Special Issue "Sustainable Management of the Earth System"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jobst Heitzig
Guest Editor
FutureLab on Game Theory and Networks of Interacting Agents, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany
Dr. Jean-Denis Mathias
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Engineering for Complex Systems (LISC), IRSTEA, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the advent of the Anthropocene, globalization has turned the issue of sustainability more and more into a planetary-scale problem, playing out in a “World–Earth system” that consists of both social and natural subsystems which interact strongly on several time-scales. Short- and long-term sustainable management, governance, and stewardship of Earth thus require systemic, interdisciplinary approaches, based on new kinds of models that take seriously not only the complex, nonlinear, and networked nature of the system, but also the reality of the global political economy, basic sociopsychological insights, and the conflicting interests and differing levels of agency and responsibility of agents at different institutionalized levels of decision-making and of different generations, cultures, and social strata.

To advance a research agenda focused on the topic of sustainable management of the Earth system, please send research papers on the following and related topics:

  • Identifying safe and just operating spaces, assessing global resilience, and identifying critical intervention points via World–Earth models;
  • Assessing the agency and responsibility of keystone actors via next-generation integrated assessment models;
  • Identifying sustainable and stable long-term management strategies and pathways using optimal control, viability theory, or machine learning;
  • Dynamic interactions between planetary boundaries, social foundations, and limits to growth in view of social and natural tipping elements;
  • Intergenerational welfare, population ethics, changes in norms and values, and short-term vs. long-term sustainability;
  • Political economy and social psychology of global sustainability;
  • Mechanisms for international and multilevel cooperation and coordination of agents in view of conflicting interests and bounded rationality.

Dr. Jobst Heitzig
Dr. Jean-Denis Mathias
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Published Papers

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