Special Issue "Sustainability and Coordination between Economic Growth, Water Resources and Environmental Governance"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Long Zhang
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Guest Editor
School of Business, Xinyang Normal University, Xinyang 464000, China
Interests: energy security and policy; sustainable development; multi-criteria decision making
Prof. Dr. Lichun Dong
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Guest Editor
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
Interests: process system engineering; green chemical engineering
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Dr. Jingzheng Ren
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Guest Editor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China
Interests: process system engineering; artificial intelligence (especially data analytics and machine learning); sustainability engineering; supply chain management and multi-criteria decision-making methods
Dr. Yingkui Yang
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Guest Editor
Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark
Interests: marketing research; decision-making modelling; multivariate statistical modelling in marketing; marketing of green energy and technology; sustainable behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Sustainability aims to reflect on coordinated sustainable development between economic growth, water resources, and environmental governance. Water is an indispensable natural resource, and it is a necessity for lives on our planet. It is expected that our consumption of natural resources increases as the human population grows and affluences improve. The coordination between economic growth, water resources, and environmental governs becomes critical for the sustainable development of our economy. As an example, integrated water resources management (IWRM) provides a comprehensive framework for a more holistic and coordinated management between different aspects of water systems [1,2]. The ultimate goal of the IWRM framework is to promote better resource use that allows sustainable development.  Moreover, the UN-water defined a framework for global water governance (GWG) that specifies “the development and implementation of norms, principles, rules, incentives, informative tools, and infrastructure to promote a change in the behavior of actors at the global level in the area”[3,4). This Special Issue invites you to share your research in sustainability and coordination between economic growth, water resources, and environmental governance.

Submissions including review articles, case studies, and research articles are welcomed, on topics related but not limited to the following:

  • Effects of economic growth on water resources and environmental governance
  • Impact assessment of regional economic growth on environmental quality
  • Sustainability evaluation of water resources
  • Circular economy for achieving water sustainability
  • Coordination between economic growth and water sustainability in ecological fragile zones
  • Barrier identification for coordination between economic growth and water sustainability
  • Pathways for achieving coordination between economic growth, water consumption, and environmental quality


  1. Gain, A.K.; Rouillard, J.J. and Benson, D. 2013a. Can Integrated Water Resources Management increase adaptive capacity to climate change adaptation? A critical review. Journal of Water Resource and Protection 5(4A): 11- 20.
  2. Benson, D.; Jordan, A.; Cook, H. and Smith, L. 2013b. Collaborative environmental governance: Are watershed partnerships swimming or are they sinking? Land Use Policy 30(1): 748-757.
  3. Baumgartner, T., & Pahl-Wost, C. (2013). UN–Water and its Role in Global Water Governanc. Ecology and Society, 18(3). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05564-18030
  4. Pahl-Wostl, C., K. Conca, A. Kramer, J. Maestu, and F. Schmidt. 2013. Missing links in global water governance: a processes-oriented analysis. Ecology and Society 18(2): 33. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05554-180233

Dr. Long Zhang
Prof. Dr. Lichun Dong
Dr. Jingzheng Ren
Dr. Yingkui Yang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • economic growth
  • water resources
  • water sustainability
  • environmental quality
  • environmental governance
  • sustainability assessment
  • coordination
  • sustainable development
  • energy and environmental policy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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