CfP: Sustainable Development Goals Post- 2015 Debate



Rome 6 ,25th– 27th June 2015


Call For Paper for the Special session on:

Sustainable Development Goals Post 2015 debate


Special session coordinators: Salvatore Monni (Roma Tre University) Massimo Pallottino (CISP, Pisa University), Stefano Prato (SID, Society for International Development)


The debate around post 2015 is heating up while the international community is waiting for the United Nations General Assembly of September 2015, where the new international reference framework, based on a new conception of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be endorsed. The evaluation of the outcomes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has contributed highlighting some advancements as well as some limitations, which need to be taken into consideration when looking into the future. The international negotiations are currently focussing on the proposal formulated by the Open Working Group that, at the end of its mandate has elaborated a proposal consisting in 17 objectives and 160 targets. Yet, the debate so far has highlighted that the future framework will have to be universal (that is: not only considering the so6called developing nations, but applicable to all human societies); adherent to the specific needs of the different peoples; based on human rights; based on the consideration of the intersection between economic, social and environmental sustainability; looking at a perspective for global change able to go beyond a simple and unidimensional understanding of development, solely based on the increment of GDP.


Suggestions for fields of research

The existing theoretical and policy debate offers many openings towards further enquiry and reflection, among which:

  • What alternative economic frameworks and theoretical underpinnings can support the further development and implementation of the new SDG agenda?
  • Which theoretical frameworks could help to encapsulate the political economy of inequalities as the fundamental challenge to policy making?
  • How to bridge economic, social and environmental theories to provide a new theoretical framework that can support the new agenda?
  • What kind of theoretical underpinnings should be recognised under the current elaboration towards the SDGs? What further contributions should be integrated into these?
  • What elements related to the setting and monitoring of the new framework at local/national level should be pointed out?
  • How can the issues related to new ways of measuring under a more complex ‘beyond GDP’ perspective of development can be answered to?

Submission of abstracts

Send by email a 60061000 word abstract by March 10 2015 to Salvatore Monni:

The abstract should clearly mention:

 Title of the paper; Name of the author(s) and full address of the corresponding author (postal address  and email); the aim of the study and methodology; (expected) results and/or conclusions; up to 5 keywords and code of the (closest). 

Download the call for papers here.