Circular Economy and Climate Change: Valuing Indigeneity and Sustainability

Submission Deadline Date: 31 December 2022

Overview of special issue

The adverse effects of climate change on communities have often been traced to modern urban-industrial economic systems. Previously often assuming that indigenous, local, and folk communities are unsustainable and non-functional in modernity, contemporary scholars are re-examining how these communities maintain their livelihoods within a circular economy and ways that the communities can reproduce and redefine themselves culturally, ethically, and economically.

Such studies have implications for nature-based solutions of maintaining green economic growth and increasing the resiliency and connectedness of modern societies for current and future industries and communities. Examples of applications include building awareness of a traditional community’s medical/scientific/ecological systems, folklife functions (e.g., cultivation methods, craftsmanship, apprenticeship systems, and foodways), and people- and planet-positive spiritualities (or worldviews) and practices, innovation, application, and pragmatism (e.g., recycling traditions, adaptive reuse of material culture, and conservation of natural resources). This endeavour seeks to apply modern environmental science, engineering, planning, economics, and policy studies alongside heritage, ethnology, folkloristics, and community studies to issues of local cultural capital, community-identified values, local knowledge systems, place-based economies, circular pathways, and locally valued nature-based actions.

As the impacts of climate change worsen, many people seek to understand Indigenous ways of living in harmony with the environment and experiencing a greater sense of connection and well-being, driving more significant interest in pro-environmental practices. The goal of the issue is to analyze sustainability and climate solutions in the light of the circular economy and indigeneity for past, present, and future generations.


  1. The editors invite papers exploring mutual relationships between humankind, heritage, economic system, and environment that benefit people, their communities, and non-human species.
  2. The editors are particularly interested in interdisciplinary collaborations that use the concept of circular economy to study biodegradable craftsmanship, storytelling, and customs that can help to cut waste, avoid pollution, avoid damaging nature, reuse materials, and protect and regenerate ecosystems, and promote social and emotional wellbeing.
  3. This issue seeks solutions to reduce the adverse effects of climate change to foster resilient livelihoods, good health, and wellbeing in indigenous, local, and folk communities for sustainable futures. The editors encourage submissions from all disciplines to study the concept of indigeneity, circular economy, climate solutions and sustainability that affects heritage, public policy, regional planning, engineering, geography, and economics in aligning with issues of SDGs.

List of topic areas

Contributions can include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Circular economy and climate solutions in city planning; 
  • Ecological restoration and engineering in climate solutions;
  • Nature-based Solutions, EbA, EbM and EbD risk reduction;
  • Climate strategies and management in heritage and folkloristics;
  • Circular Innovation and Investments for climate and agriculture;
  • Circularity and climate issues on Water, Land and Resources;
  • Environment positive tourism, slow tourism, and development;
  • Climate solutions in waste management and renewable energy;
  • Climate change impacts on community's health and adaptation;
  • Climate financing and innovation for energy production & policy;
  • Biodiversity resources recovery and regeneration in climate actions;
  • Climate adaptation and mitigation sensitizing local and national policy;
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Policies for circular economy and climate;
  • Inclusion of Indigenous knowledges in climate sustainability education and strategies; and
  • Associations between climate sustainability and human and multispecies wellbeing.

Submission information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available here.

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. 

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to "Please select the issue you are submitting to" select Circular Economy and Climate Change: Valuing Indigeneity and Sustainability. 
Scholars from eligible institutions can publish Open Access with an APC voucher. 
Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal

Key deadlines

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 31 December 2022

Guest editors

A/Professor M Abdullah Al Mamun I Associate Professor I Climate, Circularity, Sustainability, & Community (CCSC) research I Department of Folklore I Faculty of Social Science I University of Rajshahi I Rajshahi-6205 I Bangladesh I Email: [email protected]

A/Professor Karen McNamara I ARC Future Fellow I School of Earth and Environmental Sciences I Faculty of Science I The University of Queensland, Australia I Email: [email protected]

A/Professor Awais Piracha I Director of Academic Programme I Geography, Heritage, and Planning I School of Social Sciences I Western Sydney University, Australia I Email: [email protected]

Professor Melissa Haswell I Professor of Practice in Environmental Wellbeing I (Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor [Indigenous Strategy and Services] I Honorary Professor (School of Geosciences) I University of Sydney, Australia I Email: [email protected]

Distinguished Professor Simon J. Bronner I Dean, College of General Studies I University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA I Email: [email protected]