3rd ECO-SOS Workshop on Economics and Sustainability: Gender Challenges



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CALL FOR PAPERS - 3rd ECO-SOS Workshop on Economics and Sustainability: Gender Challenges

Reus, May 12th 2023

Organized by: ECO-SOS Research Center on Economics and Sustainability (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

The Research Center on Economics and Sustainability (ECO-SOS) was originally created in 2010 as CREIP (Research Center in Industrial and Public Economics), and recently moved to sustainability issues, in line with the research interests of its members. Specifically, ECO-SOS studies the connection between sustainability and the following areas of interest: environmental and climate economics, health economics, regional and urban economics, education and labor market, business and innovation, energy and natural resources, industrial organization, economic policy, game theory and environmental conflicts, transport and tourism.

Workshop objectives
This workshop provides an opportunity to all those interested in the interaction between sustainability and gender and, in general terms, to address global challenges faced by our economies when designing growth strategies. In this sense, we want to analyze the gender implications of economic activities, quantify their externalities and provide proposals to achieve more sustainable growth scenarios. 

Researchers are encouraged to submit both empirical and theoretical papers that are broadly consistent with the ECO-SOS areas of interest. We particularly welcome papers related to the following topics, in addition to the main topic of Gender Challenges:

Gender and labour market     Gender and firm 
Gender and economic growth   Gender and education
Gender and health   Gender and innovation

Keynote Speaker:

Sonia Bhaltotra

Sonia Bhalotra is Fellow of the International Economics Association, the UK Academy of Social Sciences, CEPR London, IZA Bonn, IEPS Brazil and SFI Copenhagen. She has held appointments at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Essex. Currently she is the Principal Investigator of an European Research Council Advanced Grant (2021-2026), Co-Investigator ESRC Research Centre for Microsocial Change, ISER, Essex (2019-2024), Co-Investigator ESRC-funded Human Rights Big Data and Technology Project, Law, Essex (2015-2021), and Co-Investigator CEDIL-funded project on maternal depression, parental investment and child development. With J Maselko et al. Co-funded by National Institute of Health USA. (2020-2025), among others. See more information in her webpage: https://www.iza.org/person/2905/sonia-r-bhalotra 

Submission of papers
Full papers should be submitted (in pdf format) to eco-sos@urv.cat by February 24th 2023. Authors are allowed to submit only one paper. Information about acceptance will be communicated by March 17th. All paper presenters are expected to discuss another paper during the workshop. The assignment of discussants will be distributed to participants by the end of April.

As this workshop intends to create a network among researchers working on sustainability issues, participation without paper presentation is also encouraged. In this case, please send us an e-mail indicating your interest in attending the workshop (before the end of July, for the sake of organizing).

Location and Travelling
Located right in the centre of the Costa Daurada and at less than one hour from Barcelona, Reus is a medium-sized city well known for its shopping, modernist heritage, and its close relationship to the architect Antoni Gaudí.

How to get to Reus from Reus Airport?

Reus Airport is located 3 km from the city centre and is connected with several European destinations, mainly by Ryanair.

By bus (Reus Transport: www.reustransport.cat): the bus number 50 connects the Reus Airport to the city centre in less than 30 minutes, with a frequency of one hour. The bus makes several stops, including bus and train stations.

By taxi: taxis stand in front of the door of the arrivals terminal of the airport. The approximate cost of the journey to the city centre is 20 € and lasts about 15 minutes.

How to get to Reus from Barcelona?

Reus is located 110 km south of Barcelona, just over an hour away.

By car: take the AP-7 motorway and after one hour take exit 34 and follow the T11 towards Reus.

By train (RENFE: www.renfe.es): the trip from Barcelona takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. There are about 15 trains making the journey between Barcelona Sants station and Reus each day. The adult fare is 8.40€ (regional) and 9.55€ (Catalonia Express).

By bus (www.igualadina.com): Hispano Igualadina connects Barcelona with Reus four times a day on weekdays and twice on weekends. The journey takes 1 hour and 50 minutes and the fare is 10.60€.

How to get to Reus from Barcelona Airport?

By bus (www.busplana.com): Plana connects Barcelona Airport with Reus six times a day on weekdays and five on weekends. The journey takes between 1 hour and 30 minutes and 2 hours and 40 minutes (depending on timetable) and the fare is 16.90€.

By train (RENFE: www.renfe.es): There is a train station at the T2 building that connects with Sants station in Barcelona. Departures are every 20 minutes.


Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation. Among the hotels of the following list, Reus Park Hotel is the closest to the venue of the conference (5-minute walk) and Hotel Gaudí, Hotel Centre Reus and NH Hotel are inside a reasonable walking distance.

Registration and fees
There is a non-refundable fee for all the attendants of EUR 150€. The fee covers coffee breaks, a lunch, a gala dinner, and full access to all activities of the workshop. In case the workshop has to be moved online due to the pandemic, fees will be reduced to 100€.

Scientific Committee

Luis Díaz-Serrano (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili) Carolina Manzano Tovar (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
José Manuel Giménez Gómez (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili) Montserrat Ferré Carracedo (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Local Organising Committee

Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili) Cori Vilella Bach (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
Eulàlia Torner (staff ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili) Contact us at eco-sos@urv.cat


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Reus , Spain