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Special Issue "Climate Resilient Urban Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Darryn McEvoy

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
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Interests: urban resilience; climate change adaptation; vulnerability and risk assessments; community-based adaptation; communicating climate risks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urbanization and a changing climate are two of the most significant challenges facing societies in the coming years and decades. With over 50% of the world’s population now living in towns and cities, trends towards increasing urbanization are likely to continue into the future as people look to cities for improved employment, health, and educational opportunities. However, these inter-related challenges are proving particularly acute for those parts of the world that are experiencing rapid urbanization and have limited institutional capacity to respond. In many cities in the developing world for instance, urbanization rates are leading to the growth of informal settlements in cities and surrounding areas, and the creation of ‘urban poor’ communities that are well-documented as being especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate-related hazards. These vulnerabilities will be further amplified by a changing climate into the future.

This Special Issue on climate resilient urban development provides both academic and practical evidence drawn from across the world to highlight how the interface of climate and development stressors is impacting the continued sustainability of contemporary urban systems in different geographical contexts, and how cities—and their communities—are responding to these climate resilience and development challenges in new and innovative ways.

Suggested topics for this special issue include:

- Conceptual or applied papers on urbanization and global environmental change (linkages between development/DRR/climate change adaptation);
- Vulnerability/risk assessments;
- Resilience planning;
- Adaptation strategies for heat/flood/drought etc in the urban environment;
- Planning for, and responding to, extreme events;
- Community-based adaptation and issues of equity;
- Links between land tenure and climate vulnerability;
- Climate resilient buildings and infrastructure;
- Food, water and energy security in a changing climate;
- Development economics (in the context of climate change);
- Public-private initiatives;
- Urban governance for climate resilience.

Prof. Dr. Darryn McEvoy
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Urbanization
  • Development
  • Climate change
  • Resilience
  • Informal settlements
  • Adaptation
  • Adaptive capacity
  • Governance
  • Participation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Unpacking the Pacific Urban Agenda: Implementation Challenges and Opportunities for Enhancing Urban Resilience
Authors: Kiddle L., D. McEvoy, D. Mitchell, P. Jones and S. MeCartney
Abstract: Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are often cited as being the most vulnerable to the future impacts of a changing climate. Furthermore, being located in the ‘Pacific Rim of Fire’, PICs have long been exposed to the impacts of a range of natural and climate-related extreme events - such as earthquakes and cyclones - and are considered to be amongst the most vulnerable countries to natural disasters. The physical vulnerability of Pacific towns and cities is further exaggerated by development deficits, geographical isolation, weak governance, and complex issues of land tenure.
This paper, based on substantive project experience in the Pacific region by each of the authors, reviews the resilience challenges facing Melanesian cities in the context of rapid urbanization and global environmental change. It then sets this in the context of the global ‘New Urban Agenda’ which was launched at Habitat III in Quito at the end of 2016, setting out the critical implementation challenges and opportunities for enhancing urban resilience in the Pacific.

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