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Special Issue "In the Quest of Sustainability: Responses for Ecological and Social-Economic Systems in Front of Risks and Disasters"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alexandru Ozunu

Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Interests: disaster management; resilience; chemistry; industry; risk mitigation
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dacinia Crina Petrescu

Faculty of Business, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Interests: consumer behavior; negotiation; environment; economics; sustainable development

Special Issue Information

Nowadays, societies face a wider variety of risks, which pose serious threats to life and infrastructure. Environmental damage, climate change, and lack of sustainable development measures add to these threats, making societies more vulnerable. Regardless of the resources involved in response and recovery, the bouncing-back, or, ideally, the bouncing-back better condition is very difficult to attain by the affected societies. As provided also in the post-2015 development agenda, the integration of sustainable development goals (SDGs) into disaster risk reduction measures at all levels and in all stages of action is of utmost importance to attain the sustainability of our communities. Building resilience to risks and disasters is internationally acknowledged and proclaimed by many EU and international bodies engaged in sustainable development. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 particularly stresses the urgency of addressing disaster resilience for a more effective protection of people, their livelihoods, health, cultural heritage, socioeconomic assets and ecosystems. Hence, identification, assessment, monitoring, planning, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation are necessary to achieve the goals of resilience.

This Special Issue will comprise selected papers from the 12th International Conference on “Environmental Legislation, Safety Engineering and Disaster Management” (ELSEDIMA; http://enviro.ubbcluj.ro/en/12th-international-conference-environmental-legislation-safety-engineering-and-disaster-management-elsedima-2018/) and other papers focused on, and related to, resilience, environmental, and socio-economic aspects.

Authors who presented their papers at the conference are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Guest Editors for preliminary evaluation. Accepted papers will be than submitted by authors to Sustainability and enter the peer review process.

Researchers who did not attended the 12th ELSEDIMA Conference are also invited to develop and submit empirical papers, theoretical manuscripts, and literature reviews on the topic of the Special Issue – “In the Quest of Resilience: Insights on Ecological and Socio-Economic Systems”.

All papers selected for this Special Issue will undertake a rigorous peer-review process.

Prof. Dr. Alexandru  Ozunu
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dacinia Crina  Petrescu
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.


  • Resilience

  • Disaster Management

  • Sustainable Development

  • Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Climate Change Adaptation

  • Efficient Emergency Response

  • Environmental Pollution Prevention, Control, and Research

  • Water, Food, and Biodiversity Challenges

  • Environmental Economics

  • Policies and Legislation

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Open AccessArticle Setting the Scene for a Healthier Indoor Living Environment: Citizens’ Knowledge, Awareness, and Habits Related to Residential Radon Exposure in Romania
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2081; doi:10.3390/su9112081
Received: 20 August 2017 / Revised: 21 September 2017 / Accepted: 10 November 2017 / Published: 13 November 2017
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The present research is based on the premise that people perceive radiation risks in different ways, depending on their cultural background, information exposure, economic level, and educational status, which are specific to each country. The main objective was to assess and report, for
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The present research is based on the premise that people perceive radiation risks in different ways, depending on their cultural background, information exposure, economic level, and educational status, which are specific to each country. The main objective was to assess and report, for the first time, the Romanians’ attitude (perceptions, knowledge, and behaviors) related to residential radon, in order to contribute to the creation of a healthier living environment. A convenience sample of 229 people from different parts of Romania, including radon prone areas, was used. Results profiled a population vulnerable to radon threats from the perspective of their awareness and perceptions. Thus, study results showed that most participants did not perceive the risk generated by radon exposure as significant to their health; only 13.1% of interviewed people considered the danger to their health as “high” or “very high”. Additionally, it was found that awareness of radon itself was low: 62.4% of the sample did not know what radon was. From a practical perspective, the study shows that in Romania, increasing awareness, through the provision of valid information, should be a major objective of strategies that aim to reduce radon exposure. The present study takes a bottom-up perspective by assessing Romanian citizens’ attitudes toward radon. Therefore, it compensates for a gap in the behavioral studies literature by providing practical support for radon risk mitigation and creating the premises for a healthier living environment. Full article
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