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Special Issue "The (Un)Sustainable Side of Resilience in the Anthropocene"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020) | Viewed by 309

Special Issue Editors

Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: sustainability; complexity; systems thinking; viable systems approach; project management; organizational cybernetics; service science
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Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Interests: systems theory; complexity; decision making
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Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Interests: innovation management; organizational design; strategic management; cultural management
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Dr. Biagio Merola
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Department of Economics, University of Foggia, Italy
Interests: healthcare; systems theory; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the human footprint permeates ecosystems and societies as an effect of the Anthropocene, the already close connection between social and ecological systems is becoming more significant than ever. Accordingly, socio-ecological resilience—i.e., the ability of communities, societies, and entire ecosystems to cope with stress and unrest due to social, political, and environmental changes—has regained centrality in the understanding of such a multi-equilibrium context. This poses new issues for institutions and policymakers, in a twofold sense.

On the one hand, about institutions’ approach toward resilience. In social terms, institutions tend to frame resilience as a conservative social process, aimed at maintaining formal, standardized, legitimated social structures in time. However, what happens when such a process fails?

On the other hand, about the intrinsic nature of systems that replicate themselves resiliently. Is resilience always a positive goal to be fostered? When does resilience produce (un)sustainable outcomes?

To formulate consistent answers, an interdisciplinary approach is required. Submissions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, using different methodological approaches, are welcome. We also encourage submissions that can craft an interdisciplinary conversation with further socio-cultural approaches to sustainability and resilience.

Therefore, we hope to foster academic attention to the following:

  • historical antecedents in sustainability and resilience issues
  • the role of institutions/policymakers in reinforcing/balancing systems’ resilient behaviours
  • the development of resilient policies/intervention strategies toward global sustainability
  • system approaches, methods, and techniques to frame the interplay between sustainability and resilience

Dr. Francesca Iandolo
Prof. Sergio Barile
Prof. Cristina Simone
Dr. Antonio La Sala
Dr. Biagio Merola
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 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 2500 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.


  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • anthropocene
  • systems thinking
  • policy making

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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