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Call for Contributions: Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective

  • 1.  Call for Contributions: Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective

    Posted 05-01-2019 14:19


    The John Molson School of Business at Concordia University kindly invites contributions to the forthcoming edited book 'Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective' to be published by Wiley Blackwell


    Full chapter submission – May 31st, 2019

    Revised chapter submission – July 31st, 2019



    Environmental legislation has a profound effect on the lives of consumers around the world. Changes in environmental policy in America can save lives, create jobs, and protect natural habitat as far away as China. There is a growing understanding of the momentous significance environmental policy will play upon the future of the planet. As an increasing number of industries are impacted by environmental policy, research on the economic effects of different policies will increase in importance and volume. This text will examine the different areas of environmental legislation, as well as a number of key elements in regulation and taxation.


    The book will begin by defining environmental legislation by providing its purpose and an overview of its boundaries, strengths, and weaknesses. The next section will examine areas of innovation in environmental policy, as well as the underlying basis for firm interest.

    Next, the text will examine water-related legislation as a whole, with an emphasis on the definition of water as a public good. In the coming years, policymakers in a number of countries will face difficult decisions regarding the protection of water, its overuse by corporations, and the increased demand resulting from rapid population growth. The text will then examine legislation regarding air quality. In a number of cities, air quality has decreased so much that, in addition to damaging the health of consumers, firms are experiencing losses in revenue and fundamental damage to their business models.

     The book will examine climate change legislation, emphasizing carbon trading schemes and their impact on the operations of energy companies. As cap-and-trade systems continue to develop worldwide, energy companies are faced with a growing carbon risk that forces them to better understand their specific regulatory situation and the costs that will be imposed upon them by new cap-and-trade markets. As these emissions trading schemes vary in scope, intensity, and complexity, the text will examine in-depth the economic effects of various elements of a cap-and-trade system.

     After examining the preceding areas of interest, the book will present recent research on the financial and environmental effects of price regulation and enforcement strategy. These issues apply to a wide number of industries, and the current body of research includes a number of recent advances. Designing an optimal enforcement policy to encourage emissions abatement is crucial to the success of a cap-and-trade system, while complex enforcement strategies can become burdensome and detrimental to economic growth. In addition, proper regulation of prices can become overly complex and even detrimental to reducing environmental externalities. The text will examine an underlying theme of much of the recent research, wherein modern environmental policy is a battle between complexity creep, environmental protection, and consumer well-being.  

    The final section of the text will examine the status of international environmental regulation. There are a large number of proponents of an increased role of international agencies in standardizing and regulating economic policy. Nations have numerous objections to increased regulation based on how disadvantaged their home firms would be. This last section provides an important glance at the future of environmental legislation, as international cooperation continues to grow in importance.

     We invite critical contributions from leading academic experts, policymakers, and practitioners in related fields to provide insightful and practical analyses of the role of the financial system within the larger socio-ecological system. We encourage contributions that reflect cutting edge research and the latest trends in the transition towards a more sustainability-oriented financial system.



    1. Environmental Legislation
      • Purpose of Environmental Legislation
      • Overview of Legislation in the past few decades
    2. In what areas is environmental legislation changing most rapidly? Who is researching them? Why does it matter to firms so much?
    3. Water Legislation
    4. Air Quality Legislation
      • Effects on retailers and consumers
      • Developing livable megalopolis
    5. Climate change Legislation
      • Climate change policies around the world
      • Elements of an emissions trading scheme
      • Optimization for energy companies under emissions trading schemes
      • Energy efficiency regulation
    6. Wilderness and wildlife protection
      • In developed nations
      • In developing nations
    7. Price Regulation and Environmental Externalities
    8. Enforcement Strategies
      • Dynamic enforcement
      • Penalty structures
    9. Environmental Taxation
    10. International Environmental Regulation



    This book will consist of contributions from experts from both the academic and practitioner communities at the interface of economics and sustainability and is thus intended for readers in different fields and industries. The intention is for this book to be used as an academic textbook for students and scholars in business, social sciences, and environmental studies. In addition, it aims to inform regulators, policymakers, and industry leaders by serving as a best practice manual.

    Submissions should be written in a non-technical writing style to allow for widespread application. Additionally, the call encourages contributions that are transdisciplinary. As such, chapters that incorporate new concepts, tools, and/or theories – potentially including those from other disciplines or fields – are welcome. We will be reviewing submissions with an open mind to new approaches, especially those that push the boundaries in addressing critical problems moving forward.

    Submitted chapters should be original and exclusively prepared for the present book. No part of the article should be published elsewhere. Chapters must not exceed 7000 words (including all references, appendices, biographies, etc.), must use 1.5 line spacing and 12 pt. Times New Roman font, and must use the APA 6th edition reference style.

    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit chapter together with a CV, to Sherif Goubran (co-editor) at by May 31st, 2019.

    Sherif Goubran
    PhD Candidate– INDI Program, Concordia University
    Vanier Scholar (SSHRC) - Concordia Public Scholar