Advancing Sustainability through Land-Related Approaches: Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Investigations

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land Systems and Global Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2024 | Viewed by 2073

Special Issue Editors

School of International Affairs and Public Administration, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China
Interests: sustainability science; land system science; environmental governance; collective action; coupled rural-urban system; island and coastal areas
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School of Geography and Ocean Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Interests: land-use policy; food security; sustainable development
Dr. Yujia Zhang
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Guest Editor
Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074, USA
Interests: land system science; human-environment systems; geospatial data science; urban sustainability
School of Public Administration, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, Nanjing 210023, China
Interests: land use/cover change; land use policy; farmland transition; landscape multi-functionality; spatial planning; sustainable development
Dr. Yuzhu Zang
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Guest Editor
School of Public Administration, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
Interests: land use planning; rural sustainability; urban-rural dynamics; spatial governance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land plays a crucial role in shaping sustainable development and addressing pressing global challenges. During the past three decades or so, a wide range of land-related disciplines and research areas such as land system science, landscape ecology, soil science, natural resource management, rural geography, and public policy have variously studied land-related sustainability issues. To help reveal how land can contribute to sustainability, we propose a Special Issue in Land that hopes to demonstrate the full spectrum of land-related approaches in advancing sustainability as well as furthering inter- and trans-disciplinary synergies.

This Special Issue aims to provide a platform for scholars to share their insights, findings, and methodologies related to land-based sustainability initiatives at local, regional, and global scales.  We invite submissions that explicitly link land to sustainability through either empirical research or conceptual/theoretical works. They may examine any key issues, including but not limited to:

  • Land-use change and its environmental and socio-economic implications;
  • Spatial analysis and modeling for land-based sustainability assessment;
  • Land tenure systems and their impact on sustainability;
  • Sustainable land governance and policy frameworks;
  • Land-use planning and management for sustainability;
  • Geo-design and land system architecture for sustainability;
  • Land degradation and restoration strategies;
  • Urban spatial governance and sustainable cities;
  • Indigenous land rights and sustainable practices;
  • Land-based climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

We welcome original research articles and reviews that provide empirical insights, theoretical frameworks, and methodological advancements. Comparative analyses and transdisciplinary studies are particularly encouraged to foster a comprehensive understanding of land-related sustainability approaches. Disciplinary, regional, and scalar diversities in contributions are desired.

Proposed titles and abstracts (200–300 words) can be submitted by 30 April 2024 to the guest editors, at, for possible feedback, if prospective authors want some suggestions before preparing their manuscripts. We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Dr. Bing-Bing Zhou
Prof. Dr. Taiyang Zhong
Dr. Yujia Zhang
Dr. Ligang Lv
Dr. Yuzhu Zang
Guest Editors

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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. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • land system science
  • sustainability science
  • landscape ecology
  • land system architecture
  • land management
  • land consolidation
  • spatial governance
  • landscape planning
  • geodesign
  • transdisciplinarity
  • actionable knowledge

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Assessing the Accessibility and Equity of Urban Green Spaces from Supply and Demand Perspectives: A Case Study of a Mountainous City in China
Land 2023, 12(9), 1793; - 15 Sep 2023
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Urban green space accessibility is an essential consideration in determining environmental liveability and the well-being of individuals, and the spatial inequity of urban green space supply and demand has become a research focus. However, few studies have conducted a multidimensional and comprehensive assessment [...] Read more.
Urban green space accessibility is an essential consideration in determining environmental liveability and the well-being of individuals, and the spatial inequity of urban green space supply and demand has become a research focus. However, few studies have conducted a multidimensional and comprehensive assessment of the influences on accessibility from the different perspectives of supply and demand. To address this, our study centred on the mountainous Chongqing region and established a comprehensive research framework examining the spatial pattern of accessibility of urban green spaces and its correlation with physical geographical elements and socioeconomic factors. We reveal the spatial distribution characteristics of urban green space accessibility by using Gaussian-based two-step floating catchment area and network analysis methods and further observe the spatial clustering features utilising hotspot analysis. The ordinary least squares (OLS) model and the spatial lag model were used to evaluate the physical geographical and socioeconomic disparities. Our findings reveal explicit blind spots in urban green space accessibility, primarily within the 30 min travel threshold in the city’s marginal area. A discernible supply–demand imbalance existed in the urban core, constituted by implicit blind spots. Furthermore, we identified that the relationship between urban green space accessibility and elevation under different methods is not always consistently significant over space because spatial heterogeneity may exist. Most concerningly, the study found inequities in urban green space accessibility, particularly impacting vulnerable demographics such as the elderly and lower-income groups. These results can inform urban planners and policymakers about the blind spots of urban green space accessibility and sufficiently consider the physical and socioeconomic heterogeneity of the space to determine where and how to implement inclusive urban greening policies or planning schemes. It is also of great significance in increasing awareness of vulnerable groups and preventing environmental inequality. Full article
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