Special Issue "Urban Land and Sustainable Development"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2015)
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
According to the 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects by UN DESA, urbanization could add another 2.5 billion people to the urban population by 2050, with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa. The largest urban growth will take place in India, China and Nigeria. This unprecedented increase in urban population not only poses challenges to providing urban jobs, housing, and infrastructure, but also exerts an increased pressure on urban land and sustainability. As land is a vital yet limited resource, sustainable management of urban land to cater to the needs of this growing urban population is seen as one of the key challenges for achieving an economically efficient, socially equitable, and environmentally safe society. A key tenet for sustainable economic development and smart growth is promoting sustainable urban land development and mitigating land use conflicts.
While a large body of literature has dealt with both land use and sustainable development, the study of the interactive effects of these two remains limited. We also need more sophisticated empirical studies examining processes, mechanisms, institutions, equity, and sustainability of urban land use. We also encourage efforts to develop new theories, new concepts and new methods to understand the myriad ways in which urban land and sustainable development correlate each other. This special issue examines patterns, structure, and dynamics of urban land development and sustainability from multiple perspectives, in various contexts and at multiple dimensions (economic, social, political, developmental, environmental, etc.). We welcome research articles that showcase the best examples to address theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues in urban land development and sustainability arising from globalization, urbanization and institutional change, as well as the underlying dynamics, constitutive processes, and the wider socio-economic implications of urban land use governance.
Potential topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:
• Urban land use: patterns, restructuring, and efficiency
• Urban land expansion: directions, structures, dynamics/trajectories, clustering/agglomeration/scaling/neighborhood effects, models
• Land development: globalization, development zones, mega projects, global(izing) cities, and “land grabs”, space/place/geography as agents
• Urban land use policy and governance; role of institutions
• Global-local: effects of globalization, land development and global change
• Urban land and economic/social/environmental equity and sustainability
• Sustainable land use and urban development policies and practices
• Drivers of urban development and land use change
• Methodology: ESDA, spatial regression, GWR, multi-agent based modeling, spatiotemporal dynamics, joint decision-making scenario analysis, etc.
We would like authors to address questions such as the following: what is the nature structure and trajectory of urban land expansion and development? What are the underlying mechanisms and the main drivers of urban land use change? What is sustainable urban land use in the context of increasing global urban population and climate change and how can it be achieved? What implications do the practices of urban land use have on sustainable development at the local, regional, and global scales? What are the governance and political processes? How to measure the roles of geography, contexts and institutions? How are urban land use and sustainability displayed in terms of convergence/divergence, dimension, scale and time? How do national and sub-national states understand and leverage their geographical endowments vis-a-vis globalization? How to use developments in GIS and big data to advance our knowledge? How can various forms of knowledge be integrated and how do they influence urban land governance processes? What are the theoretical and policy implications of the research?
Please keep in mind that papers selected for this special issue entitled “urban land and sustainable development” will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wider dissemination of research results, developments and applications. It is hoped that the outcomes of this issue will contribute to a broadening of the understanding of the spatial and temporal aspects of urban land use policies, processes, and practices and their intertwinement to sustainable development. We prefer theoretically guided, quantitatively oriented, empirical research. Each paper should consider the problem-oriented and application-oriented focus of the journal. The authors will complement deep and state-of-the-art conceptual and empirical analysis, and discuss the practical consequences of their findings as well as ways to translate them into policy measures.
Yehua Dennis Wei
Yehua Dennis Wei (Ph.D., UCLA) is professor in the Department of Geography and Institute of Public and International Affairs. He has many publications in leading journals in geography, urban studies/planning, and regional studies/science, such as Applied Geography (AG), Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Economic Geography, Landscape and Urban Planning, Progress in Human Geography, Urban Geography and Urban Studies. He has also edited eight journal special issues including China’s Restless Urban Landscapes I, II (Environment and Planning A, 2002) and Urbanization, Land Use and Sustainable Development in China (Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 2014). He has received excellence in research awards from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Association of American Geographer’s (AAG) Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group. His professional services include: advisor/panelist for the U.S. National Science Foundation, consultant to the World Bank, Chair of AAG’s China Geography, Asian Geography, and Regional Development & Planning specialty groups, and vice president of Chinese Professionals in Geographical Information Science.
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- Urban land use efficiency and equity
- Urban land use restructuring and clustering
- Drivers and trajectories of urban land expansion
- Institutions and urban land use change
- Urban land use, metropolitan development and global change
- Urban land and economic/social/environmental sustainability
- Sustainable land use policies and practices