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Call for papers: EMNES Annual Conference 2021 Pillars for Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Growth and Innovative Socio-Economic Models Post COVID-19 Pandemic in the Mediterranean and Africa


The Euro-Mediterranean Network of Economic Studies EMNES new socio-economic vision stems from the quest for long-term economic policy solutions aiming at more inclusive, sustainable and employment driven socio-economic development in the region.

EMNES Annual Conference provides a forum for academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss current issues related to socio-economic development and regional integration in the Mediterranean and Africa.

While the specific theme of the Annual Conference varies from year to year, the overall objective of this event is to stimulate discussion of high quality and policy relevant cutting-edge research that informs our understanding of how various socio-economic issues can affect the overall economy at the national and regional levels and the level of interconnectedness between the economies.

Aims and topics: 

The EMNES Annual Conference 2021 offers leading academics, practitioners and policymakers the opportunity to discuss innovative research on a range of topics related to the post- COVID-19 pandemic recover.

COVID-19 pandemic also revealed the level of unpreparedness of governments in both developed and less developed countries. This health crisis was quickly transformed into an unprecedented economic and social crisis at the global level and has led governments to introduce unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus packages.

As the world emerges from a global pandemic, calls for a resilient and sustainable recovery have intensified.  The “Post-COVID 19” state of the world is to be built, to become more resilient and sustainable. The EMEA-EMNES research published in 2020, shows that countries exhibiting socio-economic vulnerabilities prior to the pandemic had lower capacity to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. In other words, the countries that have built a resilient system could better respond to the pandemic and rebound. Several pillars, including digitalisation, financial inclusion, health policy, social protection and safety net, regional integration, via regional value chains and sustainable development have been explored by EMNES research to offer economic policy answers on the design of recovery models post COVID-19.

This call for papers invites submissions of high-quality unpublished manuscripts on topics related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to a resilient and sustainable socio-economic growth in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa including, but not limited to:

  • Debt sustainability and international cooperation for debt relief
  • Monetary policy during and post COVID-19
  • Central banks and the greening of the financial sector
  • Sustainability and stability of financial systems during and post COVID-19
  • COVID-19 recovery and green stimulus policies
  • Sustainability and ESG risks
  • Impact investing and other sustainable finance trends
  • Biodiversity and environment and economic development
  • Financial innovation and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Corporate strategies towards transition and physical risks of climate change
  • Corporate social responsibility in the post-pandemic world
  • Financial inclusion, digitalization and crypto-currencies
  • Role of the state, financial institutions and markets in post-COVID-19 recovery
  • Regional integration, sustainability in post-COVID-19 recovery

Papers on other EMNES research areas are encouraged.

Important dates:

Deadline for Submission: October 15, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: November 05, 2021

Registration Deadline accepted author: November 10, 2021

Conference dates: December 09-10, 2021

Please visit the EMNES Annual Conference website and submit your full manuscript in PDF format via email to:  


This year’s EMNES Annual Conference will be hosted virtually by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA in collaboration with the Centre for European Policy Studies – CEPS.


  • Prof. Rym Ayadi, EMEA
  • Dr. Cinzia Alcidi, CEPS

Organising Committee: 

  • Sandra Challita, EMEA
  • Mais Shaaban, EMEA
  • Yeganeh Forouheshfar, EMEA
  • Cynthia Echave, EMEA
  • Sara Ronco, EMEA
  • George Christopoulos, EMEA

Conference Special Issue: 

In conjunction with the EMNES Annual Conference, Applied Economics Quarterly will publish a special issue that includes papers submitted to and presented at the conference.

In cooperation with Cinzia Alcidi, AEQ Editor and Research Director at CEPS, Rym Ayadi, Professor at the Bayes Business School, City University London, and President of EMEA, will serve as Co-Editor of the special issue. For the special issue, AEQ will consider empirical works that focus on matters relevant to EU-Med economic relations and linkages. They include trade, FDI, remittances, GVC, economic and financial integration and spillover effects. Empirical papers submitted and presented on the themes of EMNES Call for Paper 2021 will also be considered.  Authors of papers accepted for presentation at the conference will receive an invitation to submit to the journal issue. All submitted papers should follow AEQ’s author guidelines, which can be found here.

Prize for the best paper:

There will be two Best Paper Awards of EUR 2,000 each sponsored by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA.


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