Special Issue "Teaching Urban Sustainability: Lessons from the Classroom and Beyond"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Geoffrey L. Buckley

Department of Geography, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701-2979, USA
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Interests: environmental history and historical geography; environmental justice; mining landscapes; public lands; urban environments; urban sustainability
Guest Editor
Dr. Steward T.A. Pickett

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA
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Interests: function of lanscape boundaries, plant community succession, spatial heterogeneity in community and landscape structure and dynamics, urban socio-ecological systems, urban resilience, urban sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Across the globe, the movement of people from rural to urban is occurring at an unprecedented rate. As a result, more than half the world’s population now lives in urbanized areas. In the US and Canada, the number exceeds 80 percent. The growth of new cities (and the expansion of old ones) is often characterized by poor design and a lack of planning. This leads to sprawling development with all its attendant social and environmental ills. The creation of new cities—and the retrofitting of older ones—need not follow this path. Rather than view urbanization as an environmental problem we posit that urbanization—if planned carefully—offers benefits that may prove crucial to long-term sustainability. In our view communicating the principles of urban sustainability to student audiences is critical. In this Special Issue we seek papers that explore the methodologies, rewards, and challenges associated with teaching urban sustainability to university students. We are particularly interested in drawing perspectives from a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, ecology, economics, geography, planning, and sociology. While our emphasis is on undergraduate and graduate education, we welcome submissions that offer lessons learned at the primary and secondary levels as well.

Dr. Geoffrey L. Buckley
Dr. Steward T.A. Pickett
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • density
  • diversity
  • design
  • environment
  • economy
  • equity
  • sustainability
  • planning

Published Papers

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