About this Research Topic
The global pandemic, COVID-19, has evolved into one of the most severe crises humanity has ever witnessed. This is the time most of the countries are reeling around due to the adverse consequences and challenges arising out of it. The pandemic has already harmed the income levels, employment, and livelihoods of millions of people. The fall in output has given rise to various socio-economic issues, which in turn raises concerns about the survival of different sections of the society. This points to the need for more concerted efforts on the part of the government, policymakers, community leaders, and businesses to develop and retain sustainable practices with a long-term vision.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, aimed at bringing all the stakeholders together to make significant improvements in the lives of millions of people around. Sustainability implies the coexistence of human civilization with the entire ecosystem. Every action emulates its own consequence, be it positive or negative. In that sense, decent work refers to the job that respects the fundamental rights of the human person as well as the rights of workers in terms of conditions of work-safety, remuneration and psycho-socio wellbeing. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), Decent work involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.
We encourage submissions related to all themes concerning job creation and economic growth and its consequences on sustainable practices with a long-term perspective. Contributions may focus on the changes in labour markets in both developed and developing countries. We especially encourage research papers related to the condition of migrant workers, self-entrepreneurs, and small scale producers and the issues related to their livelihood, empowerment, and wellbeing. Papers may include areas like women's and children's condition, productivity issues in enterprises, labour market reforms, gender-related issues in the workplace, occupational structure, sectoral changes and economic growth, and sustainable growth practices.
We welcome papers that highlight the following aspects:
• Employment generation and sustainability
• Changes in the labour market situations and the current condition in specific countries and/or in comparative contexts
• The new researches on determinants and consequences of empowerment
• The sustainable practices of production and consumption that may raise the socio-economic wellbeing
• Productivity issues in enterprises and economic growth
• Psycho-socio issues at the workplace
• Safety concerns in the workplace and social protection for families
Keywords: labour market, decent work, empowerment, productivity, economic growth
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