Special Issue "Sustainable Mega-Events"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Eva Kassens-Noor
Michigan State University, 201E Human Ecology, 552 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA
E-Mail: ekn@msu.edu
Phone: +1 517 432 8085
Interests: transport planning for extreme events; urban planning and policy during rapid urban change processes; international planning; disaster prevention and recovery; emergency preparedness

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ephemeral mega events and sustainability seem to be paradoxes. Despite their short lifetime, the planning, preparing, and staging of mega events create opportunities to shape sustainable legacies. Whether tangible or intangible, they affect host countries and their cities for several decades. In short, mega events can be watershed moments to introduce sustainable practices that fundamentally alter every day life of residents post event. In this special issue of Sustainability, we will explore best practices to create “Sustainable Mega-Events”, including but not limited to sustainable practices while hosting a mega event, sustainable legacies, and sustainable planning approaches. We encourage authors to submit original manuscripts addressing the triple bottom line of economic efficiency, environmental stewardship and social equity as review or research articles using quantitative and/or qualitative analyses. This special issue intends to highlight best practices, point out potential pitfalls and identify lessons learned as we move into an era, in which mega events have become powerful political tools to reshape urban agendas.

Dr. Eva Kassens-Noor
Guest Editor


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  • mega event
  • legacy
  • planning

Published Papers (4 papers)

by , ,  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(12), 5225-5248; doi:10.3390/su5125225
Received: 13 September 2013; in revised form: 31 October 2013 / Accepted: 21 November 2013 / Published: 9 December 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(9), 3926-3940; doi:10.3390/su5093926
Received: 22 July 2013; in revised form: 28 August 2013 / Accepted: 5 September 2013 / Published: 16 September 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(8), 3581-3600; doi:10.3390/su5083581
Received: 10 June 2013; in revised form: 23 July 2013 / Accepted: 5 August 2013 / Published: 20 August 2013
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by  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(8), 3526-3542; doi:10.3390/su5083526
Received: 28 June 2013; in revised form: 8 August 2013 / Accepted: 12 August 2013 / Published: 16 August 2013
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Last update: 19 July 2012

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