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Special Issue "Land Teleconnection, Governance and Urban Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yu-Hsin Tsai

Dept. of Land Economics, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
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Interests: urban planning; transportation and land use planning; spatial analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Chia-Tsung Yeh

Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, National Taipei University, Taiwan
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Interests: urban ecology; spatial analysis; ecological land use planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities are areas of economic agglomeration and of high population density. Urban production and consumption affect, not only the socioeconomic and environmental quality within cities per se, but also that in distal areas through land teleconnection channels. The effects of urban land teleconnections contribute to interactions and feedbacks between the coupled nature and human systems, both within urban areas and in distal areas. From the perspective of global sustainability, the effects of urban land teleconnection should be carefully examined and properly integrated into the policies of urban sustainability. In view of the fact that the concept of land teleconnection has been highlighted in the science plans of the core projects of the Global Land Programme (GLP) and Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) of previous IGBP and IHDP, this Special Issue entitled “Land Teleconnection, Governance and Urban Sustainability” will focus on the subjects of land teleconnection resulting from urban production and consumption. We will explore the teleconnected influence of urbanization on distal areas. We will also reconsider the real meaning of urban sustainability from the viewpoint of land teleconnections. We seek contributions that accomplished by focusing on the connections between urban consumption and distal/rural ecosystem services, land use drivers and impacts, urban planning and governance, and other related issues. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results.

Prof. Dr. Yu-Hsin Tsai
Dr. Chia-Tsung Yeh
Guest Editors

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  • Urban Sustainability
  • Urban Land Teleconnection
  • Urban Consumption
  • Urban Production
  • Urban Governance
  • Land Use
  • Rural Areas

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E-Participation, Rural Regime, and Network Governance: A Case of Balien River Conservation
Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 3908; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10113908
Received: 25 September 2018 / Revised: 19 October 2018 / Accepted: 24 October 2018 / Published: 27 October 2018
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The regime theory has been widely applied to analyze the governing capacity for urban community development. However, it has seldom been translated to the countryside, even though rural communities often reveal some potential for self-governance and a capacity to act. With the emergence [...] Read more.
The regime theory has been widely applied to analyze the governing capacity for urban community development. However, it has seldom been translated to the countryside, even though rural communities often reveal some potential for self-governance and a capacity to act. With the emergence of information technology, social network services have become popular and have changed the social interactions between the public and private sectors. By considering the rural case of river conservation in New Taipei City, this paper used the regime theory to investigate the governing capacity of rural collaborative networks and the influence of social network services on coordination. We found that the regime theory can be used to explore rural communities with strong collaborative networks and local identities. The adoption of communication tools based on social network services strengthens informal public-private coordination wherein the power geometry of rural regimes is upgraded from ‘power-to’ to ‘power-amidst’, thus, advancing the solidarity of the community networks and prompting the rise of vital coalitions and the governing capacity of rural actors. Full article
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