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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.
Interests: global business; SMEs; electronic waste; developing nations
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Amankwah-Amoah, J. (2016b). Navigating uncharted waters: A multidimensional conceptualisation of exporting electronic waste. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 105, 11-19.
- 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.
- Amankwah-Amoah, J. (2017). Integrated vs. add-on: A multidimensional conceptualisation of technology obsolescence. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 116, 299-307.
- 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
Manuscript Submission Information
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- circular economy
- corporate responsibility
- developing nations
- ecological sustainability
- global health
- international business
- pharmaceutical waste
- plastic waste
- sustainable innovations
- waste disposal