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“Inequalities: a challenge to Sustainable Development”


08 March 2024

“Inequalities: a challenge to Sustainable Development”

“Equality, therefore, is at once the most natural thing and the most fantastic.”

Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

Nowadays, the true greatest challenge for humanity is that of what we call “Sustainability empowerment”, meaning: “the ability to make the right to Sustainability a constitutive principle for the project of a new society, in which well-being and its sustainability are the fundamental aim” (Simone Cesaretti Foundation, 2017).

The United Nations have expressed a straightforward negative judgement on the unsustainability of the current development model; not just on an environmental level, but also in terms of economics and society, overcoming the idea that sustainability is purely a matter of the environment and asserting the multi-dimensional character of development (ASviS, 2016). That is the underpinning of the action plan presented in 2015 to aid people, the planet and overall prosperity: the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development, or the 2030 Agenda. The plan takes into consideration – thanks to the work of the experts who have put it together – the challenges that, to this day, appear to be the main obstacles to the achievement of Sustainable Development. Inequalities are among these challenges.

As a matter of fact, the reduction of inequalities is one of the pillars of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development. The perilous road to the birth of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 has brought about a lively debate regarding the nature and implications of inequalities on our global development model.

Though many contributions have come from an economic standpoint, the conversation around inequalities and development has evidenced the intrinsically plural character of the phenomenon. Part of the scholarly debate has dealt with the interconnection among wealth and/or income disparities and other issues, such as wars or political violence. Others, on the other hand, have delved deeper into the social component and have produced studies on inequalities in terms of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, and more.

Furthermore, a significant stream of literature has reconceptualized the issue of inequalities in terms of accessibility, posing the question that wealth distribution might not be enough in ensuring that equality of opportunity and equality of outcome is guaranteed for all.

Such investigations into inequalities, despite their different points of departure and concerns, evidence how this theme is central to the debate on the state of contemporary society. More than that, it shows that the problem of reducing inequalities has a close relation and is instrumental to all the other goals of the 2030 Agenda. For instance, Oestreich (2018) notes that the achievement of clean, affordable and nutritious food, of a healthy environment where one can live comfortably, the access to clean water are all dependent on the facts of equal wealth distribution and equal rights.

Given the demonstrated relation between inequalities and Sustainable Development, Issue 1/2024 of the Review of Studies on Sustainability (RISS) invites original contributions from scholars and researchers that investigate this fundamental theme from different standpoints: economics, sociology, public policy, etc.

Some of the potential topics RISS is interested in include, but are not limited to:

  • Trends in economic inequalities;
  • Predictions for the future based on current trends;
  • Interconnectedness of inequalities (“spill-out” effects of economic inequalities as well as their historical grounding);
  • Relation between inequalities and Sustainability (discussions of SDGs and the Global Agenda; impact analysis of given inequality on the transition towards a Sustainable Development Model; etc.);
  • Accessibility of goods and services;
  • Education, inequalities and Sustainable Development;
  • Health inequalities;
  • Environmental Inequalities;
  • Rights-based approach to inequalities;
  • Other.

Deadlines and Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be sent to rivista@fondazionesimonecesaretti.it and will undergo double blind peer review.

Abstract with six keywords – March 08, 2024 (max. 800 characters inc. spaces).
Full paper – April 30th, 2024 (must comply with our Editorial guidelines; the Review will not accept unformatted papers).
Acceptance of the abstract and the request to send the full paper will be sent to the authors no later than 15 March 2024.

Terms and Conditions

Publication charges are listed below:

  • € 300,00 for each paper.
  • n. of pages: min 15 – max 20


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About the journal

The Review of Studies on Sustainability was first published in 2011 by the Simone Cesaretti Foundation and is edited by Franco Angeli. It is now firmly established as a leading international journal in its field and is included in SCOPUS, the private database of Elsevier, currently the largest publisher of scientific periodicals.

The Review of Studies on Sustainability is a scientific tool to investigate the themes of sustainability of well-being analyzed in its different dimensions: environmental, economic, territorial, social, generational. To this end, the Review is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach, contributing to the international debate on the sustainability of well-being.


For further details about the journal, see:

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