Special Issue "Environment in Sustainable Development"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Professor Stephen Morse
Chair in Systems Analysis for Sustainability Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, Guildford Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
Website: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/people/stephen_morse/
E-Mail: S.Morse@surrey.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1483 686079
Fax: + 44 (0)1483 686671

Guest Editor
Dr. Ioannis Vogiatzakis
Associate Professor in Environmental Conservation, School of Pure and Applied Sciences Open University of Cyprus (OUC), P.O. Box 12794, 2252 Latsia, Nicosia, Cyprus
E-Mail: ioannis.vogiatzakis@ouc.ac.cy
Phone: +357 22411933
Fax: +357 22411601

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The environment has long been acknowledged as an important pillar within sustainable development, alongside social and economic concerns. However since the economic crisis the emphasis from politicians has tended to shift towards the promotion of economic growth and environmental conservation has been perceived by some as an impediment to 'development'. Compared to decisions designed to promote economic growth that provide a clear and positive vision of the benefits for at least some in society, albeit neglecting the unfavorable effects, arguments that seek to convince society about the benefits of healthy ecosystems (in monetary or non-monetary terms) have arguably been far less successful. Researchers have long stressed the importance of a decoupling of economic growth from any negative environmental impacts that may result from that growth so that the latter can continue with no detriment to the former. Richard Price, the Chief Economist and Director of Corporate Performance in the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the UK, a country that has accumulated one of the largest net debts in the developed world (over 90% of GDP), has stressed that "economic and environmental performance must go hand in hand" and indeed that the environment underpins economic activity and wellbeing (Everett et al, 2010). Thus the two must be positively coupled as a healthy environment supports livelihood and wellbeing. The ecosystem goods and services approach has also sought to highlight the importance of the environment in terms of helping to support human livelihood and wellbeing. This special edition in the journal 'Sustainability' will focus on the environment within sustainable development and in particular the progress that has, or has not, been made with decoupling economic growth from any detrimental impact on the environment and how the environment supports livelihood and wellbeing, including economic growth. Following from the above, this issue invites contributions which may focus on analyses of the technical, policy and managerial interventions designed to facilitate this decoupling as well as ways in which environmental impact can be measured.

Reference: Everett T, Ishwaran M, Ansaloni GP and Rubin A (2010). Economic Growth and the Environment. Defra Evidence and Analysis Series Paper 2.

Professor Stephen Morse
Dr. Ioannis Vogiatzakis
Guest Editors


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• environment
• sustainable development
• environmental assessment
• environmental impact
• environmental indicators and indices
• decoupling
• economic growth
• livelihood
• ecosystem goods and services

Published Papers (6 papers)

Sustainability 2014, 6(7), 4497-4513; doi:10.3390/su6074497
Received: 10 February 2014; in revised form: 16 June 2014 / Accepted: 7 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3802-3824; doi:10.3390/su6063802
Received: 6 February 2014; in revised form: 7 May 2014 / Accepted: 27 May 2014 / Published: 12 June 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3722-3731; doi:10.3390/su6063722
Received: 26 April 2014; in revised form: 21 May 2014 / Accepted: 3 June 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3232-3251; doi:10.3390/su6063232
Received: 31 March 2014; in revised form: 12 May 2014 / Accepted: 19 May 2014 / Published: 26 May 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 2067-2086; doi:10.3390/su6042067
Received: 21 February 2014; in revised form: 1 April 2014 / Accepted: 1 April 2014 / Published: 11 April 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(2), 952-966; doi:10.3390/su6020952
Received: 2 January 2014; in revised form: 11 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
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Last update: 27 May 2013

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