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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences

For a Special Issue on
Integrative approaches to the environmental and socio-economic SDGs

Manuscript deadline
31 December 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Heleen van Soest, International Climate Policy Researcher, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
[email protected]

Subhes Bhattacharyya, Professor of Energy Economics and Policy, Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD), De Montfort University
[email protected]

Gabriela Iacobuta, Environmental Governance Researcher, German Development Institute (GDI) / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
[email protected]

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Integrative approaches to the environmental and socio-economic SDGs

Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences is actively seeking submissions which contribute to the global policy priorities represented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for a Special Issue “Integrative approaches to the environmental and socio-economic SDGs” to be published in 2022.

The SDGs are particularly relevant for the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences (JIES). The vision of the SDGs is to transform the living conditions of all people on the Earth so that we can live within the ‘planetary boundaries’ while enjoying economic prosperity and social wellbeing. The transformative change aimed through the SDGs requires a paradigm shift in thinking to break away from the current development trajectories that are resource intensive, inefficient (hence wasteful), environmentally damaging, growth-driven, socially inequitable and unjust. The SDGs offer the opportunity to approach sustainable development in an integrated, interconnected way.

If left unaddressed, the climate and environmental crises will strongly impede sustainable development progress in all areas. At the same time, achieving the socio-economic SDGs with the same approaches as in the past will further worsen the climate and environmental crises. For this reason, understanding the interlinkages between the environmental and the socio-economic SDGs and finding solutions for adequate policy interventions that maximize synergies and minimize trade-offs is essential. Considering the complexity of the transformative process, challenging timeline for achieving the SDGs by 2030, and issues arising from governance, finance, innovation ecosystems, policies and other perspectives, it is important to take stock of the progress made so far.

In this vein, this special issue looks at the tools and approaches for integration and alignment of the SDGs, the key sectors and environmental challenges to address, and governance and policy environments necessary to facilitate reaching the SDGs. In line with JIES’s mission for the furthering of integrative and interdisciplinary approaches in the field of environmental sciences, this special issue welcomes creative contributions that address the SDGs as a whole and support the response to environmental challenges at the local, national and international scale. Topics may include (with an environmental focus):

Tools and approaches for integration & alignment 

  • Synergies and trade-offs among SDGs at different levels (local, national or global), including systematic literature review of interactions;
  • Analytical frameworks to support integrative analysis and their applications (including to case studies);
  • Current status of SDG integration and opportunities for co-creating and disseminating innovative societal solutions;
  • COVID-19 pandemic recovery strategies and approaches that contribute to the achievement of environmental (and other) SDGs;

Addressing key sectors and environmental challenges

  • SDG alignment and integration in key sectors such as energy, food or water and for key environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation and pollution; 
  • Aligning climate actions at different levels, for example in cities and rural communities, with the SDGs; 

Governance and policy environments

  • Governance and regulatory arrangements to support integrated policy interventions (policy coherence);
  • The role of climate and environmental finance in the context of the SDGs;
  • Ensuring a just transition to low-carbon and climate resilient economies;
  • Linking international environmental law and negotiation strands (e.g. the environmental conventions) among themselves and integrating environmental concerns into other international negotiations;
  • Other topics that address the EU Horizon Missions from a perspective of integrative environmental sciences.

Submissions should clearly indicate in the abstract which SDG(s) the research relates to. Find out more about the full list of 17 UN SDGs, and why these have been selected as areas of global importance here.

For more information about this Special Issue, please contact the guest editors:
Heleen van Soest [email protected] (Tools and approaches for integration & alignment)
Subhes Bhattacharyya [email protected] (Addressing key sectors and environmental challenges)
Gabriela Iacobuta [email protected] (Governance and policy environments)

This special issue is part of a cross-disciplinary collection in support of the European Commission’s Horizon Missions, with contributions from across the Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences. These missions collectively represent important research and policy priorities facing our global society. The collection will be published to be timed with Earth Day 2022 (April 22nd,  2022) as part of a collaborative effort to support real-world research that addresses the SDGs and global policy priorities.

Submission Instructions

  • Select "Integrative approaches to the SDGs” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne
  • This Special Issue accepts research articles and review papers
  • For general questions about JIES, please contact [email protected]

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