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Call for Contributions: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research

Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development Goals


Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos, University of Plymouth
Dr Haya Al-Dajani, University of Plymouth
Professor Diane Holt, University of Essex
Professor Paul Jones, University of Coventry
Dr Robert Newbery, University of Newcastle


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defining global priorities up to the year 2030 have been launched by the United Nations, and are pivotal for addressing the current global economic and social challenges we are facing. For example, where economic growth is hitting against the limits of natural resources and increasing inequalities across the planet. The SDGs promote a wide range of actions in the public and private sectors that can foster economic growth through new and innovative ways. However, their success is both uncertain and controversial as procrastination in tackling global challenges produces severe effects on society and the environment, and dealing with the proliferation of symptoms of problems is only one side of the coin - the bottom, hidden side. Entrepreneurship can be a transformational driver, offering the scaffolding for both attaining and delivering the SDGs whilst fuelling economic growth led by the principles of sustainable development. Thus through entrepreneurship, the impact of the SDGs, can be maximized, creating long-term gains for society and the environment.


This is a timely volume indicating a pathway towards 2030. It builds on the SDGs and their priorities through the lens of entrepreneurship. In doing so, it explores the role of entrepreneurship in mitigating global challenges and supporting sustainable development through specific targets that will advance research and discussion in this arena. To contribute significantly to the demarcation and contextualisation of sustainable development, submitted chapters should link directly to one or more SDGs and related prioritised goals as follows: (

Goal 1:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2:
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3:
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4:
Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Goal 5:
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6:
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Goal 7:
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8:
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Goal 9:
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10:
Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11:
Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12:
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13:
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14:
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Goal 15:
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16:
Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Goal 17:
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Below is a list of indicative but not conclusive list of topics that we invite scholars and practitioners to explore:

  • Opportunities and challenges for enterprises contributing to the SDGs
  • Potential benefits and outcomes for the SDGs to be brought about through entrepreneurship
  • Aspects of the role of entrepreneurship, ranging from poverty alleviation to renewable energy
  • Examine various niches, related to social issues and environmental problems, through the lens of entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship leadership and the SDGs
  • Contributions to the SDGs of various forms of entrepreneurship, such as social entrepreneurship, ecopreneurship, rural entrepreneurship and women’s entrepreneurship
  • Theoretical, empirical, experimental and case-study research
  • Both "developed" or "developing" contextual approaches
  • Supra-national, national, regional and local approaches
  • Approaches of various disciplines, such as economics, engineering, health sciences, social sciences and international studies, linking entrepreneurship and the SDGs
  • Criticism of the SDGs and/or the unveiling of alternative approaches in the context of entrepreneurship
  • Analysis of governmental policies and programmes which relate to entrepreneurship and the SDGs from around the world.

Length and Format

Submissions should be approximately 6,000 words. Submitted chapters must follow the Author Guidelines for Emerald Series and Books

Important deadlines

Abstracts deadline – 15 February 2017
Full chapters deadline - 1 July 2017
Reviewer comments returned to authors - 30 August 2017
Revised chapters deadline – 30 October 2017
Final decision – 20 December 2017

How to submit

For enquiries or to submit your chapter, please contact:

Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos
Plymouth Business School, Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Plymouth, UK
[email protected]

Dr Robert Newbery
Newcastle University Business School, University of Newcastle, UK
[email protected]