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Interdisciplinary Environmental Review

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (IER)

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  • Analysing supporting mechanisms, cultural shaping and incentives for circular economy: the case of local governments   Order a copy of this article
    by Ilias Makris, Sotiris Apostolopoulos, Panagiotis Dimitrakopoulos 
    Abstract: This research examines the effectiveness of local governments’ policies regarding the circular economy in two directions: in shaping an ecological culture for households and enterprises and in creating a favourable environment for incentives. It also identifies inefficiencies, failures and good practices. A qualitative research was carried out via semi-structured interviews of twelve local self-administrative officials responsible for policy making on circularity. Findings indicate the impact of local-self administrative authority’s policies on citizens, households and enterprises, identifying strengths and weaknesses. It also suggests interventions towards the formation and consolidation of a strong ecological culture on circular economy issues, with emphasis on information networks and proposes interventions that are related to strengthening incentives for households and enterprises to participate in circularity. The results of the research can be used by European, national and local bodies who have the responsibility of developing policies for the circular economy.
    Keywords: circular economy; shaping culture; local-self administration; local policies; Greece.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2023.10059958
  • Mapping the decade of green human resource management research: bibliometric analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Ajith Kumar Shah, Akanksha Shukla 
    Abstract: To mitigate the problem of pollution and environmental deterioration, organisations are heading toward the adoption of green practices. Green human resource management (GHRM) is one such practice that attempts to increase human participation in organisational green practices. It reduces the adverse impact of human-related activities on the environment. The emergent area of GHRM has been quickly progressing with a tremendous growth rate in the production of academic publications in this area. This paper performs a bibliometric and thematic analysis of 224 papers collected from the Web of Science (WOS) and Scopus database in GHRM. The analysis is conducted with the help of biblioshiny software. The study aims to identify the most influential and productive paper in GHRM and determine the recent trends in the area. It is found that GHRM is on the development path and getting massive attention mainly from Asian academicians.
    Keywords: green practices; green human resource management; GHRM; bibliometric analysis; Web of Science; WOS; Scopus; biblioshiny.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2024.10061562
  • Exploring the synergy of green HRM, corporate entrepreneurship, and green innovation in enhancing environmental performance   Order a copy of this article
    by Humaira Yasmeen, Qingmei Tan 
    Abstract: This study aims to delve into the connection between green HRM, corporate entrepreneurial orientation, and green innovation and their effects on environmental performance. This research not only adds new information to the existing body of literature on the subject, but it also has the potential to widen its scope. The research formed several hypotheses based on previously published research and appropriate theoretical frameworks. Hypothesis testing was performed using comprehensive dataset, and its collection was accomplished through survey method. The study utilised a technique known as structural equation modelling for the purpose of conducting the data analysis. Findings reveal that green HRM significantly improve green innovation capabilities. The moderation of corporate entrepreneurial orientation confirms the positive moderation in green HRM’s effect on green innovation. Finally, the link between green HRM and environmental performance is discovered to be facilitated by green innovation.
    Keywords: green innovation; environmental performance; green HRM; corporate entrepreneurial orientation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2024.10063464
  • Fostering sustainable development: the interplay of natural resources, tourism, financial development, and institutional quality in China   Order a copy of this article
    by Humaira Yasmeen, Qingmei Tan 
    Abstract: Natural resources support ecosystems by providing important services such as clean air, water, food, and biodiversity. It is greatly important to understand how to safeguard and conserve these resources for present and future generations. In this regard, this paper aims to investigate the role of natural resources, tourism, financial development, and institutional quality towards sustainable development in China. The study used time-series data from 2000-2021 and employed the Bayesian linear regression model because it is suitable for small datasets. The robustness of findings was checked using quantile regression approach. The results reveal that financial development and institution quality have a positive effect on sustainable development. An increase in tourism expenditures stimulates the economy, creates jobs, encourages cultural exchange, and supports sustainability initiatives. However, reliance on natural resource can result in negative economic, social, and environmental outcomes, highlighting the need for resource diversification and management for reinforcing sustainable development.
    Keywords: sustainability; sustainable development; tourism; natural resources; financial development; FDE; institutional quality; IQI.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2024.10063763
  • Networked into a sustainable world - conclusions for leadership and education   Order a copy of this article
    by Ineke Blumenthal 
    Abstract: To make the world sustainable, research has long realised that it requires network collaboration and education. A freshly published worldwide interdisciplinary Delphi-based scenario study (Blumenthal, 2023) has addressed the question of how future leadership in a digital and networked world could look like and what could follow from this for leadership education. As a future research perspective on leadership and networks is seldom, it seemed interesting to consider the results again in the context of sustainability. Transferability was examined based on a comparison with scientific papers and discourse on practical developments. Also possible implications were discussed. The transfer indicates that a specific leadership understanding, setting a stronger focus on networking, could become more relevant. Furthermore, due to the complexity of the world that can only be handled together, it could become more than ever necessary to stress cooperative, multi-level learning processes.
    Keywords: change; collaboration; complexity; cooperation; Delphi technique; diversity; education; foresight; leadership; learning; management; networks; organisation; scenarios; sustainability.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2024.10063818
  • Sustainability in a holistic business context A debate on power and responsibility relations   Order a copy of this article
    by Anna-Vanadis Faix 
    Abstract: More and more companies are taking up sustainability and are developing strategies to implement it. Often, however, there is so-called greenwashing behind it and large parts of the company remain with business as usual (intended or unintended). Greenwashing can be understood as an extended phenomenon in which companies improve their image in the direction of sustainability. Even if this is an actual corporate goal, however, there is often a lack of standards, comparative values and variability, as well as transparent communication. In this paper, I will try to argue that this often goes along with a short understanding of corporate sustainability and this is related to misguided responsibility and power relations that arise towards consumers and society. The paper is an attempt to better understand and reveal this in its variability when looking at the different strategies for sustainability in business.
    Keywords: holistic sustainability; greenwashing; corporate sustainability; circular economy; society goals; commitment; consensus.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2024.10064182
  • The effect of climate policy uncertainty on stock markets in China   Order a copy of this article
    by Lin Tian, Weilun Tian, Jiarui Wang, Min Bai 
    Abstract: This study investigates the impact of climate policy uncertainty on the stock price crash risk from the perspective of investment behaviour. Using a large sample of Chinese listed firms over the period 2009-2021, this study reveals that climate policy uncertainty decreases the risk of stock price crashes, which holds true even after various tests for robustness. The studys mechanism analysis indicates that this effect is due to the reduction of institutional investors shareholdings and the improvement of firm investment efficiency. Furthermore, climate policy uncertainty has a more pronounced inhibitory impact on stock price crash risk for non-state-owned, capital-intensive, and technology-intensive firms. Overall, we provide a timely assessment of the impact of climate policy uncertainty on capital markets in emerging countries, such as China, from a new perspective of stock price crash risk.
    Keywords: climate policy uncertainty; CPU; stock price crash risk; China; investment behaviour.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2024.10064446
  • Integrated approach to assessing water quality parameters and contaminant levels in remote communities: implications for sustainable development   Order a copy of this article
    by Seon Hamer, Temitope D. Timothy Oyedotun 
    Abstract: This study extensively assessed water quality in Matthews Ridge and Port Kaituma, Guyana, focusing on heavy metal pollutants, non-heavy metal contaminants, and microbial populations in groundwater and surface water. Results showed varying levels of heavy metals like zinc, iron, nickel, and manganese, some exceeding WHO drinking water limits. Nitrogen indicated organic contamination, with Port Kaituma surface water and Matthews Ridge groundwater exceeding limits at 31.364 mg/L and 12.02 mg/L, respectively. High coliform bacteria counts in both areas posed waterborne illness risks. Remediation measures, including treatment plants for heavy metal removal and filtration/disinfection, are recommended. Community engagement and household water treatment methods are suggested to reduce health hazards. The study highlights the critical need for targeted interventions to ensure water quality, public health, and compliance with international standards, facilitating access to clean drinking water, sustainable development, and ecosystem preservation in remote Guyanese regions.
    Keywords: coliform bacteria; environmental monitoring; health risk assessment; heavy metal pollutants; microbial contamination; nitrogen contamination; public health implications; water treatment strategies.
    DOI: 10.1504/IER.2024.10064619