The conference research tracks are listed below, but authors are not limited to this list and you may propose other relevant topics for your papers. The conference is open to all disciplines and backgrounds. There is a limit of two paper submissions per presenting author.
Authors who are uncertain of the appropriate track for their papers should consult the Program Coordinator (). Please submit your paper(s) directly to the Track Chairs with a copy to the Program Coordinator ().
This track will focus on papers that directly deal with issues relating to accounting, banking and finance. Contribution may be based on theoretical, empirical or case study analysis, with implications for sustaining and improving global competitiveness in both private and public organisations.
The track welcomes contribution in all areas of agricultural science and technology transfer, adoption and impact analysis. Papers on the following topics will be considered: Sustainable management of the natural resource base; Animal health, food safety and post harvest; Biotechnology; Identification of crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry practices suitable for disaster prone areas; Underutilized crops plant species and commodities; Climate change and agriculture; Production systems; Impact of using gender analysis in technology development and transfer; Agriculture and health; Organic agriculture; Experience in participatory technology development and transfer; and Agricultural research and poverty reduction.
- What the change is?
- Why is the change important?
- What are the reasons for change?
- What are the processes to undertake for successful change management?
- What are the intended benefits?
- How and when to communicate change?
- What are the risks associated with not managing the change?
Prospective panellists are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers addressing the impact of changing population structures predicated upon factors such as age, ethnicity, human capital and nativity in the context of implications for enhancing national and regional development outcomes. Moreover, the implications of changes in fertility behaviour, mortality trends and migratory patterns have profound implications in determining the fate of human populations in national and regional contexts. As such, prospective panellists are also encouraged to submit abstracts of papers that focus on such themes.
The primary focus here is the effects of climate change and the socio-economic and political implications for environmentally sustainable development. The challenge of mitigating anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions which cause climate change is inextricably linked to the challenges of sustainable development and environmental sustainability. Humanity’s pursuit of development and progress is now in conflict with the limitations of our planet’s “carrying capacity”. Indeed climate change is now a central topic of concern in multilateral fora, as evidenced by its centrality in the recently held UN General Assembly. As such, prospective panellists are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers that focus on such themes as climate change, environmental sustainability, the environment and development, trade and the environment and sustainable development.
Papers under this research track ought to consider the relevance of culture to the burgeoning creative economy, global trade, intellectual property wealth, and sustainable development. Prospective presenters are invited to submit abstracts for papers focusing on creativity, innovation and development; culture and IPRS – challenges and prospects for national development in the digital era; cultural industries and global trade; culture and the diaspora as a nexus for development; cultural policy and national development; and culture as an agent of sustainable development.
The track will also examine the strategic opportunities for DCs from brain circulation – the return migration and/or investment of professionals and other skilled labour. The track will assess the existing and potential impact of brain circulation on the DCs economy and identify some of the challenges associated with facilitating the return of skilled resources and/or facilitating their investment. Recommendations will also be explored on how source country governments, enterprises and agencies can exploit the benefits of brain circulation and ensure increased access to needed skills.
This track will focus on papers which directly address current issues in economic development, applied analyses of economic and financial issues including growth, trade, IMF and World Bank policies, financial liberalisation and matters which straddle both economic and finance problems relating to sustainable development. The track also welcomes papers that are strongly empirical and apply rigorous statistical and econometric techniques to good quality macro and microeconomic data.
This track will focus on papers, which directly address current issues on eco-tourism and sustainable tourism practices and principles. It will provide knowledge on how tourism development can directly contribute to environmental sustainability and conservation of natural ecosystems. Its policy-oriented research will also focus on eco-tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation, as well as socially and environmentally responsible tourism practices. This track welcomes articles and book reviews as well. Contributions to this track could be based on empirical, field studies or case studies.
Papers covering theoretical and empirical issues on the following topics will be considered: Ecotourism: Principles, Practices and Policies for Sustainability; Sustainable Travel &Tourism: The Tour Operators’ Contribution; Managing Environmental and Social Issues; Renewable Energy Opportunities in the Tourism Industry; Water and Waste Management in the tourism industry; Tourism, Biodiversity and Conservation Management; Industry as a Partner for Sustainable Development; Ecolabels in the Tourism Industry; Environmental Codes of Conduct for Tourism; Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas; Improving Coastal and Marine resources Environment; Development of National Parks and Protected Areas for Tourism.
Contributions from those whose “local knowledge” can stimulate thinking around the world are welcomed. Papers for this track are welcome that contextualise HR within a sustainable development context. Although all papers are welcome, however, in line with the theme of the conference contributors are encouraged to consider issues, for example, such as the impact of Climate Change, Environment, Energy on:
- the restructuring of the labour force profile – the development of new positions, job redundancy, job restructuring etc
- unemployment relating to the theme
- the restructuring of organisations and work
- employment in the small and medium size business sector – a way to address the new changes and challenges
- developments in information technology relating to HR
The track also includes papers covering both conceptual and applied studies of the technological and socio-cultural issues and impacts of specific modes of transportation as well as the integration of different modes of tranportation to form efficient, multimodal transportation networks. Special emphasis will be given to papers focusing on the development and sustainability of transportation systems and networks.
This track will focus on food science, nutrition and public health. Topics covered include: impact of nutritional science on food product development; nutritional implications of food processing; food safety, hygiene and control; bioavailability of nutrients; nutritional quality of novel foods; food-nutrient interactions; use of biotechnology in food science/nutrition; food acceptability and dietary selection; nutritional and physiological aspects of food; dietary requirements and nutritive value of food; nutritional epidemiology studies relating nutrition to health or disease risk; evaluation of effectiveness of intervention studies aimed at improving health; role of nutrition in high risk and vulnerable groups; development of research methods, validation of measures, calibration; population based research related to primary prevention of illness; nutritional biochemistry and metabolism; nutrient requirements in health and disease; digestion and absorption of foods; nutritional anthropology and epidemiology; the influence of socioeconomic, cultural and political factors on nutrition of the individual and the community; the impact of nutrient intake on disease response, work performance and behaviour; the consequences of nutritional deficiency on growth and development, endocrines, nervous system and immunity; food intolerance and allergy; nutrient drug interactions; nutrition and aging; nutrition and cancer; obesity; intervention programs; Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT); Scope/ Standards of dietetics practice; Quality managment in nutrition & dietetics practice; Nutrition care process; code of ethics for the profession of dietetics; nutrition & dietetics services and practice; nutrition informatics.
What is the appropriate innovation and technology governance strategy for small and developing economies in the emerging global economy? Which countries and sectors are the winners and losers and from where will the new sources of world demand and consumption come are some of the key questions that this panel aims to address.
- impact of the global financial crisis on SME sustainability
- innovation risk and SME sustainability
- qualitative and quantitative models of sustainability in dealing with SME financial distress
- SME Risk Management
This track includes theoretical and applied papers that present clear and sound theoretical, qualitative and quantitative assessment, evaluation of existing models, or suggest new models that discuss appropriateness or barriers and problems of International business and trade. This track will further include papers dealing with topics as diverse as appropriate Foreign entry, networking, international business and technology, industrial ecology, globalization, global marketing and management, cultural across countries, culture and managerial skills, country business attractiveness, the democratic management of international business, international innovation, technology transfer, international economical, technological, legal, juridical, social, political and ecological factors impacting international business and trade. business- Government Relations and Business ethnic and ethics.
This track includes papers dealing with topics relating policy and conceptual contributions that link science, technology and sustainable development with poverty reduction and the 2015 targets, inequality and economic growth in developing countries. Papers with a critical perspective are especially encouraged, as are contributions from researchers and scholars in the South.
This track welcomes contributions in all areas of marketing: Operations (4 P’s), strategy, research, private or business consumer behaviour, segmentation, marketing management and control etc. Contributions should be capable of increasing knowledge of the nature and role of marketing, particularly the potential application of marketing approach to current problems of economic development and poverty alleviation, as well as improve the practice of marketing in business organisations. Review articles or book reviews are also welcome. Contributions to this track could be based on empirical, field studies or theoretical or conceptual analysis.
- Use of Operations Research, optimization and linear programming in issues such as resource allocation, performance and technology measurement, and technology adoption constraints.
- Use of demographic techniques in assessing the growing role of demographic issues in human resources development, particularly in transition economies.
- Modeling the impact of finance and investments on technology, the impact of epidemic and chronic problems on development.
The global system in the 21st century has more state & non-state actors who face more global issues than ever before. Hence the proliferation of regions as different actors attempt to garner support from neighbouring networks. Today, the goals and focus of regionalism have expanded to include not only economic, political, security, and social issues, but also the private sector and non-state actors in their activities. The ‘new’ regionalism approach to analysis & practice recognises non-state & non-formal even illegal transboundary relationships; involve river valleys & energy pipelines as well as drugs & guns, people & animals; include EPZs, triangles & corridors; and can also stretch to inter-regionalisms as in EU’s EPAs & ASEM.
While the meaning of new regionalism may refer to a variety of approaches and theories, underpinning it are numerous interrelated dynamics: a stronger construction among geographically contiguous states of their collective identity as cohesive regions; greater political intent by leaders to foster consolidation; and the perceived need to strengthen regional blocs as a means to integrate more effectively into the globalizing world economy. Thus, new regionalism is characterized by two features:
a) it exceeds the framework of the nation-state and projects the regions in a competitive mode; and
b) it is characterized by increased cross-border trade at a regional level, as well as cross-border coalitions of states, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, business coalitions, and multinational firms engaged in the co-construction of an emerging regional governance framework.
Again, new regionalism is not only emerging more or less all over the world, but is more inclusive around emerging issues like ecology, energy, land, security, and water. Another characteristic of new regionalism is the relevance of bottom-up phenomena. It is both pluralistic and global, has evolved in a multipolar context, and multifaceted. This tract seeks papers that address the emerging forms and impact of new regionalisms and the challenges that face its myriad actors in their quest to realize viable economic development and integration in light of a changing global political landscape.
- Performance and Development Reviews
- Learning and Development
- Objectives/Goals and Performance Standards
- Competences and Competencies
- 360 degree feedback
The UN makes slow but meaningful progress in moving towards a post-Kyoto agreement with the Cop-15 process, whilst being stymied in other policy arenas, and all the while, other processes of regional and global governance – the EU, Caricom, ALBA, Mercosur, the African Union the OECD, the G7/8 etc. – move onwards in a variety of complex ways. As such, the purpose of papers in this track should be to explore the different processes of regional and global structural reconfiguration, and attempt to make critical sense of what they mean for broader processes of international governance and development.
This track welcomes a wide variety of contributions that include technology and its application to teaching and learning in Higher Education. These may include topics such as e-learning/distance learning and globalisation, technologically driven learning and teaching strategies, the application of technology in teaching and learning, the evaluation of technologically driven teaching and learning strategies. Papers with a critical perspective are particularly encouraged.
Quality assurance and accreditation of higher education institutions and programs concerning related standards such as learning resources, program administration, facilities and equipment, student administration, support services and research are also welcomed.
- Environment and Political Ecology
- Peace and Conflict
- Human Rights and Collective Responsibility (incl. Multilateralism)
- Governance (incl. perspectives on religion, family and education)
- Management, Business and Development
- Aesthetics (Arts, Cultural Policy and Architecture)
- Reproduction, Health, Sexuality and Recreation
Collaborative, non-linear or multi-media presentations are welcome, but should be accompanied by publishable manuscripts.
Arguments of the merits and demerits of the utility of globalization abounds. Proponents of the neo-liberal approach posit that globalization has brought new opportunities. But arguably globalization has increasingly “diffuse insecurity” to the south and immensely facilitated increasingly complex, interconnected and unpredictable risks and threats to security. These developments and others are driven by diverse and interconnected set of underlying factors, including competition for energy, poverty, poor governance, demographic changes, climate change, information and communication technologies which have given rise to novel security conditions and dynamics.
Prospective presenters are invited to submit abstracts for papers focusing on security issues: Economic Security; Energy Security; Environmental Security; Food Security; Health Security; Human Security; Resource Security; Security Development Nexus; globalization and Security; Private Security; Regional Security: Sovereignty, Failed State.
The following topics are illustrative, but are neither exhaustive nor mutually exclusive: Service marketing; Service operations; Quality initiatives and developments in service sector; E-Service initiatives; Service information systems; Customer satisfaction, customer retention and service quality; and Global issues in service.
In this track, we take our starting point in cities and communities through integrated perspectives where we identify challenges and explore potentials and successful practices. The increasing focus of UN policies on sustainable development as a balance between social, economic, environmental and cultural goals has prompted more aware city strategies in many countries. Meanwhile, various challenges, including financial, political, institutional and legal limit cities’ opportunities and place pressure on jobs, services and housing. This often results in new priorities, reinforces inequality and releases conflicts.
How can cities and communities face these challenges and become better places for living and work? How can they make the best use of their local potentials, qualities and resources in all terms to become fair, efficient, resilient, and leaders in their regions? How to improve planning approaches, institutional settings, governance, culture and legislation to enable more intelligent responses? What role can urban design and regeneration strategies play in strengthening the potentials and the sustainability of cities in terms of environment and health, dynamics, inclusiveness, connectivity, safety and synergies? What role can the innovative sectors play? How can a new urban-rural relationship benefit development and sustainability? How can an informed social entrepreneurship reinforce resilience and sustainability?
This track includes papers dealing with topics relating policy and conceptual contributions that link science, technology and sustainable development (SD) with poverty reduction and the 2015 targets, inequality and economic growth. Papers with a critical perspective are especially encouraged. The track will also look at the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the role that civil society organisations can play in meeting it. It welcomes papers that critically look at the dilemmas, opportunities and challenges that the current consensus around the MDGs poses for civil society organisations. Contributions from researchers and activists working in developing countries are especially welcome.
Papers may cover a variety of issues related to the MDGS from a variety of perspectives (e.g. human rights, gender, etc.) and these include but are not limited to: Examples of what civil society organisations are doing at the national and international levels to make governments and international institutions meet MDGs; Reflections on whether MDGs are effective instruments for poverty reduction; and Analysis of what opportunities MDGs create for global movements focusing on democracy, human rights, and poverty reduction. The track will also focus on empirical and theoretical papers addressing issues of property rights, security of titles to land and landed property, real estate development and finance, corporate real estate issues and how innovative thinking in these areas could be combined to harness the potential of real estate sectors to achieve sustainable economic development. Papers drawing on lessons from the developed world would be welcomed. So are those analysing the state of real estate sectors in Sudan and pointing out sources of problems and suggesting solutions.
This track welcomes contribution in all areas covering broad and diverse issues in the subject of sustainable infrastructure systems at local, national or global levels. Papers cover theoretical and applied issues on the following topics will be considered: Sustainability and environmentally-conscious design; Concurrent engineering; Life-Cycle Cost Optimization; Sensor Technology; Intelligent System Technology; Signal Processing; and High-Performance Computing and Large-Scale Simulation.
Recent advances in integrated and community medicine have motivated a lot of research in the direction of traditional, alternative and complementary therapies. Such combined specialities may have a wide range of applications, including assessments, interventions and surveillance of complex syndromes. They are bringing many new challenges and considerations in combating illnesses, which go well beyond the realm of conventional medicine.
Given the overwhelming interest in traditional, alternative and complementary therapies in Western countries and their extensive usage in developing countries, this track is discussing efficacy, safety, cost-effectiveness and accessibility of traditional, alternative and complementary therapies in disease management. Furthermore, it aims to determine how some of these therapies can be integrated into clinical practice to improve patient care.
Presenters on this topic may also consider the following topics: Traditions vs. innovations; Socio-religious context and future trends; identity: shifts, possibilities and perspectives in the 21st century.
This track includes papers covering both conceptual and applied studies of the institutional, technical, technological, economic and socio-cultural issues and impacts of specific transportation modes and processes (and the interaction thereof) to foster efficiency and multimodalism in transportation networks. Special emphasis will be given to papers focusing on the development and sustainability of transportation systems and networks throughout the world.
Abstract and papers of the track are based on, but not restricted to, the following themes:
- Safety issues/trends of different transport modes
- Institutional challenges to sustainable transport systems
- Socio-economics and cultural factors vs. sustainability
- Technologies and operating practices that improve system performance
- Linking of transport systems funding and sustainability
- Modal barriers to transport system optimization
- Impacts and contribution of different Transport modes to public health
- Operational, environmental and economic impacts of automation, autonomous vehicles
- Sustainability and the economics of active transport
- Sustainability of transport systems and advanced computation
- Sustainability, reliability and resilience of transport systems
- Environmental and climate impacts of transport systems
- Energy impacts of transport systems
- Role of information availability/use to promote modal efficiency
- Safety, operational efficiency and economic impacts of connected vehicles
- Planning for and integrating adaptation in transport systems