Special Issue "Land, Ageing, Gender and Environment: Problems and Challenges from Different Disciplines"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vanessa Zorrilla-Muñoz
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University Institute on Gender Studies and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University Carlos III of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: ageing and old age; gender; land; rural development; emerging technologies; climate change and emissions; health; social psychology and sociology
Prof. Dr. Maria Silveria Agulló-Tomás
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Guest Editor
University Institute on Gender Studies and Department of Social Analysis, University Carlos III of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: ageing and old age; land/environment; gender and feminism; habitat/rural spaces; evaluation of programmes; caring/work; climate/social change; health; technologies; social psychology and sociology
Prof. Dr. Eduardo Fernandez
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Biomedical Neuroengineering Research Group, Miguel Hernández University and CIBER BBN, 03202 Elche, ‎Spain
Interests: health in land; emerging technologies and interfaces related to rural development and land; ageing and old age in land; biomedical engineering; bioengineering and neuroscience
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Dr. Blanca Criado Quesada
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University Institute on Gender Studies, University Carlos III of Madrid and University Complutense of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: ageing and old age; gender; evaluation of programmes; labour relations; employment in land; sociology
Prof. Dr. Sonia De Lucas Santos
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Department of Applied Economics, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: environment and emissions; applied economics and public policies in land; circular economy; advanced statistics; business cycles in land; convergence and sustainability
Prof. Dr. Jesus Cuadrado Rojo
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Guest Editor
Building Engineering Department, Basque Country University, Basque, Spain
Interests: environment and emisssions; circular economy; construction and building in land; forest certification; sustainability and climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent studies argue that we are facing a silent and not so novel socio-environmental crisis. This proposal is based on the evidence and confirms the need to continue the evaluation and research in several key aspects of land, from different approaches and disciplines. I.e. there are some references linked to land and gender, but there are fewer researches about older people and green societies. Therefore, the main aim of this Special Issue - in the context of some Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - is to bring together researchers from different fields and open a dialogue regarding some gaps of the land, including ageing and gender relationships. The current Special Issue is open to submission of previously unpublished work on all aspects of the land, focused on the following:

  • Land and environment from sociological, health, psychological, political, technological, economic, communication and engineering sciences.
  • Active ageing and dependent old age, i.e. studies on older people role in relation to environment, accessibility and usability, social image and attitudes, with special reference to older women.
  • Gender studies regarding environmental issues, land; green economy impacts and different social-spatial habitats (rural-intermediate-urban and residential environment) which favor inclusion, and reflect from feminist and non-ageism perspective.
  • Differences or comparison of population, i.e. related to gender, feminisms (ecofeminism, etc.) and intergenerational approach, among others.
  • Evaluation of programs and initiatives at different levels (education, health, climate change and social climate action, technology, work, leisure, circular economy…), whose purpose is related with reducing ageism and the gap between the land and older people and/or to promote sustainable development and public policies.
  • Socio-health addressing land interactions and impacts on health (physical and psychosocial), circular economy and quality of life, from generational, gender perspective and/or in the current context of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Images, stereotypes and attitudes from the different socio-political agents – population, education, employment, mass media, etc. – around any mentioned area, mainly the relationship between environment, land, ageing and gender.
  • New technologies and technological and economic approaches contribute to land, reduction of emissions/water consumption and the improvement of environmental management, sustainable construction and buildings, among others. This includes emerging technologies such as agriculture machinery, use of robots, vertical farming, culture meat, artificial brain and intelligence applied to land.

Dr. Vanessa Zorrilla-Muñoz
Prof. Dr. Maria Silveria Agulló-Tomás
Prof. Dr. Eduardo Fernandez
Dr. Blanca Criado Quesada
Prof. Dr. Sonia De Lucas Santos
Prof. Dr. Jesus Cuadrado Rojo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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Keywords

  • land/environment/ecology
  • ageing/ageism/older people
  • gender/eco/feminisms
  • evaluation of programmes
  • health, social services and education
  • economic and public policies
  • work/employment and leisure/tourism
  • images/stereotypes
  • rural-urban spaces/frames
  • social and technical sciences
  • pandemic, psico-social crisis and climate change

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The Effect of Ageing, Gender and Environmental Problems in Subjective Well-Being
Land 2021, 10(12), 1314; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10121314 - 28 Nov 2021
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This paper studies the relationship of factors such as ageing, gender and environmental problems included in the quality of life (QoL) with the subjective well-being represented by the life satisfaction (LS) indicator of the citizens of 33 European countries. To do so, it [...] Read more.
This paper studies the relationship of factors such as ageing, gender and environmental problems included in the quality of life (QoL) with the subjective well-being represented by the life satisfaction (LS) indicator of the citizens of 33 European countries. To do so, it uses the LS of a country’s citizens as the dependent variable; ageing, gender and environmental variables as independent variables; and other factors included in the QoL indicators and macroeconomic factors as control variables. Analysis uses data from the World Values Survey (WVS) and the European Values Study (EVS) for LS, from Eurostat for QoL indicators and World Bank for macroeconomic indicators. The values of LS have been treated based on the individual data from WVS and EVS in percentages according to their levels by country, and we present four robust models (two logit model and two OLS model). The results show that arrears of people aged 65 and over are a relation of positive significative in models with low levels of LS. The opposite is true for the income of people aged 65 and over. On the other hand, pollution, grime or other environmental problems and inequality show an inverse relationship with life satisfaction in models with high levels of satisfaction and a positive relationship in models with low levels of satisfaction. Nonetheless, the study has also shown contradictions in the gender gap and poverty indicators that should be studied further. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Healing through Our Land: A Critical Study of Women’s Intergenerational Knowledge-Practices of Curative Biodiversity in the Oleic and Rye Ergot Sectors
Authors: Andrea Núñez Casal; Maria Silveria Agulló-Tomás
Affiliation: University of Oxford, UK; Charles III University of Madrid, Spain
Abstract: Agricultural labour often results in frequent occupational musculoskeletal disorders including tendonitis and low back pain. This paper demonstrates the prevalence of risk factors among an increasingly aged and feminized population using two cases study: (1) the oleic sector in Andalusia (Southern Spain), the world's largest producer of olive oils (>52%); (2) rye ergot pickers in Galicia (Northwest Spain), an activity developed by women especially during second half of the twentieth century as a result of the search for an additional income basic resources for subsistence. Combining a quantitative analysis (questionnaire) and qualitative analysis (ethnographic including interviews and participant and non-participant observations), we examine the feasibility of a twofold bottom-up health-care approach to remedy the high incidence of ergonomic-biomechanical factors among aging women in the aforementioned regions and sectors: 1) Physical-body-based: The prevention of occupational musculoskeletal disorders through kinesiological techniques, including sports, ad-hoc massage, treatment of trigger points, which might be extensible to other types of manual labour beyond the oleic and farming sectors. 2) Transgenerational memory-based: Rescuing, archiving and updating personal and collective transgenerational lived experiences of natural remedies and liminal knowledges-practices of healing with and through local biodiversity. To improve women’s last stage of work and more independent early retirement, the paper highlights the need to focus on women’s intergenerational experiences and practices of health and healing through their local ‘land’. This includes a genealogical examination of local biodiversity, local cultures as well as local health traditions used to ease and heal musculoskeletal disorders. Here we understand ‘land’ as cultural heritage. This underexplored dimension in both gender studies and the environmental humanities is essential to advance bio-sustainable, de-medicalised and emancipatory approaches in health and disease from which ageing women hold the key and from which they will benefit the most.

Title: The effect of Ageing, Gender and Environmental Problems in subjective well-being
Authors: Manuela Ortega-Gil; Antonio Mata García; Chaima ElHichou-Ahmed
Affiliation: University of Cádiz
Abstract: This work studies the relation of factors as ageing, gender and environment problems included in Quality of Life (QoL) with the subjective well-being represented by the life satisfaction indicator (SL) citizens of 33 European countries. To do this, it uses the factors included in the Quality of Life (QoL) indicators and macroeconomic factors as independent variables and measured well-being measured by SL of citizens of a country. The analysis uses data from The WVS and the EVS Survey at SL and Eurostat and the World Bank for the QoL and macroeconomic indicators. The values of SL have been treated in percentages according to their levels by country, and we present four robust models (two logit models and two OLS models) with QoL Indicators and four robust models (two logit models and two OLS models) especially air pollution, noise from neighbours and other environmental problems. Poverty, inequality, older people and gender gap have an inverse re-lationship with countries with more citizens SL. Furthermore, health is significant in countries with more citizens with low SL. Finally, it indicates that air pollution with SL is different according to the particles' dimension and the noise from neighbours or the street depending on the income.

Title: Women as key agents for the viability of National Parks: a research through the Picos de Europa National Park
Authors: Iván López; Rodrigo Suarez; Mercedes Pardo-Buendía
Affiliation: 1. University of Zaragoza (Spain) 2. Picos de Europa National Park (Spain) 3. University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)
Abstract: Abstract: National parks are one of the most important types of areas for the protection of nature. At the same time, many national parks are being affected by climate change (González et al, 2018). The existence and protection of national parks are largely dependent on local populations (Wells & Bradon, 1992), for their possible negative environmental impact but also for their positive impact on maintaining the viability of the park. That is particularly relevant for parks with human populations living within them. This is the case of the Picos de Europa National Park, the only one in Spain with a population that has lived in that place for centuries and that is undergoing a depopulation process that has the potential to put the delicate balance of the park's ecosystem at risk. At the same time, an emerging traditional-new economy is being produced based on the naturalistic values of the park that also requires its proper management. In both processes, depopulation and the new emerging economy linked to tourism, women are playing a relevant role. This work analyzes the potential of the park's women inhabitants in the reconfiguration of economic activities that allow maintaining the population in the area and at the same time incardinate their activities in the new emerging context of park conservation in the face of the threat of climate change.

Title: Rural older people positive perception of ageing as key predictor of self-perceived health: An analysis between Nordic and Southern countries in Europa under gender approach
Authors: Vanessa Zorrilla-Muñoz; Maria Silveria Agullo-Tomas; Carmen Rodriguez-Blazquez; Alba Ayala; Gloria Fernandez-Mayoralas; Maria João Forjaz
Affiliation: 1. University Institute on Gender Studies and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University Carlos III of Madrid, Madrid, Spain 2. University Institute on Gender Studies and Department of Social Analysis, University Carlos III of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Abstract: Abstract: The goal of this research is to investigate positive perception of ageing as key predictor of self-perceptive health under gender perspective in rural adults and older people (<50 years old). Method: a sample of 2400 people from the "Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement” (SHARE), wave 6 (W6, 2015) were considered in the analysis – the sample is compared between Nordic country Sweden (1065 people) and Spain ()-Portugal () (in total 1335 persons of southern countries). A linear regression model is proposed by considering the dependent variable “perceived health” and independent variables based on ageing perception. The regression analysis was gender stratified. The variables "age prevents you from doing things", and "age fills you with energy" and “age leaves you out of control” (women) were associated with perceived health. .In men, a high relationship (with p<0.001) is obtained for the variable "age avoids or relaxes you from family responsibilities" and "age makes you remember your past life with happiness". Certain daily activities (e.g. leisure or care), as well as a positive perception of life, influence perceived health, even more so when women are involved, as negative attitudes are on the rise due to the latest socio-health crisis. There is a need for further research on psycho-social and rural land issues, from an intergenerational and gender approaches for better health sustainability, satisfaction and quality of life for adult older people. Keywords: Health, adult/older people, gender, rural, activity, land issues

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