Social Ecology and Sustainability
A section of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Social ecology is an inter- and transdisciplinary field of science concerned with the analysis of society–nature interaction on all relevant organizational, spatial, as well as temporal levels and scales. By combining expertise from social and natural sciences as well as the humanities, and by integrating knowledge from practitioners, social ecology aims at providing the knowledge basis for efforts to move towards sustainability. Transitions between different socioecological regimes—for example, hunter-gatherers, agrarian societies and industrial society—as well as possible socio-ecological transformations toward sustainability represent key areas of inquiry.
Thematically, social ecology includes:
- the analysis of resource use patterns, including materials, energy, water and land;
- the management of these resources;
- their institutional, social, cultural and economic dimensions;
- implications of resource use for climate change, biodiversity, ecosystems and other environmental aspects;
- established and emerging issues, such as food production, circular economy, sharing economy or other concepts for reorganizing physical economies;
- the role of power relations in society;
- trade-offs and synergies of options for moving toward sustainability;
- and leverage points for, as well as barriers to sustainability transformations.
Accordingly, the section “Social Ecology and Sustainability” is interested in:
- research articles,
- conceptual articles,
- review articles,
- and commentaries,
covering the whole breadth of social ecology related to sustainability concerns.
In particular, “Social Ecology and Sustainability” welcomes contributions by early career researchers and propositions for special issues on a single, particular theme in the field of social ecology and sustainability.
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Socio-Ecological Systems Sustainability (Deadline: 31 August 2020)
- Integrating Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development (Deadline: 30 September 2020)
- The Metabolism of Islands (Deadline: 30 September 2020)
- New Trends in Food Production (Deadline: 31 October 2020)
- Sustainable Ecosystem Efficiency (Deadline: 31 October 2020)
- Watershed Modelling and Management for Sustainability (Deadline: 30 November 2020)
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service: Challenges for the Future (Deadline: 30 November 2020)
- Implications of Climate Change for Ecosystems and Society (Deadline: 31 December 2020)
- Nature-Based Solutions for Strong Sustainability: The Quest of Ecological Neutrality (Deadline: 31 December 2020)
- Mediatization of Social Sustainability: Paradigm of Explicitation and Understanding of the Environment, Society and the Economy (Deadline: 31 January 2021)
- Bringing Governance Back Home — Lessons for Local Government regarding Rapid Climate Action (Deadline: 31 January 2021)
- Multidimensional Child Poverty and Sustainability (Deadline: 1 February 2021)
- Landscape Analysis, Planning and Regional Development (Deadline: 15 February 2021)
- Freshwater Resources and Ecosystems in the Anthropocene: Challenges for a Sustainable Management (Deadline: 31 March 2021)
- Sustainable Land Use Policy (Deadline: 31 March 2021)
- Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Crop-Livestock Production System (Deadline: 15 May 2021)
- Sustainable Rural Futures (Deadline: 1 June 2021)
- Environmental Sustainability of Contemporary Land Use Change (Deadline: 30 June 2021)
- Risk Mitigation, Vulnerability Management and Resilience Under Disasters (Deadline: 30 June 2021)
- Mapping Marine Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Spatial Planning (Deadline: 31 July 2021)