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Special Issue "Disasters, Crisis, Hazards, Emergencies and Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ziqiang Han

Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Sichuan University-The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
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Interests: risk analysis and decision making; disaster recovery; disaster preparedness
Guest Editor
Dr. William L. Waugh

Andrew Young School of Policy, Georgia State University, USA
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Interests: emergency management; disaster recovery; institutional preparedness

Special Issue Information

We are organizing a Special Issue on “Disasters, Crisis, Hazards, Emergencies and Sustainable Development” in Sustainability. The venue is a peer-reviewed international and open access scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the cross-disciplinary area of sustainability and sustainable development. Sustainability has a high visibility and is indexed in Clarivate Analytics (prior Thomson Reuters) Science Citation Index Expanded and the Social Sciences Citation Index database.

Hazards, disasters, crisis and emergencies are key issues threating sustainable development and sustainability. Disasters impact individuals, families, institutions, communities, and societies, not only physically, but also socially. They may cause infrastructure damage, and economic and human life loss. Thus, the wish and processes of sustainable development are always disrupted by various kinds of disasters. Another important theme under investigation is the link between recovery after disasters and sustainable development (Smith and Wenger, 2007). In order to revitalize disaster-impacted families and communities, mitigation and resilience should be integrated into the recovery process to reduce the vulnerability of communities. Therefore, in order to achieve the goal of sustainability and sustainable development, strategies, methods, and technologies for mitigating, preventing, preparing, responding and recovering from all kinds of disasters and crises are needed.

This Special Issue encourages high quality research papers and case studies on the topics of linking disasters, hazards, crisis, and emergencies with sustainability and sustainable development. Contributions on: (1) how disasters, hazards, crisis, and emergencies affect the continuity and sustainability of families, communities, institutions, or even countries; (2) how to integrate mitigation or resilience into the recovery process to build back better or to achieve sustainable development are especially welcomed. Research contributions on other related topics are also encouraged. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of disasters, hazards, crisis, and emergency research, and the cross-disciplinary nature of sustainability research, papers from all disciplines are welcomed.

Dr. Ziqiang Han
Dr. William L. Waugh
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.


  • disasters
  • emergencies
  • crises
  • hazards
  • sustainable development

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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