News 25.07.2017

The Sustainable Development Goals—Assessing interlinkages, trade-offs and synergies for policy design

30 September 2017: Deadline for Paper Submissions!

For the 10th anniversary of Economics E-Journal a special issue will come up on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda emphasizes that the interlinkages and integrated nature of the SDGs are crucial for their realization. As countries are gearing up to design and implement policies to attain the SDGs, they need to deal with possible trade-offs and try to achieve synergies. Sufficient and coordinated action requires adequate assessment, monitoring, and evaluation procedures. Comprehensive research is necessary to guide policy and facilitate civil society as well as business engagement.

Invited are disciplinary (in particular from the field of economics and political science) and interdisciplinary research articles and commentaries to address these needs by focusing on:

  • conceptual and theoretical analyses of SDG interlinkages, potential trade-offs and synergies,
  • qualitative and quantitative assessment of potential trade-offs among SDGs and related policies,
  • applications of data dimensionality reduction methods and/or structure revealing methods to measure SDG goals,
  • evaluations and case-studies of sub-national, national, regional, and international action towards achieving SDG, and
  • assessment of the compatibility and synergies with  existing domestic and international policies, agreements, and initiatives (e.g. WTO, EU-regulations, G20) with the SGDs.

Furthermore, contributions with focus on SDG 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development) which address the role of finance, technology, capacity building, trade or achieving sustainable development are particularly invited.