Green finance and sustainable recovery post-COVID-19 pandemic



Green finance and sustainable recovery post-COVID-19 pandemic


Since 2020, the world has witnessed an unprecedented crisis caused by COVID-19. The impacts of the pandemic on economies, global value chains disruptions, and consumption patterns are profound. In this context, governments worldwide have relied on massive stimulus packages for economic revival, which comprise of a series of measures following a “green recovery” approach based on the idea of “build back better” (OECD, 2020). This alludes to a more sustainable and resilient recovery, thus promoting an environmental-friendly development strategy post-pandemic. The adoption of the green transition with nature-based solutions shall address the rising costs of current carbon emissions. Over the past year, there have been increasing global efforts to coordinate movements and operations on the transition towards a low-carbon economy. However, without proper policies and strong commitments to carbon neutrality, the achievement of a green recovery for a sustainable future remains an uncertain ambition.

Consequently, priority should be put on the investment and finance of a green economy, especially in poorer economies from where much of emissions growth is coming. While policy incentives and interventions are implemented to alleviate the adverse effects of the pandemic and stimulate economic recovery, green policies should be at the heart of national strategic planning. Such policies include fiscal reforms, carbon taxation, subsidies for low-carbon economic activities and renewable energy transition, green infrastructure development, green finance, and green investment, along with institutional and governance reforms. For instance, environmental and green finance is essential for building a sustainable future as it contributes to providing capital for green and sustainable investments, serving the transition to a zero-emission economy, and helping businesses move away from high-carbon activities.

In this regard, the Fulbright Review of Economics and Policy (FREP) invites scholars from all around the world to submit their quality research papers and policy discussion papers for presentation at our workshop on the theme of “Green finance and sustainable recovery post-COVID-19 pandemic”. Areas to be covered may include, but are not limited to:

  • Green finance, green investment, and green banking
  • Green taxation, bonds, and credits
  • Environmental economics
  • Renewable energy transition and financing renewable energy
  • Climate change and economic resilience to disasters
  • Natural resources management
  • Sustainable global value chains, trade, and logistics
  • Public policy and governance towards carbon neutrality
  • Private sector’s involvement, corporate social responsibilities, and public-private partnership for sustainable development
  • Innovation for sustainable development
  • Research on public health, health policy, and demography
  • Impact evaluation of household financing
  • Impact of fiscal/monetary policies on economic restructuring and debt overhang

We welcome submissions in several formats including empirical and theoretical research papers, technical and practitioner papers, and case studies. Authors of manuscripts that have passed the initial screening by the Editorial Board will be invited to present their papers at a virtual workshop (at a time and date to be decided) prior to the final submission to the FREP journal.

After the presentation at the virtual workshop, authors will be required to revise and submit their final manuscripts within a stipulated deadline. The manuscripts will be subjected to a rigorous peer-review process and the decision from the Editor-in-Chief is final. To help authors cover the cost of their work, our journal is pleased to provide financial support of USD1,000 per paper accepted for publication with the funding provided by Fulbright University Vietnam. If after the peer review process, the paper is not accepted for publication in our journal, we are pleased to provide the authors with an honorarium of USD300 per paper for their time and efforts contributing to our webinar and FREP’s issues. 

Important dates

  • Research proposal submission deadline: March 30, 2022
  • Notification of result: April 30, 2022
  • Presentation and full paper submission deadline: June 30, 2022
  • Workshop: July 2022 (Virtually/ Hybrid) (Exact date to be confirmed)
  • Revised manuscripts due: August/September 2022
  • Publication: December 2022 (most likely) or June 2023 (at the latest).

How to submit

Please submit your research proposal or paper with the required information following the below template via FREP’s ScholarOne system here. Although it is not compulsory, submission of a full paper is strongly preferred.

Research Proposal Template

  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) information (name, affiliation, bibliography, and contact email)
  • Introduction
  • Brief literature review
  • Methodology and data
  • Findings or expected findings
  • Declaration of conflicts of interest (if any)
  • References

The proposal/paper should be at least 1,000 words and preferably not exceed 10,000 words. Further details can be found at the author guidelines on our journal website.


If you have any queries, please contact the Editorial Office via [email protected]. To learn more about FREP, please visit our homepage.


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (2020). Building Back Better: A Sustainable, Resilient Recovery After COVID-19. OECD Publishing