Special Issue "Development Economics and Social Resilience: Perspectives for Sustainability with or without COVID-19"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Paulo Reis Mourão
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Department of Economics & NIPE, Economics & anagement School, University of Minho, 4700 Braga, Portugal
Interests: economics; empirical; applied economics and finance; social economics; econometric method
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Dear Colleagues,

Economic development impacts all of our actions—from our role as consumers to our role as producers, managers, or income distributors. Thus, this Special Issue intends to elaborate on how, within the current discussions, such changes in consumption and production processes, as well as in the distribution of resources, have arisen both in emerging economies (such as Brazil, China, etc.) and in industrialized economies in the early moments of the Industrial Revolution (Europe, North America, etc.).

Another aspect to consider here is the COVID-19 pandemic the world has experienced in the last few months, and how it has affected the tenets of Economics Science. Various authors have already described the inadequacy of the economic models of the most cited works as well as of the “mainstream” currents, and several have criticized the difficulty of these “mainstream” models in explaining how populations have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the various economic agents have sought benefits under so many restrictions, but also how new exercises in citizenship of public powers and of citizens’ associations have emerged.

 This Special Issue intends to discuss these two types of contributions together. On the one hand, the economic development strategies that have emerged in recent decades, supported by micro-initiative, micro-entrepreneurship, small and medium-sized enterprises, and Social Economy initiatives, are welcome here; however, we also expect the focus to be on the many challenges and emerging opportunities that COVID-19 has brought to all economies together and to each economy individually, as well as to each economic agent or each group of agents (be they producers, consumers, taxpayers, states, non-profit organizations, etc.). We are seeking theoretical, empirical, and critical contributions.

 The Editors of this Special Issue recognize that economic development is about improving living conditions and human rights for every person. Thus, if one of the traditional “inputs” for such an improvement in living conditions goes through economic growth, other “inputs” are identified—the quality of democratic participation, the governance of States, or the pattern of distribution of resources (among them, income, public health, cultural consumption, and education), as highlighted by the vast literature on the topic. However, pandemic scenarios associated with COVID-19 have come to show us how the accumulated discussion on these topics has neglected the impact of regional/global pandemics on these development processes. Questions emerge in these scenarios—how do lockdowns influence and impact production and income flow? What instruments can leverage the savings and investment channels? Will we need new instruments and new actors for economic development? How have pandemics affected public governance and citizens’ rights (but also consumers’, producers’, and workers’ rights)? These are just some of the issues emerging in this challenging period. This Special Issue, therefore, invites all interested scholars to submit articles that seek to discuss these topics.

Prof. Dr. Paulo Reis Mourão
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • development economic
  • COVID-19
  • emerging economies
  • social resilience
  • nonprofit organizations
  • crisis management
  • human resource management
  • development change
  • world governance indicators

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How Economic Development Influences Entrepreneurial Networks-Dissecting Reasons for the Birth, Development and Death of Local Development’s Agents
Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8885; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12218885 - 26 Oct 2020
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This case study will reflect upon the experience of important agents for local development—the Local Productive Arrangement (APL) composed by South American companies in the sector of wedding parties. This work will then reflect how Economic Development creates—but also may destroy—entrepreneurial networks. Data [...] Read more.
This case study will reflect upon the experience of important agents for local development—the Local Productive Arrangement (APL) composed by South American companies in the sector of wedding parties. This work will then reflect how Economic Development creates—but also may destroy—entrepreneurial networks. Data were observed by interviews with 30 businessmen participating in the Local Productive Arrangement. In 2009, the APL received support from Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Companies (SEBRAE), which has been supporting several APL since 2002. However, starting in 2012, membership and motivation began to diminish, and in 2014, despite efforts made by the association’s president, the board decided to close it. This experience motivates several insights about how an entrepreneurship network evolves because this case study has been a pioneering case in Brazil. The analysis of the case offers an observation of the benefits of creating the association as well as the difficulties and challenges involved in the initiative. Full article
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Circular Economy and Economic Development in the European Union: A Review and Bibliometric Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7767; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12187767 - 20 Sep 2020
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Increased changes in the climate and ecosystems call for a sustainable economic development, where economic growth should be compatible with the environment goals. In order to do this, it is urgent to find new ways of life and new production systems that make [...] Read more.
Increased changes in the climate and ecosystems call for a sustainable economic development, where economic growth should be compatible with the environment goals. In order to do this, it is urgent to find new ways of life and new production systems that make our ecological footprint compatible with global sustainability. The concept of the circular economy has brought relevant contributions to this problem. The central objective of the study presented here is to highlight the main insights presented through scientific literature about the concept of the circular economy within the European Union. In practice, the intention is to show what has already been done about this topic and what can/should be implemented in the future. To achieve these objectives, 144 articles were considered from the Web of Science (Core Collection) for the topics “circular economy” and “European Union”. These documents were, firstly, analysed through a proper literature review and later explored through bibliometric analysis, considering bibliographic data and the VOSviewer software. As the main findings have revealed, the increased importance of this concept within the European Union is recognized. However, this paper also identifies several challenges in the literature, namely the concentration of the identified publications in certain countries, organizations, and authors. Full article
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Economic Development and Changes in Human Resource Management in a Sustainable Agricultural Sector: Recent Evidence from Brazilian Sugar–Alcohol Companies
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7559; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12187559 - 14 Sep 2020
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Economic development causes significant changes in the innovative processes of resource management. The purpose of this article is to discuss the sustainability of resource management in sugar–alcohol companies operating in the most productive areas of Brazil and to analyze the profile of the [...] Read more.
Economic development causes significant changes in the innovative processes of resource management. The purpose of this article is to discuss the sustainability of resource management in sugar–alcohol companies operating in the most productive areas of Brazil and to analyze the profile of the companies in the sector in terms of innovation and adherence to practices of human resource management. The methodological procedures were based on qualitative research. Data collection was directed toward the population of companies in the sector of cane brandy production, having as the main criteria representativeness of human resource management and to be active. The results indicate that human management tends to be traditional in spite of several current economic challenges. The conclusions also highlight that the most highly mechanized companies are those that have adhered to strategic policies and practices, and that the traditional model of human management prevails in more than 70% of companies. Full article
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