6 June 2016

Call for papers: "Environment and Sustainable Development"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Global Environmental Issues.

Recently, there is significant research interest in tackling the various environmental problems with the associated findings of empirical applications and their policy implications. The aim of this special issue is to consider the economic growth and the environment dispute in terms of the most up-to-date and advanced methods applied in various modelling techniques together with the use of better and larger data sets.

Today, policy and institutional data including transparency variables are available. At the same time, more measurements on sustainability further increase the importance of this dispute. More particularly, the Paris agreement on climate change shows the importance of understanding climate change policy’s impact on the economy. IPCC AR5 Working Group 2 shows uncertainty in damage estimates. Better estimates are essential to future policy discussions.

The 1.5 degree target for climate change was a rather unexpected outcome as a global policy option for the climate change agreement. As many previous studies focus on a 2 degree target, few are known. This special issue will try to address this important policy request along with factors such as expected outcomes for the economy, land use and food availability, among others.

The issue is dedicated to these issues in sustainability. Contributions will be selected through a refereeing process consistent with the standard reviewing process of the journal, to ensure that only original contributions of the highest quality are included. Applied theoretical and analytical contributions are expected to provide guidance to policy makers and government officials in designing new policy scenarios for the investigation of energy consumption and the economic growth nexus. Empirical contributions should provide evidence to support and inform current policy debates.

This special issue will be of benefit to policy makers and researchers worldwide, as sustainability is a main concern in the research agenda. Its goal is to inform readers of authors’ main findings, thus indicating more suitable ways of achieving economic growth with the appropriate respect to the environment and to future generations.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Economic growth and the environment: environmental problems
  • Acid rain, deforestation, ozone depletion, polluted seas
  • Global warming and climate change
  • Biodiversity and valuation
  • Population, poverty and economic growth
  • Decoupling of environmental and resource pressures
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Environmental efficiency and productivity analysis
  • Environmental quality: air and water quality, noise pollution
  • Sustainable development
  • Waste management
  • Unexpected events

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 October, 2016
Notification to authors: 31 December, 2016
Final versions due: 28 February, 2017

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