Special Issue "Sustainable Development Goals: A Call for Frugal Innovations for a Resource-Scarce World"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2016)
The United Nations will be launching the post-2015 development agenda soon. This agenda will consist of a set of goals that will outline the mainstream global development policies in the coming years. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have been effective through the years 2000-2015. Despite their limitations, the MDGs are often referred to as the most successful development attempt ever in human history: they provided clearly defined goals on selected themes, and in this way, focused global development efforts.
It is more than obvious that the market for the development of innovations (both technological and social), which will be able to successfully address one or more of the SDGs, will soon be sky-rocketing. Some of the great drivers and prerequisites for these innovations are frugality and multi-directionality. The former term means that innovations must provide feasible ways of improving human and environmental sustainability under conditions that are essentially more resource-scarce than what we see today. The term “resources” refers to both natural and financial resources, but obviously not human resources.
The second term, multidirectionality, implies that the SDGs are designed for a far more complex world of interactions and transactions than the MDGs were. The MDGs reflected the split of the world between the developed and developing countries, and MDGs benchmarked the development of the latter ones and hence leaned on the traditional donor-recipient paradigm. As the SDGs are planned to address all nations, the interactions concerning SDGs can also be much more diverse and innovative than those concerning MDGs. Such interactions are expected to go different ways (including from poorer to more affluent countries) and also include a variety of actors from public, private, and civil society sectors.
This Special Issue addresses these emerging innovation opportunities from the reference points of the aforesaid two themes: from frugality (resource-scarcity) and from reverse innovation (i.e., when the direction of innovation is contrary to what is commonly expected, such that innovation developed in a resource-scarce context migrates to more affluent countries). The cases will focus on energy, water, and housing, as well as on their combinations. Whereas these three thematic areas do not cover the entire domain of the SDGs, many goals and targets will be directly or indirectly linked to them. The Special Issue will pay particular attention to various combinations of these and other areas in a multi- and interdisciplinary way.
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UN (2014). Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=400&nr=1579&menu=35Dr. Marko Keskinen
Prof. Dr. Minna Halme
Prof. Dr. Olli Varis
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- Sustainable Development Goals
- resource scarcity
- business models inclusive business models