About the Editors
Chief Editor: Monica Contestabile
Monica joined the company in 2011 as a Senior Editor at Nature Climate Change. She was the first social science editor at Nature Research. She has handled original research and review articles across the entire breadth of social sciences, and interdisciplinary articles integrating natural and social science disciplines in the context of climate and global environmental change. In 2015 she moved to Nature, where she served as Senior Strategy Editor developing the company’s editorial and publishing strategy about sustainability, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Sustainability in 2016. Monica completed her doctoral studies in environmental and development economics at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy; she then held a visiting professor position at University Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, and subsequently joined the sustainable consumption team at WWF-UK where she gained invaluable experience about the challenges of bridging the gap between research and policy domains. Monica is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: William R. Burnside
Bill joined Nature Sustainability in March 2017 as an Associate Editor. He handles manuscripts from ecology, other life science, biogeography, biogeochemistry, agronomy, oceanography, and anthropology. Before joining Nature Research, Bill was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), in Annapolis, Maryland, working on macroecological approaches to sustainability science. Bill majored in Human Biology at Stanford University and holds an M.S. in Natural Resources & Environment from the University of Michigan. His PhD, in Biology from the University of New Mexico, focused on the metabolic basis of ecological patterns and processes, primarily focused on human use of space, resources, and energy but also including the metabolic ecology of insects and other small ectotherms. Much of this work has been interdisciplinary and has involved collaborations with anthropologists and computer scientists. Bill is based in the New York office.
Associate Editor: Xujia Jiang
Xujia joined Nature Sustainability in March 2017. She handles manuscripts from environmental science and technology, atmospheric science, environmental health, hydrology, civil engineering and industrial ecology. Prior to joining Nature Research, Xujia completed her postdoctoral studies at Tsinghua University where she developed interdisciplinary research on the relationship among air pollution, human health and socioeconomic development. Xujia has a degree in Environmental Engineering from Donghua University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Peking University where she studied the environmental behaviours of nanoparticles in aquatic systems. After graduation, she worked for a governmental research institute on climate change at the Development and Reform Commission in China where she gained significant insights into the socioeconomic and policy dimensions of environmental issues. Xujia is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Aiora Zabala
Aiora joined Nature Sustainability in March 2017 as Associate Editor. She handles manuscripts from environmental policy, economics, international development, political science, and psychology as well as geography and GIS, and soil science. Before joining Nature Research, Aiora was teaching associate of environmental economics and statistics at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) and research consultant at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), working at the interface between farm-based livelihoods and conservation. Aiora studied Environmental Sciences and doctoral courses in Ecological Economics, both at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and she holds an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, focused on motivations and incentives for sustainable land-use practices in the tropical forest frontier. Aiora is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Ryan M. Scarrow
Ryan joined Nature Research in March 2017 as an Associate Editor serving both Nature Sustainability and Nature Plants. He handles manuscripts from sociology, anthropology, demography, urban studies, science & technology studies, water & society, and the humanities. Before joining Nature Research, Ryan received his PhD in sociology from the Ohio State University with a focus on the political economy of water scarcity across cities in the American West. Ryan has a degree in history from the University of Kansas and studied also at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. His interests cover a broad range of areas pertaining to sustainability & culture, socio-ecological resilience, urban systems, and the history, theory, and philosophy of social organization and the environment. Ryan is based in the London office.
In addition to its team of dedicated editors, Nature Sustainability has an external advisory panel to keep abreast of significant research developments in most relevant fields. All final editorial decisions are made by the journal's editors. Our advisory panel includes the following members:
Shahzeen Z. Attari
Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington
Edward B. Barbier
Professor of Economics and Senior Scholar, School of Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University
Christopher B. Barrett
Stephen B. & Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, International Professor of Agriculture, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Cornell University
Professor of Social Sciences, Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter
Stephen R. Carpenter
Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation, Kering group
Professor of Sustainable Development, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology and the Earth Institute, Columbia University
Reader in Engineering Sustainability, Engineering Department, Cambridge University
Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Department of Economics, Department of Sociology, Duke University
Professor in Climate Change Economics, School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Lead economist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
Professor of Gerontology, The Oxford Institute of Population Aging, University of Oxford
Professor in Water Management, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente
Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem, Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London
Richard B. Norgaard
Professor of Energy and Resources, Energy & Resources Group, University of California Berkeley
Stephanie D. Preston
Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
Denny Chair Professor of Science Technology & Environmental Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Executive Director, Sustainable Economy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Scientia Professor, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, University of New South Wales
Karen C. Seto
Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
Reader in International Development, Department of International Development, King’s College, London
Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine