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The 3rd annual (JGED) Conference – 1st CALL FOR PAPERS

The 3rd annual (JGED) Conference – 1st CALL FOR PAPERS

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Date(s) - Wed - 13 Jul - Fri - 15 Jul
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13-15 JULY 2016

The 3rd annual Journal of Green Economy and Development (JGED) Conference will be held Wednesday, July 13, to Friday, July 15, at the beautiful Saltrock Hotel, on the Dolphin Coast in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

2016 Conference Theme: Advancing new thinking on sustainability and wellbeing

Terms such as “Green Economy” and “green jobs” are increasingly becoming part of the vocabulary relating to debates on sustainable growth. However, how far do they tell us about challenges that we face regarding industrialisation vis a vis environmental protection, or that concerning growing inequalities and power relations? The aim of the conference, whose theme is “Advancing new thinking on sustainability and wellbeing”, is to put forward (new) analyses that challenge assumptions about untrammelled growth and consumptive behaviour as drivers of our lives. The conference will address sustainability in more holistic ways that place voices of social actors, people’s livelihoods and/or well-being at the centre of the debates. Clearly, the transformative model of the green economy, sustainability, must capture, not just the complex and interconnected technical, socio-economic and socio-political challenges facing developing countries, but also ethical and philosophical issues such as Ubuntu.

Abstract submission is now open. Each author may submit a maximum of two abstracts in any of the following Conference Tracks.

  1. Development Perspectives
  2. Climate Change
  3. Green Energy
  4. Green Policy Frameworks
  5. Water and Resource Management
  6. Corporate Social Responsibility
  7. Green Technology Innovations
  8. Green Supply Chain
  9. Eco-tourism
  10. Development Finance & Growth
  11. Green Agriculture
  12. Governance and Sustainability
  13. Green Marketing, Art and Design
  14. Indigenous Systems
  15. Green Jobs
  16. Consumer Behavior
  17. Human Development
  18. Green Health

Postgraduate Student Track

Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit their papers to the Postgraduate Student Track. This special track is to encourage postgraduate students to network and share their work with other scholars working in their area. Papers submitted to the postgraduate student track will be considered for postgraduate student best paper awards.

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 25, 2016. All abstracts MUST have an associated paper for inclusion in the proceedings. All full papers and posters must be submitted on or before May 30, 2016. Accepted papers must not be published before the time of the conference.

All information regarding the conference, and related matters can be obtained by either going to our website: or contact the conference co-ordinator by emailing

Your abstract and full paper must be submitted to

Registration information

Registration fee of R5500.00 is payable by all participants not later than 30 April 2016. The registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunches, the gala dinner and a book of abstracts.

Logistics and administration related inquiries can be emailed to Further information on accommodation and logistics will be posted on our website:

Author Guidelines

  • In order for the manuscript to be published in JGED it should at the minimum meet the following criteria:
  • Contribution to knowledge
  • Background or  introduction  with  literature  showing  the  research  gap  being investigated and questions being addressed. This section should contain adequate explanation of how and why the publication contributes to knowledge in the area of green economy, climate change, governance, sustainability, green energy, development economics, and poverty alleviation.
  • A theoretical framework around which the manuscript is contextualized.
  • A clear explanation of the research methodology followed. The methodology should be explained in a way that allows the reviewers to evaluate the validity of methods and findings.
  • A discussion of the research findings and how they address the research questions and the identified gap in knowledge.

Title Page and Abstract

  • The title page should include:
  • Title
  • Institutional affiliation of the author(s) and the contact details of the corresponding author
  • At least four key words
  • A concise abstract in 200-400 words detailing the background (what is known and what is not known), methodology, findings of importance and conclusion
  • To facilitate a blind review process there should be no reference to the author(s) in the abstract and in the rest of the manuscript

Manuscript Submission

  • To submit a paper, please send an article in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail to
  • Submission of a manuscript to JGED confirms that the manuscript has not been published before and is not under consideration at another journal or publication channel anywhere in the world
  • JGED does not condone plagiarism, and neither does it condone infringement of copyright
  • All manuscripts are subjected to double blind reviewing

Format of manuscript

  • All manuscript submissions should be written with a 12-point Arial font, using 1.5 line spacing
  • Acknowledgements should be placed in a final section of the paper before “Reference”section
  • Figures and Tables should be clearly numbered and form part of the main text
  • The length of the manuscript should not be less than 2500 words and not more that

6000 words including figure, tables and references


  • The journal publishes two issues a year and hosts an annual conference once a year.

Referencing style

  • Referencing should follow the Harvard referencing system, in-text as well as at the end of the manuscript where a list of references is required. Here is an example showing an in-text citation and how a reference list should look like:

In-text citation

  • It has been argued that due to high risk associated with funding start-ups in South Africa, the formal lending market has shrunk by five percent (Mkhize, 2006). Thomas and Salt (2011) contend that entrepreneurs that focus on the information technology sector have a higher propensity to attract venture capitalists compared to those entrepreneurs operating in the agriculture sector.

Reference List

o  Mkhize, H. (2006) Funding models for South African Entrepreneurs. Durban: Green


o  Rashina, C. E. O. (2010) ‘Symbolic consumption in South Africa’, World Consumer

Studies, 41(6), pp. 392-407.

o  Thomas, H. and Salt, L. T. (2011) ‘Is it possible to encourage youth to participate in the agriculture sector in South Africa?’, Journal of Business and Public Dynamics for Development, 2(1), pp. 454-482.

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