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Sustainability Science

Sustainability Science

Editor-in-Chief: Kazuhiko Takeuchi

ISSN: 1862-4065 (print version)
ISSN: 1862-4057 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11625

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Kazuhiko Takeuchi
The University of Tokyo, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
(Landscape ecology and planning)


Editorial Advisors

Braden Allenby
Arizona State University, USA 
(Civil and environmental engineering)

William Ascher
Claremont McKenna College, USA
(Government and economics)

Eduardo Sonnewend Brondizio
Indiana University Bloomington, USA

William C. Clark
Harvard University, USA 
(Environment, development and security)

Peter Edwards
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
(Environmental sciences)

Thomas Elmqvist
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
(Systems ecology)

Jim Falk
The University of Melbourne, Australia
(Environmental management and rehabilitation)

Carl Folke
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden 
(Systems ecology)

Hans-Martin Fuessel
European Environment Agency, Denmark 
(Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation)

Kensuke Fukushi
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Environmental engineering, risk management)

Chris Gordon
University of Ghana, Ghana 
(Integrated coastal zone/river basin management, climate change, ecotoxicology)

Zakri A. Hamid
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
(Ecosystem assessment)

Keisuke Hanaki
Toyo University, Japan
(Urban engineering)

Mohammad Hassan
InterAcademy Panel (IAP), Italy
(Applied mathematics, plasma physics and environmental modelling)

Eiji Hosoda
Keio University, Japan
(Environmental economics)

Maria Ivanova
University of Massachusetts, USA 
(Global governance and sustainability)

Mikiko Kainuma
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan 
(Climate change)

Joanne Kauffman
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (retired), France
(Global environmental politics)

Nobuo Mimura 
Ibaraki University, Japan 
(Coastal management)

Takashi Mino
The University of Tokyo, Japan 
(Wastewater engineering, sustainability education)

Masafumi Nagao
International Development Center of Japan, Japan
(International cooperation and education)

Fabio Orecchini
Guglielmo Marconi- University of Rome, Italy
(Energy and sustainability engineering)

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah 
University of Ghana, Ghana 
(Biodiversity conservation)

Joan B. Rose
Michigan State University, USA 
(Microbial risk assessment)

Akimasa Sumi
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Climate modelling)

Lawrence Susskind 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA 
(Public and environmental dispute resolution)

Barton Buzz Thompson
Stanford University, USA 
(Environmental and natural resources law)


Managing Editor

Osamu Saito
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Japan
(Ecosystem management, environmental system analysis)



David J. Abson
Leuphana University, Germany
(Ecosystem services and sustainability science)

John Martin Anderies
Arizona State University, School of Sustainability, USA
(Dynamic modeling for sustainability science)

Mark W. Anderson
University of Maine, USA
(Sustainability theory, ecological economics, and higher education)

Erik Andersson
Stockholm University, Sweden
(Social-ecological systems theory and landscape studies)

Salvatore Arico
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), France
(Biodiversity science and policy)

Viviana Asara
WU Vienna University, Austria
(Environmental politics, environmental sociology)

Ram Avtar
Hokkaido University, Japan
(Geospatial applications in natural resources monitoring and management)

Iris C. Bohnet
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
(Transdisciplinary landscape planning)

Jeremy Brooks
The Ohio State University, USA
(Environmental social science)

Guido Caniglia
The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Austria
(Philosophy of sustainability science, higher education for sustainable development )

Lars Coenen
The University of Melbourne, Australia
(Sustainable innovation and transition, resilient cities)

Eefje Cuppen
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
(Governance of sustainability transitions, public engagement, transdisciplinary research)

Rajarshi Dasgupta
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
(Landscape planning, ecosystem Services, natural resource management)

Riyanti Djalante
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Japan
(Disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation, resilience and governance, SDGs)

Graham Epstein
University of Waterloo, Canada
(Common-pool resources, collective action, social-ecological systems)

Annamaria Di Fabio
University of Florence, Italy
(Psychology of sustainability and sustainable development)

Joshua Farley
The University of Vermont, USA
(Ecological economics)

Patrick O'Farrell
Natural Resources and Environment, CSIR, South Africa
(Applied ecology, land-use management)

Alexander G. Flor
University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), Philippines
(Environmental communication, knowledge management for development)

Divine Fuh
University of Cape Town , South Africa
(Water, urbanisation, precarity, sustainability, gender)

Alexandros Gasparatos
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Sustainability assessment, ecosystem services, food security)

Nicky Grigg
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
(Aquatic system modelling)

Keishiro Hara
Osaka University, Japan
(Energy security and policy, mapping of sustainability science, environmental engineering)

Nick Harvey
The University of Adelaide, Australia
(Coastal processes, global coastal change)

Shizuka Hashimoto
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Landscape planning, land use policy, natural resource management)

John E. Hay
The University of the South Pacific, The Cook Islands
(Climate change science and policy)

Marko Hekkert
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
(Sustainable Innovation, Sustainability Transitions)

Rosemary Hill
CSIRO Land and Water, Australia
(Human geography, Indigenous peoples)

Anne Jerneck
Lund University, Sweden
(Sustainability Science, development, gender, methodology)

Yuya Kajikawa
Tokyo Institute of Technology and The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Management and information science, materials science)

Jagath Kaluarachchi
Utah State University, USA
(Hydrology, water resources, water quality)

Norichika Kanie
Keio University, Japan
(Climate change policy and environmental diplomacy)

Akiyuki Kawasaki
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Water resource management and hydrology)

René Kemp
UNU-Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), The Netherlands
(Science, technology and innovation governance)

Yuto Kitamura
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Education and development studies)

G. Kranjac-Bersavljevic
University for Development Studies, Ghana
(Water and ecosystem management, irrigation, climate change and new approaches to tertiary education)

Tatsuya Kusakabe
Hiroshima University, Japan
(Sustainability science of education )

Daniel J. Lang
University of Lueneburg, Germany
(Transdisciplinary sustainability research)

Zhu Liu
Tsinghua University, China
(Sustainability, earth system management, industrial ecology)

Carolyn J. Lundquist
The University of Auckland and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
(Coastal management, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, ecosystem-based management, socio-ecological systems)

Shunsuke Managi
Kyushu University, Japan
(Urban engineering, economics)

Peter Marcotullio
Hunter College, USA
(Urban planning)

Yoshifumi Masago
National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
(Environmental engineering, health risk assessment, climate change adaptation)

Hirotaka Matsuda
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Agricultural economics and development economics)

Takanori Matsui
Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan
(Environmental system analysis, intelligent information systems)

Masahiro Matsuura
Meiji University, Japan
(Public dispute resolution)

Adelina Maria Mensah
University of Ghana, Ghana
(Integrated water resources management, climate change adaptation, science and policy)

Thaddeus Miller
Arizona State University, USA
(Urban sustainability)

Geetha Mohan
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Agricultural economics, development economics, economics of climate change)

Karel F. Mulder
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
(Innovation, sustainable development)

Barbara Neumann
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany
(Sustainability, sustainable development, human-environment interactions, coastal and marine areas)

Bhanu Neupane
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, France
(Water, climate change,  ICTs and  sustainable development goals)

Michael O'Rourke
Michigan State University, USA
(Interdisciplinary epistemology, philosophy of communication)

Martin Oteng-Ababio
University of Ghana, Ghana
(Urban environmental management, disaster risk management)

Kei Otsuki
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
(Development sociology and applied anthropology)

Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
(Applied biodiversity science, landscape ecology)

Laura Pereina
City University of London, UK
(Social-ecological systems, sustainability transformations, food systems and development)

Garry Peterson
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
(Scenario planning, regime shifts, social-ecological systems, resilience)

Tobias Plieninger
University of Göttingen and University of Kassel, Germany
(Sustainability, landscape dynamics, natural resource management)

Christian Erik Pohl
ETH Zurich, Switserland
(Transdisciplinary research as means for sustainable development)

Merritt Polk
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
(Transdisciplinary research, co-production)

Jaco Quist
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
(Visions for sustainability, sustainable innovation, sustainability transitions, transdisciplinary research, stakeholder engagement, sustainable consumption, grassroots innovation)

Fabrice Renaud
University of Glasgow, UK
(Environmental risk, community resilience, ecosystem approaches)

Siddharth Sareen
University of Bergen, Norway
(Solar energy governance, sustainability transitions)

Stephan Schott
Carleton University, Canada
(Energy and environmental policy)

Jordi Segalàs
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech, Spain
(Sustainability science education, design for sustainability)

Suneetha Subramanian
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
(Ecosystem services and human wellbeing)

Masahiro Sugiyama
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(Climate and energy policy)

J. David Tàbara
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (IEST), Spain
(Participatory knowledge integration for sustainability)

Yukari Takamura
The University of Tokyo, Japan
(International law, environmental law, climate and energy policy)

Hiroki Tanikawa
Nagoya University, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Japan
(Environmental system analysis and planning)

Finn Tarp
University of Copenhagen, UNU-World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), Denmark
(Development economics)

Maria Tengo
Stockholm University, Sweden
(Social-ecological systems, resilience, ecosystem governance)

Vinod Tewari
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) University; National Institute of Urban Affairs, India
(Urban management and governance)

Scott Valentine
National University of Singapore, Singapore
(Energy policy, sustainable development, corporate environmental management)

Henrik Von Wehrden
Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
(Normativity of methods and transdisciplinary research)

Paul Weaver
Maastricht University, The Netherlands
(Sustainable production and consumption, sustainability science education and capacity building, materials science)

Kyle Whyte
Michigan State University, USA
(Environmental and climate justice, indigenous resilience, indigenous knowledge)

Arnim Wiek
Arizona State University, USA
(Sustainability, sustainable development)

Masaru Yarime
Division of Public Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
(Sustainability and innovation)

Takehito Yoshida
University of Tokyo, Japan
(Conservation and restoration ecology)

Shiqiu Zhang
Peking University, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, China
(Environmental economics, management and policy)

Karl S. Zimmerer
Pennsylvania State University, USA
(Land use, biodiversity, livelihoods)

Editorial Office

Shruti Ashish Lahoti
UNU-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (IAS), Japan
(Landscape planning and sustainable development)

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    The journal Sustainability Science offers insights into interactions within and between nature and the rest of human society, and the complex mechanisms that sustain both. The journal promotes science based predictions and impact assessments of global change, and seeks ways to ensure that such knowledge can be understood by society and be used to strengthen the resilience of global natural systems (such as ecosystems, ocean and atmospheric systems, nutrient cycles), social systems (economies, governments, industry) and human systems at the individual level (lifestyles, health, security, and human values).

    Sustainability Science journal provides a trans-disciplinary platform for contributing to building sustainability science as an evolving academic discipline focusing on topics not addressed by conventional disciplines. As a problem-driven discipline, sustainability science is concerned with addressing practical challenges caused by climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss, and poverty among others. At the same time it tries to investigate root causes of problems by uncovering new knowledge or combining current knowledge from more than one discipline in a holistic way to enhance understanding of sustainability. The journal especially encourages research on the needs of developing countries for poverty reduction, education, sustainable development and human and environmental security (open access is available to Sustainability Science through the Developing Country Initiative, including Online Access to Research on Environment (OARE): http://oare.oaresciences.org). Such new knowledge can directly inform policy and management decisions.

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