CALL FOR PAPERS: Institutions and markets as a driver for sustainable development

STOCKHOLM, August 28, 2020

The Ratio Institute hereby invites young scholars in economics, business administration, political science, sociology and economic history to submit paper proposals for a cross disciplinary colloquium in Stockholm, Sweden. The aim of the colloquium is to bring together researchers in different fields working on topics related to reform, policy, institutional change and market solutions related to sustainable development. The colloquium seeks to address how institutions and markets can stimulate a sustainable development in developed economies.

Broadly, we are interested in the following topics:

  • What institutions and market reforms promote environmentally sustainable outcomes?
  • How can firms finance the transition from a linear to a circular economy?
  • How can policy reform be promoted on the political, industrial or firm level for environmentally sustainable development?
  • Cases studies of successful and unsuccessful policy and firm actions to promote sustainability or a circular economy.
  • Waste management/recycling, water scarcity/quality, renewable energy, cities, carbon capture, batteries, consumer gods etc.
  • Technological change that promote environmental sustainability.

The submitted papers should be preliminary/work in progress, but they should include all sections of a full-length paper.

Accommodation/travel: Ratio will cover the cost of both the symposium and hotel accommodation for the participants. Ratio will also reimburse reasonable economy travel expenses for participants.

The number of accepted papers is limited to 8. Discussants will be appointed to each accepted paper, but all participants are expected to read all papers and be active in the discussions.

To apply, please submit the following to

  • A one or two page abstract of the planned paper
  • A one page summary of your research interests
  • CV

Application deadline: April 10. Applicants will be notified of whether they have been accepted or not by April 25. Deadline for full paper submission is August 1.

Eligible for application: Ph.D. students (late stage) and junior researchers (postdocs, assistant professors etc.) that have received their Ph.D. within 6 years prior to the date of application (i.e. after April 14, 2014).

Venue: The workshop will be held at the Ratio Institute on Sveavägen 59 in central Stockholm.

Contact: Jonas Grafström,, or Magnus Söderberg,