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Special Issue "Land-Use Competition"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Ecology and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Miguel Brandão

KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44, Stockholm, Sweden
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Interests: Life Cycle Assessment; bioeconomy systems; land-use competition; industrial ecology; ecological economics
Guest Editor
Dr. Hans Langeveld

Biomass research, 6702 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: biomass availability; biobased economy; sustainable land use issues
Guest Editor
Mag. Andreas Mayer

Institute of Social Ecology, Alpen Adria University, 1070 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: environmental and social trade-off assessments; land and resource use competition; agent based modelling; social metabolism; society-nature interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In view of the competing demands on land to adequately feed people, sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services, and mitigate climate change, there is a clear need for a systematic basis for allocating land use with respect to economic, social, and environmental objectives.

The journal Sustainability is hosting a Special Issue on “Land-Use Competition”. Studies are welcome that formulate an integrated environmental and economic assessment of the global consequences of land use strategies for food, feed, fuel, timber and carbon sink, consisting of novel operational approaches that propose resolving the associated methodological issues. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and/or (parallel) economic-equilibrium modelling studies are of particular interest, as are consequential approaches for considering indirect effects when assessing land use strategies, or any other approach for estimating indirect land use change.

Dr. Miguel Brandão
Guest Editor

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.


  • Land-use competition
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Consequential modelling
  • Economic-equilibrium modelling
  • Bioenergy

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This special issue is now open for submission.

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