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Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)

Special Issue On: Scaling Up Development Innovations for Transformational Change

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Dr. Xiaojun Grace Wang-
Dr. Vivienne Wang–

Today’s world is rapidly changing and becoming increasingly complex. Countries, international development agencies, civil society organizations and private sectors are facing multifaceted challenges, which demand for innovations to inject power and provide solutions. However, the potentials of innovations to revolutionize the landscape of development can be realized, only if these innovations get to be scaled up. To help key stakeholders bridge the gap between innovations and large-scale impacts, this special issue is intended to serve as a platform for exploring both theoretical development and empirical evidences that can lead to changes of the mindsets and transformation of the way that we are working, for sustained results and intended impacts.

The objectives of this special issue are two-fold. It is to scientifically anticipate the next big shifts in innovation ecosystem, such as joint-ups and scaling up, and their impacts on transformational changes of global productive capacity and people’s well-being. It is also to create a catalyzing platform for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to better understand the evolving concept, conditions, dynamics, and enabling environments of scaling up of innovative solutions. It is expected to inform and inspire policy makers to be able to adapt their strategies and approaches for effectively capitalizing the potentials of scaling up, including spurring policy and institutional reforms, changing mindsets, and transforming power relations for inclusive and equitable development.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Rethinking the concept of scaling up under sustainable development agenda
  • Understanding the process and dynamics of scaling up for greater impacts
  • Exploring the relationship between scaling up (including its disruptive effects) and achieving transformational changes
  • Innovative ecosystem: the drivers and spaces for scaling up and accelerating strategies
  • Policy, system and institutional implications of scaling up: reshaping the supply and demand
  • Open-source innovation and joint-up action for scaling up: what works and what not?

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Scaling Up Development Innovations for Transformational Change, on or before September 30 2015. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Vivienne Wang
Guest Editor
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, (IJSESD)


All manuscript submissions to the special issue should be UPLOADED to the IJSESD Editorial Manager through eEditorial Discovery™ (see link below)

Please also email your paper to the Special Issue editors and the Editor-in-Chief