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Sustainability runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Minerals, Metals and Sustainability
edited by , Jun-Yen Uan and Meng-Chang Lin
submission deadline 16 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 726
Keywords: recycling minerals; recycling metals; sustainable minerals; sustainable metals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Materials)
Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation of Springs Ecosystems submission deadline 20 May 2022 | Viewed by 258
Keywords: conservation; crenbiontic species; ecohydrology; ecology; ecosystem assessment; management; springs; springs-dependent species; stewardship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation)
Soil Organic Matter’s Alleviation of Heavy Metal Toxicity in Plants
edited by , and Ghulam Haider
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | Viewed by 400
Keywords: potentially toxic elements; immobilization; sorption; organic acids; phytoremediation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture)
Agricultural Water Management and Irrigation Systems Assessment submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6857
Keywords: irrigation water use efficiency; irrigation scheduling and management; sustainable irrigation practices; climate change; water scarcity; precision irrigation; IoT sensors; irrigation networks; energy use efficiency; decision support systems; economic impacts of irrigation efficiency; irrigation system assessment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture)
Indoor Microclimate and Technical Systems in Historic Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 985
Keywords: heritage buildings and climate change; indoor microclimate in heritage buildings; microclimate; building and works of art preservation; monitoring campaign; building simulation for indoor microclimate and/or energy consumption; case studies; technical systems in heritage buildings; HVAC system retrofit; energy management in heritage buildings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Sustainability and Applications)
Sustainability and Coordination between Economic Growth, Water Resources and Environmental Governance
edited by Long Zhang, Lichun Dong, and
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | Viewed by 693
Keywords: economic growth; water resources; water sustainability; environmental quality; environmental governance; sustainability assessment; coordination; sustainable development; energy and environmental policy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Sustainability and Applications)
Regional Resilience – Opportunities for Sustainable Development in Times of Crisis submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4027
Keywords: regional resilience; crisis; COVID-19; climate change; urban– rural partnerships; regional cohesion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hazards and Sustainability)
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Hydro-Resilience and Sustainability under Climate Change
edited by Jacques Ganoulis
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2019
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Management)
Risk Assessment and Sustainable Disaster Management submission deadline 23 May 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 6420
Keywords: disaster management; sustainability; disaster management decision support systems; risk assessment; technological disasters; natural disasters; disaster management policies and regulations; disaster management governance; knowledge management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hazards and Sustainability)
Sustainability in Emergent Systems submission deadline 25 May 2022 | Viewed by 2066
Keywords: Sustainability/green reference models; Software design principles for sustainable developments; Software requirements for sustainability; Software architecture for sustainability; Middleware for sustainability; Sustainable virtualization techniques; Sustainable application containers; Energy prediction models; Sustainability/green metrics and measurement tools; Sustainability-aware application development; Systematic literature reviews on sustainability; Green development practices (energy smells; green tests; energy consuming concerns); Regulations; guidelines and good practices for sustainable system development; Green deployments algorithms; Successful stories about achieving sustainability in industrial projects; Successful stories about achieving sustainability in research projects; Experiences teaching sustainability; Energy-aware resource allocation in IoT/edge/cloud; Sustainable cloud-assisted IoT systems; Internet of Things for sustainability; Green edge computing; Edge computing to achieve sustainability; Runtime adaptations to achieve sustainability; Variability management to achieve sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
New Advances on Geoethics and Sustainable Development submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 8630
Keywords: geoethics; sustainability; human niche; social– ecological systems; planetary boundaries; safe operating space; ecosystem services; Sustainable Development Goals; Earth system governance; Earth stewardship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Geography and Sustainability)
Design and Optimisation of Supply Chain Networks
edited by Babak Mohamadpour Tosarkani, Hamid Afshari, and
submission deadline 28 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1188
Keywords: sustainable supply chain management; sustainable operations management; sustainable developments; Industry 4.0 for sustainability; closed-loop supply chain network design; circular economy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Transportation)
Assessment of Urban Aquifer Pollution through Statistical Approaches and Numerical Modelling submission deadline 29 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 9941
Keywords: Groundwater flow and transport modelling; Multivariate analysis; Cluster analysis; MODFLOW; MT3DMS; GIS; Urban areas
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Sustainability and Applications)
Sustainable Development and Optimisation of Energy Systems
edited by , , Azeddine Draou and
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1333
Keywords: sustainable development; renewable energy; smart grids; optimisation modelling; energy analytics; machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
The Evolution of Consumer Behavior in the Sustainable Business: Evidence from COVID-19
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 12 articles | Viewed by 14589
Keywords: consumer behavior; cycle of satisfaction; attitude change; the evolution of shopping pattern; COVID-19
(This special issue belongs to the Section Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability)
Sustainable Advanced and Smart Polymer Materials
edited by Veerle Vandeginste
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 863
Keywords: renewable; smart; recycling; batteries; coatings; hydrogel; biobased; nanocomposite
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Materials)
Sustainable Management of Marine Debris
edited by , Eric Sparks and
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2157
Keywords: sustainable management; marine debris prevention; marine debris removal; marine debris risk mitigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Oceans)
Circular Economy from the Perspective of Technology and Management for Waste
edited by Jinhui Li and Abhishek Kumar Awasthi
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1932
Keywords: circular economy; environmental impact assessment; resource recycling; e-waste management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Resources and Sustainable Utilization)
Water Resources Governance for a Sustainable Future
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 1724
Keywords: Water Governance; sustainability; integrated water resources management; water scarcity; water politics; water reuse; climate change; socio-economic  impact analysis; participatory water management; agricultural water management; urban water management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Water Management)
The New Era of Sustainable Public Procurement
edited by Michiel C. Zijp, and Cees J. Gelderman
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | Viewed by 556
Keywords: sustainable public procurement; social; green; emissions; circular; inclusive; fairtrade; ecolabels; environmental; biodiversity; modern slavery; implementation; effects; impact
Smart Farming and Bioenergy Feedstock Crops
edited by Shivendra Kumar, Sudeep S. Sidhu and
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1938
Keywords: artificial intelligence; bioenergy feedstock; biofuel; UAV; smart farming; smart crop protection; renewable energy; biotic stress; crop advancement technologies
Monitoring, Control and Limiting the Emission of Air Pollutants into the Atmosphere submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 860
Keywords: air pollution; emission; gas purification; air pollution measurements; legal instruments in air protection; air quality management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Chemical Engineering and Technology)
Future Directions for Soil Remediation and Environmental Management
edited by , Han Qu and Xiaohua Zhu
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2148
Keywords: soil; remediation; risk assessment; heavy metals; pesticides; environmental management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Resources and Sustainable Utilization)
Sport Policy and Finance Ⅱ
edited by Qi Peng and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 654
Keywords: career; engagement of actors; sport for development and peace; policy change; sports events; legacy; governance; youth sports; financial value; insolvencies; financial regulation; innovation; business model; new data; financial sustainability
Assessing the Economic Case for Climate Change Adaptation
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 772
Keywords: economic appraisal; climate change adaptation; efficiency; equity; uncertainty
(This special issue belongs to the Section Air, Climate Change and Sustainability)
Sustainability in Biology, Geography and Interdisciplinary Studies and Sustainable Pedagogies submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4707
Keywords: Competencies in teaching/learning sustainable development; Environmental biology and geography; Health education and sustainable development goals; Integrative and virtual teaching/learning in sustainability; Pedagogy of environmental sciences; Sustainability education; Sustainable development goals in education; Sustainable pedagogies; Climate change education; Children; adolescent; adults; pupils; students; student teachers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Sustainability and Applications)
Sustainable Construction Engineering and Management: Enablers of Change, Part II submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3159
Keywords: sustainable construction site selection; sustainable building design; sustainable building materials; components; and buildings; making construction and building technologies sustainable; green construction processes; construction economics for sustainability; green supply chain management; sustainable construction procurement; contracting for sustainable projects; green infrastructure construction and management; industrial relations for social sustainability; green building maintenance; building life-cycle analysis; building energy efficiency; sustainable project cost management; deconstruction; sustainable demolition and disposal; health and safety on projects; sustainable risk management; urban and regional sustainability; information technologies for sustainable construction; circular economy adoption in construction projects; multiple-criteria decision making (MCDM); multi-attribute decision making (MADM); multi-objective decision making (MODM); multi-attribute utility theory (MAUT); interval-valued fuzzy sets; intuitionistic fuzzy sets; neutrosophic sets; grey systems; rough sets; computer-aided problem solutions; research and development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
Sustainable Management and Conservation of Wetland Ecology submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 992
Keywords: wetland ecosystems; sustainable management; ecological process; ecohydrology; nature-based policy; gross ecosystem production; wetland biogeochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation)
Sustainable Customer Relationship Management
edited by Ricardo Chalmeta Rosaleñ and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5988
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Management)
Universities, Industries and Sustainable Development
edited by Angelo Paletta and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2946
Keywords: Integrating the principles of sustainable development into teaching; research; and campus operations; Collaboration with industries to advancing sustainable business models; Training the skills to create the rigorous research-based knowledge necessary for sustainable development; Supporting and incubating innovation for sustainable development solutions; Circular economy areas where university research can help to advance technology; innovation; regulation; and markets; Contribution of universities to improving the development of smart policies for sustainability and clean growth; Networking and cross-contamination among research; education; and business in the implementation of a circular economy; Innovative institutional solutions (consortia; public– private partnerships; star-ups; incubators; etc.) for collaboration between universities and industries for sustainable development
Urban Inequality and Exclusion
edited by Andreas Koch
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4163
Keywords: urban austerity; urban poverty; city and justice; environmental justice; capitalist economy; sustainable development goals; housing markets; right to the city; segregation and stigmatization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Impacts of Climate Change on Habitats and Conservation Areas
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3866
Keywords: biodiversity conservation; climate change adaptation; climate change mitigation; conservation policy; nature-based solutions; ecosystem services; habitats; land management; land use; prediction; species; uncertainty
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation)
Coping with Social-Natural Disasters: Multi-Disciplinary Scientific Contributions submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 306
Keywords: integrated approaches to disaster risk/disaster impacts (social; economic; political; psychological; environmental; systemic); cascading hazards and systemic risks; climate change and disasters; resource over-exploitation and disasters; urbanization; social-natural hazards and disasters; tourism and coastal development and social-natural disasters; illegal building development and disasters; land use and land cover changes and disaster risk; wildland– urban interface areas and forest fires; medical; institutional and cultural aspects of pandemics; livelihood vulnerability and disasters; social-ecological systems’ vulnerability to hazards; disasters; population movements and demographic changes; disaster risk informed development planning; water resource management and drought; counter-disaster engineering works and public risk perception; risk education / awareness and ICTs; disaster risk mitigation and spatial planning; seismic prevention; preparedness; emergency and recovery plans combining structural and soft measures; enhancing disaster resilience and coping capacities; emergency warning technologies and disaster risk communication; disaster risk governance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hazards and Sustainability)
Sustainable Cultural Management: From Theory to Practice
edited by Łukasz Wróblewski
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2950
Keywords: strategic cultural management; cultural tourism and the creative industries; cultural economics and finance; entrepreneurship in the institutions of culture; cultural education; cultural policy; governance and leadership in culture; arts marketing; audience development and participation; philanthropy and fundraising; cultural production and consumption
(This special issue belongs to the Section Tourism, Culture, and Heritage)
Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental Pollution Monitoring for Sustainable Development
edited by Ling Yao, Fan Zhang and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1290
Keywords: remote sensing; big data; environment pollution; sustainable development; deep learning; public health; ecological service value; geospatial analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
Policy, Land Use and Management of Natural Resources
edited by Manuel Marey-Pérez and Verónica Rodríguez-Vicente
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3698
Keywords: policy in natural resources; land use and natural resources; forest management and natural resources; governance and natural resources; sustainability in natural resources; quality of natural resources; resilience and managment of natural resources; bioeconomy; circular economy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Resources and Sustainable Utilization)
Diet, Human Health and Wellbeing in Traditional Food Systems
edited by and Jessica E. Raneri
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2872
Keywords: food systems; food sovereignty; nutrition transitions; sustainable consumption; Pacific Islands; Caribbean region; public health; noncommunicable disease; food environments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Health, Well-Being and Sustainability)
Sustainable Insect Farming: Feed the Future
edited by Christos I. Rumbos, David Deruytter, János-István Petrusán and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5615
Keywords: insects as food and feed; sustainability; insect farming; circular economy; alternative nutrient source; waste management; new protein sources; entomophagy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture)
Sustainability in Product Design, Materials and Systems submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 273
Keywords: ecodesign; sustainable manufacturing and production; life cycle analysis; design for sustainability; design for environment; producer stewardship; circular economy; sustainable consumption; recyclable and biodegradable materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
Advances in Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
edited by and Yasir Hamid
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2890
Keywords: wastewater treatment; wastewater reuse; wastewater monitoring; sustainable agriculture; emerging contaminants; environmental remediation; resource recovery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Resources and Sustainable Utilization)
Advanced Soft Computing for Smart Practices of Circular Economy in the Era of Covid-19 submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3242
Keywords: Soft computing; Fuzzy sets; Multicriteria; Decision analysis; Circular economy; Sustainability; Waste management; Air pollution management; Natural resources; Green technologies; Industrial ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability)
The Impact of Sustainability and Dynamic Capabilities on Global Supply Chain Management
edited by , Takahiro Fujimoto and Paul Hong
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2569
Keywords: Challenges of operating in a global supply chain (e.g. accidents; visible and invisible risks such as COVID-19 etc.); Sustainable Risk mitigation Strategies; Future scenario planning; Investigating risk; disruption and resilience of operations and supply chain management; Implications of pandemics; epidemics; and other sources of uncertainty on global supply chain management; Sustainable Ecosystem strategy; Global platform strategy for sustainability; Digitalization Strategy for global supply chain management (e.g. IoT; AI; Digital Transformation etc.); Metrics and performance of the IoT investment in global firms; Sustainable logistics strategies; Sustainable outsourcing strategies; Characteristics of Sharing Economy for Sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Management)
Sustainability Outlook: Forecasting the Future Development
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2215
Keywords: Sustainability; Data analysis; forecasting; optimization; decision analysis; artificial intelligence; unstructured data; machine learning; feature selection; supply chain; information system
Sustainability in Urban Transportation: Factors Impacted on Alternative Fuel Vehicle Usage
edited by Bradley W. Lane
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 334
Keywords: electric vehicles; sustainability; energy use; impacts; adoption; travel behavior; mode choice; alternative fuels
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Transportation)
Energy and Environment Management through Data-Driven Modelling, Optimization and Forecasting submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2931
Keywords: energy management; renewable energy generation and assessment; smart grid; environmental pollution; metaheuristic optimization models; neural networks; forecasting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
Servitization, Logistics and Manufacturing in Resilient and Digital Supply Chains
edited by Teresa Murino, Eleonora Bottani, Daria Battini and Marta Rinaldi
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4873
Keywords: Servitization; Manufacturing industry; Logistics and supply chain; Industry 4.0; Resilience; Industrial service operations; Digital servitization business models; Digitalized product-service systems; Service supply chain management; Data-based value chains; Cloud-based approaches for maintenance; Remote maintenance; Maintenance services; Operational services; Customer services
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Transportation)
A Sustainable Approach in Food Science and Technology Aspects submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2807
Keywords: sustainable bioconversion; food and circular economy; by-products; waste valorization; white biotechnology; green chemistry; added-value products from by-products
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Food)
Business Strategies concerning the Sustainable Development Goals and the SDG Compass submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 15 articles | Viewed by 13111
Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals; 2030 Agenda; SDG compass; SDG reporting; sustainable development; corporate social responsibility; business trategy; strategic change; eco-innovation; entrepreneurship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Sustainable Management)
Sustainability in Working Environments
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1012
Keywords: sustainable human resource management practices; sustainable working environments; sustainable employees; sustainable employee leadership; sustainable internal communication; sustainable employee corporate social responsibility practices; employee well-being; employee stress and recovery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development)
Roots Tourism: A Sustainable Development Path?
edited by , Ana Maria Biasone, Tiziana Nicotera and Anna Lo Presti
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1417
Keywords: Roots tourism; Sustainability; Socio-cultural fabric; Host– guest relationship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Tourism, Culture, and Heritage)
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