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Topical Collection "Digital Processes in Social, Cultural and Ecological Conservation"

Editors

Dr. Sandro Serpa
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1. Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of The Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
2. Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.UAc/ CICS.NOVA.UAc, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
3. Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence – NICA – UAc, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Interests: teaching sociology; sociology of education; sociology of organizations; Society 5.0; scientific communication
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Prof. Carlos Miguel Ferreira
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Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.UAc/ CICS.NOVA.UAc, Portugal
Interests: Society 5.0; scientific communication; sociology of health and illness; research methodology; sociology of organizations and general sociology

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Focus:

“In confronting the challenges we face as a species on this planet, thinking deeply about conservation and what we want to conserve takes on new meaning and may point a way forward” (Howard et al., 2020, p. 2). The digital dimension is currently unavoidable and takes on an increasing centrality in social life, with digital literacy being a critical competence. This Topical Collection, “Digital Processes in Social, Cultural, and Ecological Conservation”, seeks to be a privileged space for framing, discussing, assessing, and reflecting on the implications of technology and digital culture, as elements which are increasingly present in contemporary societies and which are relevant in the reconfiguration of the reference contexts of human action and in shaping the relationships between human and nonhuman actors, in the polyhedral conservation process, expression of interdependent relationships between nature and culture—not limited to the conservation of wilderness, but including human beings in this process—imbricated in a conception of nature as a source of values, marked by the polarization between the intrinsic value of nature and the subsumption of values that are natural to economic values.

Thus, contributions of potential authors are welcome on the aspects that shape the articulation between the complex and polyhedral processes of the digitalization of society and conservation in their various components and dimensions, namely, the social, cultural, ecological, political,l and economic ones, developed from a stance that favors the perspectives of social sciences and environmental sciences, emphasizing, however, a plural scientific project centered on interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity.

Howard, P., Corbett, M., Burke-Saulnier, A. and Young, D. 2020. Education futures: conservation and change. Paper commissioned for the UNESCO Futures of Education report (forthcoming, 2021).

Scope:

Without being exhaustive in this indication:

- Digital and conservation management

- (Socio)environment conservation, sustainability, and digital mobilization

- Conservation governing in a digital society

- Digital conservation

- Digital innovation in conservation processes

- Digital technologies and tools on conservation

- Ethical and technical challenges in conservation and digital methods application

- Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary conservation activities 

- Conservation and digital opportunities

- Conservation projects management and their regulation in digital environments

Purpose:

The purpose of this topical collection is to contribute to the development of the state-of-the-art in this research area, whether in a more practical or a more theoretical way, through the publication of manuscripts of different types, based on a solidly supported argumentation, in the form of research article, review, comment or original reasoned reflection in diverse contexts.

Dr. Sandro Serpa
Prof. Carlos Miguel Ferreira
Guest Editors

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 collection 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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 1900 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.

Keywords

  • digital
  • societies
  • ecological
  • conservation
  • sustainability

Published Papers (2 papers)

2021

Article
Measuring the Degree of Balance between Urban and Tourism Development: An Analytical Approach Using Cellular Data
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9598; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179598 - 26 Aug 2021
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This study presents an analytical approach for measuring the degree of balance between urban and tourism development, which has been previously analyzed qualitatively and was difficult to measure. With the help of 1012 million cellular data records generated by 20 million users in [...] Read more.
This study presents an analytical approach for measuring the degree of balance between urban and tourism development, which has been previously analyzed qualitatively and was difficult to measure. With the help of 1012 million cellular data records generated by 20 million users in two weeks, we tracked the behavior of residents, commuters, and tourists at a set of historical conservation areas in central Shanghai. We calculated the degree of balance and visualized it via ternary graphs. Moreover, the relationships between key urban features derived from multi-sourced urban data and balanced degrees of tourism development were analyzed via multinomial logistic analysis. Insights gained from this analysis will help to achieve a more scientific decision-making process toward balanced urban development for historical conservation area. Achievements in this study contribute to the development of human-centered planning through providing continuous measurements of an “unmeasurable” quality. Full article
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Mindfulness for Sustainable Internet Use in Chinese Junior Secondary School Students: A Dual-Path Mediation Model
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4626; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094626 - 21 Apr 2021
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Mindfulness training can reduce Internet addiction and promote sustainable development, but the possible mediators of this impact have not been thoroughly explored. This study explored the mediating roles of self-control and maladaptive cognitions in the association between mindfulness and Internet addiction to fill [...] Read more.
Mindfulness training can reduce Internet addiction and promote sustainable development, but the possible mediators of this impact have not been thoroughly explored. This study explored the mediating roles of self-control and maladaptive cognitions in the association between mindfulness and Internet addiction to fill this gap. Altogether, 771 Chinese adolescents (M = 13.87 years, SD = 0.78 years) were surveyed about their mindfulness, self-control, maladaptive cognitions, and Internet addiction. The confirmed model presented a good model fit and revealed that (i) mindfulness, self-control, maladaptive cognitions, and Internet addiction were significantly correlated; (ii) mindfulness had indirect negative effects on Internet addiction, mediated by self-control; (iii) mindfulness had an indirect negative impact on Internet addiction, mediated by the path of self-control to maladaptive cognitions; and (iv) this dual-path mediation model might apply to male and female adolescents. The results of the present study suggest that both self-control and maladaptive cognitions are key factors in the association between mindfulness and Internet addiction. Full article
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