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Environmental Economics in Sustainable Social Policy Development

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 November 2024 | Viewed by 1333

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School of Economics, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230601, China
Interests: economic and environmental performance evaluation
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Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Interests: sustainability; environmental management; climate governance; green innovation; firm efficiency

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Dear Colleagues,

In the contemporary era of globalization and industrialization, the economic endeavors of human society exert increasingly noteworthy influences on the environment. Challenges of substantial magnitude, including climate change, resource depletion, and ecosystem collapse, have emerged as pressing global concerns. Particularly noteworthy is the current global commitment by nations to adhere to the Sustainable Development Goals and foster the ascendance of a green economy. The intricacy inherent in these challenges necessitates profound contemplation on the concurrent attainment of environmental sustainability and economic development.

Against this backdrop, environmental economics has emerged as an interdisciplinary field of study,  seeking to investigate environmental issues and explore viable solutions by leveraging diverse economic theories and methodologies. This discipline operates at the intersection of economics and environmental science, offering valuable insights into the intricate relationship between human activities, economic progress, and environmental well-being. The fundamental premise of environmental economics lies in establishing connections between various economic activities and the natural environment, delving into their intricate interactions and influences. This field is geared towards addressing a myriad of pivotal questions, such as the impact of economic growth on environmental quality, the reciprocal effects of environmental policies on economic performance, and the identification of optimal economic models for resource utilization. Through a more profound exploration of these inquiries, we can enhance our comprehension of the repercussions of human activities on the planet, thereby furnishing more scientifically grounded guidance for steering towards sustainable development.

This Special Issue will center its attention on the intricate interplay between science, policy, and economics, offering an in-depth exploration of the pivotal role played by environmental economics in shaping the development of sustainable social policies. Our aim is to foster a holistic comprehension of environmental issues within academic discourse. We eagerly anticipate contributions from scholars across diverse disciplines so that we may pool their wisdom and insights to propel global endeavors towards the advancement of sustainable development and environmental protection.

Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The impact of policies related to carbon trading on climate mitigation;
  • Analysis of the impact of environmental regulations on enterprise performance;
  • Resource use efficiency and circular economy;
  • Technological innovation and environmental sustainability;
  • Economic risk management and environmental governance;
  • Green finance and investment decisions;
  • Government policy and environmental governance effect assessment;
  • Social innovation and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Urban spatial planning and spatial distribution of carbon emissions;
  • The impact of carbon neutrality on enterprise financial performance;
  • The incentive effect of environmental policy on enterprise innovation.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Yuping Shang
Dr. Xin Zhao
Dr. Xihui Haviour Chen
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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • sustainable development
  • institutional arrangement
  • environmental protection
  • low-carbon transition
  • environmental economics
  • social policy
  • economic activity
  • climate change
  • resource utilization
  • interdisciplinary research

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The Impact of the Digital Economy on Urban Ecological Resilience: Empirical Evidence from China’s Comprehensive Big Data Pilot Zone Policy
by Youzhi Zhang, Jingyi Wang, Yinke Liu and Jing Zhao
Sustainability 2024, 16(9), 3611; - 25 Apr 2024
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The present study examines the effects of China’s comprehensive big data pilot zone policy on urban ecological resilience. This is achieved through the utilization of a quasi-natural experiment, employing panel data from 217 prefecture-level cities in China spanning the years 2010 to 2021. [...] Read more.
The present study examines the effects of China’s comprehensive big data pilot zone policy on urban ecological resilience. This is achieved through the utilization of a quasi-natural experiment, employing panel data from 217 prefecture-level cities in China spanning the years 2010 to 2021. The research revealed that China’s extensive policy on big data pilot zones has a notable and favorable influence on the ecological resilience of urban areas. This impact is both constant and subject to variation across different regions. The aforementioned impact is attained by means of progressions in industrial structure and the introduction of innovative green technologies. Furthermore, the strategy exerts a beneficial impact on the ecological resilience of urban areas in adjacent regions by means of spatial spillover effects. Full article
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