Complex Systems Modelling Approaches to Sustainable Production and Consumption
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 3区
• 小类 : 环境研究 - 3区
• 小类 : 绿色可持续发展技术 - 3区
The intricate nature of today’s global sustainability challenges demands a nuanced approach to understanding the roles and impacts of critical production and consumption systems. These systems entail a large range of broad cross-cutting thematic areas including energy, water, agriculture, forestry, land, mining, manufacturing, pollution, resources degradation and infrastructure development. Drawing inspiration from the compelling call for an international research program on the risk of a global ‘polycrisis’ — put forth by the Cascade Institute, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research — this special issue seeks to explore the complex interdependencies and cascading effects within sustainable production and consumption systems. Our focus extends beyond isolated issues across the supply chain, embracing a systemic view where economic, environmental, and social dimensions are inextricably interrelated. This approach is informed by the growing recognition that the dynamic behavior of sustainable production and consumption systems is a key component in a broader network of global systems, whose interactions can lead to unexpected outcomes and systemic risks. We aim to foster research that not only analyzes these complexities but also offers actionable insights into managing and regulating them effectively in an increasingly interconnected world.
We invite rigorous and innovative research, either conceptual-theoretical or empirical, that employs or critically evaluates the application of the following methodologies in the context of sustainable production and consumption systems:
System Dynamics: Investigate how the causal feedback structure, accumulations and time delays shape the behavior of production and consumption systems to guide decision-making for long-term sustainable solutions e.g., improving their resilience and adaptability.
Agent-Based Modelling: Examine the role of individual agents and their interactions in contributing to the emergent properties of complex production and consumption systems.
Complex Networks: Analyze the structure and dynamics of interconnected systems, focusing on their resilience and vulnerability in the face of global sustainability challenges and risks.
Machine Learning: Utilize advanced analytical techniques to reveal patterns and predict trends within these multifaceted systems.
Systems Engineering: Apply holistic engineering methods to design, analyze, and manage integrated production and consumption systems, emphasizing sustainability and systems thinking principles.
Contributions, from a sustainability stance, that (i) bridge the gap between theory and practice, offering innovative perspectives on the sustainable management of complex, interrelated production and consumption systems and/or (ii) provide key insights for critical policymaking within such systems are particularly encouraged.
Authors should submit articles via Editorial Manager® for Sustainable Production and Consumption at https://www.editorialmanager.com/spc/ following the Guide for Authors available at https://www.elsevier.com/journals/sustainable-production-and-consumption/2352-5509/guide-for-authors. Within Editorial Manager, they should select the special issue 'SI: Complex Systems'. Manuscripts submitted after the deadline may not be considered for the special issue and may be transferred to a regular issue. All articles will be subject to a rigorous review process and accepted papers will be published online as soon as accepted.
Deadline for submissions: 31st May 2024