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Special Issue "Circular Economy in the COVID-19 Era"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Published May 14, 2020

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Information

The existing COVID-19 situation has changed the world, the basic meaning of sustainability, and sustainable development work. This immense challenge must be seen as an opportunity for all scientists in all disciplines and areas of research to work together to respond to the challenge caused by human intervention into natural ecosystems. In this new Special Issue, the aim is to address three dimensions of sustainability in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner. The adopted perspective is that of Circular Economy (CE).

COVID-19 has radically changed the economy of the world, e.g., as of today, an approximate 25% rate of unemployment is projected in the US. COVID-19 has fundamentally transformed the social dimension of sustainability or the discussion concerning it, e.g., a massive hunger crisis in Africa is predicted as we are writing this particular call for papers (April 22, 2020). Additionally, of course .when considering the environmental dimension, radical emission reductions in many places around the world due to economic shutdown are a paradoxical fact.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jouni Korhonen 
Guest Editor

Department of Sustainable Production Development and CE@KTH Initiative, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Dr. Juha-Pekka Snäkin
Guest Editor

School of Arctic Natural Resources and Economy, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Future Bioeconomy Expertise Group, Rovaniemi, Finland