Forthcoming Special Issue

Transformational Approaches: 2030 Agenda for World Sustainable Development

In 2015, 193 countries of the United Nations (UN) adopted a global agreement consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind by the end of the year 2030. The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go together with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

The 17 goals put forward are: 1) No poverty; 2) Zero hunger; 3) Good health and well-being; 4) Quality education; 5) Gender equality; 6) Clean water and sanitation; 7) Affordable and clean energy; 8) Decent work and economic growth; 9) Industry, innovation, and infrastructure; 10) Raise your voice against discrimination; 11) Sustainable cities and communities; 12) Responsible production and consumption; 13) Climate action; 14) Life below water; 15) Life on land; 16) Peace, justice, and strong institutions; and 17) Partnerships for the goals. 

Policy makers and decision-makers are required to define and adopt efficient management practices for organizations and businesses that contribute to the achievement of these Sustainable Development goals. To collaborate in this line, researchers are challenged to update, change and provide theory, concepts and approaches to address the SDGs and the multidimensional impacts them on governments, organizations and businesses around the world.

This special issue welcomes papers, which address in achieving Sustainable Development Goals 2030 from policy-makers, educators, researchers and practitioners in various disciplines of academia and industry. The purpose of this special issue is to increase awareness of key research and challenges related to the implementation of SDGs concerning the 17 goals to tackle complex global issues.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: October 2021


Lead Guest Editor

 Professor Dr. Roy Rillera Marzo is the Head of Medical Research and Ethics and previous Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs, and a Professor of Public Health and Healthcare Management at Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia. Dr. Roy is an award-winning researcher with an international reputation for excellence and innovation. He is an editorial board member and guest editor in several international journals, and his research works and books published in a variety of high impact journals. Dr. Roy is also holding adjunct professorship positions at Universities in the USA, South America, and Asian countries.
He is one of Fight Cancer Global (USA) executive boards, a large voluntary multi-stakeholder organization. The institution's goal is to transform global cancer into one patient-centric community through global engagement and collaboration to improve cancer patients' lives worldwide. Dr. Roy is also the international coordinator of Education Against Tobacco in Southeast Asia and the Founder and Conference Chair of the Annual World Conference on Public Health. He is making a significant contribution in addressing the social determinants of health tobacco prevention and cessation across South-East Asia. Dr. Roy also recently led ground-breaking research related to mental health and quality of life during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in 45 countries.
Roy earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a medical degree from Saint Louis University, Philippines.  He also finished his Masters of Public Health in the same university where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Currently, he is pursuing his Master in Distance Education at the University of the Philippines and Ph.D. in Public Health at Monash University as a full scholar. His research's main focus is epidemiology, health promotion, public policy, research methodology, communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, nutrition, aging and quality of life, social and behavioral health, and healthcare management.



Associate Guest Editors

Professor. Dr. Adnan Kisa received his doctorate from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine-USA, and has been working as professor of health policy and economics, and Pro-Dean at School of Health Sciences, Kristiania University College, Norway. He has also served in academic and leadership positions at several universities in Turkey prior to moving to Norway.
Dr. Kisa has an extensive global health and policy research experience focusing on health administration, health and economic development, health services utilization, comparative health systems, cost of illness, cost effectiveness of interventions in healthcare, and health outcomes research. Dr. Kisais a prolific researcher with more than 150 peer-reviewed published articles, books, book chapters, research reports in health policy and economics.  He has served as an advisory board member for many international health institutions, scientific boards, and editorial boards. Dr. Kisa was the Principle Investigator of the “Turkish National Burden of Disease and Cost Effectiveness Project” (Funded by the World Bank), is the principle investigator of  “Leadership and Communication Styles of Country Leaders in the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Project” (Funded by Kristiania University College), and is a collaborator for Global Burden of Disease-Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the UW-Seattle-USA, “WHO-Innovative Care for Chronic Conditions Project”, “WHO-Adherence to Long-term Therapies Project”, “WHO-World Health Survey”, and the “Value of Vaccination Research Network” at Harvard University.
Dr. Kisa has received numerous awards and recognition related to teaching, research, and service throughout his career. Dr. Kisa is also holding adjunct professorship positions at Tulane University, and the University of South Carolina in the United States. He has also served as the Conference Chair and/or Host Institution Chair of the 2nd (2002) and 6th (2010) International Conference on Healthcare Systems. He also serves on the editorial boards of several internationally renowned journals, including Hospital Topics, the oldest journal in Healthcare Administration field.



Dr. Hikabasa Halwiindi is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health, specialized in Implementation Science, Community Health, and Research Methods. He is a graduate of the University of Zambia (BSc Biological Sciences), University of Oslo (M.Phil. in International Community Health), and University of Copenhagen (Ph.D. in Community Health). He has two Post-docs from Vanderbilt University (USA) and the European Foundations Initiative against Neglected Tropical Diseases), Under the Berman Institute of Tropical Medicine (German).  Through the years he has won several research and training grants both as principal and as co-investigator in various fields of public health, including Neglected Tropical Diseases and Implementation Science. He is a local and international consultant in formative research, community mobilization, designing implementation strategies, and implementation and performance monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs. His consultancy clients include UNICEF, WHO, DFID, WFP, UNDP, and the Ministry of Health. His research publications are in the fields of Implementation Research, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Community health, and epidemiology. He has featured as a panelist at two international conferences: International Conference on Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa (IncoNTD 2019) in a plenary panel discussion on “why do the Social & Behavioral Sciences matter so much for NTD elimination; and at the European Conference on African Studies (ECSA 2017) in Basel, "Global Scientific encounters - the quest for research sustainability". He currently serves as Dean School of Public Health at the University of Zambia; Chairperson for the Implementation and Social Science Research for the African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and member of the University of Zambia Biomedical Research Ethics Committee.