Call for Papers: Environment, Economy and Society

Journal of Studies in Dynamics and Change (JSDC) –ISSN: 2348-7038 (O)

Scholarly articles in suitable format are invited from researchers, students, activists and policy specialists for the inaugural issue of the Journal of Studies in Dynamics and Change (JSDC), a peer reviewed journal published by Lokkatha Debate on Development. For more details on the structure of the articles and type of articles, please refer to http://jsdc.lokkatha.com/.

Although, concerns related to the linkages between environment, economy and society are not very new, they certainly got a renewed attention since the publication of the Stern report on the ‘Economics of Climate Change’ (Stern, 2006) and the dimensions of discussions both at the policy level as well as the common public could create a substantial awareness on the issues of fragility of Nature and its web of inter-linkages with various walks of human life on this earth. The inaugural issue of the Journal of Studies in Dynamics and Change (JSDC) will be an attempt to capture these inter-linkages and the dynamics therein with the following sub-themes.

Use Pattern and Sustainability of Environmental Resources:

Environmental resources have economic use and a progressive increase in the use of these resources supports development efforts as well as human comfort. However, such a progressive increase is also limited by the capacity of the earth to produce these resources (Catton, 1986; Meadows, 1972; Roy & Mukherjee, 2008). It is therefore necessary to protect and conserve the resources and limit their use for human comfort of the consuming generation alone. In theoretical discourses, there are two different and conflicting views of looking at this phenomenon. One view holds that effective pricing of the resource may put deterrence on the excessive consumption of these resources. On contrary, the other view holds that sustainable use of resources may be the key to effective resource use (Rees, 1996). Potential authors may consider this as an area of analysis in their paper for the Journal of Studies in Dynamics and Change.

Policy Implications of the ways of using natural resources for augmenting consumption:

Whether policy makers use the tools of pricing or controlled use; policies have differentiated implications for different population groups in social and economic stratification. A higher price may eventually result in free access by the affluent and a controlled use may eventually result in discrimination against the groups of people who are less influential; economically and socially (Bo, 1998). An analysis of these differentiated implications may constitute the core of a possible paper submitted to the Journal of Studies in Dynamics. Moreover, analysis of public policies may also constitute an area to focus in the papers submitted.

Socio-Economic Impact of Changes in the Quality of Natural Resources-Gender and Class Dimensions

The quality of environmental resources like water, air and forests affect the production process and the relations of production in a profound manner. Evidences suggest that the degradation of environment puts pressure on the livelihoods and quality of life of marginalised sections of population; especially, the women and the poorer sections of the society (Barnett, 1963; Jahan, 2008). Environmental degradation is often considered as not only a cause for economic marginalisation, to some extent pressing economic conditions and lack of economic security among the marginalised groups also forces the poor to increase the pressure on environment. As a result, we consistently face a vicious circle of deterioration of environment linked in a two-way relationship with economic and social inequality.  Such aspects including the public health concerns related to the quality of environmental resources can also be considered as a possible area of discussion in the papers submitted for publication in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Studies in Dynamics and Change (JSDC).

Other issues:

There may be many other issues related to the inter-linkages between environment, economy and society. For example, one may focus on the debates around the genuineness of the panic over Climate Change. One may also discuss the concerns for environmental sustainability as a socio-political agenda in democratic governance. The links between environmental sustainability and technological progress may also constitute potential areas of discussion in the papers submitted.

Kindly upload your papers through the online submission process available on http://www.jsdc.lokkatha.com after registering yourself on the site. The issue will be published in May 2014 and the last date for submission of manuscripts is 25th April 2014.

Sincerely,

Dr. Siba Sankar Mohanty

Managing Editor, JSDC

Asst. Professor, Economics

School of Social Sciences, Doon University, Dehradun

Works Cited

Barnett, H. a. (1963). Scarcity and Growth. The Economics of Natural Resource Availability. . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bo, G. (1998). Scope and limits of the market mechanism in environmental management. Ecological Economics 24 , 259–274.

Catton, W. (1986). Carrying capacity and the limits to freedom. Paper prepared for Social Ecology Session 1, Xl World Congress of Sociology. 18 August, 1986 . New Delhi, India.

Jahan, M. (2008). The Impact Of Environmental Degradation on Women In Bangladesh : An Overview. Asian Affairs, Vol. 30, No. 2 : 5-15, April-June.

Meadows, D. M. (1972). The Limits to Growth. New York: Universe Publishers.

Rees, W. E. (1996). Revisiting Carrying Capacity: Area-Based Indicators of Sustainability. Population and Environment: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Roy, S. B., & Mukherjee, R. a. (2008). Conceptual Framework for Criteria and Indicator for Assessment of Sustainable Development : An Illustration on Joint Forest Management. Indian Institute of Bio-Social Research and Development.

Stern, N. (2006). Stern Review on The Economics of Climate Change (pre-publication edition). London.: HM Treasury.