ERL特刊精选|Archetypes of Sustainable Land Use and Governance

17 7月 2023 gabriels



  • Christoph Oberlack,瑞士伯尔尼大学
  • Simona Pedde,荷兰瓦赫宁根大学
  • Luigi Piemontese,瑞典斯德哥尔摩复原力中心
  • Diana Sietz,德国Thünen生物多样性研究所
  • Tomas Vaclavik,捷克帕拉茨基大学


Land use systems are pivotal for fostering necessary sustainability transformations at local to global scales. However, knowledge about effective strategies to foster sustainability transformations of land use systems currently remain dispersed among highly contextualized case studies. This Focus Issue consolidates archetypes of sustainable land use and governance in order to provide a state-of-the-art knowledge resource to transform land use systems towards sustainability across world regions.
Archetypes of (un)sustainable land use and governance depict patterns of factors and processes that commonly shape the (un)sustainability of land use systems across cases and contexts. The archetypes approach is a methodological approach to generalize knowledge from cases and case studies in context-sensitive ways (Magliocca et al. 2018, Oberlack et al. 2019) and to build middle-range theories of land use systems (Meyfroidt et al. 2018). Archetype analysis can draw on a portfolio of methods (Sietz et al. 2019) and design criteria (Eisenack et al. 2019). Insights into archetypes can transfer knowledge about solutions for sustainable development across contexts (Eisenack 2012, Vaclavik et al. 2016, Sietz et al. 2017, Rocha et al. 2020).

This Focus Issue will advance knowledge about archetypes of (un)sustainability in four thematic priority areas of land use systems:

  • telecoupled land systems
  • land governance
  • farming systems
  • interactions between land, food, climate and biodiversity (e.g. with reference to Sustainable Development Goals)

This Focus Issue will address four major frontiers in current research on archetype analysis and transformations to sustainable land use systems: (i) advance middle-range theories of land use change and sustainable land use systems; (ii) spark methodological innovations in archetype analysis (e.g. innovative mixed methods approaches, integrate pattern identification, diagnosis and scenario building approaches; innovative ways of validation); (iii) targeted insights into scaling and transfer of sustainable land solutions; (iv) inspire change agents for transformations towards sustainable land use systems.



Archetypes in support of tailoring land-use policies

Christoph Oberlack et al 2023 Environ. Res. Lett. 18 060202



Multi-tier archetypes to characterise British landscapes, farmland and farming practices

Cecily E D Goodwin et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 095002


Frontier metrics for a process-based understanding of deforestation dynamics

Matthias Baumann et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 095010


Archetypes of agri-environmental potential: a multi-scale typology for spatial stratification and upscaling in Europe

Michael Beckmann et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 115008


Taking stock of and advancing knowledge on interaction archetypes at the nexus between land, biodiversity, food and climate

Diana Sietz and Regina Neudert 2022 Environ. Res. Lett.17 113004


Investing in sustainable intensification for smallholders: quantifying large-scale costs and benefits in Uganda

Luigi Piemontese et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 045010


A data-driven methodological routine to identify key indicators for social-ecological system archetype mapping

Manuel Pacheco-Romero et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 045019


Validity and validation in archetype analysis: practical assessment framework and guidelines

Luigi Piemontese et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 025010


Talking about trees: the territorial classification of native forests in the Argentinian Chaco

M G Ceddia et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 025012


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