Special Issue "ISR: Integrating sustainability issues into risk analysis: challenges and opportunities"


We are pleased to inform you about the special issue

ISR: Integrating sustainability issues into risk analysis: challenges and opportunities

foreplanned on Sustainable Futures starting from 1st September 2021, co-edited by the colleagues Manuela La Fata, Rosa Micale and Fabio Sgarbossa. The authors of the works presented at the Summer School Francesco Turco 2021 can submit extensions of their papers for the review process. You can find the submission instructions at this link. Interested authors can already work on the extended versions of their papers and submit them after the presentation at the Summer School.


Background and Motivation

Over the last decades, both researchers and practitioners have widely designed and developed theories and techniques to better conceptualize, assess, communicate and manage risks.
Since the 1970s, risk analysis has mainly focused on the industrial context, with the aim to ensure both high availability of assets and healthy and safe workplaces by the implementation of proper preventive and/or corrective measures arising from risks identification, assessment and prioritization (La Fata et al., 2021; Aven, 2016). On the other hand, supply chain and ergonomic risk analyses are relatively new. Supply chain risk analysis is the process of identifying, assessing and mitigating risks throughout the supply chain to reduce vulnerability and to ensure continuity from suppliers to customers. Ergonomic risk assessment deals with the identification and quantification of risk factors which may lead to workers’ musculoskeletal disorders or injuries with the aim of designing safer, healthier, effective and more productive work systems, so improving the overall workplace wellness (Botti et al., 2020).
Since the perspective on sustainable development, risk actors are more and more concerned to incorporate sustainability principles into their decision-making processes, aligning the goal of monitoring and controlling risks to people, environment and assets with the effort of enhancing productivity and profits. The question is whether and how enhanced and innovative approaches, tools, models and metrics may support risk actors to develop a broad variety of sustainable alternatives to manage risks (Radjiyev et al., 2015; Anand et al., 2016; Stindt, 2017; Kshetri, 2021).
Original research articles and reviews are welcome on theory, methods, applications and case studies regarding environmental, economic, social and safety risk analysis. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Qualitative and/or quantitative methods for industrial risks assessment
  • Life-cycle risk management Impact of Industry 4.0 for improving risk management: progresses, promises and challenges
  • Key enabling technologies to support risk analysis
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Ergonomic risk assessment
  • Lessons learned by best practices
  • Decision making approaches to support risk analysis

We look forward at receiving your contributions.

The timeline of the special issue is as follows:

    • Submission dates: 1 September 2021 to 1 March 2022


    • Review process: On a rolling basis from October 2021 to April 2022


    • Expected Publication: late 2022