Call for Papers: Land Systems and Transformation to Sustainability

This Special Issue invites original papers (original research articles and review papers) that offer insight into potential transitions to sustainability by exploring land use as an integration of nature-based solutions with the dynamics, function, and resilience of land as coupled socio-ecological systems. Although issues at the nexus of food, water, energy, and nature-based systems are frequently identified, and calls are made for policies that achieve sustainable development goals, there remains a pressing need to identify examples of land systems that can achieve these outcomes at multiple spatial and temporal scales in order for transformations in land systems to achieve multiple environmental, social, and economic objectives.  The Special Issue invites papers that address the multidimensional nature of land systems and sustainability issues, as well as those that consider transformation to land systems and have sustainability as a core goal/suite of goals. Conceptual papers that attempt to generate holistic designs and harness an understanding of land use (as well as those that address the integration of climate, water, energy, food, biodiversity, and other states and driving forces of socio-ecological systems) are particularly welcome.  The expectation is that the Special Issue will assemble a collection of exemplars that describe and analyse transformative land systems, as well as examples of conceptual approaches that help with achieving sustainability through land use via changes in land management and policy.

This Special Issue will welcome manuscripts that explore the following themes:

  • nature-based solutions integrated into land use;
  • land use contributions to multiple sustainable development goals;
  • innovative and/or transformative land systems;
  • science and policy transformation;
  • multi-scale exemplars of multiple-goal systems.

Journal: LAND

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024

Special issue editor: Prof Richard Aspinall