Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Consilience is "dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable development." It "aims to bring students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions in direct conversation with each other through an online, academically rigorous medium." The journal publishes "scholarly articles, opinion pieces, field notes, editorial columns and photo essays... providing a public platform for discussion... [hoping] to encourage a global community to think more broadly, thoroughly, and analytically about sustainable development." Run by both undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia University, the journal "draws submissions from across five continents, [... [having] published ...submissions from: Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, China, India, Malaysia, Palestine, Philippines, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and the United States of America." Over 50% of its submissions come from outside the United States.
The current issue, volume 16, 2016, offers the scholarly articles, "The Coastal Zone Management Act: A Mixed Success," "The Complementarity of Improving Quality of Life and Reducing Environmental Footprints in Urban Spaces: The Argument for ‘Hedonistic Sustainability,’" "Ontario’s Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act: Pious Aspirations or New Dawn?," "On the Emergence, Current State, and Future Perspectives of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)," and "A Systematic Evaluation of Environmental Discrimination with Sustainability Initiatives in India." Also to be found in this issue are the Opinion Piece, "A Critique on Current Paradigms of Economic ‘Growth’ and ‘Development’ in the Context of Environment and Sustainability Issues," the Field Note, "Performance Analysis of Off-Street Parking around the Central Business District of Akure Southwest Nigeria," and the Photo Essay, "Wild Bees in the City: Reimagining Urban Spaces for Pollinator Health." The journal site also features up to the minute Briefings notes, as well as tweets promoting the journal. Of interest to scholarly researchers in sustainable development.