Special Issue "Collaboration for Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Edward Hackett
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Guest Editor
1. Brandeis University, Office of the Provost, MS 134, Waltham, MA, 02453, United States
2. Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Tempe, AZ, 85282, United States
Interests: collaboration, peer review, environmental justice

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Collaborations that extends across academic disciplines and into professions and the organized general public are widely recognized as essential to produce the knowledge and innovation required to address sustainability challenges. However, the best way to organize and conduct such collaborations is not well understood, particularly as differences exist in epistemic cultures, professional practices, political interests, social backgrounds, sustainability challenges, and a lot of other work against effective collaboration. For this Special Issue, we invite papers that analyze the organization and dynamics of sustainability collaborations and that propose new patterns of collaboration to achieve sustainability goals. We welcome empirical work of every variety, including case studies, comparative case studies (that involve different countries, disciplines, or sustainability challenges), and surveys. We also invite conceptual papers that reveal new aspects or dynamics of collaboration, or that propose innovative ways to bring scientists, engineers, members of other professions, and representatives of the public into productive collaboration. We encourage papers of every sort to address cultural differences, power dynamics, social justice, and equity.

Prof. Edward Hackett
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • collaboration
  • transdisciplinarity
  • interdisciplinarity
  • comparative analysis
  • public engagement
  • justice
  • equity

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Collaborating for Sustainable Water and Energy Management: Assessment and Categorisation of Indigenous Involvement in Remote Australian Communities
Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 427; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020427 - 15 Jan 2019
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Indigenous peoples living in remote areas are often reliant on Governments for essential services and local economic development opportunities. Collaboration and partnership in resource planning and management is espoused as an approach that can provide multiple benefits for all stakeholders including more robust [...] Read more.
Indigenous peoples living in remote areas are often reliant on Governments for essential services and local economic development opportunities. Collaboration and partnership in resource planning and management is espoused as an approach that can provide multiple benefits for all stakeholders including more robust and long-lasting decisions, relationship-building and trust between government and community members as well as capacity building and empowerment of citizens. In Australia however, little evidence from the remote Indigenous community context is available to inform successful collaborations. This paper presents novel research using thematic analysis of practitioner interviews and document review to analyse the current situation of service-provider- remote community engagement and collaboration for sustainable water and energy management. An adapted typology of Indigenous engagement is applied as an analytical framework, categorising water and energy management initiatives according to four key types, each with varying levels of collaboration and implications for sustainable water and energy. Application of the typology shows that technocratic approaches to community engagement continue to dominate this space as collaborative processes are constrained by a range of institutional, governance, technical and cultural factors. The findings have implications for research, policy and practice, and point to a need for a systemic approach to address barriers and facilitate genuine collaboration. Full article
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