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Special Issue "Rescaling Conditions Enabling Pro-Environmental Behavior in the Light of Behavioral Geography and Environmental Psychology"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Human Geography and Social Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Heiko Faust

Institute of Geography, Division of Human Geography, University of Goettingen, Goldschmidtstr. 5, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
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Interests: social geography; sustainable resource use; land use science; social-ecological transformation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann

Institute of Geography, Friedrich-Ludwig Jahnstr. University of Greifswald, , 17489 Greifswald, Germany
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Interests: behavioral geography; sociol-ecological transformation; behavior change; climate and environmental justice; sustainable land management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Pro-environmental behavior can be approached from various disciplines and perspectives. One particular discipline is behavioral geography, which attempts to understand human activity in space, place, and environment by studying it at the disaggregate level of analysis—at the level of the individual person. Behavioral geographers analyze data on the behavior of individual people, recognizing that individuals vary. A key tenet of behavioral geography holds that models of human activity and interaction can be improved by incorporating more realistic assumptions about human behavior. Another important discipline in this context is environmental psychology which complements the view of behavioural geography in particular by using different methodological approaches such as experiments.

To identify opportunities and constraints for behavioral change, we will approach the spatial relevance of actors’ behavior on individual and societal levels. Therefore, we want to investigate individual indicators (i.e., values, knowledge, perception, and communication) as well as societal contexts (i.e., institutions, policies, economy, and culture). We invite quantitative as well as qualitative (case) studies as well as meta-studies that highlight the effective power and spatial relevance of pro-environmental behavior.

Prof. Dr. Heiko Faust
Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann
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.


  • Behavioral Geography
  • Human behavior
  • Pro-environmental behavior
  • Behavioral change
  • Individual perceptions, initiatives, and constraints
  • Social-ecological transformation
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Environmental Justice

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