Special Issue "Socio-Spatial Inequalities, Environmental inequalities, and Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Theodoros Iosifides
Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, University Hill, 81100 Mytilene, Greece
Interests: qualitative methods; migration studies; local and regional development; socio-spatial inequalities; environmental inequalities
Dr. Sotirios Koukoulas
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece
Interests: geographic information science; remote sensing; spatial statistics; land change science; environmental monitoring and modeling; environmental inequalities; spatial planning; climate change impacts
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the multiple and complex linkages among a series of socio-spatial phenomena and processes, which generally refer to socio-spatial and environmental inequalities, in relation to sustainability and sustainable environmental practices.

More specifically, this Special Issue refers to the complex ways in which processes of production and reproduction of socio-spatial inequalities interact with environmental practices at various geographical scales. Socio-spatial inequalities may include socio-spatial aspects of poverty, social exclusion and marginalization, and socio-spatial segregation, as well as spatial economic, social, political, and cultural differentiation.

Moreover, this Special Issue concerns a specific type of socio-spatial inequalities, notably environmental inequalities, that is, the spatial differentiation of environmental risks and hazards. It is generally acknowledged that socio-spatial inequalities may influence environmental practices in multiple ways. For example, exacerbated social and income inequality may erode social capital and trust that is necessary for enhancing generalized cooperation toward sustainable production practices.

In many cases, socio-spatial and environmental inequalities may produce the context for the proliferation of unsustainable practices and actions at various geographical scales. Some indicative themes of concern can be found below:

  • Spatial dimensions of poverty and social exclusion;
  • Socio-spatial aspects of desertification and land degradation;
  • Socio-spatial aspects of climate change and climate crisis;
  • Environmental inequalities at different spatial scales;
  • Urban and regional inequalities and environmental practices and policies;
  • Spatial planning and environmental sustainability;
  • Spatial/environmental justice and sustainability;
  • Socio-ecological systems and sustainability;
  • Socio-spatial inequalities, social capital/trust, and environmental sustainability;
  • Methodological innovations in socio-spatial and environmental inequalities;
  • Mixed methods research on socio-spatial and environmental inequalities including qualitative geographical information systems (GIS).

Papers incorporating novel and interesting geospatial science techniques to study socio-spatial and environmental inequalities are particularly encouraged. Well-prepared review papers are also welcome. A thematic balance will also play a role in the selection of papers.

Prof. Theodoros Iosifides
Assoc. Prof. Sotirios Koukoulas
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 special issue 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 1800 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.

Published Papers

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