Call for Papers - Special Issue on Space Reconstruction in China’s Sustainable Transition: Land, Energy and Carbon Emission

Guest Editors:

  • Chu Wei (Lead guest editor), Renmin University of China – Department of Energy Economics,
  • Ying Xu, Renmin University of China – Regional and Urban Studies Institute,
  • Chuan-Zhong Li, Uppsala University – Department of Economics, Sweden,

Description of the topic

China's practice of sustainable development is strongly linked with the global common future. China has announced peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060. This will inspire a series of major changes in energy consumption patterns, industrial restructuring, and adjustment of economic growth drivers. These changes may widely affect the spatial decisions of enterprises, individuals, and governments, and thus lead to an economic space reconstruction process across China's territorial.

Sustainable development may interact with the following space aspects: First, economic density, as a key spatial structure characteristic, affects the intensity of resource uses and pollution emission. A too high economic density burdens resources and environmental capacity, while a too low economic density hurts economic efficiency. Second, agglomeration, as an important spatial morphology, plays a key role in the process of industrial development. Sustainable development does not only need to correct the negative externalities caused by agglomeration but also to exploit agglomeration as a new economic growth driver. Third, metropolitan areas and urban agglomerations, as important spatial carriers of sustainable development, are also shaped by the process of sustainable transition, which requires reasonable industrial division and cooperation among cities, integrated management of resources and environment, and positive development spillover among cities.

Although so exciting changes are happening in space reconstruction, insufficient attention has been paid to these research topics. This special issue will host benchmark works on the spatial reconstruction issues raised by sustainable transition through land use, energy efficiency, and carbon emission cut, among other things. By presenting empirical findings and policy recommendations in these fields, this special issue aims at inspiring attention on space reconstruction under sustainable practice in China.

The issue will welcome theoretical and empirical research papers related, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Land use practice, policy, and reform in China’s urbanization
  • Energy structure, efficiency, and new technology to support specific regional development
  • Spatial pattern and coordinated development of population-resources-environment-economy
  • Sources and impacts of agglomeration economy in sustainable development
  • Micro individual behavior in space reconstruction: migration and enterprises transfer
  • Space-time evolution of urban agglomerations and metropolitan areas toward sustainable development
  • Industrial restructuring and relocation for peaking carbon emissions and carbon neutrality

Information on submission

  • Authors will submit their papers at and select “Article Type: SI <Special issue title>”. All submissions should follow the journal’s requirement at 
  • All submissions should be new and unpublished. A double peer review will be conducted by the guest editorial team and selected experts in the field of submissions’ topic
  • For questions or problems feel free to contact the guest editorial team

Important dates

Submission open: February 1, 2021

Submission deadline: June 30, 2021

Journal introduction

The journal is now listed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index, and all papers published in the journal are already indexed in the Web of Science. The journal is also ranked by Scopus, with a CiteScore of 1.5 (Rank #327/637 in Economics; #303/679 in Geography, Planning, and Development), and by RePEc with a RePEc factor of 0.974 (November 2020) and rank 1690 of 3744 journals listed in RePEc.