Special Issue "A Systems Approach to Sustainability within Agenda 2030 and across SDGs"
A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: project management; project finance; public-private partnerships; supply chain management and logistics; smart city policies; smart city business models and governance systems; application of project finance and PPP to Smart City projects; city logistics and smart mobility business models
Interests: ruminant nutrition; nitrogen and methane; dairy farm management and efficiency; system dynamics modeling; feed and environment
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Interests: system dynamics; sustainability; renewable energy; resources
2. System Dynamics Group and the Modeling & Simulation Lab, Link Campus University, 00165 Rome, Italy
3. President of SYDIC, the System Dynamics’ society Italian Chapter, Rome, Italy
4. Policy Council Member and VP Chapters and SIGs (2019-2021) of the System Dynamics Society
Interests: system dynamics; systems thinking; ABM; Social network Analysis; modeling and simulation; model driven architectures; BPM/BPR; economics; finance; systems analysis;operations research; public policy; public governance; policy modeling;change management; strategic decision making; Agenda 2030; SDGs; sustainability; decision support systems; smart model-based governance; project management; risk management; innovation; cyber risk; natural resources management; climate change
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment) demonstrate the scale and ambition of a new, universal approach to sustainable development for our planet: the 2030 Agenda, promoted by the United Nations.
The 17 SDGs (http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) integrate and balance the fundamental dimensions and complex dynamics of interconnected economic, social and environmentally sustainable development, both on a global and local scale. These goals are challenging due to an increasingly interconnected world, characterized by a global web of ecological, economic, social, cultural and political dynamic processes. Hence, these complex challenges cannot be addressed and solved in isolation and with single dimensional mindsets anymore.
Achieving the objectives proposed by the various SDGs requires a systems approach in line with the holistic vision of the Agenda, so to promote proper and efficient actions aimed at hitting those ambitious targets. For these reasons, proper “systemic” studies should be developed by taking into account that each action carried out to achieve the goals, will have dynamic consequences, over the short-to-medium or even long term period. It will be relevant to target the systemic relationships induced by the implementation of new policies or by the introduction of new technologies, the impacts of their adoption and possible unexpected consequences (delays, side effects, etc) toward the goals.
To this end, this Special Issues is focused on exploring, analyzing and proposing various interdisciplinary systemic and dynamic approaches to solve social, technical, managerial, engineering, and decision-making problems in order to achieve the vision of the Agenda, as a whole or with regards to just one SDG or a specific subset of SDGs.
The contributions to this SI are thus expected to explore strategies and to provide policy indications to overcome or remove the obstacles to pursuing integrated SDGs, hence efficiently accomplishing the 2030 Agenda.
The SI is open to practical contributions as well as theoretical papers and is expected to address a broad range of topics by means of a large span of systemic and dynamic approaches, as well as by means of different research techniques, in order to qualitatively and quantitatively depict the challenges attaining to the sustainable development targets.
However, papers reporting and presenting methodological and technological advances related to the application of simulation modelling-related theory and/or practice (i.e.: System Dynamics, Agent-based Modelling, Discrete Event modelling as well as their “hybridizations”) will be particularly welcome.
More specifically, the Editors encourage submissions of studies about:
- understanding and representing dynamic complexity and interdependencies among SDGs
- short and long-term implications of specific SDGs-targeted policies
- unintended consequences, resistance factors, and collateral costs to achieving the SDGs
- integrated policy impacts on multiple SDGs
- policies based on resilient mechanisms enabling SDGs
- highlights on long term effects of sustainable practices in different sectors
Prof. Dr. Alberto De Marco
Dr. Alberto S. Atzori
Dr. Ilaria Perissi
Dr. Stefano Armenia
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- Sustainable development
- Change management
- Agenda 2030
- Systems Thinking
- System Dynamics
- Modelling and Simulation