Special Issue "Socio-Ecological Systems Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: socio-ecological systems; systems thinking; sustainability; science education
Interests: socio-ecological systems; sustainable water management; water indicators
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The present Special Issue will focus on socioecological systems sustainability.
In order to address the sustainability of socioecological systems (SES), which can be defined as integrated systems of ecosystems and human society with reciprocal feedback and interdependence, a holistic approach seems to be required.
Unsustainable trends in the evolution of these social and ecological systems seem to have increased awareness about the need to move faster toward the implementation of more sustainable approaches. Despite this, the real application and acceptance of sustainable policies in socioecological systems is quite far from what is required.
Several barriers and difficulties explain this gap between knowledge and action. The major obstacles are related to the complex nature of socioecological systems, the lack of adequate approaches and tools to understand, assess, and communicate the best options for more sustainable systems and to share visions among policy makers, stakeholders and society, regarding key sustainability issues.
The aim of this Special issue is to present an up-to-date overview on these issues, from a broad perspective, including conceptual, methodological, and case-based perspectives. Covered topics include theoretical aspects of SES; inter and transdisciplinary approaches for sustainability; modeling socioecological systems; advanced methodologies and tools to better define, select, and implement measures aimed at improving sustainability in real contexts; as well as educational approaches aimed at understanding the complexity of socioecological systems, both in formal or informal education; and education for sustainability (EfS). Papers on conceptual and methodological issues, as well as practical examples and real-case analyses are welcome.
Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Dr. Isabel Banos-González
Dr. Julia Martínez-Fernández
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.
- Modeling socioecological systems
- Education for sustainability
- Interdisciplinary approaches for sustainability
- Participatory assessment of sustainable policies and measures
- Science for sustainability
- Sustainability indicators
- Socioecological systems and models