Call for Papers: Sustainability

Special Issue of Sustainability: “Community, Natural Resources, and Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary and International Dialogue.”

Natural resource-based communities (communities with intimate ties to natural resources) are uniquely situated in the intersection of human society and the environment. Community related theories and approaches have been increasingly employed by researchers from a range of disciplines to study natural resource use and management in both developing and developed country settings. Due to the diverse perspectives and interests involved in the study of community and natural resources, there are considerable variations in the conception of the core concept community, research methods, and empirical findings, while synthesis across disciplinary lineages and development contexts is largely limited. As a concrete dimension of sustainability and sustainable development, community sustainability provides an overarching framework to bridging and integrating research on the multifaceted community–resources nexus.

This Special Issue seeks to engage an interdisciplinary and international dialogue on the interrelationships of society, natural resources, and sustainability at the community level. We invite theoretical, empirical, and methodological research articles as well as practice-based papers that address a variety of relevant topics including but not limited to: (1) the relationships between natural resource dependency and community sustainability (or more specific aspects such as community vulnerability/adaptation, community capitals, and community resilience); (2) community approaches to common-pool or public natural resource management (e.g., community-based natural resource management or community involvement in resource management); (3) the impacts of demographic change (e.g., labor out-migration and amenity migration) on community and natural resources; (4) community responses to natural resource-related shocks/stressors (e.g., floods, wildfires, and forest insect disturbances) or resource-based growth (e.g., energy or tourism development); and (5) community contextual effects on individual natural resource-related attitudes and behavior. Studies using an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach, collaborative and comparative field-based research, and creative systematic reviews and meta-analyses are particularly encouraged.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All 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. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI. 

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Call for Section Newsletter Co-Editor

CFA—Sectors Editor

We are seeking a new co-editor of our section newsletter, Sectors. This is a great opportunity for a junior scholar to become involved with the section and network with other individuals in our subfield. The newsletter is published semi-annually (in the fall and spring semesters) and includes Council and section news, feature stories, calls for papers and other opportunities in the field, and the section’s official reports. Sectors is e-mailed to all current section members through the listserv and posted on the section’s website.

The co-editor will have a two-year term from August 2018 to July 2020. During the first year (2018-2019), the new editor will work in a team with one of the current co-editors. During the second year (2019-2020), they will continue working with a new co-editor selected in 2019. Both co-editors will work collaboratively to shape the content and formatting of the newsletter. They will seek out and develop original content for the newsletter and maintain regular features.

The Section Council will select the co-editor from all interested parties, and the co-editor will report to the Council regularly (during council meetings). The co-editor will work closely with the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Section.


• Member of the Sociology of Development Section;
• Strong organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines;
• Strong written communication skills;
• Strong MS Word and Acrobat Reader skills
• Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Application consists of:

• a one-page statement of interest, qualifications, and ideas for the newsletter
• a one-page CV

Please submit applications to: by December 31, 2017. Applicants will hear back by the end of the Spring 2018 term.

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Special Edition of SOD

Samuel Cohn is going to be guest editing a special volume of Sociology of Development.
The theme is Coerced Capitalism.
It covers the use of coercion, involuntary participation and physical force as integral parts of the development process.
I am looking for papers on all sorts of different types of coercion –
including but not limited to:
Organized Crime and Development
Forced Proletarianization and Development
Land Seizure
Paramilitaries, Death Squads and Development
Exploitation and Development
Coercion Via Debt Enforcement
Unfree Labor in Any of its Forms or Settings
Warlords, Warfare and Violent Control of Resources
Violent Forms of Racial or Ethnic Domination in Development
The above list is not exhaustive.
If you have something that you think might be good,
and you want to “test the waters first”
call Sam Cohn (979-845-0814) or email him at
and we can discuss whether in principle your paper would fit the volume.
All essays will be peer reviewed using procedures similar to those used for normal editions of Sociology of Development.
We will take submissions up to the time the volume gets “filled”.
This could be a really interesting edition, 
and SOD would love to see your work in it.
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Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers

Michigan State University invites the submission of article-length manuscripts (6,000 – 9,000 words) for peer review and publication in our GPID Working Papers series. We seek materials at a late stage of formulation that contribute new understandings of women and men’s roles and relations amidst social, economic, and political change in the developing world. The goals of GPID are: (1) to promote research that contributes to gendered analysis of social change, (2) to highlight the effects of international development policy and globalization on gender roles and gender relations, and (3) to encourage new approaches to international development policy and programming.

GPID cross-cuts disciplines, bringing together research, critical analyses, and proposals for change. Individual papers in the series address a range of topics, such as gender, violence, and human rights; gender and agriculture; reproductive health and healthcare; gender and social movements; masculinities and development; and the gendered division of labor. We particularly encourage manuscripts that bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice. Accepted papers are individually printed for distribution as well as published online. We are an open access publication, and previously published papers can be viewed at You can also follow us on Facebook:

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the series, please send a 150-word abstract summarizing the paper’s essential points and findings to Dr. Amy Jamison, Editor, and Kelly Birch Maginot, Managing Editor, at If the abstract suggests your paper is suitable for the GPID Working Papers, the full paper will be invited for peer review and publication consideration.

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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for a volume on Gender and the Media
Advances in Gender Research 26
Edited by Marcia Texler Segal and Vasilikie Demos
Submission of Abstract for Consideration by October 15, 2017
Completed Draft due by April 1, 2018
Publication Date: Late Fall 2018/Early Winter 2019
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

This is a call for submissions in the form of extended abstracts or paper drafts to be considered for a volume in the AGR book series focusing on gender and the media. We take a broad approach and welcome a range of papers that may relate to any and all print, electronic, visual or audio media and various genre within them.
Submissions must be at least 500 words and include details about the research question, theory, methods, and any findings. Specific topics of interest include ways in which women, men or gender are portrayed in various media, representation of dominant and marginalized groups in the media, influence of the media on ideas about gender, gender in the production and consumption of media, gender-related or gender-specific subject matter in the media, methods and theories for researching gender in the media, gender and media for children and youth, feminism and the media, and historical or comparative perspectives on any of these.
Papers that use an intersectional approach and those that have stated policy implications are especially welcome.  We welcome submissions from all countries and regions, but papers must be in English and all work must be submitted as a Word document. Both qualitative and quantitative submissions are welcome.  The editors will base their decision to publish submitters’ papers on review by the AGR editorial board.  Submitters will be informed of the editors’ decision by the end of November. Extended abstracts, drafts of a paper and inquiries should be sent to both and​

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CFP: Global Climate Crisis

The Global Climate Crisis and the Climate and Social Justice Movements for a Just Transition
John Foran

CFP for ISA 2018 in Toronto

In December 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change convened in Paris to finalize a global climate treaty.  The resulting “Paris Agreement” is inadequate to the task of addressing the unprecedented global climate crisis, based as it is on non-binding voluntary national pledges, which even if all met would take global warming into the catastrophic range.

Simultaneously, a sprawling climate justice movement has been growing in numbers, reach, and strength, interlinked in a vast network of networks.  After Paris and now in the wake of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States, these movements are trying to scale up their efforts to put in place alternatives to both “business-as-usual” global neoliberalism and the “capitalist reformist” hopes placed in the Paris Agreement.  The new social movements seek both a fair and binding global climate treaty and pathways toward deeply sustainable societies.

This session asks whether it remains possible to “change everything,” as Naomi Klein puts it in her best-selling book This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Consisting of prominent public intellectuals, climate activists, and interdisciplinary scholars, the panel will collectively address the question:  how can the global climate and social justice movements work creatively to craft action plans that address the root causes and future impacts of climate change?

In doing so, we will be rethinking the most important global social movement of the 21st century, and how humanity’s response to the problem of climate change will define the conditions of life as the century wears on.

Description for ISA Decision Makers

This session will feature presentations on the global climate crisis and the social movements and perspectives that have arisen to address this most pressing existential crisis of the 21st century, including the global climate justice movement, ecosocialism, transition towns, degrowth, resilience, and the next system project, among others.  These new social movements seek both a fair and binding global climate treaty and pathways toward deeply sustainable societies.

This session asks whether it remains possible to “change everything,” as Naomi Klein puts it in her best-selling book This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Consisting of short presentations by prominent public intellectuals, climate activists, and interdisciplinary scholars, the panel will collectively address the question:  how can the global climate and social justice movements and perspectives work creatively to craft action plans that address the root causes and future impacts of climate change?

With ten minute presentations, we can include at least six speakers and still have time for audience interaction.

In doing so, we will be rethinking the most important global social movement of the 21st century, and how humanity’s response to the problem of climate change will define the conditions of life as the century wears on.
1. How to present a paper

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract on-line through a centralized website open from April 25 through September 30, 2017, 24:00 GMT.

Please follow the below listed steps:

Select session

  • List of sessions is available in the relevant Research Committee, Working Group and Thematic Group section.
  • The author is required to choose the RC/WG/TG session in which s/he wishes the abstract to be included.

Submit abstract: April 25 till September 30, 2017, 24:00 GMT

Participants must submit abstracts on-line. Only abstracts submitted on-line will be considered in the selection process.

  • One cannot submit more than two abstracts.
  • One cannot submit the same abstract to two different sessions.
  • The abstract text cannot contain more than 300 words and must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.
  • All changes/updates should be done via on-line system by September 30, 2017 24:00 GMT.
  • Each abstract received on-line will be assigned an identification number.

Notification: November 30, 2017

  • Submitters will be informed by November 30, 2017, whether their papers have been accepted for presentation.
  • A final presentation designation (oral presentation, distributed paper, poster, or round table presentation) will be indicated. This information can be modified later by Session Organizers once registration check has been completed.
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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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