Special Issue "Borderland Studies and Sustainability"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yuejing Ge
School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, China
Website: http://geogother.bnu.edu.cn/teacherweb/geyuejing/
E-Mail: geyj@bnu.edu.cn

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Shangyi Zhou
School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, China
Website: http:// geogother.bnu.edu.cn/teacherweb/zhoushangyi/
E-Mail: shangyizhou@bnu.edu.cn

Guest Editor
Dr. Yang Cheng
School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, China
Website: http://geogother.bnu.edu.cn/teacherweb/chengyang/
E-Mail: chengyang@bnu.edu.cn

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

“Sustainability” originally referred to a society’s capacity to maintain, from an environmental perspective, prosperity for current and future generations. The most widely quoted definition of sustainability concerns sustainable development, which is defined by the WCED (1987, pp.8 and 43): “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” More recent understandings of sustainability add cultural and political concerns and require the reconciliation of environmental, social equity, and economic demands. From a global perspective, border regions are special areas with specific sustainable development requirements that deserve more attention.
Generally, border regions refer to the spaces adjoining (and outside of) state boundaries, or to the oceanic areas linking maritime neighbors. They are geographic units with unique characteristics in terms of geographies, natural resources, demographics, economies, and cultures. “Borders in globalization are the meeting points of globalizing forces of security, trade and migration flows with emerging technologies, self determination and regionalization around the world” (Konrad, 2013, pp. 27). Border regions are becoming more and more important in the context of global sustainable development and regional cooperation.
A better understanding of borderlands can be advanced through integrated, multi-disciplinary research and the utilization of new research methods. This Special Issue intends to collect theoretical and empirical papers concerning, from the perspective of sustainable development, traditional and new borders in globalization. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • traditional and new understandings of borderlands
  • border governance, security, and sustainability
  • economic development and trade in the borderlands
  • market and migration flows in the borderlands
  • sustainable strategy: culture and society in the borderlands
  • other related topics


Konrad, V. 2013. Imagining and imaging borders: Understanding borderlands for global sustainability. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XL (4/W3), 27-31.
World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). 1987. Our Common Future. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Prof. Dr. Yuejing Ge
Prof. Dr. Shangyi Zhou
Dr. Yang Cheng
Guest Editors


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Published Papers (3 papers)

by ,  and
Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 1896-1912; doi:10.3390/su6041896
Received: 21 February 2014; in revised form: 26 March 2014 / Accepted: 26 March 2014 / Published: 9 April 2014
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by ,  and
Sustainability 2014, 6(8), 5284-5299; doi:10.3390/su6085284
Received: 26 May 2014; in revised form: 30 July 2014 / Accepted: 1 August 2014 / Published: 13 August 2014
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by , , , ,  and
Sustainability 2014, 6(8), 5300-5310; doi:10.3390/su6085300
Received: 29 May 2014; in revised form: 25 July 2014 / Accepted: 28 July 2014 / Published: 14 August 2014
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Last update: 16 January 2014

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