Call for Papers: Food Insecurity

In the wake of the SIU Research Centre’s successful cooperation with Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the SIU Journal of Management is planning a special issue of the journal on the theme of food insecurity.

Food security was defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) as a situation in which all of the people of a country, all of the time, have access to sufficient safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and which meets their food preferences for a healthy and active life (FAO, 1996). It does not matter whether the food is produced in the same country or not but it does mean that the country involved has sufficiently efficient distribution networks and market mechanisms to ensure that food reaches everybody when it is required (Pinstrup-Anderson, 2009).

Food insecurity, therefore, may be found in a country or area of land in which sufficient good quality food is not available for all people on a permanent or temporary basis. This may be for a number of reasons, including natural disaster, political or military disorder, famine or market failure.

Our project called for 200 questionnaires in each of four countries: Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Food insecurity was found at a higher level than might be expected, with more than 50% of the overall sample reporting insecurity at the least severe end of the scale. However, the prevalence of food insecurity tended to decline as the severity of items increased. These changes are quite strongly associated with (among respondents) low levels of education, low levels of income and lack of access to land. There are some country-level relationships which do not comply with the expected relationships.

Evidence from Thailand in particular shows that food insecurity remains an important urban phenomenon, despite it having been considered to have become overwhelmingly a rural phenomenon in recent years. However, various factors, including rural-urban migration and the policies adopted by the current Thai regime vis-à-vis working people have made precarity an increasingly obvious manifestation of economic change.

Now we would like to share our research findings and extend knowledge and understanidng of food insecurity in the Mekong Region and beyond. As part of this attempt, we would welcome submissions that cover relevant themes. Papers could consider any of the following, non-exclusive list of topics:

  • empirical studies of food insecurity, perhaps using the FIES questionnaire;
  • food insecurity and nation-building
  • food insecurity and precarious living
  • poverty eradication
  • the role of the private sector in economic development and poverty eradication
  • government and NGO-provided extension services
  • bringing subbsistence farmers into regional and international markets
  • the use of ICT in tackling food insecurity

Abstracts of approximately 2-300 words may be submitted at any time up to June 30th, 2017, while full papers of 4-7,000 words should be submitted by July 31st, 2017.

For any questions or additional information, please contact the editor, jcwalsh@siu.ac.th.

References

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome Declaration on World Food Security (1996), available at: http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/w3613e/w3613e00.htm.

Pinstrup-Anderson, Per, “Food Security: Definition and Management,” Food Security, Vol.1, No.1 (2009), pp.5-7.

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Call for Papers: SIU Journal of Management

The SIU Journal of Management is now accepting submissions for its second issue, due to be published in December, 2011. This is an open access, e-journal which provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to publish high quality research papers in all branches of management.

Submissions are initially screened by the editor and then, where suitable, directed to the double blind peer reviewing process. Editorial support is provided where required, especially for authors for whom English is not the first language.

For additional information, please see the official website at http://ejournal.som.siu.ac.th. All correspondence may be addressed to the editor, at jcwalsh@siu.ac.th.

The SIU Journal of Management does not charge any fees for reviewing or publishing in any form. We believe that authors should not have to pay to have their research made available to the international scholarly community.

Call for Papers: Managing the Industrial Estate in Asia

Asian Academy of Management Journal Special Issue: Managing the Industrial Estate in Asia

Guest Editor: John Walsh, Shinawatra University (jcwalsh@siu.ac.th)

Motivation and Overview

Much of developing Asia has achieved or is achieving rapid economic development based on import-substituting, export-oriented low labour cost manufacturing. The location of these activities is usually an industrial park of some sort, whether designated as special economic zone, export processing zone, science and technology park or some other name. These areas seek to provide financial or infrastructural incentives to domestic and international investors to locate their investment projects in specific areas so at to promote potential synergistic agglomeration of activities or regional development. The Special Economic Zones of coastal China have demonstrated the vitality of the system, while also showing that it is not sufficient simply to provide space and wait for investors to arrive. The emerging industrial areas of Cambodia seem likely to follow the model of neighbouring Thailand in facilitating the suppression of wage rates as a means of ensuring competitiveness. In developed nations, industrial estate regions represent areas in which industrial clusters can be fostered and encouraged with a view to progressing towards the knowledge-based economy that is considered to be a feature of future sustainable development.

Yet in developing Asia in particular, the management of industrial estates, broadly defined, remains an under-researched area and one which is approachable through a variety of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches. Areas of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • State agency approaches at national or regional level to provision and management of industrial estates and the relationship with developmental goals
  • Competitiveness and infrastructure provision for industrial estates
  • Labour market issues
  • Environmental management of industrial estates
  • Promoting synergy among industrial clusters and networks
  • Greening industrial parks and environmental sustainability
  • Industrial estates as products to be managed and marketed
  • Linking the industrial-manufacturing activities of the future

Submission Guidelines and Important Dates

All contributions will be subjected to at least a double blind review process. There should be a separate title page, indicating the names and addresses of the authors. Please submit original manuscripts which observe the AAMJ published style preferences [kindly click FOR AUTHORS and SUBMISSION for submission details]. Manuscripts must be sent electronically to the special issue editor (jcwalsh@siu.ac.th) no later than 15 October 2011. Contact the special issue editor for further submission instructions.

Call for Papers: SIU Journal of Management

The SIU Journal of Management is now accepting submissions for its inaugural issue, which is due to be published in June, 20110.

The SIU Journal of Management is a peer-reviewed academic journal with ISSN (pending). Authors can submit papers directly to the editor at jcwalsh@siu.ac.th. The reviewing process will be completed as quickly as possible.

Subjects which SIU Journal of Management publish include but are not limited to:

– international management

– human resource management

– financial management

– organizational atudies

– marketing studies

– public and private sector management

– operations management

– entrepreneurialism

– business ethics

– leadership

– family business management

– urbanisation

– globalisation

– cross-cultural management

– behavioural studies

– tourism management

– labour market issues

– all related topics.

Research papers should normally be in the range of 4-7,000 words and follow APA guidelines for references. The Journal will also publish case studies (normally 2,500-4,000 words) and comments and insights from industry practitioners. Authors should also supply an abstract of up to 300 words and up to five keywords.

Although the journal is international in scope, there will be a preference for papers relating to Asia and, in particular, to the Mekong Region.

Please send all correspondence to the editor at jcwalsh@siu.ac.th.