Special Issue "Creative Solutions to Big Challenges"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Aled Jones
Global Sustainability Institute, Faculty Science and Technology, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT, UK
Website: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/fst/staff/dr_aled_jones.html
E-Mail: aled.jones@anglia.ac.uk
Phone: +44 1223 698931
Interests: resources; finance; climate change; policy; sustainability; investment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue comprises selected papers from the 1st Global Sustainability Institute Annual Conference, held at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge in May 2013 and other invited contributions. The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is a University-wide body which spans a broad portfolio of areas and interests related to sustainability. We recognise that delivering sustainability requires an integrated view of the world and, above all, see our main role as helping develop practical solutions. We work to collate information needed to make decisions and present it to the people capable of implementing action. Our research is focused around personal motivations and systems change set against the challenges of sustainability. Our core research question is how does the system influence the individual, and how does the individual influence the system?

The conference identified and investigated the big sustainability challenges that we are faced with today and provided a range of creative solutions from different disciplines to address these. Contributions from health, technology, culture, science and policy areas highlighted the broad range of challenges and solutions that exist. Speakers were drawn from business, academia, charities and government with the papers selected here representing a small portion of the academic contribution to the debate as well as other invited academics working in creative approaches to these big global challenges.

Dr. Aled Jones FIMA FRSA
Guest Editor


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Papers selected for this special issue were subject to a peer review procedure with the aim of a wide dissemination of research results, developments and applications. Details of the conference can be found at http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/global_sustainability_institute/conference_2013.html?utm_source=gsi/conference2013&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=redirect


  • sustainability
  • solutions
  • creativity
  • challenges
  • risks
  • opportunities

Published Papers (5 papers)

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Sustainability 2014, 6(1), 50-69; doi:10.3390/su6010050
Received: 3 September 2013; in revised form: 5 December 2013 / Accepted: 9 December 2013 / Published: 20 December 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(12), 5249-5271; doi:10.3390/su5125249
Received: 13 May 2013; in revised form: 21 November 2013 / Accepted: 21 November 2013 / Published: 9 December 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4920-4948; doi:10.3390/su5114920
Received: 12 September 2013; in revised form: 29 October 2013 / Accepted: 30 October 2013 / Published: 15 November 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(8), 3484-3501; doi:10.3390/su5083484
Received: 6 May 2013; in revised form: 3 August 2013 / Accepted: 7 August 2013 / Published: 13 August 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(6), 2827-2839; doi:10.3390/su5062827
Received: 9 May 2013; in revised form: 26 May 2013 / Accepted: 7 June 2013 / Published: 21 June 2013
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Last update: 13 August 2013

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