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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)

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)

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

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

Nobuo Mimura 
Ibaraki University, Japan 
(Coastal management)

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

Masafumi Nagao 
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), 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)

Jeffrey I. Steinfeld 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA 
(Atmospheric science, sustainable education)

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)

Peter A. Wilderer
European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Germany 
(Water quality engineering)


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)

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

Iris C. Bohnet           
Independent Researcher, Germany
(Landscape planning and architecture and natural resource management)

Eduardo Sonnewend Brondizio                 
Indiana University Bloomington, USA

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

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)

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, SustainabilityTransitions)

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

Eiji Hosoda                
Keio University, Japan               
(Environmental economics)

Yuya Kajikawa          
Tokyo Institute of Technology, 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) 

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

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)

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)

Sharachchandra Lélé                
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, India          
(Environment and development)

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)

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             
Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, Ghana       
(Integrated water resources management and climate change adaptation)

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)

David Mungai
The University of Nairobi, Kenya             
(Agrometeorolgy, environmental governance, urbanization and food security)

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)

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

Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia         
(Applied Biodiversity Science, Landscape Ecology)

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

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

Matthias Ruth         
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, USA        
(Environmental policy)

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

Jin Sato    
The University of Tokyo, Japan                  
(International studies and environmental policy)

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

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

Yoshiyuki Shimoda
Osaka University, Japan           
(Environmental engineering, energy system engineering, architectural environmental engineering and urban climatology)

Suneetha Subramanian            
United Nations University-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, India
(Ecosystem services and human wellbeing)

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

Akhilesh Surjan        
Charles Darwin University, Australia       
(Disaster and climate change risk reduction in human settlements, urban and regional sustainability)

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

Shinichi Takeuchi     
Institute of Developing Economies and Japan External Trade Organization, Japan                 
(Political economy)

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)

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)

Paul Weaver
Universities of Lund, UK           
(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).

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