Special Issue "Drylands and Deserts: Research Intersections"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Troy Sternberg
Guest Editor
School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, Oxford, UK
Interests: environment; arid lands; water resources; pastoralism; resources; mediation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global deserts and drylands are at the heart of scientific, social, and environmental research. Climate change, population growth, environmental sustainability, conflict, and development strategies in arid and semi-arid regions are central to our modern world. Encouraging investigation across vast dryland regions enables us to address a significant range of key research questions. Connecting disparate themes from water and dust, archaeology and anthropology, geomorphology and geography to economics, history and international relations represent the essential nature of desert-related research. Security, scarcity, sustainability, and society link arid regions and present contemporary concerns. As environments, resources, land use, degradation, engagement, and management regimes evolve in the 21st century, the challenges in drylands endure. This Special Issue focuses on new knowledge and understanding practices and processes in global drylands and deserts. Links between methods, topics, and approaches to the investigation and incorporation of key themes in today’s dryland research environment are encouraged.

Dr. Troy Sternberg
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. Land 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 1000 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.


  • climate
  • degradation
  • pastoralism
  • socio-environmental systems
  • livelihoods
  • conflict
  • water
  • dust
  • land use
  • governance
  • resources

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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