Call for papers
Following the multiple shocks of transition to a market economy, the global financial crisis, the Covid pandemic and the destructive effects of the war in Ukraine, the economies of South East Europe are under increasing strain. As interest rates rise around the world, the burden of debt payments in indebted countries is rising and governments are under pressure to cut back on their expenditures. Often, social and economic infrastructure investments are the first in line for cutbacks. However, these investments lay the foundations for future economic growth, recovery and reconstruction. The importance of infrastructure investments is recognised in the
EU’s Economic and Investment Plan for South East Europe, in the EU’s Recovery and
Resilience Plans for EU members states, and in the support promised to Ukraine by
international institutions as it struggles to rebuild its essential infrastructure damaged and destroyed by Russian aggression. However, research evidence on the contribution of infrastructure investments in South East Europe is poorly developed and much needs to be known about the role of both economic and social infrastructure in the economies of the region.
Which infrastructure contributes most to productivity and economic growth? How should infrastructure investments be financed? How can infrastructure investments be designed to contribute to the goals of environmental protection, combatting climate change and reducing economic inequalities? What will be the effects of new economic and social infrastructure investments on the labour markets, and on skill development and on youth unemployment?
Can investments in digital infrastructure reduce the development gap between South East Europe and more advanced European states? How can infrastructure investments be designed to reduce large regional disparities and boost local economic development? These and other questions will be discussed at this workshop.
Extended abstracts of up to 500 words should contain the title, author(s) name and affiliation, and contact details. Abstracts should state the aims of the paper, the methodology used, and the workshop theme to which the paper is addressed. Abstracts should be submitted by 16th January 2023 via email to Will Bartlett (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nikola Njegovan (email@example.com).
16th January 2023: Deadline for submission of abstracts
20th January 2022: Notification of acceptance
24th March 2023: Submission of papers and registration for workshop
30th -31st March 2023: Workshop