Special Issue: Frontier Methods for Sustainability Challenges

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ISSN: 2667-2596

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Special Issue: Frontier Methods for Sustainability Challenges

July 2021


The assessment and promotion of sustainable development is an issue with growing importance among scientific and policy-making communities. Efforts from the academy and governmental institutions lead to a better understanding of how local communities, industries, cities, and countries are performing compared to their peers and encouraging the monitoring of progress over time. In recent years, efforts to monitor these components have generated many indicators intended to measure performance on aspects about emissions, waste production, green space, safety, income, health, education, etc. Countries and supranational organizations collect data on these indicators. Still, the amount of data generated is often too large, and it is not sufficiently clear to provide helpful information and practical guidance to attend to the needs of the policymakers. Efforts to measure and quantify the results of policies aiming at sustainable development improvements are necessary to guide decision-making. Thus, there remains a need for advancing existing tools and designing new ones for promoting sustainability improvements. This special issue aims to explore and advance Frontier Methods’ latest achievements to tackle sustainability challenges by publishing articles that address topics, such as:

  • Theoretical developments of frontier estimation models addressing sustainability challenges
  • Innovative applications of Data Envelopment Analysis and Stochastic Frontier Analysis to Sustainable Development challenges
  • Quantitative methods targeting the assessment of the three pillars of Sustainable Development: People (social sustainability), Planet (environmental sustainability), and Prosperity (economic sustainability)
  • Assessments focused on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030.
  • Cross-national comparisons in the examination of sustainable development
  • Theoretical and methodological challenges in understanding the determinants of sustainable development in the key sectors (e.g., education, health, justice, water and sanitation, energy, or others)
  • Convergence in the achievement of Sustainable Development at regional, national, or worldwide level


The APC (Article Publishing Charge) will be covered by IFORS for all papers submitted by 31st December 2022. Submitted papers should be original works and should not have been previously published or currently considered for publication elsewhere. The manuscripts should be prepared according to the Guide for Authors available at:


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Submission deadline: 31 December 2021

Notification of the first round review (for guidance only): 1 April 2022

Revised submission due (for guidance only): 1 June 2022

Final notice of acceptance/reject (for guidance only): 1 August 2022

Papers will be subject to a review process managed by the Guest Editors. The primary acceptance criteria for submission are the quality and originality of the research, the paper’s analytical contributions, and the relevance of the research topic.

Early submission is encouraged. The referee process will start upon submission of the paper. Accepted papers will be published individually online as they are accepted, before print publication. All inquiries concerning the submission to the special issue will be addressed directly by the Guest Editors.


  • Prof. Ana Camanho, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal. E-mail: acamanho@fe.up.pt
  • Dr. Giovanna D’Inverno, Faculty of Economics and Business KU Leuven, Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. E-mail: giovanna.dinverno@kuleuven.be
  • Prof. Dr. Rossana Riccardi, Department of Economics and Management, University of Brescia, Via San Faustino 74/b, 25121 Brescia, Italy. E-mail: rossana.riccardi@unibs.it
  • Dr. Hervé Dakpo, Université Paris-Saclay, INRAE, AgroParisTech, Economie Publique, 78850, Thiverval-Grignon, France. E-mail: k-herve.dakpo@inrae.fr
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber, Faculty of Engineering Management, Poznan University of Technology, ul. Jacka Rychlewskiego 2. 60965 Pozna?, Poland. E-mail: gerhard.weber@put.poznan.pl