Special Issue "Sustainability and Digital Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018).
Interests: coupled human–environment systems; sustainable digital environments; sustainable resources management; industrial ecology
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2. Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), Harvard University, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Interests: sustainability-oriented innovation systems/-processes; sustainable resource management; phosphate rock mining; organizational and regional innovation systems; organizational communication
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The ongoing digital revolution is changing all domains of life and technology. Against this background, it is remarkable that so little attention has been given to the unintended feedback loops (i.e., rebound effects) that may be faced by social, economic, and environmental systems. In a discussion of the major changes and threats, a recent paper (https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/8/8/726) elaborated that the current digital transformation heralds a new stage of evolution. A main environmental concern is that the large-scale manipulation of genetic processes and cell processes (i.e., directed evolution) is inducing new regulatory processes in evolution. Others stress that big data, the Internet of Things, and the global networking of all human minds are double-edged swords, and may endanger systems and structures that should be sustained from a resilience or sustainable development perspective.
The special issue, Sustainability and Digital Environments, will address a broad range of topics that should help readers to understand both the generic and specific aspects of the critical developments related to the spread of digital environments. Thus, the issue may include papers on challenging economic questions (e.g., the potential loss of workplaces and employment due to digitalization and what the future of both may look like), sociopolitical issues (e.g., altered human behavior, communication, or networking and different forms of cyber addiction), or environmental questions (e.g., the loss of agrobiodiversity linked to digital technologies). However, in addition, contributions related to technological aspects such as durable digital storage are welcomed. In particular, we invite contributions that reflect on the unintended side effects of digital technologies and papers that contribute to the structuring of critical aspects or types of rebound effects related to digital environments, as well as from epistemological or ethical perspectives. Finally, we invite papers that sketch processes related to the type of transdisciplinary or other processes of science and practice collaboration needed to establish sustainable digital environments.
In order to build sustainable digital environments as a component of sustainability science, those who are interested in the field but unsure whether their work may align with the goals of this Special Issue are invited to correspond with the guest editor of this special issue.
Prof. Dr. Roland W. Scholz
Prof. Dr. Peter Parcycek
Prof. Dr. Gerald Steiner
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 1900 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.
- digital revolution
- rebound effects of digital technologies
- sustainable digital environments
- resilience management