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Finance and the Agenda 2030 : building momentum for a systemic change

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This new collection will permit the consolidation of existing research trends towards a reorientation of the finance research agenda, by offering a high impact outlet for high quality research in sustainable finance. Submission period: 1st June 2019- 1st June 2020. Papers will be published immediately upon acceptance.

Special Issue "Finance and Agenda 2030: Building Momentum for Systemic Change

A Special Issue Coordinated by the Sustainable Finance Group of SDSN France.

Finance is the brain of the economy. The Agenda 2030 thus implies a rapid readjustment of mainstream models, practices, and regulations. The SDSN France network, through its sustainable finance track, seeks to initiate a process of systemic change by establishing an open and global dialogue between sustainable finance scholars, educators, and practitioners. What is ultimately at stake is the realignment of the behavior of financial actors and the structure of financial institutions with societal and environmental needs. This will require us to replace the 1970s neoclassical model—and its core assumptions of methodological individualism, efficient markets, and shareholder value maximization—with a more diverse approach suited to the systemic challenges of the 21st century.

The proposed special issue will gather a set of reflexive, theoretical, and applied contributions drawing from a wide array of epistemological, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives. The editors are looking for groundbreaking papers that question the hidden assumptions of academic finance from the perspective of sustainability, develop new concepts and tools for socially and environmentally sustainable financial practices, and carve out proposals for reforming the international monetary and financial system in order to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The selected contributions will provide a fresh gaze at finance and help steer the reforms to the teaching, practice, and regulation of finance currently under way as part of the Agenda 2030 strategy.

The content of the special issue will be widely disseminated to high-level global leaders and policy-makers via the global SDSN network. Themes of interest include—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Agenda 2030 and the reform of accounting systems
  • Beyond positivism: new epistemological perspectives in finance
  • Corporate governance: measuring and publicizing negative SDG impact
  • Economic diversity, finance, and sustainability
  • Ethics, values, and sustainable finance
  • Field studies on social entrepreneurship, innovation, and SDG impact
  • Finance, sustainability, and the ‘commons’
  • Identifying and involving stakeholders in SDG assessment
  • Impact materiality, ESG performance, and the SDGs
  • Innovation in risk management, green metrics, and sustainability
  • Integrating environmental and climate data in finance research
  • Modern Money Theory and sustainability
  • Monetary policy, Central Banking, and sustainability
  • Monitoring transition in finance: from the micro to the macro level and back
  • New financing tools for the Agenda 2030
  • Pedagogy: bringing the sustainable finance paradigm to the classroom
  • Perspectives from the Global South on sustainable finance
  • SDGs and firm governance: from greenwashing to systemic accountability
  • SDGs, finance, and information technologies
  • Social studies of finance: interdisciplinary insights on sustainable finance
  • Steering finance towards sustainability: the role of development banks
  • The failure of the modern finance paradigm: causes, explanations, and remedies
  • The impact of international and domestic regulation on SDG performance
  • The potential of complementary currencies in reaching the SDGs
  • The role of intangible assets in attaining the SDGs

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). In addition to Swiss Francs (CHF), the journal also accepts payment in Euros (EUR), US Dollars (USD) or British Pound Sterling (GBP). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

All the manuscripts published in this Special Issue will benefit from a 15% discount. Every author is entitled to discounts of up to 100 CHF for each review they perform. The IOAP program ( also provides between a 10% to a 25% discount to authors whose affiliation is enlisted in the program.

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SDSN France will also provide some financial support to cover a fraction of Article Proceeding Charges.

Contact Prof. Dr. Lagoarde Segot Thomas for more information.

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