Special Issues

Earth System Governance - Task Force Initiative on Sustainability Science

Invited Editors:
Ms. Ellinor Isgren - Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies
Mr. David O'Byrne - Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies
Dr. Anne Jerneck - Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies
Dr. Barry Ness - Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies


As the Earth System Governance Task Force Initiative on Sustainability Science, we are soliciting submissions for a special issue on Sustainability Science in the journal Challenges in Sustainability (CiS). The aim is to offer succinct, quality submissions for peer reviewed articles covering four broad themes:

- Mission and mandate of sustainability science
- Achievements in sustainability science research and outreach
- Theoretical and methodological conflicts in sustainability science, and
- Future developmental challenges of the field.


If interested in submitting a paper, please submit a title and abstract of approximately 150 words by January 22, 2016 to: [email protected] We will provide an approval of the abstract and brief comments to corresponding author(s) within one week after the submission deadline.

Paper format and deadlines:

First paper submissions of approximately 4,000 words will be due by March 20, 2016 and submitted via the CiS submission system. Furthermore, papers must follow CiS author guidelines.



Urban Agriculture: Fostering the Urban-Rural Continuum
Proceedings of the 5th Rencontres Internationales de Reims on Sustainability Studies

Invited Editors:
Professor Dr. François Mancebo - IRCS IATEUR (International Research Center on Sustainability) at Rheims University (URCA), France ([email protected])
Professor Dr. Sylvie Salles - Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris Val de Seine, France ([email protected])

Submission of Abstracts: 1 November 2015
Submission of Manuscripts: 1 February 2016

There is an urban arrangement that can address this urban-rural continuum while deeply transforming urban systems conditions to foster a more sustainable future: Urban agriculture. Urban agriculture postulates that some type of agriculture may flourish within the city. It considers that urban multifunctionality should also include farming. As a matter of fact, urban agriculture is not such a fresh idea. It existed for centuries in very different places around the world, such as the chinampas in Tenochtitlan—the actual Mexico city—since the 15th century or sooner, the hortillonnages in Amiens—a French city north of Paris—for more than twenty centuries, or the interstitial gardens (agriculture d’interstice) of Yaoundé—Cameroon’s capital—which accompanied the foundation of the city in the 19th century.

But what should be the objectives of urban agriculture in planning? Community gardens, kitchen gardens, food farming, for example, are three different things, completely. The types of urban agriculture that exist in a city vary a lot according to the climate, the cultural background, the economic and social situation of the city, etc. In many urban areas of Central America or India, urban agriculture is essentially a food security issue, related to fight against poverty and malnutrition. The situation is quite different in European or North American cities. There, urban agriculture is mainly seen as a social innovation that contributes to improving the quality of life, fostering social links among neighbors, and enhancing urban landscapes. It is not so much about food, really. The main expressions of this approach are community gardens and kitchen gardens. These last years in developed countries, there has been a growing proliferation of projects promoting urban farming architectures, such as Agritecture, or Tree-Like Skyscrapers and Vertical Farming—cultivating plants or breeding animals within tall greenhouse buildings or vertically inclined surfaces. At the same time, urban rooftop farms are epitomized by the mainstream medias as the paragon of urban agriculture. Is it still urban agriculture, or is it something else? Besides, may urban agriculture be the cornerstone that helps reconfigure urban areas, and the backbone of a new and more sustainable urban arrangement to foster urban transition to sustainability in the urban-rural continuum, or not? Here are some of the issues that will be tackled at the 5th Rencontres Internationales de Reims on Sustainability Studies.

For more information on the 5th Rencontres Internationales de Reims on Sustainability Studies visit the website: http://www.sustainability-studies.org/rencontres/5th-international-rencontres-october-2015-en/

ISSN: 2297-6477
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