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Special Issue "Agroecology in the City: Applying Ecological Principles to Sustainable Urban Agriculture"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ivette Perfecto

School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Phone: +1-734-604-4331
Interests: biodiversity; agreocology; plant–animal interactions; food sovereignty
Guest Editor
Dr. Theresa Wei Ying Ong

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-2016, USA
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Phone: +1-310-357-4163
Interests: theoretical ecology; agroecology; urban agriculture
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stacy Philpott

Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
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Phone: +1-831-459-1549
Interests: agroecology; conservation biology; landscape ecology; insect ecology; farmer livelihoods and well-being

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban agriculture creates pockets of diverse, verdant green spaces within harsh urban landscapes composed primarily of impervious surface. These novel ecosystems are widely documented to function as habitat for a diversity of organisms. However, studies focusing on how organisms within urban agriculture systems interact with each other and their environment and/or contribute to sustainability are rare. This Special Issue selectively collates studies within urban agriculture that address its unique ecology. Papers will address a variety of ecological topics including agroecology, landscape ecology, spatial ecology, meta-population theory, molecular ecology, biological control, behavioral ecology, urban ecology, biodiversity-ecosystem function, and socio-ecology. Papers selected for this Special Issue were subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments and applications.

Dr. Theresa W Ong
Prof. Dr. Stacy Philpott
Prof. Dr. Ivette Perfecto
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.


  • biodiversity
  • sustainable agriculture
  • urban agriculture
  • landscape ecology
  • ecosystem function

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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