Social Innovation for the Sustainability

Call for papers


“Call for papers” open from the Revista Diecisiete.

The revista diecisiete opens this space to receive interdisciplinary contributions that are connected to the Sustainable Development Goals, and that can be included in the monographs that the magazine publishes periodically.

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Call for papers: Just Transition: A holistic approach to sustainability 


Teresa Sánchez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Beatriz Novales, Director of Programmes, Citizenship and Advocacy, Oxfam Intermón.

Cecilia López Pablos, Consultant in innovation projects for development, facilitator of multidisciplinary teams.

“Just transition" represents a holistic approach that recognises the close relationship between climate change, the transition to sustainability and justice. In recent years, this concept has gained prominence in debates and policies related to the fight against climate change and the need to address the environmental crisis in an equitable and sustainable manner. Increasingly, this approach is also receiving attention from the scientific community. In essence, just transition refers to a process of change towards a low-carbon economy that seeks to ensure that no one is left behind in this transition and that the rights and welfare of the most vulnerable workers and communities are protected (Heffron and Heffron, 2021; Wang and Lo, 2021; Heyen, 2022). Ultimately, the fundamental purpose of just transition is to ensure that the process of shifting to a low-carbon economy is equitable and just for all individuals, considering their role as consumers, citizens and workers.

Just transition involves multiple sectors - energy, heavy industry, agriculture, construction, mining, etc. - and encompasses multiple dimensions - social, environmental, economic. It also requires the collaboration of multiple actors, such as governments, companies, trade unions, non-governmental organisations and citizens.

A just transition involves ensuring that workers in industries associated with high carbon emissions, and the communities in which they are based, find a dignified pathway to alternative forms of economic activity and employment. This issue goes beyond mere job substitution, as it is closely linked to different aspects of life in that territory, such as identity, other related economic activities, tax collection and broader phenomena such as population ageing and youth migration.

In addition, just transition can contribute to the achievement of broader social justice objectives, including the generation of decent and well-paid employment, as well as the promotion of greater equality in the economic, social and political spheres. This means addressing not only climate change policies, but also fiscal, social security, labour market, industrial, educational and regional aspects.

In this issue of the journal, we consider it vitally important to highlight the relevance of addressing just transition in its multiple dimensions, as this multidimensional approach is essential to promote a sustainable and equitable future for present and future generations. We are therefore looking for contributions of an interdisciplinary nature that highlight the complex nature of these processes and illustrate possible approaches to address them in different contexts and sectors. Papers may address, among others, the following thematic lines:

Conceptual approaches to the concept of "just transition".

  • Narratives / perceptions of transition
  • Transition as an opportunity for regeneration
  • The contribution of the private sector to just transition processes
  • Governance and multi-stakeholder collaboration focused on just transition
  • Energy poverty
  • The different dimensions of just transition processes
  • Skills and capacities needed to address the transition
  • Risk analysis and adaptation associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy
  • Design of policies, regulations and incentives
  • Health and welfare impacts of transition processes
  • Processes and cases with a focus on justice, incentives, barriers, levers of change.

Deadline for receipt of papers: 22 November 2023.