Regions and Cohesion Call For Papers 2021 Special Issue

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Call for Papers



The Mesoamerican and Caribbean Society of Ecological Economics and Regions & Cohesion invite submissions of academic and Leadership Forum articles on:


The 2020 paradox: a multisystemic crisis in search of an integral response



Aleida Azamar (UAM-Xochimilco) and Carmen Maganda (INECOL)



The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing environmental and economic crises globally, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. This region has become a key part of global extractivism dynamics as it contributes more than 30% of various industrial and precious minerals that are consumed globally. On the other hand, it also has the largest reserve of biodiversity today. In addition, the multiple structural reforms of the late twentieth century have provided most nations with ample facilities and flexibility for the development of low-cost industrial projects. Consequently, this call combines the academic focus of the Mesoamerican and Caribbean Society of Ecological Economics with the thematic and regional focus of Regions & Cohesion.


Special Issue Objective

To offer a platform for the presentation and debate of methodological and empirical proposals to overcome the multisystemic crisis derived from Covid-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Contributions should preferably discuss and expand items that identify socio-environmental actions and proposed transformations in response to the current multi-systemic crisis (economic-social-political-ecological) facing Latin America from the perspective of the green economy.


Some questions and thematic perspectives, amongst others, are:

» In what ways have extractivist processes in Latin America had implications for the development of the multisystem crisis affecting the region?

» In what ways has the Latin American extractivist model become a drag on society?

» Are there collective efforts that have been successful through the creation of alternative and long-term local experiences to those proposed by capitalism in the region?

» Can proposals from Latin American ecofeminism contribute to the development of a more enriching concept of ecological economy?


Proposed topics

» Dialogue of knowledge and rural and indigenous influence on ecological economy.

» Alternative visions of development, ecological macroeconomics, new proposals for governance and environmental education and their relevance in relation to the multi-system crisis facing the region.

» Environmental and social justice and its relevance for situations related to the multisystemic crisis facing the region.

» Ecofeminism and feminist political ecologies.

» Ecological debt, socio-ecological subsidies and unequal exchange in relation to the multi-system crisis facing the region.



The current health crisis derived from Covid-19 has exacerbated the situations of inequity, lack of innovation, poverty and lack of environmental awareness in energy policies, as well as serious socio-environmental conflicts observed for years in several countries of the Mesoamerican Continent. This has called into question the current economic, social and environmental strategies of the governments in this region.

            Therefore, this call is necessary as it contributes to the search for new alternatives to contemporary development approaches. In order to overcome this multisystemic crisis, proposals that have an integrated approach are required.

            In this sense, Ecological Economy stands out notably. This transdisciplinary science focuses on the analysis of the energy exchange that exists between ecosystems and society in qualitative and quantitative terms, so its orientation, proposals and analysis is multidimensional.

            This last aspect is fundamental given the complex circumstances that the world currently faces which require transversal plans in which all living beings can be represented, displacing the business, political and elite group interests. These approaches have contributed to both the ecological and health crises that are presently unfolding. It should also be noted that part of the responsibility for the emergence of multiple Covid-19 crises is due to the intensity with which infrastructure and extractive projects are created and developed that prey on nature, pushing the agricultural and urban frontier towards spaces where biomes with unknown characteristics exist. This facilitates the communication of various viruses to hosts close to humans such as farm or companion animals (Scranton, 2015; Wallace, 2016).

            Ecological Economics put aside the market and focus on the composition of the system in which we survive, allowing us to diagnose with greater clarity and efficiency not only the conditions that have triggered this emergency situation, but also the situation in which these events unfold. These are the main reasons why Ecological Economics studies are current, relevant and necessary for sustainable change. This special issue of Regions & Cohesion invites authors to submit manuscripts that address this field in Latin America and the Caribbean.

            Although the aforementioned problems occur throughout Latin America, it is urgent to continue generating analysis and studies that address the specific problems of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, especially in terms of specific topics such as: predatory extractivism, the high level of water stress, serious violence by governments against communities that defend environmental rights, and the relationship between drug trafficking and deforestation, among others. Also, we find it necessary to focus special attention on this region because of its abundance of organizational and participatory capabilities. Many communities in this area offer both alternative proposals for overcoming these problems and resistance to inequalities.


Important Submission Information and Editorial Criteria

The contributions that respond to this call must be original, have not been published or be

simultaneously submitted to other journals. For these reasons, the guest editors ask that you accompany your article with a letter signed by the author stating that the article is original and that it has not been published or simultaneously submitted anywhere else.

            We will accept articles in Spanish and English. Please submit your articles to this link:

            Those interested in this call should structure their scientific article according to the Editor's Detailed Advice and Style Guide of Regions & Cohesion. Also, they must strictly follow the style and submission guidelines. Both are available at this link: In general, the APA7 editorial rules apply:


Important Dates

Opening of the call: October 23, 2020 to March 15, 2021. All authors should send an expression of interest with preliminary title and abstract to the special issue guest editors as soon as possible.

Deadline for the receipt of articles (already formatted): March 15, 2021

Internal review: March 15 to April 15, 2021

Peer review process: April 15 to July 1, 2021

Review and dialogue with the authors (revisions, new versions if applicable): July 1 to August 1, 2021

Editorial decision and final versions to send to production: August 15, 2021