Call for Papers on the Special Issue of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews -- Advanced life-cycle modeling of energy and agroecosystems

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

Call for Papers: Special Issue in advanced life-cycle modeling of energy and agroecosystems

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Life cycle assessment (LCA) has become a major approach to evaluate product- and sector-level environmental sustainability. However, current practices of LCA are dominated by conventional models such as process-based LCA. These models are retrospective in nature, focus narrowly on product supply chain, and rest on some restrictive assumptions like linearity. Thus, they may not capture the complexity of socioeconomic systems and fall short of decision support. A good example is early bioenergy LCAs, which failed to account for a critical impact of bioenergy expansion (i.e., indirect land use change) owing to the inherent limitations of the conventional LCA models. Such limitations have been increasingly recognized in the LCA community, prompting researchers to develop novel models or incorporate other models, such as system dynamics, into the LCA framework to improve its modeling of our socioeconomic system and to better understand the environmental consequences of decision making.

The nature of LCA modeling is changing, and the aim of this Virtual Special Issue (VSI) is to push forward and strengthen the waves of change. Specifically, the VSI invites case studies of energy and agroecosystem that incorporate the following models into the LCA framework:

  • System dynamics (SD),
  • Partial equilibrium analysis (PEA),
  • Computable general equilibrium (CGE),
  • Agent-based modelling (ABM),
  • Linear and non-linear optimization,
  • Econometric models,
  • And other types of advanced modelling for energy systems and agroecosystem

The VSI also invites critical reviews of:

  • Advanced LCA modelling, such as integration of SD and LCA;
  • LCA applications in energy and agroecosystems from a modeling perspective (e.g., consequential versus attributional);
  • Advances in economics or other social disciplines that provide insights for the future development of LCA methodologies.

The VSI also welcomes case studies and critical reviews, of the types required above, that address questions directly linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Note that per RSER, “Case studies and new technology analyses must have a significant review element, which may take the form of a critique, comparison, or analysis.” For example, a case study submitted to this VSI that integrates SD and LCA can have a section that reviews past work on how SD has been applied in LCA studies.

All papers submitted to this VSI must meet RSER’s requirements, including scope, length, and language. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at:

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EES):

Authors must select “VSI: Advanced LCA” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the editors.

Editor in Chief:

Dr. Aoife Foley

Guest editors:

Prof Bhavik Bakshi, Ohio State University

Prof Massimo Pizzol, Aalborg University

Prof Qingshi Tu, University of British Columbia

Prof Yuan Yao, Yale University

Dr Yi Yang, Dartmouth College (VSI Managing Editor)

Important dates:

Online submission open: 1st February 2021

Full paper submission deadline: 31st March 2021

Final decision notification: 31st July 2021

Publication: 30th September 2021