Special Issue "Sustainable Communities: Economic, Social and Environmental Dimensions"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2020).
Interests: sustainable tourism; quality of institutions; social diversity; social inclusion
Interests: economic growth, quality of institutions, social diversity, environmental risks
Interests: environmental risks; environmental efficiency; social integration; economic inequalities
As pointed out by the World Bank, the increase of urban population and urbanized land in the world, especially in developing countries, is creating new opportunities for an improvement of the quality of life, at the same time as creating new challenges to overcome growing economic inequalities, social exclusion, environmental risks, and institutional problems. In order to tackle these challenges, the building of sustainable communities plays a critical role.
The concept of “sustainable communities” is a broad one, and several definitions can be found. In this Issue, we focus on the definition proposed by the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice, which includes the following four key dimensions: First, sustainable communities are environmentally sustainable in terms of cleanliness and efficiency. Second, sustainable communities are resilient to social, economic, and natural shocks. Third, sustainable communities are inclusive communities. Finally, sustainable communities are competitive communities that can stay productive and generate jobs for members of the community.
Theoretical and empirical contributions addressing any aspect of these dimensions are welcome.
This Special Issue will include, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- Analysis of the measures and initiatives in order to minimize climate change, protect the environment, make efficient use of natural resources, protect and improve bio-diversity, and promote a lifestyle that enhances positive environmental impacts;
- Analysis of the different dimensions of social cohesion, as well as their effects on social and economic outcomes;
- Measures and effects of social diversity from different perspectives;
- Ways of social inclusion;
- The role of the quality of institutions in the improvement of quality of life;
- The role of institutions in enabling inclusive, active, and effective participation by individuals and organizations;
- Contributions of economic activities to sustainable communities;
- Tourism in sustainable communities.
Dr. Eva Mª Buitrago Esquinas
Dr. Mª Ángeles Caraballo Pou
Dr. Rocío Yñiguez Ovando
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- sustainable communities
- environmental risks
- social inclusion
- quality of life
- economic inequalities
- quality of institutions
- sustainable tourism