Call for Papers

This is a call for papers for a special issue of UNCTAD’s peer-reviewed journal, Transnational Corporation.

Multinational enterprises in the agricultural and extractive sectors are increasingly adopting voluntary guidelines for economic, social, and environmental responsibility along their supply chains, but these initiatives have moved slowly and unevenly to address gender inequities and inequalities in the communities where they operate.

We have been invited by UNCTAD to guest edit a special issue of Transnational Corporations that will focus on the gender dynamics of cross-border investments in the agricultural and extractive sectors.

The issue will focus on the policies, laws, sustainability standards, guidelines, and certification criteria that shape the gendered outcomes of investments by multinational enterprises (MNEs.) It will seek articles that address one or more of the following topics:

• The historical and political processes through which gender has come to be included– however unevenly–in the major sustainability initiatives that MNEs adopt.

• Analysis of the direct and indirect impacts of MNEs adopting these initiatives on gender relations and women’s empowerment in the communities where they are implemented.

• The influence (or the capacity to influence) of these initiatives on MNE behaviour, sustainable development, and national laws or policies in these sectors.

• A closely related topic agreed upon with the guest editors.

For more information please click HERE to view the call for papers. Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017. Please contact Kathleen Sexsmith ( with any questions.

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