instruments, with a view to enhance its implementation. For this purpose, a working group was established, open to all States members of the United Nations, members of specialized agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations, in order to discuss possible options to provide responses to gaps in international environmental legislation and their instruments and, if necessary, of a new international instrument.  On the last session, on 22th May, 2019, the working group recommends that the General Assembly should have, in February 2021, a political declaration for a UN high level meeting, with a view to strengthening the implementation of international environmental law, and international environmental governance.  

 4. How to overcome the deadlock? The human nature...the Thomas Hobbes “Leviathan” or the J.J. Rousseau “Good Savage”? Both and neitherWe, humans, basically, act according with what we assume that will bring us positive rewards. The “secret” should be the “construction” of a new paradigm on environmental governance perceived as a system that provides positive rewards for actions that strengthens the "Safe Operating Space for Humankind". 

 5. How can we build an effective international environmental governance? By defining the “object”, the governance type and putting the value into the economy.4  The “object”5 should be the favourable state of the Earth System corresponding to the "Safe Operating Space for Humankind", respecting the “Planetary Boundaries”. The governance type, considering that is a global planetary “object”, should be inspired in a condominium like management (Magalhães 2016)6. The way to put the value of this “object” into the economy is by making it scarcity visible. Mariana Mazzucato, in her book “The value of everything – making and taking in the global economy”, says “…Redefining value must start with a deeper interrogation of the concepts on which much of today´s policy is based. First and most fundamental, what are markets? They are not things-in-themselves. They are shaped by society, and are outcomes of multi-agent processes in a specific context. If we regard markets this way, our view of government policy changes too. Rather than a series of intrusive “interventions” in an otherwise free-standing market economy, government policy can be seen for what it is: part of the social process which co-shapes and co-creates competitive markets. … We can fashion markets in ways that produce desirable outcomes such as “green growth”…”.   

 6. So, can we avoid “global extinction”? We can, hope the world leaders act now! Otherwise, the planet will continue, humankind will not. 


7. Price Penalty of 7.2% for GMOs in Australia 

Dr John Paull 

University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia 

 The price penalty for genetically modified (GM)canola (compared to non-GM canola) is 7.2% based on the past five years of price data from two receival depots (Albany and Kwinana) in Western Australia. The average annual price penalty for GM canola varied from a low of 5.3% ($29 per tonne in the 2017/18 season at Kwinana) to a high of 9.2% ($49 per tonne in the 2015/16 season at Albany). The WA GM canola has a lower oil content (46.9% versus 48.4%) and a higher moisture content (5.5% versus 5.3%) than non-GM canola. 

 The growing of genetically modified crops in Western Australia is a contentious issue. GM canola was approved for planting in Australia in 2003 by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) an agency of the Australian Federal government. Australian states and territories can exclude GM crops from their region on the basis of trade and/or marketing (but not on the basis of health and safety). 

 GM canola was excluded from Western Australia under the states GM Moratorium of 2003. Following a change of government (from Labor to Liberal/National), the incoming conservative government made an exemption in 2010 for Monsantos genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready (RR) canola which is a glyphosate-dependent crop. That first annual GM canola crop (in 2010) contaminated a WA organic family farm which subsequently lost its organic certification. The matter of liability of the GM contaminating farmer for the loss of organic premiums by the organic farmers was contested all the way to the High Court of Australia but without success. 

 WA grows 40% of Australias annual 2.7 million tonne canola crop. About a third of WAs canola is GM canola and it accounts for 366 thousand hectares. Most of WAs canola is exported, it is valued at AU$600 million per annum, and the major markets are the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Japan. 

 It has been claimed that the segregation of GM and non-GM has been successfully implemented in WA, however this claim should not be taken at face value. WA grain depots allow 0.9% contamination by GM in non-GM grain. The WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre claimed to the recent WA Inquiry into mechanisms for compensation to farmers for GM-contamination, that 100% pure” is impossible” and that 100% purity is wholly impractical. These claims underline that there are further phyto-sanitation and segregation costs to be borne if GMOs are to be excluded from the non-GM grain stream and that GMOs ought to regarded and managed as invasive species. The consequence of the lax definition, applied in WA, of non-GM canola is that there is now no truly GM-free canola supplied out of WA grain depots.  

 The 0.9% acceptable’ GM contamination level creates a perverse incentive to bulk up’ non contaminated non-GM canola with its cheaper cousin, GM canola. The lax standard creates an incentive to contaminate, by adding the cheaper GM product to the higher value non-GM product until the threshold of acceptable’ contamination is reached. 

 The lax standard applied in WA for non-GM canola risks damaging WAs reputation for premium agricultural produce. Added to these woes is the dependance of RR GM canola on multiple applications of gyphosatea herbicide that is increasingly under scrutiny and a target of litigation as a cause of various cancers. 

 There is currently a price penalty for GMOs. Informed consumers are avoiding GMOs. Segregation of GMOs is failing. Glyphosate is a legal liability. Monsanto, even with its new owner Bayer, remains a pariah company pushing pariah crops, and operating without a social licence. There are multiple reasons to expect that, in the near future, the current price penalty for GMOs will increase from the 7.2% price penalty reported here. Taken together, the GM share of the canola plantings in Australia, which is currently at 20%, can be expected to diminish as more farmers opt for non-GMO crops.  

 Further reading: 

Paull, J. (2019). Genetically modified (GM) canola: Price penalties and contaminations. Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research, 17(2), 1-4.  

Paull, J. (2018). Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as Invasive Species. Journal of Environment Protection and Sustainable Development, 4(3), 31-37.  

Paull, J. (2015). GMOs and organic agriculture: Six lessons from AustraliaAgriculture & Forestry, 61(1), 7-14.

Image 1. Average annual price per tonne of GM canola versus non-GM canola for grain delivered in WA . 


8. Calls for papers, session proposals and abstracts


8a. ARTEM OCC 2020 – Call for Paper

Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability in the Age of Disruptions:

Dealing with Global Challenges through Trans- and Interdisciplinary Approaches

Creativity, innovation and sustainability are nowadays considered vital indicators of societal and professional life, yet their advances are typically considered separately. In the Anthropocene era, we face a fundamental imbalance between social and economic activities as well as earth systems. This has spawned various challenges in the fabric of human civilization in multiple subsystems of society such as transitions in energy, monetary and transport systems, deglobalization, and digitalization as well as environmental degradation, and social, financial and economic instability. Organizations need creative approaches to identifying innovative solutions for realizing the UN sustainable development goals. To navigate through an uncertain era of ferment in many industries and radically innovate, it is of paramount importance to dissolve disciplinary and functional boundaries, connect formerly unconnected knowledge and applications fields, foster systemic thinking, overcome thought barriers, and break existing paradigms. The artisans of our civilization such as managers, engineers or artists, provided with a global awareness of the diverse regional and context specific complexities and equipped with trans- and interdisciplinary approaches towards creative and sustainable development might be able to develop a joint vision to address these global challenges. We aim to bring various scholars and stakeholders together to discuss and explore research that offers new insights into creative and systemic approaches and innovation processes that cross cultural and disciplinary borders - especially between art, management and technology - for a sustainable impact on society. In addition to traditional paper presentations, contributions are welcome on discussion forums, case studies, artistic and playful interventions or practical demonstrations. More information:

Track: Sustainability multidisciplinary

Description: The age of the Anthropocene causes immense factors influencing biological, geological and atmospheric processes on Earth. Sustainability progress is not easy to assess and determine, so, sustainability challenges strongly belong to the multidisciplinary interrelations and the trans- and interdisciplinary nature of solutions. Mind-opening and inspiring concepts as well as solutions of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary progress towards sustainability are strongly needed. In light of transformations fundamental and innovative short-term as well as long-term changes are needed in society, economy, technology and education, including behaviour and understandings as well as attitudes towards the usages of the environment. In addition to traditional paper presentations, contributions are welcome on discussion forums, case studies, artistic and playful interventions or practical demonstrations.

Affiliated Journal: Seminal and thrilling papers are invited to the Special Issue in International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development (Inderscience)

Track 5: Sustainability Multidisciplinary:


Deadlines, Dates & Fees

Conference Date: 19 -21.03.2020


• Submission deadline: 30/09/2019

• Sending notification to authors: 15/11/2019

• Sending final notification to authors: 15/12/2019


• Opening registration: 01/01/2020

• Early bird registration deadline: 20/01/2020 (midnight CET)

• Final registration date: 15/02/2020 (midnight CET)

Conference Fees

• Early bird rate: 300 Euro - Regular rate: 400 Euro

• Early bird rate (PhD students): 200 Euro - Regular rate: (PhD students): 250 Euro

• Special rate for participants from least developed countries: 100 Euro

• Special rate for artists with active contributions: 50 Euro

• Special rate for guests (social events only): 50 Euro


8b. Call for Papers for the Special Issue “INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND INNOVATION” 

 The journal Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387) is currently running a special issue entitled "Industrial Ecology and Innovation". 

 ndustrial Ecology (IE) is as a broad and interdisciplinary field of research, focused on environmentaleconomic and social improvements in production and consumption activitiesIt proposes theoretical approachesorganization and management strategies, and government policies aimed to ensure environmental safeguards and quality of life. 

Innovation studies concern the nature and dynamics of changes that characterize the economic world, focusing on the capacities and limitations of innovations to achieve socio-economic transformations. 

For further readingplease follow the link to the Special Issue website 

Administrative Sciences is an internationalpeer-reviewed, open access scholarly journal (free for readers). The central concern of this journal pertains to the core values of organization theorystrategic management, public administration as well as interdisciplinary research in related fields, i.e., focusing on the ideas of business, economicssociologyphysiologycommunication theory or artificial intelligence and their implications on management, organizations and the society. 

Administrative Sciences is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and, accordinglysubmissions are peer reviewed rigorously to ensure that they conform to the highest standards in their field. It is indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI – Web of Science). 

 The official deadline for submission is 30th July 2019All papers will be peer-reviewed 

Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. 

 Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. 

All submissions will be free of charge once accepted. 

 For further details on the submission processplease see the instructions for authors.

writing template can also be downloaded from this webpage. 

Kind regards, 

Dr. Raffaella Taddeo – Guest Editor   

Department of Legal and Social Sciences, “G. D'Annunzio” University of Chieti–Pescara, 65127 Pescara, Italy 



8c. Call for book chapter - Book title: Agroecology in India: action research, practice, management and education for sustainable development

Agro ecology with special emphasis on food security/sovereignty, and nutrient security, is emerging as a set of self reliant, resource efficient, low external input , sustainable and climate resilient farming practices, as a scientific discipline and as a social movement across India . If you can contribute a chapter for this exciting forthcoming book from CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, please contact by email ( with your 1. Name(s) in full; 2. Academic/ professional affiliation(s); 3. Postal Address; 4. Half page brief CV with 3 best publications on the subject ; 5 your focus area in Agroecology;6. Telephone number; 7. Fax number (if any); 8 Email - for a note containing the context, background, list of chapters and chapter framework and guidelines for authors of the proposed book. Deadline for abstract submission – 30th July 2019.

(Dr. G.Poyyamoli *, Prof (Retd) , Pondicherry University and

 Dr. V.Arivudai Nambi*, Independent Expert on Biodiversity, Chennai)

Editor and Coeditor

*currently associated with the Centre for Agroecology, Covenant Centre for Development (CCD), Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India


9. Sustainability and Resiliency: Community and sustainable leadership combined

 Emmanuel P. Crucio

 Environmental sustainability and resiliency are the function of community leadership. Leadership is required in environmental governance. Sustainable leadership aims to achieve futures where humans live within their sustainable means and not at the expense of others (Avery & Bergsteiner, 2010) as cited by Ahmad, 2014. This paper brings to the fore how the combination of leadership and environmental governance in the realm of solid waste management and promoting resiliency in the community make a difference. Barangay local governance thru its institutional mechanisms provide a platform for participation. Thru performance-based instruments, the community measures how they are able to function as using the governance checklist as participation, transparency, accountability and predictability which fosters positive intervention and supports risk reduction (Ahrens and Rudolph, 2006) . Constituents choose their leaders, thus, constant. Leaders come and go but environmental challenges will come. The assurance of sustainable leadership is dependent on the interplay of community’s perception and experience and the leaders’ realization that they are part of the community.


Ahrens, Joachim and Rudolph, Patrick M., The Importance of Governance in Risk Reduction and Disaster Management. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 207-220, December 2006. Available at SSRN: or


10. Urban food sharing book dissemination 

 We, the SHARECITY team, are delighted to announce the launch of Urban Food Sharing: rules, tool & networks by SHARECITY’s PI Anna Davies! It is available for free download from Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence.  

This book explores the history and current practice of food sharing. Illustrated by rich case studies from around the world, the book uses new empirical data to set an agenda for research and action. The book will be an important resource for researchers, policy makers and sharing innovators to explore the impacts and sustainability potential of such sharing for cities. 

"A promising and original contribution to studies on the socio-technical processes that underpin urban food system transitions to sustainability….innovative and timely." Rositsa T. Ilieva, Urban Food Policy Institute, City University of New York 

"This smart book helps us to recognize how destructive the commodification of food has been and the social isolation it has fostered given that all human life requires food to survive." Nik Heynen, University of Georgia 



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