The conferences research tracks are listed below, but authors are not limited to this list and you may propose other relevant topics for your papers. The conferences are 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 conference coordinator, Ms Janet Snow (">). Please submit your paper(s) directly to the Track Chairs with a copy to the conferences coordinator, Ms Janet Snow (">).
This track will focus on papers address issues related to environment and development, green productivity and impact of development on environment from economics, management and environmental perspectives. The track welcomes empirical and policy papers connected to environment and development.
This track includes papers covering a broad spectrum of diverse topics in the fields of information technology and e-commerce, including the technological pace of change, the impact of technology, technological developments, e-commerce and dotcom on marketing, management and communication in businesses, innovative information technology research, interconnectiveness, database marketing, online marketing and marketing in the electronic age, to mention a few. Papers with critical theoretical perspectives and/or research and development in these areas are encouraged. The track will also focus on papers deal with matters linked to ICT, Human Capital and Development, Knowledge economy, knowledge management and issues related ICT and human capital role in development. The track welcomes empirical, theoretical and policy papers connected to ICT, Human Capital.
This track explore the future impact of Oil, Gas and Coal Technologies on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. Despite current decline in oil prices, hydrocarbon resources especially oil and gas reserves are limited and it is expected that once the world goes through the current economic downturn, demand on these commodities will increase sharply. As now the attention is on increasing energy production from renewable sources, future of petroleum industry would be in the petrochemical industries and non-fuel applications. Future refineries can be used as to produce feedstocks to petrochemical industries and integration of these industries is being studied by major oil companies. Conversion of petroleum to petrochemicals rather than fuels for transportation would be attractive from economical and environmental points of view. In this session we are interested in having papers that address future directions for the oil, gas and coal industries with environmental and economical considerations.
The track includes papers related to the development of strategies for management of health and disease. Emphasis will be given to the topics like development of health policies for developing countries, biotechnological revolution in the current century, research on vaccine development, etc.
This track welcomes contribution in all areas with diverse topics of environmental engineering and management including papers in the areas of wastewater treatment, management, recovery, reuse as well as solid waste managements, disposal, recycling and the role of community in promoting recycling activities. Moreover, environmental awareness and regulations that lead to proper managements of waste, resulting in the protection of environment, heath and sustainable developments are all important. Case studies in developing countries in addition to successful ones of developed countries to properly manage environmental problems leading to dissemination of information and technology transfer in global basis are also encouraged. Environmental impact assessment, industrial pollution reduction and the use of renewable energy as an alternative for pollution reduction are important factors nowadays.
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.
This track address issues that will be central to the contribution of Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) in the energy sector, technological upgradation, innovations, policies, strategies, best practices, political ecological and social implications and sustainable development.
Includes papers dealing with topics as diverse as the employment or labour market effects on different groups of the application of alternative technologies, and/or entrepreneurship organizational changes etc at national, local or firm levels. Papers may cover theoretical and applied issues, leading to clear improvements in knowledge and/or policy prescriptions. 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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