A special issue of Systems

30 May 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A Systems Approach to Sustainability within Agenda 2030 and across SDGs

Link to SI: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/systems/special_issues/systems_Approach_Sustainability_Agenda2030_SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment) demonstrate the scale and ambition of a new, universal approach to sustainable development for our planet: the 2030 Agenda, promoted by the United Nations.

The 17 SDGs (http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) integrate and balance the fundamental dimensions and complex dynamics of interconnected economic, social and environmentally sustainable development, both on a global and local scale. These goals are challenging due to an increasingly interconnected world, characterized by a global web of ecological, economic, social, cultural and political dynamic processes. Hence, these complex challenges cannot be addressed and solved in isolation and with single dimensional mindsets anymore.

Achieving the objectives proposed by the various SDGs requires a systems approach in line with the holistic vision of the Agenda, so to promote proper and efficient actions aimed at hitting those ambitious targets. For these reasons, proper “systemic” studies should be developed by taking into account that each action carried out to achieve the goals, will have dynamic consequences, over the short-to-medium or even long term period. It will be relevant to target the systemic relationships induced by the implementation of new policies or by the introduction of new technologies, the impacts of their adoption and possible unexpected consequences (delays, side effects, etc) toward the goals.

To this end, this Special Issues is focused on exploring, analyzing and proposing various interdisciplinary systemic and dynamic approaches to solve social, technical, managerial, engineering, and decision-making problems in order to achieve the vision of the Agenda, as a whole or with regards to just one SDG or a specific subset of SDGs.

The contributions to this SI are thus expected to explore strategies and to provide policy indications to overcome or remove the obstacles to pursuing integrated SDGs, hence efficiently accomplishing the 2030 Agenda.

The SI is open to practical contributions as well as theoretical papers and is expected to address a broad range of topics by means of a large span of systemic and dynamic approaches, as well as by means of different research techniques, in order to qualitatively and quantitatively depict the challenges attaining to the sustainable development targets.

However, papers reporting and presenting methodological and technological advances related to the application of simulation modelling-related theory and/or practice (i.e.: System Dynamics, Agent-based Modelling, Discrete Event modelling as well as their “hybridizations”) will be particularly welcome.

More specifically, the Editors encourage submissions of studies about:

understanding and representing dynamic complexity and interdependencies among SDGs
short and long-term implications of specific SDGs-targeted policies
unintended consequences, resistance factors, and collateral costs to achieving the SDGs
integrated policy impacts on multiple SDGs
policies based on resilient mechanisms enabling SDGs
highlights on long term effects of sustainable practices in different sectors
Prof. Dr. Alberto De Marco
Dr. Alberto S. Atzori
Dr. Ilaria Perissi
Dr. Stefano Armenia
Guest Editors


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