Special Issue "Geographic Information Science and Society: Opportunities and Challenges Towards Social Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020).
Interests: transportation geography; geographic information science; time geography; human dynamics
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Sustainability has been defined and pursued in many different ways. One approach considers sustainability consisting of environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and social sustainability. Many early sustainability studies placed an emphasis on environmental sustainability and economic sustainability; however, social sustainability has received increasing attention in recent years. One frequently cited definition of social sustainability by the Western Australia Council of Social Services states that “Social sustainability occurs when the formal and informal processes, systems, structures and relationships actively support the capacity of current and future generations to create healthy and livable communities. Socially sustainable communities are equitable, diverse, connected and democratic and provide a good quality of life.”
Geographic information systems (GIS), which can manage, analyze, and visualize spatial and nonspatial data in an integrated environment, provide a useful platform in support of sustainability studies. Nevertheless, conventional GIS based on Euclidean geometry and a Cartesian coordinate system of Newtonian absolute space encounter limitations of handling local context in relative space, relationships in relational space, and human perceptions in mental space. Overcoming these limitations is a fundamental theme of social sustainability research and applications, which call for further theoretical and methodological developments in geographic information science (GIScience) to better support social sustainability studies.
This Special Issue aims at sharing current research work on GIS applications, addressing various social sustainability issues (e.g., social equity, social cohesion, social diversity, quality of life), development of analysis and/or visualization methods for social sustainability research, and theoretical/conceptual work of extending the conventional GIS approach to make GIScience more relevant and useful to important societal challenges, such as social sustainability. This Special Issue is intended to be cross-disciplinary and invites researchers in geography, planning, sociology, business, public policy, transportation, logistics, and other relevant fields to contribute.
March 1, 2019: Manuscript submission starts
February 28, 2020: Manuscript submission ends
(Note: Manuscripts accepted for publication in this Special Issue will be published online before the full Special Issue becomes available.)
Prof. Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw
Prof. Yichun Xie
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.
- Geographic information systems
- Geographic information science
- Social Sustainability