On behalf of my co-editors and I, we are delighted to share with you our Call for Papers for a Special Issue on "Sustainability-oriented innovation in agri-food systems" in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change (AJG 3). Below is a brief(ish) summary of CfP, I hope it inspires you to submit.
The aim of our SI is to examine how the agri-food industry is and could respond to the grand challenges of sustainability, where the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs (Brundtland Commission 1987). In particular we interested in exploring how agri-food companies implement sustainability-oriented innovations (SOIs) i.e. intentional changes to their philosophy and values, as well as to their products, processes or practices to serve the speciﬁc purpose of creating and realizing social and environmental value in addition to economic returns (Adams et al. 2016).
We hope to mobilize scholarly work examining how the agri-food industry from incumbents to start-ups can minimize the adverse environmental and social impacts of the foods sector while maintaining economic sustainability through different forms of SOIs. We strongly encourage scholars to bridge disciplinary boundaries as a means of tackling the systemic and complex nature of the problems the industry faces. We thus hope that scholars consider how systemic change comes about for example by considering:
These are but a few of the options available to prospective authors and we welcome all methods and approaches if they maintain a high-level of academic rigor and consider how systematic change may come about and have larger effects on the environment and the society at large. We are open to all methods including qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods as well as conceptual, theoretical, and literature review papers if they advance the field in significant ways.
Deadline for the submission of contributions: 15th July 2020
Guest Editors: Stefania Testa (University of Genoa), Kristian Roed Nielsen (Copenhagen Business School), Steen Vallentin (Copenhagen Business School), Federica Ciccullo (Politecnico of Milano).