About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Sustainability has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds.

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, soil science, 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: 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. 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.


Associate Editor: Aimee Guha Roy

Aimee joined Nature Sustainability in April 2018 as an Associate Editor. She handles manuscripts from engineering, technology, chemistry, nanomaterials, energy, pollution, and physical science. Before joining Nature Research, Aimee was a consultant for Trinity Consultants in Oklahoma, USA, where she assisted a wide variety of manufacturing and energy production facilities in complying with air, water, and waste regulations. Much of this work involved calculating air pollutant emissions for a variety of industrial machinery and processes and performing regional air quality modelling. Aimee’s DPhil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford focused on reactor design and modelling to increase the production of algal biodiesel. She has an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, where she researched phytoremediation of petroleum-contaminated surface soils. Aimee has a BS degree in Chemistry, with a specialization in environmental chemistry. She also holds BS degrees in Biology and Mathematics. Aimee is based in the London office.