Call for Papers - Special Issue TNCJ - “Financing investment in sustainable post-pandemic recovery – Actors, Strategies, Institutions, and Impacts”

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the call for papers for a Special Issue of the Transnational Corporations Journal on “Financing investment in sustainable post-pandemic recovery – Actors, Strategies, Institutions, and Impacts”. The special issue will be guest edited by Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE) and Jakob Müllner (WU-Vienna).

UNCTAD’s 2020 World Investment Report concluded that, over the coming years, the attention of global investment and development policymakers is likely to shift from investment in productive capacity in global supply chains towards investment in infrastructure and domestic services. This shift implies a focus on a wider range of actors (e.g. not only traditional TNCs but also financial institutions, institutional investors and funds).

In this special issue, we invite academic research on actors, strategies, institutions, and effects of sustainable development finance and investment in the context of the post-pandemic recovery. Research should combine finance and development aspects and, ideally, point towards policy and practice implications. Of special interest is research that looks at implications for policies targeting green, digital and inclusive recovery in advanced and emerging economies and their sub-national regions.

The special issue will be open to research covering the full ‘investment chain’ from the mobilization of funds in financial markets to the impact of investment projects on the ground. Because COVID-19 has significantly affected the market for development finance, priority will be given to recent empirical research that considers the repercussions of COVID-19 for sustainable finance. We invite qualitative, quantitative and conceptual contributions and offer an
accelerated submission process. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Development finance capital providers and their role in development finance
  • Development finance strategies & instrument
  • The global institutional development finance environment
  • Economic, social and environmental impacts of development finance

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Submissions should be sent to: [log in to unmask]. Additional questions regarding this special issue and submissions can be sent to: Riccardo Crescenzi: [log in to unmask] and Jakob Müllner: [log in to unmask].



Best regards,

James Zhan
Director, Investment and Enterprise
Editor-in-Chief Transnational Corporation
United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
Palais des Nations, Geneva;



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