CFP: Sustainability and Development conference, University of Michigan

TO JULY 22, 2018 
November 9-11, 2018
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Sustainable development, as a concept and call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and guarantee human well-being, is perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity. The complexity of the meanings of sustainable development have meant that many scholars, researchers, decision makers, and practitioners see in it diverse ways in which to aspire for and achieve societal goals. Scholarly research, student training, and new opportunities for meaningful change continue to increase, especially with the United Nations-sponsored Sustainable Development Goals finding traction with governments and NGOs alike.
In collaboration with the journal World Development, this international conference on Sustainability and Development seeks to bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary constituency to engage with the best approaches and means to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and assess progress towards them.
​​One of the objectives of the conference is to strengthen World Development itself by helping potential authors gain insights into the editorial review process, and by encouraging potential authors to submit papers to World Development. To this end, we will select the top 10 papers submitted to the conference for expedited review and publication, and another top 25 papers whose full text is submitted to the conference to send out for review (provided submitting author(s) are interested in publishing in World Development).​ ​In addition, ​the editor-in-chief of World Development will offer​ a limited number of one-on-one expedited manuscript review sessions.
We are excited to be able to offer free registration to undergraduates (space limited)​.​ For the top 25 students, we will pair them with a senior researcher whose work best aligns with the student’s interests.  All students whose abstracts are accepted (including those not in the top 25) will be able to present their research as posters and show case it to a global audience. We welcome collaborative poster presentations with existing institutional faculty advisors. All conference presenters are also encouraged to submit a full paper after their abstract has been accepted; we will award three students with best paper prizes that will include both a certificate and monetary award. 
We welcome abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panel sessions, posters, and workshops. Abstracts must address a conference theme and follow the abstract guidelines. The submission of full papers will be strongly encouraged (after abstract acceptance), and the best 25 papers will be published as a special issue.
Please visit the website ( for more information about conference themes, abstract guidelines and submission processes, limited financial assistance, and more.
Please share this call widely!
Submissions are due July 22, 2018
Questions? Email

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