Call for Papers - Special Issue "Environment-Poverty Nexus and Sustainable Development"

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers addressing the environment–poverty nexus in the context of sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly recognizes the interlinkages between the social, economic, and environmental spheres, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are all intended to address these dimensions in a comprehensive manner. A complex relationship exists between environment and poverty: poverty may lead to unsustainable use of natural resources and environmental degradation; however, environmental degradation also often affects poor people most. In rural areas, poor people depend on land, water, and biodiversity for their living. In urban centers, rapid growth and unplanned development places the disadvantaged into environmentally hazardous shantytowns. Climate change further exacerbates matters. These factors all have differentiated impacts based on gender, social and economic group, and ethnicity, including indigenous peoples. A better understanding and creative solutions are needed to move towards sustainable development.

Some key research questions are as follows:

  • How is the environment–poverty nexus manifested in general and in specific contexts?
  • How do the interlinkages between environment, climate change, and poverty interact with disaster risk and vulnerability?
  • What approaches can promote transformative change towards sustainability, and what innovative policies, strategies, and approaches can be utilized to reduce poverty and enhance environmental quality?
  • How can we promote successful adaptation and resilience of communities in rural and urban settings in the face of climate change?
  • How can we better measure, monitor, and evaluate policies, strategies, programs, and projects and identify what works, for whom, and in what context?

Dr. Juha I. Uitto
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 1700 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.


  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Poverty–environment nexus
  • Coupled human–natural systems