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Social Science Research Colloquium 2022

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Social Science Research Colloquium 2022
“Sustainable Development Goals and Socioeconomic Change:
Learning and Practice Opportunities”
1 st and 2 nd February, 2022

The SCMS Cochin School of Business has been conducting the Social Science Research Colloquium since 2019. We focus on the emerging trends in Management Practices. In its fourth edition given the pandemic persistence, SSRC 2022 proposes to focus on the concept of Sustainable Development Goals revisiting the Agenda 2030 ‘People, Planet and Prosperity’.

The Sustainable Development Goals is initiated as a means to achieve universal development in a unique format. Comprehensive and sustainable development focusing on social, economic and environmental aspects of life and living is what is envisioned. The proposed Social Science Research Colloquium 2022(SSRC 2022) is being organized by SCMS Cochin School of Business in collaboration with Kochi Municipal Corporation on 1 st and 2 nd of February, 2022.

The colloquium plans to focus on four of the seventeen SDGs proposed by UN. They are Good Health and Wellbeing (Goal 3), Quality Education (Goal 4), Industry Innovation and Infrastructure (Goal 9) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 11). The proposed target audience include, however are not restricted to policymakers, participants from the academia, international organisations, civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders. Special consideration will be given to researchers in the field of Management and other Social Science domains. The experience they garner from this event will help them in developing ideas regarding inserting new contents and relevant interdisciplinary angles and learning methods to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This will also help in developing commitment to and act in support of SDGs.

Collaboration with Kochi Municipal Corporation is an essential extension that SCMS should think of when taking SDGs as the focus of this year’s colloquium. The Sustainable Development Goals, even though created at a macro level, effective implementation will be possible only through actions at the local level. Hence, localising SDGs is the only way to carry the goals forward to achievement. Collaboration with Kochi Municipal Corporation will assure discussions from a practitioners’ angle in the colloquium, thus rendering it more comprehensive.

Humanity has been living through the most devastating crisis from 2019 December onwards. The pandemic has shaken the roots of the most powerful nations and left others crippled. The fundamental survival opportunities offered by health, education, infrastructure development and developed living spaces have weakened in the context of the pandemic. The targets and indicators of the SDGs need to be revisited in concurrence with the emerging realities to make them meaningful in the newly evolving circumstances.

Future of the world lies in sustainable development practices. Living in the era of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) measurements and mandatory compliances, guidance offered by UN Sustainable Development Goals will form the key to management practices. The proposed research colloquium wishes to address four of the sustainable development goals from a management perspective. However, the scope of the papers shall not be limited by this focus. The colloquium plans to focus on the third, fourth, ninth and eleventh goals of SDGs.

Third SDG (on Health and Well being) talked about the needs and ways to end the epidemics causing highest concern and had even listed the epidemics demanding immediate attention. However, the world had to face COVID, which, now has been raging across the globe for two years. This has disrupted all forward planning and ensuing actions. Efficient management of the health system, in a pan world perspective is the need of the hour. Health and hospital management have been the most challenging crisis in the last two years. The colloquium is addressing the issue as its most important priority.

Even when we are worried about climate change, we eagerly wait for weather predictions, but fail to consider it in a larger scope, often myopic to the warning signs of Nature. Even while being concerned about global warming, floods and landslides, and carbon footprints we haven’t yet started seriously considering the impacts of reckless deforestation, mining and quarrying. Education is the key and holds answer to such insensitivities. Creating a responsible generation – with strong awareness, profound responsibility and precise skill set- is the need of the hour. International community recommends investment in education. The pandemic times have brought in a different set of needs for the world to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (SDG 4 Goal on Quality education). The entire world has turned over to an online education system. It is unfortunate that more than half of the school-going children are not online because they are poor and either cannot afford the devices or data access. As it evolved in the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development for 2030 in May 2021, “the rich countries have to work with the Low income and Lower middle income countries in ensuring that there are budgets for education and the kids are back to school.” (Jeffry Sachs, ESD for 2030, May 2021). The system will take time to settle and come back to normalcy. But it is going to be a new normal with a new structure. We need trials and experiments in the field of education to keep the world moving towards the goal of ‘Quality Education’. The colloquium plans to develop strong discussions and deliberations in this area.

SDG Goal 9 is dedicated to “build(ing) resilient infrastructure, prmot(ing) inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster(ing) innovation’. This is a very broad goal, closely related to all aspects of life and living. Investment in infrastructure is fundamental to the development and empowerment of communities. Development and management of transportation, energy, information and communication technology are essential to the structured and planned development of countries. Industrial development is the second essential step that has to follow the development of primary sector in any country. This stage merits special attention as policy makers have to be careful in assuring that it has to be inclusive and sustainable if, it is to generate outcomes that benefit the entire population.

We live in an ever-evolving world with a dynamic equilibrium. Continuously evolving path towards higher levels of achievement of mankind is only possible through constant innovations and technological development. Development and application of new ideas are crucial to industrial and social progress. Thus SDG Goal 9 “ Industry, innovation and infrastructure ”envisages actions which are self propelling and instrumental to achieving the global sustainable development goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The colloquium will have special focus on the Goal 9 of SDGs and request papers on basic infrastructure development leading to and enhancing productivity and incomes. Papers on inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and technology and innovation, which help in the attainment of a better and more sustainable future for all, are also requested.

It is estimated that more than half of humanity- six out of ten people - will be living in cities by 2030. Cities should be engines for sustainable development. They are hubs for business, culture, science, social development and more. However developing city spaces into more accommodating centers of activity exert enormous strain on land and resources. Common urban challenges include inadequate financing options for development of basic services, congestion, very inadequate housing facilities and outdated infrastructure. Given all the challenges, opportunities must be generated for the cities to thrive and grow. The challenges should be solved if the citizens are to be given chances of dignified existence. Cities should provide opportunities for reducing poverty and pollution. The sustainable development goals lay down that development must balance social, economic and environment sustainability. Goal 11 of SDGs envisages the creation of inclusive cities with dignified access to basic services, energy sources, housing, transportation and more. The colloquium welcomes papers in the area of Goal 11 “ Sustainable cities and communities”.

The driving idea of the colloquium is SDG Agenda 2030 ‘People, Planet and Prosperity’. The colloquium calls for papers in the following areas:

SDG 3 – Global Health and Well-being. Topics suggested are:

  • Challenges of health promotion and health care management during public health emergency, preparedness and response towards building healthier societies.
  • COVID pandemic - experiments and experiences with innovative health care management practices
  • Health care financing – challenges and opportunities
  • Recent trends in emergency medical care management

SDG 4 – Quality Education. The topics suggested are:

  • The new normal of online education- opportunities and challenges
  • Online system of education and impact on the cognitive development and mental heath of children in school going age
  • How the digital divide was addressed by the State during the pandemic.
  • Pandemic induced changes in financing of education.

SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. Topics suggested are:

  • Entrepreneurs and market-ready innovations during the COVID times
  • COVID induced ‘employees’ family and wellbeing’ concerns of employers
  • Challenges of ‘work from home’ management in organisations
  • Cross-sectoral collaborations, social and economic change and SDGs – challenges and opportunities.

SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities

  • Expanding public transit in developing cities- realities, opportunities and challenges
  • Master plans and city space development.
  • Understanding values of Culture, Heritage and Identity
  • Responsible tourism

The 2022 SSRC organised by SCMS Cochin School of Business will be held in the SCMS Muttom Campus on 1st and 2nd of February 2022; aiming to open a dialogue between policy makers, experts and stakeholders.


The event will be held offline at SCMS Muttom Campus with a limited number of participants.

How to participate

Registration of all interested stakeholders is open at the following link by 20th of December 2021 HERE

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