Special Issue "Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Mario Tobias
Secretary General and Head of Platform Enabling Technologies for Sustainability, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Berliner Street 130, D-14467 Potsdam, Germany
Website: http://www.iass-potsdam.de/
E-Mail: mario.tobias@potsdam.ihk.de
Phone: +49 331 28822-304

Guest Editor
Dr. Bing Xue
Associate Professor in Sustainability Management, Institute of Applied Ecology at Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.72, Wenhua Road, Shenyang, 110016, China
Website: http://www.iae.cas.cn
E-Mail: xuebing@iae.ac.cn
Phone: +86 (0)24 83970433

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the biggest emerging and developing country on the planet, China’s rapid pace of both urbanization and industrialization over the past decades has attracted global attention. However, a heavy environmental price has been paid for being the world's second-largest economy. By recently announcing future reforms toward sustainable development, China's new leaders have offered “green hope” to the public. Nevertheless, we need to have a deeper understanding into China at very different levels, both spatially and structurally; concerns range from generating sustainable household livelihoods to global climate change, from developing technological applications to generating institutional changes. Also, China needs both local case-based empirical studies as well as global experience-based learning to inform itself of the best route to sustainability.

This Special Issue of Sustainability, “Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action” aims to explore, in either a top-down or bottom-up manner, the intended and spontaneous issues concerning China’s road to sustainability. These issues’ dynamics and consequences are still poorly understood. This Special Issue is committed to finding new and more effective ways of generating and transferring scientific results so as to better enable China to undergo needed societal transformation processes. Thus, this Special Issue welcomes papers addressing all aspects relating to sustainability in China; interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and transformative research are particularly welcome, as is inspired thinking.

Dr. Mario Tobias
Dr. Bing Xue
Guest Editors


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  • social aspects of sustainability
  • industrial ecosystems
  • low carbon development
  • circular economy
  • sustainability indicator
  • sustainability assessment
  • green metric
  • resource efficiency
  • sustainable livelihood
  • enabling technologies for sustainability
  • society-environment system
  • regional governance

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p. 7710-7724
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Sustainability 2014, 6(11), 7710-7724; doi:10.3390/su6117710
Received: 30 August 2014; in revised form: 15 October 2014 / Accepted: 20 October 2014 / Published: 3 November 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(10), 7433-7451; doi:10.3390/su6107433
Received: 24 August 2014; in revised form: 3 October 2014 / Accepted: 14 October 2014 / Published: 23 October 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(10), 7155-7180; doi:10.3390/su6107155
Received: 20 August 2014; in revised form: 10 October 2014 / Accepted: 10 October 2014 / Published: 16 October 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3669-3685; doi:10.3390/su6063669
Received: 29 March 2014; in revised form: 23 May 2014 / Accepted: 23 May 2014 / Published: 6 June 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3271-3290; doi:10.3390/su6063271
Received: 31 March 2014; in revised form: 14 May 2014 / Accepted: 16 May 2014 / Published: 27 May 2014
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