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Special Issue "Environmental Behaviour and Collective Decision Making–Series II"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ralph Hansmann
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Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab), Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS), ETH Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland
Interests: individual environmental behavior; environmental education; communication and campaigns; collective decision-making and collective environmental problem-solving processes; social interaction in groups
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, which is the continuing issue of the former Special Issue, Environmental Behaviour and Collective Decision Making, aims at attaining a better understanding of the factors determining the environmental behaviors and decisions of individuals and social systems at the levels of groups, organizations, and communities. The further development and application of behavioural and collective decision-making models and the investigation of viable approaches to improving behaviors and decisions through transdisciplinarity, mutual learning and cooperation, and collective problem-solving and participation, as well as through environmental campaigns and education for environmental citizenship, are special foci of this Special Issue.

PD Dr. Ralph Hansmann
Guest Editor

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 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.


  • Environmental behavior
  • Environmental decision- making
  • Behavioral decision- making
  • Collective action
  • Collective decision- making
  • Mutual learning
  • Sustainability learning
  • Education for environmental citizenship.

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Choices We Make in Times of Crisis
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3578; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13063578 - 23 Mar 2021
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We present a new framework that allows understanding those we deem irrational in the climate debate. Realizing if the issue is one of information, beliefs, values or means opens the door for more constructive dialogue. Decision-makers diverge in their responses to the urgent [...] Read more.
We present a new framework that allows understanding those we deem irrational in the climate debate. Realizing if the issue is one of information, beliefs, values or means opens the door for more constructive dialogue. Decision-makers diverge in their responses to the urgent need for action on climate and biodiversity. Action gaps are fueled by the apparent inability of decision-makers to respond efficiently to the mounting threats described by scientists—and increasingly recognized by society. Surprisingly, with the growing evidence and the accumulation of firsthand experiences of the impacts of environment crises, the gap is not only a problem of conflicting values or beliefs but also a problem of inefficient strategies. Bridging the gap and tackling the growing polarization within society calls for decision-makers to engage with the full complexity of the issues the world is facing. We propose a framework characterizing five archetypes of decision-makers to help us out of the current impasse by better understanding the behavior of others. Dealing with the complexity of environmental threats requires decision-makers to question their understanding of who wins and who loses, and how others make decisions. This requires that decision-makers acknowledge complexity, embrace uncertainty, and avoid falling back on simplistic cognitive models. Understanding the complexity of the issue and how people make decisions is key to having a fighting chance of solving the climate crisis. Full article
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