Sustainability and its role in human well-being: A bibliometric analysis
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Department of Food Science and Nutrition, School of the Environment, University of the Aegean, Myrina, Greece
Department of the Environment, School of the Environment, University of the Aegean, Mitilini, Greece
Publication date: 2022-05-27
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Maria Gialeli   

Department of Food Science and Nutrition, School of the Environment, University of the Aegean, GR-81400, Lemnos, Myrina, Greece
Public Health Toxicol 2022;2(Supplement Supplement 1):A117
In recent decades, the importance of sustainability is increasing to various aspects of human well-being. Sustainability or Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on three main axes: the environment, the economy, and society. The scientific literature concerning sustainability is immense and thus applying bibliometric analysis and mapping techniques can be useful to study the development of the topic as well as its relations with food production and human nutrition.

Bibliometrix and VOSviewer were utilized to perform bibliometric analysis and construct bibliographic maps for the approximate 12000 review articles that were identified in the Scopus database. The goal of our research was to study the scientific interest on sustainability focusing on human well-being, to identify the most frequent keywords, the relations amongst them, and to detect the countries that had the greater impact.

The study showed that the connection between sustainability and environment has attracted the scientific highest interest. More topics are introduced in the field the last decade with increasing research on nutrition and health issues, primarily focusing on global food production and security. Food and nutrition topics are also related to climate change and policies that need to be adopted to eliminate hunger, as well as to sustainable agriculture. Furthermore, Europe, Asia and South America have an influential role in the evolution of the field, which is also supported by the main funding sources.

Sustainability is a significantly developing field, with a greater concern until now about environmental sustainability. Food security is also an important topic with an increasing rate of interest, mainly related to the second sustainable development goal as defined by the United Nations that refers to hunger. Finally, the last decade more topics are introduced on sustainability research with focus on human well-being and public health in general.

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