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Special Issue "New Economics for the Anthropocene"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Scott Kelly

Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Level 11, UTS Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
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Phone: +61-2-9514-4881
Interests: new economics; sustainable finance; sustainable development; systems thinking; energy systems modelling; climate change economics; complexity science
Guest Editor
Prof. Robert Costanza

Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific. 132 Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 0200, Australia
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Interests: transdisciplinary integration; systems ecology; ecological economics; landscape ecology; ecological modelling; ecological design; energy analysis; environmental policy; social traps; incentive structures and institutions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are entering a period of emerging cultural transition driven by major changes in the Earth System—changes we have forged collectively yet which remain beyond any individual’s control. The term “Anthropocene Transition” names the beginning of this transformation in the human-Earth relationship.

In response to increasing systemic turbulence, communities, organisations and regions around the world are experimenting with new approaches to production, consumption, distribution and exchange. An increasingly mechanised workforce brings challenges as well as opportunities for the future of work that is both valued and meaningful. Innovations that support peer-to-peer exchange and sharing economies are growing in prominence across the globe. Alternative digital currencies are displacing national currencies and blockchain technologies promise to fundamentally change key institutions. Grassroots movements are also taking hold, from community supported agriculture schemes like Food Connect, the global Transition Towns movement, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies in the USA, universal basic income trials in Finland, Kenya, Canada and elsewhere, and countless community-based energy projects. Alternative tax systems, new green investment models and innovative financial instruments (e.g., green bonds) have the potential to make a significant impact on the transition to a sustainable economy.

This special issue is calling for papers that deal with both the theoretical and practical considerations of creating a new economy for the Anthropocene. An economy focused on sustainable wellbeing rather than endless, inequitable growth.

Dr. Scott Kelly
Prof. Robert Costanza
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.


  • new economics;

  • sustainability;

  • post-growth;

  • steady state economics;

  • anthropocene;

  • limits to growth;

  • ecological economics;

  • wellbeing economics;

  • donut economics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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