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  • Surviving the cities: Enhancing needs of asset adaptation strategies of urban poor in Accra and Tamale in Ghana   Order a copy of this article
    by Fatima Eshun, Fatima Denton 
    Abstract: It has been estimated that cities harbour most of the urban poor who usually reside in slum areas and experience deplorable environmental conditions. To survive the city, it is crucial to enhance the asset adaptation strategies of the urban poor. However, studies on assets enhancement focus on a few aspects of assets whilst a detailed approach to assets enhancement such as human, physical, social, financial, and natural remain under research. To address this knowledge gap, this study employs both quantitative and qualitative approaches to investigate the phenomenon. The results indicate that the assets of the urban poor cannot stand their strategic needs and disempowers them. Enhancing the human assets of the urban poor can help in acquiring other forms of assets. The study recommends that private and public institutions should intensify efforts to enhance the asset adaptation strategies of the urban poor to become resilient.
    Keywords: Sustainable cities; vulnerabilities; resilient; climate change; COVID-19; livelihoods.

  • Sustainable Food Consumption Behavior: What really matters!   Order a copy of this article
    by Priyanka Garg, Ashish Kumar, Raj Kumar Mittal 
    Abstract: The present study investigates households sustainable food consumption behavior using the extended Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) by incorporating three additional variables (environmental knowledge, personal norms, and product attributes) in the original TPB model. Using a self-administered questionnaire, data were collected from a sample of 440 Indian households, and hypotheses were tested using structural equation modeling (SEM). The results reveal a positive impact of additional factors on behavioral intention, signifying that the TPB can be extended and utilized to determine households' sustainable food consumption behavior (SFCB). Product attributes emerge as the strongest predictor of sustainable food consumption behavior followed by perceived behavioral control whereas social norms' impact was found to be the weakest. The findings of the study could provide meaningful insights to producers, marketers, government agencies, and policy-makers.
    Keywords: Attitude; Behavioral intention; Consumption; Environmental knowledge; Norms; Perceived behavioral control; product attributes; Sustainable food consumption behavior; Theory of Planned Behavior; Structural Equation Modeling.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2024.10056174
  • Middle class political activism in Nigeria   Order a copy of this article
    by Segun Oshewolo, Rotimi Ajayi, Kareem Jimba 
    Abstract: Studies on the Nigerian middle class are barely adequate. The central objective of this study is to explain the distinct defining elements of the Nigerian middle class, particularly as they relate to political activism and interface with government. To achieve this central objective, three research questions are formulated. How has the Nigerian middle class evolved particularly in relation to social protest? What are the middle class' instruments of social engagement and how have they been deployed in contemporary Nigeria? How effective are these instruments in terms of eliciting the anticipated or appropriate response from government? Following the discussions around these questions, a number of core issues defining middle class political activism in Nigeria have emerged. First, although middle class groups in Nigeria have a high mobilizing capacity as demonstrated by their constant interface with government, the deliverables have been little. Second, discordant opinions sometimes frustrate internal cohesion. Third, the mobilizing platforms and instruments have been transformed as a result of the opportunities offered by the new digital technologies. These key findings will enable future studies to formulate more specific research questions and hypotheses about the political activism of the Nigerian middle class.
    Keywords: Nigeria; Middle Class; Engagement; Governance.

  • Determinants of adoption of sustainable land management practices among smallholder farmers in the Uplands of Vietnam: an empirical study in Central Vietnam   Order a copy of this article
    by Van Thanh Nguyen, Gia Hung Hoang, Van Nam Le, Ngoc Phuoc Duong, Thi Hong Phuong Le, Le Phi Khanh Ho, Thu Giang Mai 
    Abstract: Sustainable Land Management (SLM) is considered as one of the effective approaches to address the problems of resource degradation and food security in the uplands of Vietnam. Despite this, there is meager information regarding smallholder farmers decision towards the implementation of SLM practices. Therefore, this study aims at investigating determinants of farmers adoption of SLM practices in the case of Central Vietnam. The data was collected from 300 randomly selected farming households using a survey questionnaire and was analyzed using Duration analysis. The empirical results indicate that there is a set of factors affecting the rate of SLM practices adoption. Knowledge of SLM, participating in extension training courses, specific attributes of technologies, and the physical distance from home to fields have positive effects on the adoption speed of intercropping, crop rotation and mulching practices. Meanwhile, small farm size, length of farming experience, and low education of household heads are factors that delays the adoption speed of these practices. The findings suggest that improving farmers' knowledge of SLM practices and investing agricultural road infrastructure for agricultural production would enhance the adoption speed of SLM practices in the Vietnamese uplands. The study provides an important understanding regarding the determinants of SLM practices by smallholder farmers, and stresses aspects that should be considered when enacting development policies to enhance smallholder farmers SLM practices adoption in the uplands of developing countries.
    Keywords: adoption; determinants; duration analysis; practices; uplands; smallholder farmers; SLM; sustainable land management; and Vietnam.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2024.10055813
  • Climate Variability and Crime Rates in the Southeastern US   Order a copy of this article
    by Suzan Odabaşı, Valentina Hartarska 
    Abstract: Recent data show that about 40 percent of all crimes in the US occur in the Southeast. A growing body of literature indicates that the Southeastern US region is the most affected by climate change. This study investigates to what extent variations in temperature relate to crime rates in the southeastern states within a typical empirical crime model framework, where crime rates are function of standard controls. We use county-level panel data for the period from 2010 to 2014 for all southeastern states. This analysis utilizes the two-stage least squares (2SLS) regression analysis to address the possible endogeneity of police presence and alcohol consumption in the crime rate supply equation. The results show that higher average maximum and minimum daily temperature is associated with higher robbery, property, and grand larceny. Additionally, alcohol consumption seems to accelerate crime rates and is associated with increase in violence, robbery, assault, grand larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
    Keywords: crime; climate variability; panel data models.

  • Understanding the Future of the Environmentally-friendly Batik Industry in Malaysia   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohamad Saifudin Mohamad Saleh, Nia Izzati Azrin, Naziru Alhaji Tukur, Shaidatul Akma Adi Kasuma 
    Abstract: Malaysia, aside from Indonesia, is one of the largest traditional batik producers that contribute to the growth and development of the Malaysian economy. Unfortunately, batik production using synthetic dye in Malaysia has also contributed to river pollution and land degradation. Recently, the concept of environmental-friendly has been introduced for batik entrepreneurs, where they are encouraged to produce batik that use natural dye to minimise threats to environmental safety. Although concerning this issue, there is limited literature available on this subject in the context of Malaysia. Therefore, this study aims to narrow the gap in this field by addressing the following objectives: (1) To examine the knowledge of batik entrepreneurs towards the production of environmentally-friendly batik products; (2) To examine the acceptance of batik entrepreneurs towards the production of environmentally-friendly batik products, and (3) To investigate the challenges faced by batik entrepreneurs in Malaysia in producing environmentally-friendly batik. To achieve these, a series of interviews were conducted with six batik entrepreneurs in the Northern region of Malaysia to seek their views and opinions on the environmental-friendly business in producing batik and associated practices. The results indicate a good level of knowledge among the entrepreneurs on environmentally-friendly batik products and processes. However, their acceptance level is rather low, as they face many challenges in maintaining green initiatives, primarily the high cost of fabrication. The results of this study are anticipated to assist batik entrepreneurs and policymakers, especially in Malaysia and Indonesia, to understand the future of eco-friendly batik industry.
    Keywords: Malaysia; Asia; sustainable batik; sustainability; environmental-friendly; entrepreneurs; qualitative; interview; environment; knowledge; acceptance; challenges; green business.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2024.10053878
  • School stakeholders views on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in schools   Order a copy of this article
    by Chinmaya Prakash, Shubha Chandra 
    Abstract: In India, the elementary education system is decentralized to ensure community participation and an efficient learning environment. Decentralization of education system emphasizes the importance of school stakeholders such as Teachers, Head teachers (HM) and School Management Committee (SC). Stakeholders awareness and involvement are central to creating an effective learning environment. Government schools are supported by CSR programs which ideally should involve school stakeholders. Since very little is known about how CSR programmes are perceived by such school stakeholders, an exploratory study was carried out. The sample consisted of 200 teachers, 100 HMs and 100 SC from 50 rural and 50 urban primary schools of Bangalore. 400 respondents were interviewed using a semi structured information schedule that was developed to elicit their perspective on how CSR is contributing to the development of their schools. Results show that, all the three groups had a positive view of CSR as beneficial to the school. However, there was no clear understanding of the philosophy or role of CSR as many did not differentiate between CSR and support received from other sources. Expectations from companies for their school development differed in these groups. HMs and SCs gave priority to infrastructure development of the school. Rural teachers wanted companies to help the schools with Teaching and Learning material. Urban teachers gave first preference to supply of furniture and equipment to school. Respondents wished for a greater role and involvement in CSR activities in their schools. CSR programmes that are need-based and involve school stakeholders will make CSR work more effective.
    Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility; CSR and school development; School stakeholders; School leadership; School improvement.

  • Role of customer retention equity in consumption enhancement of VoD services: A PLS-SEM approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Rahul Sharma, Amit Kakkar 
    Abstract: Technological advancements in the telecommunication industry have brought drastic changes in the viewers viewing habits. With the exponential growth in data consumption, the VoD industry has also grown as the viewers are using data to watch the content. With the growth in the industry, many companies have entered the fray, and hence, the competition between them is also brewing. The present study is conceptualized to study the effect of retention equity on consumption enhancement of VoD services. The antecedents of retention equity and their effect on retention equity are also studied. The data is collected from 210 respondents and PLS-SEM is used to analyze the data. The effect of retention equity on consumption enhancement of VoD services is established. The present research work will help the companies to devise strategies that will lead to consumption enhancement of VoD services.
    Keywords: Consumption enhancement; retention equity; knowledge building; engagement; PLS-SEM.

  • Emerging mobile technologies: Scope and relevance for building digital communication capabilities of XYZ generations   Order a copy of this article
    by Jabbar Al Muzzamil Fareen 
    Abstract: Digital literacy skills and the capability to use emerging communication technologies at work are the most required skills of the twenty first century. The XYZ generations eagerly anticipate for the advent of 5G and 6G mobile technologies and to set right for the new visible change and transformation that it will lead to. As the millennials and centennials have been raised using the Internet, smartphones, and social media, they have become the digital natives of this era. The expectation of these digital natives is to become tech-savvy and to use advanced digital technologies in regular, domestic, personal, social, and professional life. They expect to possess sufficient twenty first century digital literacy skills to own, appreciate and serve as the firsthand skilled and smart users of digital communication technologies. In this context, this paper attempts to analyze the needs of next generation communication technologies for multigenerational workforce to build up their digital communication capabilities at academics, work, and social media.
    Keywords: digital natives; mobile technologies; next generation communication technologies; Internet of Things (IoT); XYZ generations; 5G and 6G networking.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2024.10053649
  • How social capacity maintains social distancing in the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19: Evidence from Indonesia   Order a copy of this article
    by Iwan Nugroho, Rita Hanafie, Purnawan Dwikora Negara, Wiwin Purnomowati, Rudy Joegijantoro 
    Abstract: This study aims to investigate social distancing compliance and its relationship to social capacity and socioeconomic factors in the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Google Forms online survey was conducted on 449 respondents to explore socio-economic variables and their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis method used a path model to find the relationship between variables and the control of COVID-19. The results show that social distancing compliance is relatively low. Only 30.1% of the respondents stayed at home. The study found that social capacity is displayed within the influence of institutions on social aspects, social distancing, and the control of COVID-19. The social distancing variable also significantly mediates the relationship between the institution variable and COVID-19 control. The moderating effects of educational and institutional variables also show that they significantly influence social distancing.
    Keywords: epidemiology; COVID-19; health guidance; social distancing; social capital; social trust.

    by Siddharth Joshi, Ravirajsinh S. Vaghela 
    Abstract: The power consumption pattern is changed drastically, and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar photovoltaic are remarkable in the power generation sector. The power generated from renewable sources is clean and non-pollutant, but these sources depend upon climate changes. The insolation of the Sun is not uniform at each location, and hence wind pattern is not similar throughout the Earth. Due to the variable nature of the wind, the power output and energy output from the wind energy conversion system (WECS) is variable because of the stochastic nature of wind. The maximum power point trackers are installed and interfaced with wind turbine generator assembly and load, enhancing the systems effectiveness. The simulation analysis for standalone WECS with the maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm is performed, and the power generated from WECS is forecasted. The short-term forecasting is performed from the data of WECS used for standalone application. The Simple Regression (SR) method is adopted considering the time series model for wind power at permutations in wind speed. The data used for the time series forecasting has been extracted from the simulation model of standalone 3kW WECS.
    Keywords: Analysis; Prediction; Regression; Wind Power Generation.

  • Determinants of Intention to Use Reusable Straws Among Adult Malaysians   Order a copy of this article
    by Hua-Ying Wong, Yen-Nee Goh, Shaian Kiumarsi 
    Abstract: With the Malaysian governments decision to ban single used straws coming into effect by 1st January 2020 among the traders and business food outlet, it is an important exercise to create awareness among consumers on the existence of reusable straws. Our knowledge of consumer behavioral intention to use reusable straws is very limited. This paper sheds new light on consumer knowledge by investigating the influence of attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioural control, convenience, environmental concern, desire, moral norm, and ethical belief on behavioral intention to use reusable straws among Malaysian adults. Partial Least Square (PLS) regression was used to test the hypothesis. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 298 consumers in Malaysia. This study broadens current knowledge of consumer behavioral intention by applying an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) model. The study finds that attitude, convenience, desire, and ethical belief have a direct positive effect on usage intention. The questionnaire has proven that the theory of planned behaviour is a significant predictor of the behavioural intention. Suggestions and further discussion to further motivate the usage of reusable straws are addressed accordingly.
    Keywords: Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB); behavioural intention; single-used straw; reusable straw.

    by A. Tutut Subadyo, Nurul Aini, Junianto , Razqyan Mas Bimatyugra Jati 
    Abstract: The spatial pattern of traditional villages in Indonesia has now been affected by the flow of globalization. However, traditional villages in Bali can maintain their identity. This research focused on finding a relation between creating an imaginary space with religious ritual activities in the traditional Balinese village of Aga Tenganan Pegringsingan. The data collected includes the sacred function of space, the origin, and spatial systems. The method used exploratory description with an ethnographic design and Content Analysis. This study confirms that the mass-space pattern is built due to a close relationship with the traditional ritual activities of the community and their belief in myths, legends, and folklore. This pattern can be seen from the routes of movement of traditional-religious ceremonial activities, open spaces that become special religious places, road corridors (Awangan), sacred buildings (Temple). Then there is a traditional building (Hall) with a circular motion. It has a close relationship between time, space, and activity actors who play a role in interpreting space into place
    Keywords: Bali Island; Traditional Villages; Traditional Rituals; Imaginary Space.

  • Evaluating the Quality of Life: a case study in Barranquilla, Colombia   Order a copy of this article
    by Erick Calvo, Mario Ferrer, Ricardo Santa 
    Abstract: Quality of life is a fundamental measure that is commonly evaluated worldwide. This is the case of Barranquilla, Colombia, a developing economy where the Quality of life has become a very important issue in the last ten years. This research attempts to develop a measurement of the Quality of Life (QOL) perceived by the citizens of Barranquilla, one of the largest cities in Colombia. Even though this city looks like a promising beautiful and modern place to settle, some government malpractices and a lack of law enforcement challenge its sustainability and livability. The importance of this work is twofold. First, to our knowledge, it is the first study that evaluates factors contributing to measuring QOL at the city level. Second, it contributes to the literature by developing a reliable multivariate model that tests the explanatory power of three key impactful QOL factors in city-based communities such as of Barranquilla. Through rigorous statistical analysis, researchers found that factors such as political environment, security, and crime significantly affect the explanatory power of Quality of life.
    Keywords: Quality of life; security; crime; political environment; culture; Colombia.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2024.10063742
  • A proposed customer-based brand equity model for the halal food   Order a copy of this article
    by Nurul Huda Md Saad, Amiruddin Ahamat, Anidah Robani 
    Abstract: Foods transported over vast distances are more likely to be altered, polluted, or tampered with. As a result of these difficulties, Muslim customers are putting greater effort into ensuring that the brand they buy is monitored throughout the supply chain. As a result, food firms must adhere to Shariah compliant practices in tandem with their brand. The purpose of this study is to present a conceptual model of halal food brand equity as a trusted value for customers. The research focuses on how to build a halal food brand using established brand equity components, as well as how to mediate the halal food supply chains integrity architecture. Halal brand awareness, halal perceived quality, halal brand association, and halal brand loyalty are among the dimensions identified. According to research of Muslim consumers in the halal food industry, the positive impact of the halal food supply chain integrity in choosing halal food brands is a critical factor in ensuring that food is produced ethically. Suggestions have been made for studies on a halal food consumer-based brand equity approach, which is unique to the halal food industry. The strategy emphasises on the connection between the halalan toyyiban concept and overall brand equity goals, as well as specific food supply chain management goals.
    Keywords: halal food; brand equity; supply chain integrity; halal brand awareness; halal perceived quality.

  • Land use/land cover dynamics and its future scenarios in Luando Reserve, Angola   Order a copy of this article
    by Edwin Imfumu, Albert Aweto 
    Abstract: Anthropogenic activities modify biophysical environment and affect ecological balance and the human population. The paper analyzed the dynamic patterns and trend of land use/ cover (LULC) changes in Luando Reserve (LR) for 45 years and predicted its future scenarios for the next 20 years. Remotely sensed data, particularly Landsat imageries for 1975, 1990, 2005 and 2020 were processed, classified and analyzed using GIS. Markov-CA model was used to predict future scenarios of LULC dynamic for 2040. Major LULC classes identified included waterbody, wetland, forest, grassland, farmland and settlement. Findings indicated that LR underwent an increase in farmland, settlement, waterbody and wetland areas, and a significant decrease in forest area. The projection for 2040 indicated that the actual LULCC trend will continue in the next 20 years, with a worrying decrease of 7.1% in the forest area. Settlement and agricultural expansion are the major threats to biodiversity expansion in LR.
    Keywords: Angola; change detection; land use/land cover change; Luando Reserve.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10063015
  • Circular economy model and sustainable development nexus in Bangladesh   Order a copy of this article
    by Zobayer Ahmed, Sakib Mahmud, Hakan Acet 
    Abstract: The practice of Circular Economy is rare and limited to recycling in the economic sectors of Bangladesh. The present study aims to understand how currently these practices are related to sustainable development goals (SDGs). To meet the research objective, both primary and secondary information has been used. The study reveals that there has been an increase in the trend of research regarding CE and sustainable development in Bangladesh from the year 2019. Furthermore, the practices of selected sectors were helping to achieve SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 13 (climate action), and SDG 15 (life on land) to a certain extent. Nevertheless, widespread challenges exist, including lack of capability, research, administrative efficiency, efficient policies, and many more; in implementing CE practices to help achieve SDGs in Bangladesh.
    Keywords: circular economy; sustainable development; wastage; environment; Sustainable Development Goals; SDGs; Bangladesh; recycling.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10053223
    by Marcia Regina Rodrigues Da Silva Zago, Alexandre Dullius, Maclovia Correa Da Silva, Elisangela Christiane De Pinheiro Leite Munaretto, Andressa Rando Favorito 
    Abstract: The goal of this article is to present a special thought on the strategy of capacitation workshops, as the means for self-awareness and decision making on waste, having a different perspective towards the subject. That way, the research that generated the present document, was established from the research- in-action, generating knowledge and new experiences by ways of physically meeting the waste collectors from the city of Matinhos - Paran
    Keywords: recycled waste; sustainable territories; community workshops; waste and residue management; Matinhos/PR Brazil; recyclable waste in Brazil.

  • Sustainability Practices in IUBAT: A Case Study   Order a copy of this article
    by Ferdous Ahmed, Selina Nargis, Mohammed Ataur Rahman, Muhammad Rehan Dastagir 
    Abstract: Sustainable education and preparing young graduates with an action-oriented education program is the major requirement for any country since Bangladesh is thriving for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by implementing the sustainability practices into the educational institutions 2030. Out of 103 private universities and 53 public universities in Bangladesh only IUBAT-International University of Business Agriculture and Technology introduced the sustainability course for every bachelor programs students as a basic subject. Therefore, the Sustainability course is designed to develop the immediate countrys demand producing adequate skilled graduates with enough sustainability knowledge. Till now more than 14,000 undergrad students of the different disciplines have been taught the sustainability course where they engaged and practiced for any environmental sustainability learning and practices in their daily life. IUBAT urges its graduates to absorb this sustainability learning and practices as their lifelong learning so they will be able to contribute to building a sustainable society and country in the near future. As a method this study applied to an institutional case study of IUBAT University a good number of students have been taught about environmental sustainability knowledge and practices. The aim of this case study is to know how IUBAT students are participating and practicing sustainability issues to support the country's dream of achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As a result, we found that this sustainability course intensifies changing traditional anthropogenic behaviors of the students into sustainability through building positive knowledge, attitude, skill and ethics for making a sustainable society.
    Keywords: Education for Sustainable Education (ESD); Sustainability Studies; Sustainable Development Goals; IUBAT; Bangladesh.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10054171
  • Creative Leadership and Sustainability: The Mediating Effect of Organizational Culture   Order a copy of this article
    by Najm Najm, Reem Y. Hamed 
    Abstract: Creative leadership plays an indispensable role in motivating and inspiring workers in order to do what is new for excellence and necessary for the survival and growth of these companies. This study aimed to examine the impact of creative leadership viewed in terms of visionary leadership, originality, creative behavior and creative organizational context, on the three main pillars of sustainability (economic, social, and environmental) in Jordanian hospitals. This study also sought to determine the mediating effect of organizational culture on the relationship between creative leadership and sustainability n these hospitals.
    Keywords: Creative leadership; visionary leadership; originality; creative behavior and creative organizational context; sustainability; organizational culture.

  • Engaging ordinary people in sustainability transition: Introducing elasticity and plasticity model for social change   Order a copy of this article
    by Halima Abu Haneya, Abu Hanieh 
    Abstract: Joining between engineering and social sciences approaches, this paper introduces a model for social change, based on concepts of elasticity and plasticity of sustainability behaviour to engage the public in sustainability transition and achieve a better quality of life. The paper discusses how successful transition to renewable energy (RE) system can impact individual’s quality of life and social development, and how to encourage ordinary people to engage in energy transition through daily sustainability behaviour. The paper also discusses the social strategies that lead community to sustainability, the RE indicators and the impact of RE on social behaviour. Eventually, some actions are suggested as solutions if applied can drive the society to the appropriate sustainability level. The focus area is Palestine, but the model can apply elsewhere. The data used were both primary and secondary data.
    Keywords: renewable energy; RE; elasticity; plasticity; sustainability behaviour; social change; sustainability societal transition; sustainable social change.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10061162
  • Socioformative sustainability as an alternative conceptualization to think about the devastation of socioecological systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Josémanuel Luna-Nemecio, Sergio Tobon 
    Abstract: The purpose of this study is to present the conceptual cartography of the concept of sustainable development to show its limits and propose the socio-formative sustainability as a category that transcends it. This study addresses the notion, categorization, characterization, differentiation, division, linkage, methodology, and exemplification that have prevailed so far in research under the concept of "sustainable development". For each of these axes, a conceptual proposal is offered that allows us to think about sustainability based on the concept of "socio-formative sustainability". This research applied the methodology of conceptual mapping based on the review of articles and documents from scientific databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science. The research limits and the political implications of sustainable development its analyzed in this study. The main results reveal the limitations and deficiencies that afflict the research that has used the concept of sustainable development in an attempt to establish a balance between the economy, ecology, and the human being. Likewise, the conceptual limits of continuing to carry out research trapped in the Sustainable Development Goals and the neo-Malthusian perspectives of the 2030 Agenda are shown. This study allowed presenting the main axes to address socio-formative sustainability as a way of thinking about the necessary ecological reform of the way of capitalist production.
    Keywords: complex thought; environmental care; sustainability; sustainable development; sustainable social development.

  • Economic valuation of ecosystem services of cultural order in the Las Delicias micro-basin in Bogot   Order a copy of this article
    by Jeniffer Gracia, Diego Rojas, David Gracia 
    Abstract: The main objective of this study was to carry out an assessment of the cultural ecosystem services of the Las Delicias brook, located in Chapinero, in Bogot
    Keywords: ecosystem services; economic valuation; sustainable development.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10060619
  • An Analytical Study of Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata) and Kiratikta (Swertia chirayita): An Economic Substitution for Metro Cities in Global Pandemic with Healthcare 4.0   Order a copy of this article
    by Bhavna Singh, Rohit Rastogi, Lalit Raj Singh, Ankur Singhal, Richa Singh 
    Abstract: Ayurveda has always been a treasure of knowledge. During Covid pandemic when humans were forced to suffer and no cure seemed to exist to end suffering, the Ayurvedic medicine system once again proved its viability and brought our sufferings to the end. Many In this manuscript the core idea is to substantiate that the Andrographis paniculata, another indeginous herb, can be a well founded substitute for Swertia chirayita. In this work, authors have made a comparative study between both drugs. For this, a systematic review of literature and a pharmacogonostical study was done. On investigation, both drugs are almost similar in qualitative phytochemical analysis, and qualities as par Ayurvedic pharmacology. It was also observed that most of the therapeutic actions of both drugs are similar. Graphical representation of the different parameters gives more insight to the readers. Use of pictures has also been done to heighten the interest of readers.
    Keywords: Swertia chirayita; Kiratikta; Andrographis paniculata; Kalmegh; Ayurveda.

  • Did Micro-Finance Pass the Covid Litmus Test? An Empirical Analysis from Women Borrowers’ Perspective based in Rural Himalayas
    by Insha Wani, Megha Agarwal 
    Abstract: The study attempts to use COVID period as an opportunity to analyse how efficiently micro-finance has been able to deal with the unprecedented crisis. The objective of this study is to find the impact of two COVID-19 response measures; credit accessibility and moratorium on repayments, taken by the industry, on welfare status of its women beneficiaries. To test the validity of claims made by micro-finance, we carried an empirical study of 1,210 micro-finance women borrowers from nine districts of Jammu and Kashmir operating under DAY-NRLM. We used ANOVA, independent t-test and Welch test to compare the welfare status of these borrowers during the core pandemic period, using financial accessibility, Domestic violence and economic stability as three dimensions of women welfare or empowerment. The findings are suggestive of a mixed performance by micro-finance.
    Keywords: micro-finance; COVID-19; women welfare; economic stability; domestic violence; financial accessibility.

  • Social responsibility in Pandemic and its Financial Impacts: Insights from Covid-19 Literature
    by Mohit Saini, Shallu Batra, Ishu Jindal, Kapil Gora, Mahender Yadav 
    Abstract: Business corporations have emerged as good Samaritans by pulling society from the dusk of the pandemic. A major strand of researchers examined the impact of such socially responsible activities on a corporate firm's performance (CFP) and risk. The pandemic has raised the CSR types and levels in society; hence there is a need for a study that presents the state of the scholarly work on CSR-CFP. Therefore, this study adopted the structured review methodology and keywords analysis to explore the publications. After a thorough review of articles, we found that initially, companies have undertaken the majority of the CSR activities for internal stakeholders such as employees, and after that, for the community. Overall, most of the studies have depicted a positive impact of CSR on firm performance in the short term. CSR firms were more resilient to COVID-19 risk. The study concludes with future gaps and findings.
    Keywords: corporate social responsibility; CSR; firm performance; COVID-19; pandemic.

  • Sustainable consumption behaviour, values conscious purchase intention, and organic personal care products: Extending customer values theory   Order a copy of this article
    by Surbhi Sharma, Bijay Kushwaha 
    Abstract: The present study extends the determinants of theory of planned behaviour by incorporating perceived customer values that impact the customer attitude, and purchase intention for organic personal care products (PCP). The study aims to find out the role of customer values in attitude formation and purchase intention. The total 471 responses were received from the respondents selected through purposive sampling technique. PLS-SEM was used to test and validate the conceptual model. The results indicate that customer’s values like health values, safety values, and social values have a significant positive effect on consumer attitude to purchase organic personal care products whereas environment values and hedonic values have positive but insignificant impact on consumer’s attitude towards buying organic PCP. This study undertakes an untouched research area of organic PCP and extends the determinants of TPB incorporating various consumer perceived values. Further, this study contributes both theoretically and practically in the emerging literature.
    Keywords: customer values; attitude; purchase intention; organic personal care products; theory of planned behaviour; TPB.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10061098
  • Investigating the Actions Required to Effectively Manage Stakeholders in Construction Projects   Order a copy of this article
    by Panashe Tichafara Bopoto, Amir Hossein Ghapanchi 
    Abstract: Typically, construction projects are organised into a series of operations carried out by different individuals or organisations, referred to as stakeholders with varying degrees of engagement. Initiating, planning and finishing construction projects can become complex due to the interactions that occur between different parties and their associated influences. This paper utilises a secondary data analysis method to interpret data from multiple construction projects and suggests seven themes around which practitioners should base their stakeholder management processes, namely stakeholder influences and representation, stakeholder communication, stakeholder collaboration, stakeholder negotiations, risk management, project value to society, and project sustainability. Although some of these themes exist in other forms of literature surrounding the topic of stakeholder management on construction projects, there is a lack of research which provides a relatively exhaustive framework consisting of a set of actions that can be adopted to maximise project success. This paper aims to fill this gap.
    Keywords: stakeholder management; construction projects; project sustainability; circular construction.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10061165
  • Green or Green Washing A Review Paper on the Current State of Sustainability of Fashion Brands   Order a copy of this article
    by Ahmed Zaidi, Archana Gandhi 
    Abstract: With the conclusion of the Conference of Parties (COP)-26 in Glasgow, the world has realised that sustainability must become the new normal. Taking a leaf out of COP 26, we now limit our focus to fast-fashion and designer brands and what the fashion industry is doing to make itself sustainable. The research method adopted for this study is bibliometric research and critical analysis of the articles’ content. The research focused on fast fashion and designer brands’ corporate social responsibility disclosures on their respective websites, along with grey literature, to comprehend the steps taken by brands towards environmental sustainability. In this regard, 42 articles were identified and analysed. This paper highlights the practice of fashion organisations greenwashing in the pursuit of sustainability. The paper also highlights the potential negative impacts on society, organisations, and consumer markets, which can be beneficial for scholars and professionals alike.
    Keywords: green marketing; greenwashing; fast fashion; designer labels; textile industry; sustainable fashion.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10060212
  • Do corporate strategies moderate the influence of the effect of environmental government policy in CSR communication?   Order a copy of this article
    by Alessandra De Chiara, Anna D'Auria 
    Abstract: Are CSR disclosures positively associated with government policy on sustainable development? And what is the role of government policy in companies engaged in green strategies commitment? These are the research questions investigated in the paper, which analyses the CSR reports of a randomly selected sample of 40 US companies. Aiming to observe the content of companies' communication related to their responsible approach, the authors performed a longitudinal study of CSR reports provided by US companies. The expected contribution is to offer food for thought on the influence of institutional policy in corporate communication about sustainability and, vice versa, the power of businesses to influence government policies. The usage of the disclosure to evaluate the commitment to responsible behaviour is valorised by the literature, and the empirical research seems to confirm the presence of a positive relationship between the influence of the institutional context and companies' CSR communication. However, in the presence of companies' strategic sustainability objectives, communication regarding environmental topics is improved and strengthened.
    Keywords: CSR disclosure; contextual factors; government policy; content analysis; environment; USA.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10061617
  • Analysis of Municipal Waste and Management of Baby Nappies and sanitary Napkins in the Slovak Republic   Order a copy of this article
    by Viera Peterkova, Ivan Ilko, Romana Martincova, Karin Preinerova 
    Abstract: In this article, diaper and feminine hygiene waste is analysed with a focus on the differences between large and small cities. The unit of analysis used is 5% of the total number of mixed waste collection bins in use in the area of interest. The collected data are compared with data on the number of children aged 03 years and data on women aged 1345 years living in the area of interest. Waste from 31 local authorities was analysed as part of this work. By analysing the waste in 31 cities and municipalities in Slovakia, we obtained a cumulative 922.21 kg of diapers, which represented 10% of the cumulative mixed municipal waste (9,188.91 kg) in the studied municipalities. Statistical treatment showed no difference in the percentage of diapers between municipalities and cities (p = 0.441) and in the proportion of individual housing construction and complex housing construction (p = 0.463).
    Keywords: diapers; waste; sanitary napkins; analysis; municipal waste; tampons; large cities; small towns; consumption.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10064501
  • Perception of sustainable clothing solutions: Analysis of polish consumers' attitudes   Order a copy of this article
    by Oskar Bech, Szymon Korcz, Radosław Bojarczuk 
    Abstract: The study is based on the analysis of semi-structured interviews with consumers of sustainable clothing, conducted between January and February 2022 in Poland. The research aims to gain deeper understanding of Polish consumers who purchase eco-friendly clothing, as well as to explore their opinions and attitudes towards sustainable fashion. The study concludes that Polish consumers of eco-friendly fashion are mostly engaged with the cause of climate change. However, there is still a lack of awareness among consumers regarding the harmfulness of textile and garment production. They are mostly motivated by the need for a more ethical fashion consumption, as well as the need for a more sustainable future for their children. Additionally, the research reveals their concerns regarding the greenwashing of companies and perception of sustainable fashion as relatively expensive. This article provides insight into both general and green clothing customer practices and industry concerns.
    Keywords: sustainable development; environmentalism; consumer attitudes; environmental knowledge; textile industry; greenwashing; garment industry; fashion; eco-friendly; awareness.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10064780

Special Issue on: ERPBSS-2020 Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity

    Abstract: This paper aims to assess the effect of firm-specific characteristics and interest rates on the lease financing of listed consumer goods in Nigeria. Secondary data from the annual report and account of the sampled firms were used from 2011 to 2018. A filtering criterion was adopted, and nine listed consumer goods companies were selected as samples of the study. Multiple regression technique using Generalized Least Square (GLS) was employed in analyzing the panel data. The study's findings revealed that growth opportunity and business complexity significantly influence the lease financing of listed consumer goods companies in Nigeria. At the same time, the interest rate was found to have an insignificant negative influence on the lease financing of listed consumer goods companies in Nigeria. Therefore, the study recommends that managers of listed consumer goods in Nigeria should pay more attention to utilizing lease financing to attain the desired level of growth. This can be achieved by seeking growth opportunities in firms where they can further expand and diversify their businesses in order to meet up with available opportunities.
    Keywords: Firm Specific Characteristics; Interest Rate; Lease Financing; Nigeria.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2025.10056807