Special Issue "Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment within the Theoretical Framework of Circular Economy: Methodological Challenges and Epistemological Implications for Agri-Food Sector"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: sustainable food production; life cycle methodologies; participatory research methods; agriculture and food systems; agricultural economics and rural development; circular economy; multicriteria decision analysis
Interests: sustainability; life cycle methodologies; environmental impacts; agricultural economics and politics; rural development; circular economy; participatory methodologies
Interests: social sustainability; life cycle methodologies; short food supply chains; agricultural economics and politics; rural development; circular economy; participatory methodologies
Interests: sustainability; life cycle methodologies; life cycle costing ; agricultural economics and politics; rural development; circular economy; participatory methodologies
Circular economy is currently one of the most discussed concepts among researchers, politicians, and academics. Its main principle regards a more efficient use of resources and the decrease of wastes, stressing the necessity of reusing, recycling, and reducing to limit negative impacts on people and environment. Circular economy is about the rethinking of the current models of production and consumption, and agrofood systems, which are responsible for the pressure on the living environment as well as for assuring the survival of many farms in rural areas, must necessarily move toward transition pathways. Exploring the potential contribution of circular approaches to sustainable production in agrofood systems also means understanding how to pay more attention to the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability.
To satisfy these purposes, sustainability evaluation tools are required to be systemic, multidisciplinary, and multicriterial.
However, undertaking such different dimensions is methodologically challenging and calls into question the epistemological foundations of sustainability science and circular economy.
One of the greatest concerns is around the combination of different assessment methods and merging their results in a suitable and believable way.
Can life cycle sustainability assessment fulfill these requirements? Does it allow approaching sustainability in a systemic way? Which are the best methods to merge all sustainability dimensions in a coherent and comprehensive evaluation that brings up the main urgencies of agrofood systems?
Methodological applications and theoretical discussions are welcome to this Special Issue. Papers received will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Dr. Anna Irene De Luca
Dr. Giacomo Falcone
Dr. Nathalie Iofrida
Dr. Teodora Stillitano
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- life cycle analyses
- life cycle sustainability assessment
- circular Economy
- sustainability science epistemologies
- multidisciplinary and multicriterial methodologiesagr
- agri-food sector