We are organising the 2nd international workshop on forecasting for social good in Bordeaux, France on 30th of June-1st of July 2021 which is sponsored by IIF. The aim of this workshop is aligned with the IIF objectives of international collaboration, bridging the gap between practitioners and academics, professional development of policy makers, and unifying the community of forecasters with a focus on issues of social good. 

Evidence from the first IIF workshop on forecasting for social good at Cardiff in July 2018 showed that less attention has been given to research on forecasting for social good in comparison to other areas of forecasting. This is also confirmed by the number and quality of papers received for the special issue of the International Journal of Forecasting which is currently under process. We have started to raise awareness on this issue by organising the first workshop at Cardiff, organising three invited sessions at ISF2019 following by the special issue of IJF. We believe this progress should continue as we seek to establish an IIF section on forecasting for social good in the future and advance forecasting knowledge in this area. Hereby, we propose to invite authors to submit papers for the special section of the IJF. The purpose of the special section is to attract high quality papers that are concerned with forecasting for social good.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Health and healthcare
  • Wellbeing
  • Humanitarian operations
  • Disaster relief
  • Education
  • Social services
  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Public welfare
  • Fraud, collusion, and corruption
  • Government
  • Public safety and security
  • Poverty
  • Inequality

Submission starts: 5 July 2021

Submission deadline: 31 December 2021

Submission Guidelines:

To submit a paper for consideration for the Special Issue, please upload your paper online and include a cover letter clearly indicating that the paper is for the special issue “Forecasting for Social Good”. The webpage for online submission is Instructions for authors are provided at . All papers will follow IJF’s double-blind refereeing process. For further information about the Special Issue, please contact the guest editors.

Guest Editors

Dr. Bahman Rostami-Tabar, Cardiff University, UK ( )

Dr. Michael Porter, University of Virginia, USA (

Prof. Zied Babai, Kedge Business School, France (

Prof. Pierre Pinson, IJF Editor in Chief, Technical University of Denmark (