About

Global Sustainability is a new Open Access, interdisciplinary journal publishing significant advances in science and social science research. It has rigorous peer-review standards set by an international editorial board of the highest calibre, backed by Cambridge University Press and our commitment to quality.

Scope

Global sustainability defines the conditions under which humans and nature, societies and the biosphere, the world and the Earth can co-exist in ways that enable productive harmony, stability and resilience to support present and future generations. Global sustainability science explores interactions between social and natural systems, from local to global scales, with a particular focus on sustainability as an avenue for human development in the context of global environmental change and Earth resilience.

Global Sustainability publishes significant advances in knowledge relating to:

  • Earth system analysis, integration and modelling, including complex social-ecological dynamics in the Anthropocene
  • Global systems, the world economy and globalisation relating to complex social-ecological dynamics (including local and regional scale dynamics with global implications)
  • Resource use and economic analyses, theories and models for the Anthropocene
  • Equity, governance, and behavioural change in the Anthropocene
  • Social transformations to global sustainability
  • Theoretical and methodological advancements, and syntheses, on academic progress in global sustainability science that integrates natural and social science in the pursuit of sustainable development in the Anthropocene.

We accept research from inter- and multi-disciplinary studies between social- and natural science that explores understanding and solutions of human interactions with Earth dynamics. The journal furthermore accepts research from the disciplines and sectors below, and, in particular at the nexus of multiple areas, for example the ‘food, water, energy nexus’ and pathways to attain the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The journal particularly encourages solutions focused research.

Earth and global systems Resources Social transformation
Cryosphere
Atmosphere
Lithosphere
Hydrosphere
Biosphere
Climate
Social-ecological systems
Complexity theory
Non-linearities and thresholds
Ecosystem services
Global economy
Finance
Urban systems
Modelling
Scenarios
Energy
Land use and agriculture
Marine resources
Water
Pollution and waste management
Mining and extractive industries
Economic policy
Human behaviour
Health and sustainability
Values and equity
Demographics
Policies, politics and governance
Adaptation
Mitigation
Planning
Design
Media
Technologies
Industry