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ISSN (online): 2071-1050
Journal Sheet: Sustainability

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- A European Perspective on Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Sustainable Development and Regional Resilience

- Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development

- Applications of Artificial Intelligence in New Energy Technology Systems

- Approaches to the Non-conflictual Use of Resources

- Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | Exploring the Impact of AI on Politics and Society

- Autonomous Vehicles | Future of Transportation Sustainability

- Belt & Road Initiative in Times of ‘Synchronized Downturn’ | Issues, Challenges, Opportunities

- BIM-Based Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Buildings

- Biochar and Greenhouse Gas Emissions during Livestock Bio-Waste Composting

- Bringing Governance Back Home | Lessons for Local Government regarding Rapid Climate Action

- Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability

- Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Tourism Sector

- Circular Economy | A Move towards Economical Viable Sustainability

- Circular Economy Evaluation | Towards a Transparent and Traceable Approach under a Life Cycle Perspective

- Climate Adaptation and Mitigation through Sustainable Energy Solutions

- Considering Irreversibility in Transport Infrastructure Planning

- Construction 4.0 | The Next Revolution in the Construction Industry

- Corporate Sustainability and Sustainable Management in Changing Environments

- Covid-19 and Urban Inequalities | Spatial and Digital Dimensions

- Designing and Implementing Innovative Business Models and Supply Chains | The Digitalization and Sustainability Imperative

- Digital Economy, E-commerce, and Sustainability

- Eco-Didactic Art, Design, and Architecture in the Public Realm

- Economy and Sustainability of Natural Resources

- Educational Spaces and Sustainability

- Effects of Climate Change on Sustainable Agriculture

- Efficient and Non-polluting Biomass and Wastes Thermal Gasification

- Emerging Research on Socio-Technological Sustainability Transitions

- Energy System Sustainability

- Environmental Impacts under Sustainable Conservation Management

- Environmental Management Approaches and Tools to Boost Circular Economy

- Environmental Migration and Displacement-Migration Aspirations in Response to Environmental Changes

- Exploring and Analyzing Links between the Covid-19 Pandemic and Globalization | Levers for Sustainability Transitions?

- Farming System Design and Assessment for Sustainable Agroecological Transition

- Geological Heritage and Biodiversity in Natural and Cultural Landscapes

- Governance of Technology in Smart Cities

- Green Building Technologies II

- High Precision Positioning for Intelligent Transportation System

- Household Food Waste | From an International Perspective

- Hydrological Responses by Climate Change and Human Activities

- IEIE Buildings (Integration of Energy and Indoor Envirornent)

- Influence of Hydrometeorological Hazards on Regional Sustainable Development in Vulnerable Mountain Areas

- Infotainment Systems and Intelligent Vehicles

- Innovations towards Greener and Smarter Mobility for Sustainable Development

- Innovative and Sustainable Technology in Carbon Emission Reduction

- Innovative Food Science and Sustainable Process Management

- Integration of BIM and ICT for Sustainable Building Projects

- Karst and Environmental Sustainability

- Low CO2 Concrete

- Machine Learning for Sustainable Energy

- Maladaptation to Climate Change

- Management and Innovation for Environmental Sustainability

- Management Approaches to Improve Sustainability in Urban Systems

- Mediatization of Social Sustainability | Paradigm of Explicitation and Understanding of the Environment, Society and the Economy

- Modelling and Mapping of Soil

- Natural and Technological Hazards in Urban Areas | Assessment, Planning and Solutions

- Nature-Based Tourism, Protected Areas, and Sustainability

- New Environmental, Economic and Social Challenges for Raw Materials Supply | Sustainable Mining and Extractive Waste Exploitation

- New Evidences of Indoor Thermal Comfort in Residential and Tertiary Buildings | Design and Evaluation Methods

- Organic and Perovskite Photovoltaics | New Materials, New Processes and Stability

- Planning and Design Interventions for Improving the Well-Being of Vulnerable Groups

- Port Governance

- Public Health Related to Climate Change

- Public Transport Accessibility and Sustainability

- Recycling and Sustainability of Plastics

- Regenerative Buildings and Beyond | Scale Jumping Sustainable and Net-Zero Designs to Regenerative Neighbourhoods, Districts, Communities, and Cities

- Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development

- Rural Development | Challenges for Managers and Policy Makers

- Scientific Theory and Methodologies toward a Sustainable Future under Post-Covid-19 Transition Movement

- Sheltering and Housing Displaced Populations

- Smart City Innovation and Resilience in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

- Soil Stabilization in Sustainability

- Sustainability and Agricultural Economics

- Sustainability at the Nexus between Climate Change and Land Use Change

- Sustainability in Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies

- Sustainable and Safe Two-Wheel Mobility

- Sustainable Building and Sustainable Indoor Environment

- Sustainable Cities | Challenges and Potential Solutions

- Sustainable Construction Engineering and Management

- Sustainable Cropping Practices to Counteract Environmental Stresses

- Sustainable Development and Practices | Production, Consumption and Prosumption

- Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES)

- Sustainable Enterprise Excellence and Innovation

- Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Firm Performance and Innovation

- Sustainable Geotechnics | Theory, Practice, and Applications

- Sustainable Innovation Trends and Global Value Chains in Emerging Markets

- Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing and Logistics Systems

- Sustainable Railway Systems | Innovation and Optimization

- Sustainable Transportation Management, Governance and Public Policy

- Sustainable Transportation Planning and Policy

- Sustainable Zero Energy Buildings

- Systems Engineering for Sustainable Development Goals

- The Human Side of Sustainable Innovations

- The Value Generation of Social Farming

- Towards a Sustainable Urban Planning for the Green Deal Era

- Urban Microclimate and Air Quality as Drivers of Urban Design

- Urban Renewal, Governance and Sustainable Development | More of the Same or New Paths?

- Urban Sprawl and Sustainability II

- Urban Sustainability | Community-Scale Climate Adaptation

- Urban Sustainability | Re-envisioning Cities to Lead the Way toward to Circular Economy

- Urbanization and Road Safety Management

- Water-Food-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development

- World Cities in the Era of Globalization

Year of the Pubblication: 2021
31
Jan
2021
Paper Submission Deadline
27
Feb
2021
Publishing Date

Add to Calendar 01/31/2021 08:00 Europe/Rome Belt & Road Initiative in Times of ‘Synchronized Downturn’ | Issues, Challenges, Opportunities

The launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 triggered questions among experts and academics. Symptomatically, very little information about the initiative was available at that time, and so a sense of confusion was induced in the debate on BRI scope as well as its potential influence on all stakeholders involved. Connotations with the historical Silk Road had infused the debate on BRI not only with great expectations and hopes, but also with fears. Clearly, considering that China epitomizes export-led growth model, many observers argued that BRI might be just another way of facilitating Chinese exports. Also, caution has been recommended as regards the modes of financing BRI-related projects with regard to sustainable financing, potential indebtedness, and management of debt problems in borrower countries (Hurley, Morris, & Portelance, 2018). In the same context, implications for Southeast Asian regional architecture and the prospect of Sinicization have been stressed (Suehiro, 2017). Six years into the official start of BRI, an understanding of what the initiative’s objectives are consolidates. This is reflected in academic research and more policy-oriented publications stemming from the think-tank sector (Albert, 2018; Gabuev, 2016; Jakóbowski & Kaczmarski, 2017; Visvizi et al., 2019). Notably, there is a growing recognition on the part of international organizations, such as the World Bank Group (WB), and other key players on the international scene, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), to mention just these two, that serious consideration should be given to BRI and its implications. At the same time, developments on the ground suggest that in as much as BRI embodies a bold vision of the future, it is also beset, like the original Silk Road, by a variety of contingencies and constraints (Blanchard & Flint, 2017; Kozłowski, 2018). Current developments pertinent to international trade, including trade wars, unstable political and economic environment, military conflicts, and the prospect of ‘synchronized slow-down’ (Georgieva, 2019) place BRI and its dynamics in a new context. The objective of this Special Issue is to examine the broadly defined implications thereof from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The intention of the Guest Editors is to encourage and streamline conceptually sound and empirically grounded research on BRI, thereby making this Special Issue a reference for the broad community of researchers, academics, and practitioners.
Examples of topics of interest include: BRI and contemporary business environment: issues, developments, implications; BRI and sustainability: climate, resources, society; BRI and domestic/international regulatory frameworks; BRI and the business sector: B2B, BMI, HRM; BRI and infrastructure: transportation, electricity, networks; BRI and sophisticated information and communication technology (ICT): from distributed information systems to AI and their application; BRI and smart cities: an insight into the role of (smart) cities in building competitive advantage along BRI; BRI and the Arab Peninsula: insights into regional developments; BRI and regional collaboration schemes: from ad hoc collaboration to strategic alliances; BRI and innovativeness: R&D, innovation policies, strategies, approaches, comparative insights; BRI and international organizations: rethinking multilateralism; BRI: case studies, prototypes and project deliverables related to OBOR; Covid-19 inflicted implications.

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Code: CFP-S112-SI22_2021
Posting date: 05/11/2020

Belt & Road Initiative in Times of ‘Synchronized Downturn’ | Issues, Challenges, Opportunities


Aims and Scope

The launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 triggered questions among experts and academics. Symptomatically, very little information about the initiative was available at that time, and so a sense of confusion was induced in the debate on BRI scope as well as its potential influence on all stakeholders involved. Connotations with the historical Silk Road had infused the debate on BRI not only with great expectations and hopes, but also with fears. Clearly, considering that China epitomizes export-led growth model, many observers argued that BRI might be just another way of facilitating Chinese exports. Also, caution has been recommended as regards the modes of financing BRI-related projects with regard to sustainable financing, potential indebtedness, and management of debt problems in borrower countries (Hurley, Morris, & Portelance, 2018). In the same context, implications for Southeast Asian regional architecture and the prospect of Sinicization have been stressed (Suehiro, 2017). Six years into the official start of BRI, an understanding of what the initiative’s objectives are consolidates. This is reflected in academic research and more policy-oriented publications stemming from the think-tank sector (Albert, 2018; Gabuev, 2016; Jakóbowski & Kaczmarski, 2017; Visvizi et al., 2019). Notably, there is a growing recognition on the part of international organizations, such as the World Bank Group (WB), and other key players on the international scene, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), to mention just these two, that serious consideration should be given to BRI and its implications. At the same time, developments on the ground suggest that in as much as BRI embodies a bold vision of the future, it is also beset, like the original Silk Road, by a variety of contingencies and constraints (Blanchard & Flint, 2017; Kozłowski, 2018). Current developments pertinent to international trade, including trade wars, unstable political and economic environment, military conflicts, and the prospect of ‘synchronized slow-down’ (Georgieva, 2019) place BRI and its dynamics in a new context. The objective of this Special Issue is to examine the broadly defined implications thereof from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The intention of the Guest Editors is to encourage and streamline conceptually sound and empirically grounded research on BRI, thereby making this Special Issue a reference for the broad community of researchers, academics, and practitioners.
Examples of topics of interest include: BRI and contemporary business environment: issues, developments, implications; BRI and sustainability: climate, resources, society; BRI and domestic/international regulatory frameworks; BRI and the business sector: B2B, BMI, HRM; BRI and infrastructure: transportation, electricity, networks; BRI and sophisticated information and communication technology (ICT): from distributed information systems to AI and their application; BRI and smart cities: an insight into the role of (smart) cities in building competitive advantage along BRI; BRI and the Arab Peninsula: insights into regional developments; BRI and regional collaboration schemes: from ad hoc collaboration to strategic alliances; BRI and innovativeness: R&D, innovation policies, strategies, approaches, comparative insights; BRI and international organizations: rethinking multilateralism; BRI: case studies, prototypes and project deliverables related to OBOR; Covid-19 inflicted implications.

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Artificial Intelligence, Business Models, Business, Economics & Management, Case Studies, Climate Change, Development Economics, Electrical Engineering, Future Developments, Green Infrastructures, Green Mobility, Green Policies, Health & Wellbeing, Health Emergency, ICT, Industry 4.0, Infrastructures, Innovation, Networks, Product Innovation, Renewable Resources, Resource Management, Service Innovation, Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Smart Infrastructure, Smart Systems, Sustainable Development, Transport infrastructures, Transports
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Prof. Dr. Anna Visvizi
Prof. Miltiadis D. Lytras