Aim and scope
The emergence of a more integrated world where national borders are simultaneously opened and closed, neglected and claimed, has given a new impetus to studies aimed at building a better understanding of the challenges the cross-border regions are facing and ways to address them. One of the most widely used concepts in contemporary scholarship to analyze economic, social, environmental and other dimensions is the concept of sustainable development, which has a potential to build on both macro- and micro- approaches to design, evaluate, and forecast development of cross-border regions. In turn, sustainability is a complex concept that covers multiple goals of environment, economy, and society. Consequently, the main focus of the conference is to discuss how the contemporary scholarship on Sustainable Development can be used to address the emerging threats and challenges of cross-border regions, whether it would be economic or social issues, environmental degradation and protection, natural resources management, or sustainable governance of large cross-border regions. Cross-border regions are the establishments where sustainability is most likely to be challenges and where new sustainable solutions are most likely to emerge. The International Conference on Sustainable Development of Cross-border Regions is organized to anticipate the voiced interest of the respective research community to review progress in Sustainable Development, Regional Studies, and Cross-border Studies and discuss related challenges and innovations in a scientific conference format.
Session 1. On the Path to Sustainability: Economic Growth and Social Development in Cross-border Regions
Economics of sustainable development; economic feasibility for sustainability; sustainability-oriented economic growth; reconciling sustainability and economic growth: criteria, indicators, policies; features and challenges of economic development in cross-border regions; regional economic resilience; environmental economic policy analysis; drivers of and barriers to the sustainable development; new approaches to Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Economics; renewable resources and circulation economy; sustainability and safety economics; food sovereignty, food security, and sustainable food production; sustainable business models; eco-efficiency models for investment sustainability; knowledge and intellectual capital management for sustainability; sustainable solutions for industry 4.0; sustainable social development; human capital in cross-border regions; human capital development as an essential condition for sustainable development; sustainable human resource management; social sustainability in industry 4.0.
Session 2. Legal and Governance Issues of Sustainable Development in Cross-border Areas
Institutional, legal, and governance aspects of sustainability assessment and indicators; legal theories, methodologies, and applications of building regional sustainability; a legal and regulatory framework of sustainable development in cross-border regions; legal concepts and practices in sustainable governance; regional legislation in the field of sustainable development; legal institutions and practices of sustainable development; law as a mechanism for implementation of sustainable development laws and policies; sustainable development of cross-border regions under international and national legal systems; evaluating sustainable development goals from legal perspectives; environmental law and policy; legal environmental standards; legal liability in the sphere of environmental protections; environmental justice and sustainability; climate change law, policy, and governance for sustainable development; energy law and emerging legal issues in the context of sustainable development; the clean development mechanism and the legal geographies of climate policy; governance strategies for better sustainable development of cross-border regions; global environmental policy and governance in sustainability; collaboration for sustainability and governance networks; sustainable governance in urban and rural areas.
Session 3. Social Security, Migration, and Risks of Sustainable Development of Trans-border Regions
Social security in the context of sustainable development; social security policies and systems of cross-border regions; social policy as an instrument for sustainable development; social public health system and sustainability; societal impacts of sustainability assessment processes and indicators; social rights and sustainable development; dynamic social security and demographic security; inclusive societies as means for building sustainable future; social risks of sustainable development, social exclusion in cross-border regions; sustainable development and social solidarism in the context of social security; social security in resource-based cities; social security system sustainability; migration in cross-border regions in the context of sustainable development; international migration at the beginning of the twenty-first century: global trends and issues; transit migration and integration issues; transit regions and migration policy of Russia; social and cultural capital on cross-border regions; smart mobility for future cities; drivers of rural-urban migration and impact on food security; rural-urban migration and sustainable development in cross-border regions; policy coherence for development and migration; intra-regional migration and sustainable development; environmental migration and sustainable development; migration and remittances; migration as a human adaptation to climate change; social resilience and migration within cross-border areas; implications of out- and in-migration for sustainable development; effective migration policy as factor of ensuring economic and social security; challenges for the sustainable governance of migration; influence of labor transfer on farmland sustainable development; global migration governance, civil society, and the paradoxes of sustainability; urban competitiveness and migration in cross-border regions; capitalist restructuring, development, and labor migration; social security of migrant workers; globalization Eurasian integration and the challenges of development in cross-border regions; the socio-economic contribution of migrants to cross-border regions.
Session 4. Sustainable Development of Natural and Anthropogenic Systems
Natural and anthropogenic systems of cross-border regions; environmental sustainability; natural complexes of cross-border regions and issues of sustainability; physical process and spatial patterns at the earth’s surface; physio-geographical elements and their interaction; global change and its regional response; characters and management of natural resources; landscape ecology and environmental construction; geospatial technologies for sustainable environment; geographic approaches to resolve human problems that have a spatial dimension; spatial analysis and geographic information systems; environmental management systems; rural landscape and nature conservation; nature-based solutions in conservation management; sustainable remediation strategies; environmental restoration of contaminated soil; ensuring biodiversity in natural systems; biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management; sustainable development and environmental protection; hydrometeorological hazards and disasters; ecosystems approach to water resources management; climate change mitigation and innovations; climate adaptation from an environmental perspective; urban sustainability; sustainable rural development; sustainable landscape management and planning; sustainable geo-resources for tourism and recreation; sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse; challenges of managing organic waste; sustainable agricultural systems; sustainable land management.
Session 5. Sustainability Standards and Sustainable Technologies for Cross-Border Regions
Safety and sustainability indicators; consequence modeling; designing for safety and sustainability; environmental resource management strategies; sustainable energy solutions; emerging technologies for greater sustainability; green technology innovation for sustainability; sustainable materials and sustainable structures; sustainable Materials Science and resource-efficient processing technologies; green-building technologies; ICT and sustainable logistics; industrial sustainable development; establishing a disability-inclusive agenda for sustainable development.