YEEES Final Conference
Resilience through Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Digital Solutions and Education
A German-African Conference

24 march – 26 march 2021



YEEES is an inter- and transdisciplinary network that focusses on Yields of Evocative Entrepreneurial Approaches on Environment and Society (YEEES). We especially elaborate on the resilience of cities and peri-urban areas, while focusing challenges in different fields, e.g. agriculture, health and transport/mobility. Our projects so far mainly connected universities from Germany and Southern Africa, especially Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

Our research focuses on the combination of entrepreneurship, sustainability and ICT cumulated in the question: “How can sustainability entrepreneurship based on or using ICT contribute to resilient city development in Sub-Saharan Africa?” For the YEEES conference we, thus, call for papers (full papers or work in progress) on all aspects of resilient city and peri-urban area development. We especially look forward to contributions on the main topics (see list of tracks below).

Paper Submission

Contributions are welcome from theoretical, empirical or applied perspectives. The conference will present both fully developed papers as well as work in progress. Full papers should not extend the amount of 20 pages. Work in progress shall be submitted in the form of an abstract, which should not exceed 1,000 words. We also ask to hand in an abstract (of approx. 1,000 words) when handing in a full paper, this will be used for our conference booklet. There is also the possibility to hand in an extended abstract with the option for full paper based on the conference committee´s recommendation. You can choose the option that best fits your case on our easychair link below.

You have three options for your submission:

  • Extended abstract with option for full paper
  • Extended abstract for presentation only
  • Full paper (including short and extended abstracts)

Please hand in your full paper or your work in progress (anonymised – so no personal data mentioned on the cover letter nor within the text)

January 11th, 2021 (Deadline extension)

at our conference tool easychair under the link:

Contribution possibilities (summary)

Full paper –not exceed the amount of 20 pages including the short abstract + an extended abstract for the conference booklet of under 1000 words.

Extended abstract with option for full paper extended abstract of under 1000 words after the conference committee review the full paper can be sent. Deadline for the full paper after recommendation is February 15th  2021.

Extended abstract (for presentation only)– extended abstract of under 1000 words for the conference booklet and presentation only.

Review process
Both full paper and work in progress are peer reviewed. Full paper authors will receive a review from experts selected by the YEEES program committee. The reviewers are selected scientists with great expertise in their research area. In case the paper is accepted, the author qualifies for 20-minute presentation plus a 10-minute discussion. All full papers get the chance to be awarded with a best paper award and/ or to be selected for one of the books connected to the conference (see details below).

Submission requirements
Papers must be submitted in English.

Regarding formatting/styles, we do not give strict guidelines, but recommend that you adhere to the following templates provided here.

Your full paper and your work in your progress should contain the following:

  1. A concise and informative title,
  2. Cite references in the text with author name/s and year of publication in parentheses (“Harvard system”):
    1. One author: (Miller 1991) or Miller (1991)
    2. Two authors: (Miller and Smith 1994) or Miller and Smith (1994)
    3. Three authors or more: (Miller et al. 1995) or Miller et al. (1995)
  3. The Reference list should be in the style established by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  4. Include up to 5 keywords;
  5. In case necessary, please include the acknowledgements in a separate page

Structure recommendation for the extended abstract

Content: The following is just a recommendation, depending on the research field and/or research progress a different structure or adaptation of the following structure might be better.

  • Aims of the research (including research question)
  • Theoretical background
  • Methodology
  • Findings – Conclusion (if any already)
  • Discussion/Question
  • Applications to practice
  • If applicable, impact on society and/or policy

Selection process

The selection is based on a double-blind review process. The review process itself is described above (under “Review process”).

Handbook YEEES Teaching
There will be a handbook on the topic of resilience through teaching. For this handbook we are looking for contributions on

• Teaching methods
• Practical examples
• Research in education

From all the submissions within the education track (Track 1), the peers will select the papers that will be published in a handbook of resilience through teaching. Contributions recommended from the peers for this issue will be informed about this choice.

Title:  Transformational entrepreneurship education – Introducing innovative methods, formats and research from an international and interdisciplinary perspective

Societal transition, rapid technological changes and severe sustainability issues call for innovative educational approaches which develop
the complex set of competences needed to solving these issues. The YEEES Training Center, an international and interdisciplinary network of university teachers and researchers from Germany and Southern Africa, thus, works on these approaches by connecting the fields of management/ entrepreneurship, information and communication technologies (ICT) and sustainability.

In this book selected teaching approaches, supportive methods, concrete examples of curricular as well as extracurricular teaching formats, mainly designed to fit both African and German requirements, will be given. Also, the connection to research is underlined by pointing out specific research questions, how actual scientific results could be integrated into teaching, how students can contribute to research while learning and research to develop and evaluate new formats. This book is, thus, relevant for university teachers, researchers, students as well as practitioners who want to educate and/ or act as future change agents. Copying and further developing our ideas is warmly welcome!


There will be a digital conference booklet in which all accepted contributions will be introduced (a 1000-word abstract). There will also be a conference book with selected papers proposed by the peer reviewers. You will be notified about your selection for publication in this book in time. The notification of acceptance date is in line with our general deadline: end of January 2021.


Prof. Dr. Jantje Halberstadt, University of Vechta

Prof Dr. Jorge Marx Gomez, University of Oldenburg

Track I: Resilience through Education

Education plays a crucial (if not mayor) role in development.  We therefore are looking for contributions who shed a light on entrepreneurial education and also on innovative educational teaching methods, gladly in connection with the contemplation of digital solutions.

Exemplary areas of research:

  • Innovative teaching and learning concepts
  • Learning through games
  • Entrepreneurial education and ICT
  • Digital solutions in education
  • Edupreneurship

Track II: Resilience through Sustainability Entrepreneurship

There are many sub-forms of entrepreneurship. However, since resilient development needs sustainable solutions, one of our main subjects is sustainability entrepreneurship. Exemplary areas of research:

  • Sustainability entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, eco entrepreneurship
  • Digital solutions for sustainability start-Ups
  • Sustainable solutions in agriculture and farming
  • Sustainable tourism

Track III: Resilience through Smart Solutions

The digital transformation is happening everywhere. In this track we, thus, call for papers that reflect on developments, chances and obstacles within the digital transformation processes and the use thereof in certain subfields of sustainable development, e.g. health care, agriculture, security, education or ecology. Since one big problem in Southern African countries is their submission to climatic fluctuations such as droughts and floods, resource efficiency, waste management and access to clear water are becoming increasingly important. We also seek for smart solutions for transport and mobility.

Exemplary areas of research:

  • Efficient use of resources
  • Water management
  • Waste management & recycling
  • Energy efficiency
  • Smart cities & smart communities
  • Mobility & logistics
  • Food management
  • Smart health

Track IV: Resilience through Community Action: lessons from ecovillages for wider societal transitions

This track focuses on resilience through community action and lessons learned from ecovillages for wider societal transformation. We invite contributions that relate to the ecovillage principles, as summarised in the Global Ecovillage Network map of regeneration

  • cultural aspects of resilience and transformation, including changing world-views, art and celebration, practices of reconnection, and building collaborative cultures
  • economic principles and systems that promote justice, democratic control and sustainable resource use, and strengthen local communities and economies
  • social organisation at community scale, for example self-governance, diversity, internal structures and provision of social services, and communication and conflict resolution methods
  • strategies for promoting ecological and social-ecological resilience, for example regeneration of soil, wise use of water, regional food security, community-scale renewable energy generation, and promotion of biodiversity

Track V: Resilience through People

Reaching resilience of areas mainly depends on the behavior and activities of people. This is why this track focusses on how people contribute to sustainable development. With regard to gender equality as one important sustainability goal and women at the same time being shown as particularly contributing to sustainability, e.g. as social entrepreneurs, we specifically underline gender as well as diversity aspects in this track. One important question also deals with people’s own resilience and how their constitution might influence societal structures. Exemplary areas of research:

  • Mindfulness and psychological factors
  • Gender and diversity
  • Women entrepreneurship
  • Networks and support
  • Consumer behavior

Track VI: Resilience Strategies in Various Fields

Resilient development takes place in various other fields and can be influenced by different factors. This track may capture the work that does not perfectly fit to one of the tracks introduced above. The exemplary areas are not reduced to resilience in or through:

  • Governance, politics & economy
  • Arts, media & communications
  • Culture
  • Security
  • Health & sports