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With a new Open Access book series centered on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), MDPI pursues environmentally and socially relevant research which contributes to efforts toward a sustainable world. Transitioning to Sustainability aims to add to the conversation about regional and global sustainable development according to the 17 SDGs. From fall 2020 onward, coinciding with the SDGs’ 5-year anniversary, MDPI is publishing an edition for each SDG. The book series is intended to reach beyond disciplinary, even academic boundaries.
In 17 volumes, Transitioning to Sustainability examines each of the 17 SDG in its dynamic and multifaceted nature. Each volume will present approaches to, achievements of, and challenges for the respective SDG. Considering the complex links among the SDGs, each volume also highlights complementarities to, as well as tradeoffs with, other goals. To reflect the diversity of positions, each volume may include theory chapters, chapters presenting empirical research, position pieces, progress on important research programmes, and stakeholder initiatives.
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Early morning, a spider web covered in dew drops. Each drop reflects all the other drops that reflect this drop, and all the other drops that reflect all the other drops—and maybe the spider, her prey, or an onlooker, too—and so forth, ad infinitum. The image of such a spider web has been used to illustrate the Buddhist notion of Indra’s net, the vast net in the realm of the Vedic deva Indra, which stretches infinitely in all directions with a jewel at each knot of the net, reflecting all other jewels—a symbol for the interconnection and co-constitution of all things.
Similarly, in physics, “entanglement” describes the mutual influence of our universe’s particles even across vast distances. Thus, “entanglement” is also an appropriate metaphor for the co‑constitution of supposedly separate identities through relationality and dynamic interactions (or “intra-actions” rather) between and within systems in spacetime. In this understanding, self and other, human and nonhuman, nature and culture are interdependent agents rather than autonomous entities. By the same token, knowledge and meaning is co-produced by different academic fields and expertise outside academia as well as by animals, machines and other nonhuman participants in the world-creating dance.
Drawing on this insight, the book series Entanglements seeks to build and change, (i.e., to form and transform) knowledge by soliciting work that entangles disciplines, methods and practices. Moreover, Entanglements not only aims for transforming outcomes, but also for transforming processes and, not least of all, transforming the experience of all participants in the series through co-review of all contributions. In this manner, each volume brings together diverse participants to join the conversation on a particular conceptual topic. With this aim in mind, Entanglements aspires to TransForm Knowledge of the topic in question in the interest of a radical inter- and transdisciplinarity for a sustainable planet.
The MDPI writing prize aims to promote excellence in scientific writing and explore themes relevant to early career researchers. The inaugural edition took place in 2018 and saw over 40 entries from across the globe. All participants are given the option to publish their entry in an open access book.
Frontiers in Sustainability (FinS) is an edited book series by MDPI. It serves as a transdisciplinary and multistakeholder platform for regional and global sustainability issues. Here, we understand transdisciplinarity as a collaboration between researchers from different disciplines to conceptualize, study, and derive solutions to sustainability-relevant problems that may be relevant to stakeholder practices and outcomes beyond academia. FinS promotes debates within and between academic disciplines, especially the natural sciences, engineering and technology, and the social sciences, and it seeks to publish academically relevant exchanges between academia, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, politics, and business.
FinS also publishes manuscripts that do not fit the conventional journal format. Apart from theoretical or empirical papers on sustainability, contributions may include tentative policy or position papers, important research updates, opinion pieces, focused literature reviews, descriptions of relevant research or government programs, and other original and creative contributions relating to sustainability.
All manuscripts are peer-reviewed. Those accepted for publication in FinS appear as a hardcopy, as well as online as open access articles. FinS is linked to the World Sustainability Forum. However, submissions from authors who did not present their work at one of the Forum events are also considered for publication.