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Governing Sustainability in Europe


Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and the Asia Pacific

The workshop aims to provide insights into how policymakers, entrepreneurs and civil society actors engage with the complex process of governing sustainable development in two geopolitical and geo-economic key regions: Europe and Indo-Pacific. A special focus lies on the new EU member states of Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) to show their potential, but also specific challenges they are facing in the upcoming years.

We would like you to submit your proposal (abstract or manuscript) related to the topic 'Governing Sustainability in Europe: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and the Indo-Pacific'.

Submissions should explicitly address concepts, existing governance models and prospects of sustainable governance in two regions: Central and Eastern Europe and the Indo-Pacific region, and the interaction between them by focusing on either of the following broad questions:

  1. What is the understanding and approaches of sustainability in in Central and Eastern European countries and the Indo-Pacific region? How these approaches have been emerged, evolved and implemented?
  2. What are the challenges faced by political, economic and civil society stakeholders in Central and Eastern European countries and the Indo-Pacific region in implementing new models of governing sustainability?
  3. What is or can be the specific role of Central and Eastern European countries in deepening Europe’s sustainable partnerships with the Indo-Pacific region?
  4. What is Central and Eastern European Countries' contribution to the next phase of Europe’s sustainable transformation?

We welcome submissions that are conceptual papers, literature reviews, policy papers, qualitative or quantitative studies, and case studies. We encourage a wide international representation that illustrates multi-layered sustainable governance perspectives and contains policy recommendations. Below is a non-exhaustive list of potential topics:

Economic sustainability
  • Corporate governance for sustainable development
  • Digital transformation and new forms of governance
  • Sustainable transformation as a driver of regional development
  • International trade regimes and sustainability
  • Monitoring sustainable development
Sustainability and Geopolitics
  • Political sustainability and stability
  • New transnational governance frameworks
  • Sustainability and democratic resilience
Social sustainability
  • Managing “just transformations”
  • Social justice, diversity and inclusion



Please send an abstract of 150-200 words or a manuscript (6,000-10,000 words including figures, tables, and references) to:


Submission deadline: Tuesday, 31 October 2023.


You will be notified if your application has been successful by Friday, 15 November 2023 at the latest.

We encourage submissions from young, early career researchers.

There are no registration fees for this workshop. Venue, lunch and coffee breaks will be covered by EU*Asia Institute/ESSCA.

14 - 15 Dec 2023 Budapest, Hungary
Call for Papers open until 31 Oct 2023