Submission of Papers

For submission of papers, Please follow the instructions in the paper guideline: ICSG2i_2019_aust__paper_guidelines


We have an agreement with ‘World review of entrepreneurship, management and sustainable development (Scopus Indexed)’ about publication of a special issue with selected papers from the conference.

International Conference on Sustaining Global Garment Industries
THEME: “New Research Directions in Sustainable Garment Production”
DATES: 5-7 March 2019
VENUE: Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Organizers: Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Aalborg University, Section of Sustainable Production, Denmark

The sustainability challenges in the ready-made garment industry continues to create new research agenda all over the world. The multifaceted challenges stem from several areas such as poor operations management, inconsistent HR policies, unequal bargaining power in global supply chain, and weak institutional condition in the sourcing country. Most researchers seem to agree that the garment industry is a complex context that comprises paradoxical issues and forces. It provides jobs for millions of workers – often women – in
developing countries, workers who would otherwise be jobless. Yet, the productivity among suppliers is relatively low while salaries are often below the living wage and workers encounter a hazardous work condition. In contrast, global buyers are exposing the suppliers to both price competition and higher CSR standards. These challenges and the paradoxical condition call for solution-oriented research within and across diverse research fields such as operations and supply chain management, occupational health and safety, political economy, organisational studies and international business. This conference thus aims to present new research agenda and findings related to operational, social and environmental sustainability challenges affecting global garments industry. The conference wishes to bridge practitioners, researchers and institutional actors to share their ideas and concerns related to sustainability of garment manufacturing and business for the future. The conference organizers therefore invite papers from scholars all over the world who are engaged in basic or applied research and contributing to shape new solutions to sustainability challenges.

A new conference initiative
For the last five years, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) and Aalborg University (AAU) have been collaborating on a research project on Garments Industry in Bangladesh, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark (DANIDA). During the research process, it was realized that the garment industry is facing a tremendous challenge from the sustainability perspective and this will continue to grow in the years to come. Keeping this in mind, we decide to organize this unique international multidisciplinary
conference on sustainability in the global garment industry. Since Bangladesh is one of the leading garment exporting countries this provides a perfect setting for the development of a new understanding on global garment industry. AUST is a leading private university in Bangladesh with a science and technology background, while Aalborg University is one of the world leading universities with a strong
profile in engineering and innovation. Thus, our joint collaboration would, hopefully, create an avenue to discuss new research agenda and hold policy dialogue for the advancement of global garment industry.

The focal themes on the garment industry (but not restricted to):
Lean, productivity and quality
Lean and social sustainability
Occupational health and safety and ergonomics
Supplier development
Supply chain reconfiguration
Auditing challenges
Gender and ethnic issues
Environmental sustainability
Suppliers Capability Development
Impact of Institutions on firm’s sustainability and sustainable production
Corporate Social Responsibility and Labour Rights
Relationships and Governance in Global value chain

Submission, Review Process and Announcement of Acceptance:
The conference invites abstracts, case studies, work-in-progress, and full papers from academics and practitioners from all over the world who are working on the garment industry. Kindly use the abstract template available on our web page.  All relevant information is available on the conference homepage at:

Awards and Conference Proceedings:
The best paper award will be announced for senior and PhD students based on blind reviews. Only full papers will be considered for the evaluation of the best paper award.

Important Deadlines:
Suggestions for thematic streams, workshops and round tables are welcome.
Deadline: 1 November 2018.
Submission of abstracts scientific papers and practitioner experience.
Deadline: 15 November 2018.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts
Deadline: 30 November 2018.
Early bird registration
Deadline: 15 January 2019.

Further Information and Conference Contact Person:
For further information, please visit our webpage: If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact our conference secretary:

Conference Chairs: Professor Peter Hasle, Professor Jan Vang, Professor Md. Amanullah, Professor Sarwar Morshed and Professor Lal Mohan Baral

Conference Fee: