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Special Issue "Looking beyond Sustainability: Selected Papers from the 9th World Sustainability Forum (WSF 2021)"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022 | Viewed by 4048

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Prof. Dr. Edwin Charles Constable
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Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Building 1096, Mattenstrasse 24a, CH-4058 Basel, Switzerland
Interests: light harvesting using inorganic coordination complexes as dyes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs); development of emissive complexes for application in light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs); water splitting and water oxidation catalysts;functional coordination polymers and networks
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Prof. Dr. Colin Michael Hall
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Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Interests: tourism and human mobility; regional development and social/green marketing with particular emphasis on issues of place branding and marketing as well as conservation and environmental change, event management and marketing; the use of tourism as an economic development and conservation mechanism; Recent research interests include wine & food marketing and gastronomy
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Prof. Dr. Idiano D’Adamo
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Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering Sapienza University of Rome, Via Ariosto 25, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: bioeconomy; biomethane; circular economy; e-waste; economic analysis; photovoltaic; renewable energy; sustainability; waste management
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Dr. Maxim A. Dulebenets
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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL 32310-6046, USA
Interests: operations research; simulation modeling; optimization; NP-hard problems; liner shipping scheduling; evolutionary computation; mathematical programming; hybrid algorithms; metaheuristics; transportation engineering; GPS data processing
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Prof. Dr. Mihajlo (Michael) Jakovljevic
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1. Institute of Comparative Economic Studies, Hosei University Faculty of Economics, Tokyo 102-8160, Japan
2. Head of Department Global Health Economics & Policy, University of Kragujevac Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac, Serbia
Interests: global health; Global Burden of Disease Project; big data; health care financing & expenditures; evaluation of policy; programs and health system performance; organisation of health care markets; health economics; emerging markets; Mememship of euroCRIS; an appointed WHO EACHR Committee Member; an senior Clinical Pharmacology Specialist Physician been engaged in Advisory capacity to the WHO Director Cabinet Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark and continue to do so since 2018; acquainted with Patents and brand name protection policies in Pharmaceutical industry
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Special Issue Information

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Dear Colleagues,

September 2021 marks the sesquianniversary of much of the world entering into various forms of a lockdown or pandemic management, as well as the 6th anniversary of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The pandemic has challenged our expectations for the future and has prompted a re-evaluation of the relationships between society, politics, and the commercial world. In the 9th World Sustainability Forum (https://wsf-9.sciforum.net/), we will consider all aspects of these new and evolving relationships and their impact on sustainability. Although all topics are welcome, we will have major sessions on the topics of Business & Finance, Climate, Health & Medicine, Water, and Education.

The health crisis and its consequences will not guarantee a more sustainable future, but it certainly provides a narrow window of opportunity to rethink outdated economic, social, and environmental arrangements. It is encouraging to note the widespread calls for a sustainable “new normal”.

This Special Issue is dedicated to the global debate as the world contemplates returning to a new normal, and we hope it will contribute to establishing platforms and networks among stakeholders, including lawmakers, commerce, the general public, and academic disciplines. The aim is to bring structure to the vision of a sustainable world, which deals fairly and transparently with the multifold issues of sovereignty, governance, and society that have arisen in the pandemic.

Prof. Dr. Edwin Constable
Prof. Dr. Colin Michael Hall
Prof. Dr. Idiano D'Adamo
Prof. Dr. Maxim A. Dulebenets
Prof. Dr. Mihajlo (Michael) Jakovljevic
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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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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 2000 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.

Keywords

  • business and green finance
  • climate change
  • health and medicine for sustainable wellbeing
  • water security and quality
  • education equality and sustainability
  • energy consumption and transition
  • food, agriculture, and soil sciences
  • transport and mobility sustainability
  • other multi- and inter-disciplinary foci of sustainability

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Citizen Participation and Climate Change within an Urban Community Context: Insights for Policy Development for Bottom-Up Climate Action Engagement
Sustainability 2022, 14(6), 3701; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063701 - 21 Mar 2022
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Citizen-led mitigation and adaptation are key to climate policy advancement and acceleration, particularly within an urban development context. The top-down approach requires the development of clear action plans for the involvement and engagement of citizens to accelerate bottom-up climate mitigation and adaptation efforts [...] Read more.
Citizen-led mitigation and adaptation are key to climate policy advancement and acceleration, particularly within an urban development context. The top-down approach requires the development of clear action plans for the involvement and engagement of citizens to accelerate bottom-up climate mitigation and adaptation efforts within the urban context. In Malaysia, there are national policy strategies such as the 12th Malaysia Plan, the National Urban Wellbeing Blueprint, the National Climate Change Policy, and the Malaysian New Urban Agenda. However, a successful implementation of climate policies can only be achieved when citizens are adequately socialized to policy impacts. This paper explores citizen perceptions and attitudes toward participation in mitigation and adaptation efforts for climate action within an urban context. Underpinned by the Theory of Planned Behavior and the Transtheoretical Theory, this study explored the approach of citizen participation as a possible tool for assessing climate policy effectiveness for bottom-up climate mitigation and adaptation efforts within an urban context. The study was set within the Malaysian urban context, given the limited empirical evidence in the area. The findings of the study suggest that a bottom-up approach to citizen participation through education, awareness, and inclusive climate policy formulation procedures will result in positive attitudes toward citizen participation. Full article
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Evaluation Model for Sustainable Development of Settlement System
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 11778; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111778 - 25 Oct 2021
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Sustainability of settlement systems is of greatest relevance in political and socio-economic stability all over the world. The development effectiveness of a rural settlement system involves the solution of a number of matters in sustainable development, namely social welfare and environmental balance, economy [...] Read more.
Sustainability of settlement systems is of greatest relevance in political and socio-economic stability all over the world. The development effectiveness of a rural settlement system involves the solution of a number of matters in sustainable development, namely social welfare and environmental balance, economy and industry development, improving the pipeline and utility infrastructure, and improving the efficiency of the decision-making process. Currently, the sustainability of a rural settlement system is one of the key objectives in regional planning in post-Soviet countries. The introduction of new tools for assessing and managing the settlement system development is particularly true for Belarus, as a country with a strong focus on agricultural industry. The research aim was to develop and approve a model for evaluating the settlement system development. The research methods were based on the complex and interdisciplinary approaches, namely the system-element approach, the comparative analysis, spatial and mathematical modelling, factor analysis, and the cartographic analysis. The model was approved by practical consideration for evaluating the development of the analogue object at the local planning level. The practical relevance of the research is associated with the potential for using the model as a significant tool in land use planning. The model employs both quantitative and qualitative evaluation to obtain alternative solutions towards sustainable development of rural areas. Another advantage of the model is its multifunctionality, which enables: (1) sustainability evaluation of a settlement system, (2) establishment of regional planning priority areas, and (3) development of specific measures for ensuring the sustainability of a regional settlement system and its elements. Full article
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