CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Issue: “Green Growth and Sustainability: New Challenges for an Economics of Quality”

Guest editors: Patrick Schembri & Katia Radja (REEDS-UVSQ)

The recent multidimensional crisis that affected most of the countries in the world has amplified the process of degradation of employment and social fragmentation.

In this context, the current challenge consists in promoting green growth towards a low-carbon economy. Making economic growth and development compatible with stabilizing the climate and with a sustainable environmental footprint will require a drastic shift towards clean development and green, low-carbon economies. This will imply a great transformation of activities as far reaching as the transformation brought about by the so-called Industrial Revolution. This transformation process addresses the critical issue of quality with respect to the economic activities, resources and capital goods. The rationale for green growth and “clean” development has mostly been presented as a win-win situation for the environment and for economic development.

However, the current literature on economic growth and the environment shows that environmental sustainability can be consistent with sustained economic growth if certain conditions are met.

This special issue addresses the new challenges for an economics of quality in the context of the green transition towards sustainability. It aims at studying the conditions for a coincidence of the time frame for addressing environmental degradation, economic development and sustainability. This issue consists in exploring how an effective transition process over time can be created in dynamically complex systems.

Subject coverage

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

  • The process of green growth regime with respect of technological and organizational innovations, economic growth and sustainability.
  • The conditions for a transition towards the green growth regime.
  • Forms of investment in different capital goods.
  • Transition and the notion of adjustment costs.
  • The economic and social impacts of the green growth regime.
  • Macroeconomic context (industrialized, emerging and low-income economies)
  • The role of macroeconomic policies/investment rules for the transition towards a green growth regime.
  • Green growth, sustainability and the extension of the standard national-income-accounting framework.
  • Green transition and the labor market: jobs and skills formation, lifelong education.
  • Green transition and firms: human resources, technological innovation and organizational changes, knowledge.
  • The financing of investments in back-bone assets and the provision of public goods
  • Green growth, green transition and equity.

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: 30 november 2012

Notification of review: 20 january 2013

Submission of revised manuscripts: 1 march 2013

To submit a paper, please go to IJSD website. If you experience any problems submitting your

paper online, please contact, describing the exact problem you experience. (Please include in your email the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors).


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