Faculty of Management and Social Sciences,

Alex Ekwueme, Federal University, Ndufu-Alike,
Ebonyi State, NIGERIA.

International Conference

Call for papers

Theme- Accelerating Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges

Background

During the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Member States agreed to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose achievement period elapsed about 3 years ago in 2015 with mixed results – especially for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of developmental goals to complement and/or substitute for the arguably missed targets of the MDGs. The SDGs aims to address and/ or redress three dimensions of sustainable development (environmental, economic and social) as well as ensure coherence with, and integrated into, the United Nations global development agenda over a time horizon of 2015 to 2030.  The 17 SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity with a focus on the most vulnerable and a commitment that “no one will be left behind.”

The conference aims to bring together industry leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and researchers interested in sustainable development from a range of disciplines (e.g. Economics, Management Studies, Higher Education, Security Studies, Agriculture, etc) in order to consolidate existing work and to develop new research agendas in the Nigerian context.

Call for Papers

Against the above backdrop and consistent with the 2030 Agenda, which calls for “an integration of social and ecological objectives with the economic in order to enhance sustainable betterment on all fronts and excluding no one,” this conference could not have been better timed.   The conference aims to bring together industry leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and researchers interested in sustainable development from a range of disciplines (e.g. Economics, Management Studies, Higher Education, Security Studies, Agriculture, etc) in order to consolidate existing work and to develop new research agendas in the Nigerian context.

 

The conference will pay attention to crucial governance and institutional factors facilitating and or constraining achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria. The conference will provide evidence to measure past progress, and assess where and how policy makers, financial institutions and business leaders in Nigeria should act. Speakers will examine where we are on the sustainability front compared with where we need to be? In what areas are efforts still falling short? What do we need to do in Nigeria to accelerate sustainable development and chart a path of getting there?

This conference seeks views and/or studies that explore the prospects and challenges of Nigeria meeting the SDGs. Papers are invited based on a wide range of methodological and theoretical orientations that seek to highlight the potential, and/ or challenges of Nigeria in achieving the 17 SDGs covering poverty and hunger, health and quality education, peace and security to sustainability. We are happy to consider contributions that interrogate the aforementioned challenges within the following tracks:

Track 1 – Poverty & Hunger
Track 2 – Health & Education
Track 3 – Energy
Track 4 – Gender & Equality
Track 5 – Work, Employment and Society
Track 6 – Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Track 7 – Sustainability & Climate Change
Track 8 – Institutions, Social Justice, Peace & Security
Track 9 – Partnerships
Track 10 –Mass Media and Freedom of Expression

Submission Process and Important Dates

  • Manuscript should be formatted thus: A title of not more than 15 words, all text in Time New Roman, 12-point font size & 1.5-line spacing, Full end text references provided.
  • The submission could comprise either an abstract of 150-250 words or a full paper (not more than 7000 words).
  • The abstract/ full paper should have a cover page bearing the title, name of authors, institutional affiliations or address, emails
  • The deadline for submissions of abstract is 10 June 2019
  • Clearly specify your track of consideration.
  • Submit your papers via conference email: fmsscon2019@gmail.com or fmssconf2019@funai.edu.ng
  • Conference date is 25th June, 2019 to 27th June 2019 at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Auditorium (Zone A).
  • Please register online to participate fmssconf.aefunai.edu.ng

The conference is being organised by the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State (Nigeria) in close collaboration with UNESCO Chair in Sustainable (University of Lincoln UK) and Nigerian Research Scholars Forum. NRSF is an inter-disciplinary research forum that aims to galvanise the vibrant but dispersed community of Nigerian scholars focusing on interdisciplinary dimensions related to sustainable development in Nigeria. The forum brings together a critical mass of leading Nigerian scholars based in academic institutions in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. For more information about the forum send email to afamituma@yahoo.com

Further Information

For questions regarding the conference tracks, please contact the following:

  • Dean Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Prof. Afam Icha-Ituma, AE-FUNAI, Nigeria, Email: ituma@funai.edu.ng
  • Conference Planning Committee Chair, Dr Emenike Anyaegbunam, AE-FUNAI, Nigeria, Email: anyaegbunam@funai.edu.ng
  • Programme Chair, Dr. Nnamdi O. Madichie, Centre for Research & Enterprise, London School of Business and Management, United Kingdom, Email: cre@lsbm.ac.uk
  • Co- Programme Chair, Dr. Paul Igwe, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln. Brayford Pool, Lincoln. Email: PIgwe@lincoln.ac.uk
  • Conference Planning Committee Secretary, Dr. Nelson N. Nkwor, AE-FUNAI, Nigeria. Email: nkwor@funai.edu.ng