A team of doctoral fellows from the Graham Sustainability Institute, including EEB graduate student Susan Cheng, has launched the Michigan Journal of Sustainability. The online, open-access periodical is designed to make academic sustainability research easier to understand and use.
The new resource, which provides translated, peer-reviewed articles about a wide variety of sustainability subjects, aims to appeal to readers from a broad range of specialties and backgrounds, with papers edited to be intelligible to non-academics, concerned citizens and others reading outside their own area of expertise.
"This journal fills an important and underserved niche of translating complex interdisciplinary research into a practical form that stakeholders, practitioners and policymakers can use to better understand sustainability challenges," said Professor Don Scavia, director of the Graham Sustainability Institute, which sponsored the journal's development. "It was planned with real-world applications in mind."
Hosted on Michigan Publishing's platform for scholarly journals, the free publication is the result of two years of planning by seven Graham Sustainability Doctoral Fellows from multiple disciplines at the university. Reflecting the fellows' diverse backgrounds and the cross-disciplinary work of the institute, subjects covered in the first volume include climate change adaptation, environmental justice, green cities and hydraulic fracturing.
New volumes of the journal will be published once a year, with articles typically fitting within three broad themes: sustainable freshwater systems, livable communities, and climate variability and change. Later this fall, researchers will have the opportunity to submit content to the journal's editorial board for possible inclusion in the second volume. Rachel Cable (EEB Master's '12) has an article in the journal.