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Special Issue "Agroecology for the Transition towards Social-Ecological Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Ecology and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Marina García-Llorente

Madrid Institute for Rural Development, Agricultural and Food Research (IMIDRA), Madrid, Spain
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Interests: agroecology; ecosystem service assessment; human connectedness to nature; rural development; social-ecological system; social farming; participatory action research
Guest Editor
Dr. Elisa Oteros-Rozas

Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), Seville, Spain
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Interests: traditional ecological knowledge; pastoralism; political agroecology; gender; new peasantries
Guest Editor
Dr. Federica Ravera

Universitat de Vic- Universitat Central de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: climate change adaptation; ecological economics; gender; multicriteria decision analysis; scenarios; sustainable rural development; vulnerability assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the scientific and technological achievements to improve agricultural productivity, insufficient attention has been paid to the environmental and social consequences of the prevailing agrifood system. Academics, practitioners and activists have been discussing in the last decades how can an increasing population be fed in a social-ecologically sustainable and equitable way. Meanwhile, agricultural intensification has situated agroecosystems in a vulnerable situation because of the decline of cultural values, key ecological processes and ecosystem services. As a response, agroecology was born to address the problems generated by industrial agriculture: it is presented as a practice, scientific discipline, and socio-political movement that tries to apply ecological concepts in the sustainable management of agricultural systems. Like the socio-ecological approach, agroecology requires holistic and interdisciplinary views to analyze the complex relationships that are generated between ecological functioning, human wellbeing, economic profitability, governance models and land-use policies. However, to date, agroecology has not gained enough strength as a scientific discipline and its application in agrarian, rural and landscape planning policies is hence limited. For this Special Issue we welcome contributions exploring how agroecological approaches promote the sustainability of agrarian social-ecological systems. Specifically, we welcome conceptual and empirical studies that may focus on agroecological initiatives that contribute to global and climate change adaptation and mitigation, community supported agriculture models, social and inclusive farming, agrarian ecosystem services assessments, agroecological rural development, the role of local/traditional/indigenous agroecological knowledge and its transmission, agroecological public policies, participatory-actions research processes, and gender and rural perspectives.

Dr. Marina García-Llorente
Dr. Elisa Oteros-Rozas
Dr. Federica Ravera
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Agroecology
  • Agroecosystem
  • Ecosystem service
  • Local/traditional/indigenous ecological knowledge
  • Gender            
  • Governance
  • Global change adaptation
  • Participatory approach
  • Social-ecological system
  • Social and inclusive farming
  • Social learning

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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