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Special Issue to be published by Geography, Environment, Sustainability ( An Official Journal of Russian Geographical Society). GES is a Scopus Indexed and Q3 journal. 


*New deadline is 1st November 2020*

Guest Editor (s):

  1. Dr. Gaurav Sikka
    Secretary-General and Treasurer, IGU Task Force for Young and Early Career Geographers
    Assistant Professor, University Department of Geography, L.N. Mithila University, Bihar
    Email: [email protected]
  2. Dr. Komali Yenneti
    Chair, IGU Task Force for Young and Early Career Geographers
    New Generation Network Scholar, Australia India Institute
    Email:[email protected]
  3. Prof. R.B. Singh
    Secretary-General and Treasurer, IGU
    Professor and Head, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    Email: [email protected]

Short description

The rapid human development and the contradiction between human and society, and economy and environment has greatly hindered the implementation of sustainable development strategy (Zhao and Wu, 2019). In order to draw more attention on sustainable development from governments, the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 sub-goals and 232 targets at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in 2015. Ever since then, many experts and researchers have been making great efforts to monitor, assess and realise SDGs. For example, while some researchers analysed the application of SDGs to ecology and environment (Salleh, 2016Yenneti et al., 2016), others applied SDGs to humanities and education (Chowdhury and Koya, 2017Sterling, 2014). Yet there are many difficulties. The sheer volume of geospatial data and the different understanding of the SDG indicators make this task more difficult. Further, there are relatively limited studies that attempt to more holistically capture the varieties of geospatial factors and contexts behind the articulation of SDGs.

In order to develop a vision for ensuring sustainable development, a discussion of the SDGs needs careful examination through new concepts, approaches and solutions to the problems. This special issue will include, but not limited to, studies on SDGs, monitoring and evaluation of SDGs, the use of geospatial technologies in assessing challenges in implementation of SDGs, the geospatiality of social and gender dimensions in SDG research and other development-related themes. The issue will promote integrated transdisciplinary approaches in SDGs research.

While this issue invites papers from all parts of the world, we keenly encourage and see this as an opportunity for young scholars in the developing world. This special issue will provide a publication platform for papers presented by outstanding young and early career geographers at the sessions organised by the IGU-Task Force for Young and Early Career Geographers (IGU-YECG) since from its establishment (Beijing, 2016) to the upcoming 34th IGC at Istanbul (2020). There is a cutting-edge research by young and early career scholars which deserves to be recognised and popularised.

We also invite submissions which can help enhance the understandings and conceptualisations of the SDGs. In particular, we are interested in submissions that explore ‘new geographies of theory’ and ‘new conceptual vectors’. The submissions may be concerned with addressing SDGs at the local, regional, and global scales, in various geographical contexts and at multiple dimensions (economic, social, political, developmental, and environmental). The contributions may be generic in nature or specific to a particular geographical region, with regard to regional diversity in climate, development, economic structure, and socioeconomic characteristics, among other factors. Original work that adopts a relational perspective and showcase how to address theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues in implementation of SDGs is particularly welcome.

Potential topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • New concepts and approaches to SDG implementation (across the global South and the global North, and bridging the gap between them).
  • Innovative techniques and methodologies to measure and to differentiate the goals and indicators of SDGs.
  • History, evolution and discourses of SDGs in different scalar/geographical dimensions.
  • Smart and ground-breaking technologies, strategies and real-time applications in achieving or implementation of SDGs in different geo-spatial and social contexts (global/local; everyday life with an emphasis on urban scale, for developing and developed world).
  • Role of institutions, macro and micro level actors, action agents, policy options and effects, laws and regulations, governance and planning and other policy, industry and action initiatives in SDGs.
  • Best practice initiatives (individual, behavioural and community-led) and successful examples.

*Submission of full papers: 1st November 2020*

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Sengupta, D.; Chen, R.; Meadows, M.E.; Choi, Y.R.; Banerjee, A.; Zilong, X. 2019. “Mapping Trajectories of Coastal Land Reclamation in Nine Deltaic Megacities using Google Earth Engine”. Remote Sens., 11, 2621  

Sikka, G. 2019. “Emerging Inequalities in Gender Relations: A Post-Displacement Analysis of Sardar Sarovar Project Resettlement Sites, India” in Indian Journal of Spatial Science, 10(2), 108-115

 Milaras, M. & McKay, TJM. 2019. Marginalisation of Global South Epistemics: The Case of a Soil Science Textbook. Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South. 3(2):31-48. Available at: https://sotl-south journal.net/?journal=sotls&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=93&path%5B%5D=45

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Korson, C.  2019. “Political Geography: Sovereignty, Indigenous Rights, and Governance in an Island Context”, In Weronika Kusek and Nick Wise (Eds.) Human Geography and Professional Mobility, Routledge.

Cirelli C., Graziano T.,2019. “DMO, Destination branding e narrazioni territoriali: analisi critica di un progetto di aggregazione turistica”, in Geotema, 57, pp. 223-230. 

Graziano T., 2019. «Effetto startup» in Sicilia: innovazione e competitività territoriale, fra retorica e sviluppo, in Geotema, 59, pp. 35-45. 

Graziano T., 2019. “Nuove tecnologie, urbanesimo partecipativo e spazio pubblico: modelli e casi di studio”, in Salvatori F. (a cura di), L’apporto della Geografia tra rivoluzioni e riforme. Atti del XXXII Congresso Geografico Italiano (Roma, 7-10 giugno 2017), A.Ge.I., Roma, pp. 1509-1517.

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Yenneti, K., Rahiman, R., Panda, A., Pignatta, G. 2019. Smart Energy Management Policy in India – A review. Energies, 12(17), 3214.

Wen, C., Yenneti, K., Wei, Y.H.D., Yuan, F., Wu, J., and Gao, J. 2019. Polycentricity in the Yangtze River Delta Urban Agglomeration (YRDUA): More Cohesion or More Disparities? Sustainability, 11(11):3106 

Samarasinghe, G., Lagisz, M., Santamouris, M., Yenneti, K., Upadhyay, A.K., De La Peña Suarez, F., Taunk, B., Nakagawa, S. 2019. A visualized overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses on low-carbon built environments: an evidence review map. Solar Energy, 186: 291-299 

Kantamaneni, K., Rani, N.V.V.S., Rice, L., Sur, K., Thayaparan, M., Kulatunga, U., Rege, R., Yenneti, K., Campos, L.C. A systematic review of coastal vulnerability in Andhra Pradesh, India: a critical evaluation of data gathering, risk levels and mitigation strategies. Water, 11(2): 393 

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Cirelli C., Graziano T. 2018, On line institutional place branding vs. Bottom-up co-created e-
narratives?  The case of Mount Etna, in Albanese V., Greco V., Proto M. (eds) Geography and
the ICT. New Technologies & Geographical Research, Bononia University Press, Bologna, pp.
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Graziano T. 2018, E-spaces of migration: Online narratives, digital connections and
practices of self-representation among Italians living abroad, Albanese V., Greco V., Proto M.,
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Graziano T. 2018, Migratory circular spaces in Southern Italy historial centres, XIII
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Graziano T. 2018 Creative industries, cities, imageries. Narratives and territorial effects,
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Ruggiero L, Graziano T. 2018, Culture as a common? Strategies of resistance and bottom-up
reappropriation in a Mediterranean city, ACME – An International Journal for Critical
Geographies,7, 2, pp. 292-324. ISSN: 1492-9732. 

Aru S., Graziano T. 2018,“The European "reception" system for asylum seekers between
formal and informal spaces, Memorie della Società di studi geografici, 16, pp. 271-278. 
Graziano T. 2018, Migrant Religious signs in Catania (Italy), in XIII Rapporto della Società
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Korson, C. 2018. Global disorder in the undead world: Teaching geopolitics with
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Korson, C. 2018. The common destiny framework, citizenship and customary governance in
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Korson, C. 2018. (Re)balancing inequality through citizenship, voter eligibility and islandian
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Korson, C. 2018. Framing social rebalancing, national identity, and victimhood in
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Yenneti, K. 2018 Fostering partnerships for ‘climate-smart cities’, Shashwat, 4 (5): 174-179.

Yenneti, K. 2018 Making ‘Climate-Smart’ Indian Cites. A Very Short Policy Brief, Australia
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Yenneti, K. and Kasamsetty, S. 2018 Building Integrated Solar Technologies (BIST) for a City’s
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Yenneti, K., Santamouris, M., Prasad, D., and Ding, L. 2018. Cooling Cities: Strategies and
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Andersson, L, Caretta, M.A. 2017. Arsenic poisoning in rural Bangladesh: an intersectional analysis of impacts on women. wH2o The Journal of Gender and Water, 6, 4-23 

Baghel, R., and L. Stepan. 2017. Contextualising the Anthropocene: The cultures, practices and politics of water knowledge in Asia. In Water, Knowledge and the environment in Asia: Epistemologies, practices, locales, eds. R. Baghel, L. Stepan, and J. K. W. Hill. London: Routledge.

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Yenneti, K., Wei, Y.D., Chen, W. (2017). The Urbanization of Poverty in India: Spatio-temporal disparities in Consumption expenditures. Geographical Review, 107 (2), 360–383  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1931-0846.2016.12167.x/abstract 

Yenneti, K., Day, R., and Golubchikov, O. (2016). Spatial Justice and the Land Politics of Renewables: Dispossessing Vulnerable Communities through Solar Energy Mega-Projects. Geoforum, 76, 90-99 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.09.004 

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Yenneti, K. and Day, R. (2016). Distributional justice in solar energy implementation in India: the case of Charanka solar park. Journal of Rural Studies, 46:35-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.05.009 

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