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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
9/30/2015

Guest Editors
Dr. Xiaojun Grace Wang- Gracewatertj@gmail.com
Dr. Vivienne Wang– lovivienne@gmail.com

Introduction
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.

Objective
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 http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. 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)
E-mail: lovivienne@gmail.com

PLEASE CC THE EDITOR IN CHIEF AT ALL TIMES – DR. ELIAS G. CARAYANNIS (caraye@gwu.edu)

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

Special Issue On: Assistive Technologies and Innovations (ATI)

Submission Due Date
9/30/2015

Guest Editors
Raul Gouvea, University of New Mexico, USA
Sul Kassicieh, University of New Mexico, USA
George ‘ Sandy’ Sanzero, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Introduction
Disability does not need to be an impediment for people to have a productive and successful life. Currently, more than one billion people show some form of disability. Due to an aging population as well as accidents and chronic health diseases, more people face increasing disability barriers.

In order to build an inclusive, sustainable and equitable society, countries need to address the issue of disability. The disabled population faces additional difficulties in the areas of health care, education, infrastructure and even employment opportunities.

Assistive technologies and innovations (ATI) address the United Nations’ Millenium Development goals and objectives and provide a solution to the daily challenges faced by people with disabilities. Assistive technologies and assistive innovations have the capability of empowering and changing the life of millions of disable people. Assistive technologies and innovations can be defined as products, or systems that are used to increase or improve a person’s disability status and their functional capacities and capabilities.

Objective
The field of assistive technologies have experienced increasing attention from many fields due to its impact on the quality of life of people with disabilities and the community in which they live. One of the questions that will help this field of study is the impact and role of assistive technologies and innovations on countries’ innovation and economic systems.

The aim of this special issue is to take stock of the most recent trends on assistive technologies and innovations. This forum will provide readers, researchers and policy makers a wide overview of the important topics that can assist disabled individuals in their daily activities

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

  • Assistive Technologies and Innovations: A Global Perspective
  • Health Care and Assistive Technologies and Innovations
  • Rehabilitation & ATI
  • Enabling Environments and ATI
  • Education and ATI
  • Employment, Working Environment and ATI
  • Linking a Region’s Innovative System to Assistive Technologies


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special issue on Assistive Technologies and Innovations (ATI) 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 http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations and should be no longer than 30 pages. Accepted papers will be invited to resubmit by January 31, 2016. The Special Issue will be published in Spring of 2016.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Raul Gouvea, Sul Kassicieh, George ‘ Sandy’ Sanzero
Guest Editors
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, (IJSESD)
Emails: rauldg@unm.edu; sul@unm.edu; gsanzer@sandia.gov