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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 783; doi:10.3390/su8080783

A Global Perspective on the Sustainable Performance of Urbanization

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School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China
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International Research Center for Sustainable Built Environment, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China
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Department of Building & Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Academic Editor: Patricia Romero-Lankao
Received: 13 March 2016 / Revised: 26 July 2016 / Accepted: 5 August 2016 / Published: 11 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Resilience and Urban Sustainability: From Research to Practice)
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Urbanization, particularly in developing countries, is a major strategy for development. However, major concerns accompany it, such as air pollution, habitat destruction, and loss of arable land. In responding to these challenges, governments throughout the world have been implementing various policy mechanisms to guide the practice of urbanization towards sustainable development. It appears that there is little research investigating the outcomes of those efforts in implementing sustainable urbanization strategies. This paper provides a profile of sustainable urbanization from a global perspective. Data used for this research cover 111 countries and are collected from the World Bank database and the United Nation database. A ranking list of sustainable performance of urbanization between these countries is produced and discussed. The study suggests that countries at different stages of urbanization have achieved different levels of sustainable performance. The research results provide significant references for future study in the field of urbanization from a global perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: urbanization; sustainable performance; indicators; global perspective; correlation analysis urbanization; sustainable performance; indicators; global perspective; correlation analysis
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Shen, L.; Shuai, C.; Jiao, L.; Tan, Y.; Song, X. A Global Perspective on the Sustainable Performance of Urbanization. Sustainability 2016, 8, 783.

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