Sustainable Urban and Rural Development
A section of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Sustainable urban and rural development is about improving the quality of life in a locality, including ecological, cultural, political, institutional, social and economic components without leaving any burden—e.g., the result of a reduced natural capital and an excessive local debt—on future generations. In other words, prosperity and environmental sustainability of cities and towns are inextricably linked; therefore, human settlements can only maintain their prosperity when environmental and social objectives are fully integrated with economic goals.
Thematically, sustainable urban and rural development includes:
- Sustainable development in the urban context;
- Sustainable development in the regional and rural context;
- Planning for sustainable urban and rural futures;
- Impacts of human activities on natural systems;
- Ecological and urban and regional planning;
- Sustainable urban and rural infrastructure;
- Sustainable transportation systems;
- Sustainable communities;
- Climate change adaptation and mitigation;
- Ecosystem sustainability assessment;
- Ecological and urban indicators;
- Sustainable urban and rural technologies;
- Smart cities and communities.
Accordingly, this section is open for the following types of manuscripts covering the whole breadth of sustainable urban and rural development issues and concerns:
- research articles;
- conceptual articles;
- review articles;
- case studies;
In particular, contributions from early career researchers are welcome and propositions for Special Issues on a single, particular theme in the field of social ecology and sustainability.
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Climate Resilient Urban Development (Deadline: 30 March 2018)
- Community, Natural Resources, and Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary and International Dialogue (Deadline: 31 October 2017)
- Management Strategies and Innovations for Sustainable Construction (Deadline: 31 October 2017)
- Urban Water Management (Deadline: 31 January 2018)