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Special Issue "Healthy Sustainable Diets"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Christian Reynolds

Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Western BankSheffield, S10 2TN, UK
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Interests: the economic and environmental impacts of food consumption and cooking; food waste; sustainable dietary patterns
Guest Editor
Prof. Sarah Bridle

School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
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Interests: the economic and environmental impacts of food consumption and cooking; sustainable dietary patterns; statistical data analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Ximena Schmidt

Institute of Energy Futures, Brunel University, London, UK
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Interests: life cycle sustainability aspects of food products; supply chains and consumption patterns; food-waste valorization technologies and circular economy
Guest Editor
Ms. Annika Carlsson-Kanyama

Strategic Sustainability Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology , Stockholm, Sweden
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Interests: climate; diet; land use; lca, review; scenario
Guest Editor
Dr. Bojana Bajzelj

WRAP Global, 19 George St, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5BH, UK
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Interests: healthy and sustainable diets; food waste; sustainable food systems; strategies to reduce of impacts of food on climate change; biodiversity loss and pollution

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The environmental and nutritional attributes of different food types vary considerably across time and space. Consequently, diets composed of different components of food types will differ in their environmental footprints and in their nutritional quality, and so, they affect human and planetary health differently. When such differences are multiplied by many millions of people, the overall effect is considerable.

This Special Issue is on the broad topic of “healthy sustainable diets”. Although we welcome papers discussing any aspect of healthy sustainable diets and eating, we particulaly encourage papers that focus on furthering the following questions:

1) What dietary patterns would contribute to fewer GHG emissions and other environmental impacts (including food and plastics waste), and are these necessarily healthier, closer to recommended healthy diets, or more affordable?

2)  How do the multiple environmental, health, societal, economic, and cultural aims of sustainable healthy eating patterns and diets support or conflict with one another?  How are food system power dynamics shifted in the move towards healthy sustainable diets?

Further topics of additional investigation may include the following:

  • Discussion on the environmental impacts and health dimensions of current, future, or historical dietary patterns.
  • Highlights and introductions to new (or underutilised) diet and environmental impact datasets (and research methods).
  • Measures and methods to gauge progress of populations towards healthy sustainable diets.
  • Investigation into the health and sustainability of specific meals, recipes, and cuisines.
  • Examination of the impacts of the “use” phase (storage, packaging, cooking, and waste disposal) of healthy sustainable diets.
  • Analysis of food cultural-heritage, consumer acceptance and other social issues that might be affected when shifting to healthy sustainable diets.

We invite papers about all of the above topics, as well as other topics of relevance to this Issue.

Dr. Christian Reynolds
Prof. Sarah Bridle
Dr. Ximena Schmidt
Ms. Annika Carlsson-Kanyama
Dr. Bojana Bajzelj
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.


  • consumption and diets, eating patterns
  • dietary pattern analysis
  • life cycle
  • GHGE
  • cooking
  • nutrition
  • agriculture
  • sustainability, food security, dietary intake
  • behaviour change
  • food environment
  • food waste
  • history of consumption
  • plant-based diets
  • food systems
  • climate-friendly diets
  • healthy sustainable eating

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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