Special Issue "Systems Engineering for Sustainable Development Goals"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: systems engineering (SE); social systems engineering; applications of SE to SDG, e.g., eco-industrial parks, sustainable, and secure food supply, and sustainable use of natural resources; engineers’ education using project-based learning approaches and SE
The recent pandemic has united the planet in unprecedented solidarity and appreciation for the unknown and the unseen. The variety of governmental and individual responses are evidence of our global lack of preparedness for such situations. A renewed appreciation for the importance of holistic and systemic thinking permeates both industry and academia. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) contain thematic areas that are relevant for reflection as the countries regroup, repair, and move forward.
Systems engineering is a discipline that goes beyond its initial benefits, creating complex technological systems. Domains such as health care, transportation, natural resource management, social economics, and governance recognize the value of applying systemic thinking and systems engineering practices to find solutions that go beyond band-aid symptomatic issues to address root cause fixes.
This Special Issue of Sustainability invites researchers and practitioners using systems engineering approaches to share their practices and findings as they address SDG thematic areas. We are looking for ways systems methods help mitigate and resolve socio-economic and natural environmental challenges, such as by engineering better vaccines and medicines; personalizing education; imrpoving access to clean water; maintaining and improving urban infrastructures; and applying systems engineering to help shape resilient and trustworthy policies related to these and similar challenges. This Issue will highlight the most promising and innovative techniques for working toward and achieving the UN SDG.
- INCOSE, 2014. A world in motion: systems engineering vision 2025. International Council on Systems Engineering, San Diego, CA, USA.
- Sillitto, H., Griego, R., Arnold, E., Dori, D., Martin, J., McKinney, D., Godfrey, P., Krob, D. and Jackson, S., 2018, July. A fresh look at Systems Engineering–what is it, how should it work? In INCOSE International Symposium (Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 955-970).
Dr. Cecilia Haskins
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- systems engineering (SE)
- applications of SE to UN Sustainable Development Goals
- social systems engineering
- enterprise systems engineering