Special Issue "Sustainable Waste Management Innovations: Developing New Ventures for Improved Health and Environmental Wellbeing"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
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Guest Editor
Kent Business School, University of Kent, Kent ME4 4TE, UK
Interests: global business; SMEs; electronic waste; developing nations
Dr. Frederick Ahen
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Guest Editor
Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Rehtorinpellonkatu, 3, 20500 Turku, Finland
Interests: corporate responsibility; stakeholder engagement; ethics; developing nations; global health; ecological sustainability; sustainable innovations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) has grown exponentially across the globe. Indeed, e-waste exports have also grown, thereby providing opportunities for market-seeking and growth-seeking firms to thrive. The trend is similar with regards to plastic, pharmaceutical and chemical waste. Overconsumption and technology obsolescence have also imposed pressures on governments to develop environmental, economic and social policies aimed at reducing electronic and other forms of waste that contaminate the environment and bring about serious adverse effects on population health.

Extant literature has offered important introductory analysis of the impact of such waste. However, there are gaps in our understanding of the complexity of the phenomenon and emerging innovations meant to halt its damaging effects. Novel policies and techno-scientific innovations are turning the take-make-use-dispose paradigm into regenerative, restorative and environmentally conscious design economy, also known as circular economy.

Against this backdrop, this Special Issue seeks articles that explain the nature, dynamism and complexity of the phenomenon and the emergence of (recycling) firms that are harnessing clean techno-scientific innovations to stem the tide of chemical (especially plastic), pharmaceutical, and e-waste. We adopt an inclusive approach by welcoming rigorous and relevant empirical, theoretical or policy contributions. Interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary  and critical contributions between scholars, practitioners and policy-makers are particularly encouraged. Below is a non-exhaustive list of themes to be considered:

  • Which emerging policies, techno-scientific models or best practices can serve as lessons for curbing the environmental and health effects of plastic, pharmaceutical or e-waste?
  • Which incentive structures and institutional, regulatory or ethical foundations drive waste management innovations by SMEs, cities, or nations?
  • Which social innovations are changing attitudes towards overconsumption, overproduction, programmed obsolescence and their environmental effects?
  • What are the major enablers and inhibitors to the adoption and diffusion of novel technological innovations for pharmaceutical, plastic and e-waste management?


  1. Ahen, Frederick (2018) Dystopic prospects of global health and ecological governance: Whither the eco-centric-humanistic CSR of firms? Humanist Management Journal (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41463-018-0034-1.
  2. Amankwah-Amoah, J. (2016a). Global business and emerging economies: Towards a new perspective on the effects of e-waste. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 105, 20-26.
  3. Amankwah-Amoah, J. (2016b). Navigating uncharted waters: A multidimensional conceptualisation of exporting electronic waste. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 105, 11-19.
  4. Danquah, M., & Amankwah-Amoah, J. (2017). Assessing the relationships between human capital, innovation and technology adoption: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 122, 24-33.
  5. Amankwah-Amoah, J. (2017). Integrated vs. add-on: A multidimensional conceptualisation of technology obsolescence. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 116, 299-307.
  6. Ahen, Frederick and Zettinig, Peter (2015) What is the biggest question in CSR research? Foresight: The journal of future studies, strategic thinking and policy, Vol. 17 Iss. 3, pp. 274-290.

Dr. Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Dr. Frederick Ahen
Guest Editors

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  • circular economy
  • corporate responsibility
  • developing nations
  • ecological sustainability
  • e-waste
  • global health
  • international business
  • pharmaceutical waste
  • plastic waste
  • sustainable innovations
  • waste disposal

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Renewable Energy Development as a Driver of Economic Growth: Evidence from Multivariate Panel Data Analysis
Sustainability 2019, 11(8), 2418; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11082418 - 24 Apr 2019
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Renewable energy is being increasingly touted as the “fuel of the future,” which will help to reconcile the prerogatives of high economic growth and an economically friendly development trajectory. This paper seeks to examine relationships between renewable energy production and economic growth and [...] Read more.
Renewable energy is being increasingly touted as the “fuel of the future,” which will help to reconcile the prerogatives of high economic growth and an economically friendly development trajectory. This paper seeks to examine relationships between renewable energy production and economic growth and the differential impact on both developed and developing economies. We employed the Fully Modified Ordinary Least Square (FMOLS) regression model to a sample of 20 developed and developing countries for the period 1995–2016. Our key empirical findings reveal that renewable energy production is associated with a positive and statistically significant impact on economic growth in both developed and developing countries for the period 1995–2016. Our results also show that the impact of renewable energy production on economic growth is higher in developing economies, as compared to developed economies. In developed countries, an increase in renewable energy production leads to a 0.07 per cent rise in output, compared to only 0.05 per cent rise in output for developing countries. These findings have important implications for policymakers and reveal that renewable energy production can offer an environmentally sustainable means of economic growth in the future. Full article
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