Special Issue "Urban Ecosystem Changes and Their Social-Ecological Drivers and Effects"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andrzej Mizgajski Website E-Mail
Department of Integrated Geography, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Ul. Bogumila Krygowskiego 10, 61-680 Poznań, Poland
Phone: 0048618296229
Interests: environmental management; ecosystem services; urban ecology
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jürgen H. Breuste Website E-Mail
Chair Urban and Landscape Ecology, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, A 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Phone: 0043 662 8044 745241
Interests: urban ecology; urban nature protection; urban ecosystem management; urban ecosystem services; urban biodiversity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The proposed Special Issue will refer to the aims of The Third World Conference of the Society for Urban Ecology, which will take place 6–8 July 2020 in Poznań/Poland. The overlying title of the conference is “Cities as Social–Ecological Systems”. The Special Issue focuses on the ecological dimension of urban development in the view of sustainability. Among the particular objectives, the role of nature-based processes for humans’ life quality should be emphasized. Respecting the importance of ecosystems as structural elements of urban fabric is of high relevance. We highly welcome papers reflecting the values that humans apply to the green infrastructure in urban areas. We hope that the papers selected for this Special Issue will create an impactful set of publications linking the natural and social aspects of urban areas considered in light of sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Mizgajski
Prof. Dr. Jürgen H. Breuste
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.

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  • The metabolism of urban ecosystems
  • Social awareness of urban ecosystems
  • Dynamics of urban landscapes
  • Urban development versus sustainability
  • Green infrastructure in the urban areas
  • Biodiversity in urban areas
  • Ecologically degraded urban areas

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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