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Special Issue "Toward a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Costanza

Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
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Interests: transdisciplinary integration; systems ecology; ecological economics; landscape ecology; ecological modelling; ecological design; energy analysis; environmental policy; social traps; incentive structures and institutions
Guest Editor
Dr. Katherine Trebeck

Research Director, Wellbeing Economy Alliance
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Interests: Wellbeing economics; governance; equity; human ecology; indicators; institutions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The great challenge of our time is to create a sustainable and desirable future—one that achieves the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In today’s ‘anthropocene’ world, human impacts on ecological life support systems are increasingly complex and far-reaching. At the same time, there are increased demands on the planet’s life support functions to maintain living standards in developed nations and to reduce poverty in developing nations. In this ‘full’ world, the emphasis in research, education, and policy needs to shift from addressing problems in isolation to studying whole, complex, interconnected systems and the dynamic interactions between the parts.

Our current economic systems have become addicted to “growth at all costs”, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP). They assume that GDP growth is synonymous with increased wellbeing and prosperity. However, this approach has led to growing inequality, an escalating climate crisis, and the depletion of natural and social capital. We are no longer generating genuine progress. Our approach to economics and development needs to be fundamentally transformed.

This Special Issue is devoted to articles that address the following theme:

What are the characteristics of a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy and how do we achieve it? It is about describing the problems with our current system, but also describing solutions to make the transition to a better, more sustainable and desirable world.

Prof. Dr. Robert Costanza
Dr. Katherine Trebeck
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 1700 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.


  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • wellbeing indicators
  • quality of life
  • governance
  • inequality
  • transformation
  • monetary systems
  • natural capital
  • social capital
  • institutions
  • commons
  • systems thinking and modelling
  • ecosystem services
  • planetary boundaries
  • Anthropocene

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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