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Special Issue "Societal Dynamics in Multiple-Use Landscapes"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 403

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tim Horstkotte
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Guest Editor
Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Interests: social–ecological systems; resilience thinking; adaptive management; natural resource management; arctic regions; forest ecology; reindeer husbandry
Dr. Élise Lépy
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Guest Editor
Discipline of Cultural Anthropology, University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
Interests: adaptation; climate change; environmental change; extractive industries; landscape change; land use conflicts; multiple pressures; northern environments; reindeer herding

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Landscapes are dynamic in space and time, depending on natural and anthropogenic drivers of change. Therefore, people perceive, understand and use landscapes in many different ways: landscapes provide natural resources and deliver a diversity of ecosystem services, but they are also manifestations of cultural heritage and are affected by land use planning. These perceptions can differ between involved stakeholder groups and may result in competing interests how, for what and for whom landscapes are managed. Furthermore, power relations between actors influence their capacity to implement management strategies, reach desired outcomes or to identify trade-offs between costs and benefits. Fulfilling the interests placed on multiple-use landscapes for the provision of multiple objectives simultaneously, therefore, becomes a delicate task. The interactions between involved actors to navigate these challenges constitute the societal dynamics inherent in multiple-use landscapes.

This Special Issue of Sustainability, entitled “Societal Dynamics in Multiple-Use Landscapes”, will investigate how land use conflicts are managed, and how co-existence between stakeholders is possible in multiple-use landscapes. In recognizing the formidable challenges for sustainable management of landscapes in the Anthropocene, submissions are invited from and across multiple disciplines—ecology, history, geography etc.—presenting cases from around the globe and from different perspectives in space and time.

Dr. Tim Horstkotte
Dr. Élise Lépy
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 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.


  • landscapes
  • natural resources
  • cultural heritage
  • stakeholder interactions
  • land use conflicts
  • land use change

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