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Special Issue "Resilient, Sustainable and Smart Cities: Emerging Trends and Approaches"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ernesto D.R. Santibanez-Gonzalez

Universidad de Talca, Chile
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Interests: sustainable supply chain; sustainable operations management; operations research; logistics; last-mile supply chain; energy aware modelling; carbon capture and sequestration; low carbon economy; circular economy; smart and sustainable cities; game theory
Guest Editor
Prof. Olga Battaia

ISAE-Supaero, Toulouse, France
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Interests: reverse supply chains; sustainable manufacturing; combinatorial optimization; decision support systems; optimal design of production lines
Guest Editor
Prof. Ana Paula Barbosa-Póvoa

Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
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Interests: supply chain management; operations management; logistics; systems engineering
Guest Editor
Dr. Lei Zhu

School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing, China
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Interests: energy investment assessment; impact analysis of climate change; energy and climate technology evaluation; real option analysis; game theory, and stochastic programming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is open to researchers from around the world, interested in the development and applications of advanced quantitative approaches to address important issues and problems that arise in the area of Resilient, Sustainable and Smart Cities; in particular, in a setting of global climate change. We aim to publish cutting-edge research, both theoretical and empirical, which analyzes emerging trends and new approaches for supporting complex decisions in the urban–city arena. We expect that submissions will come partially from selected papers presented at the 2nd Global Conference on Theory and Applications of Operations Research/Operations Management Approaches for Sustainability, which will take place in September, 2017, in Beijing, China. Some of the topics of interest, while not exhaustive, include the following:

  • - Emerging trends in last-mile distribution problems in future cities;
  • - Approaches for disaster management in urban areas;
  • - Efficient waste management in cities;
  • - Making a low-carbon economy work in future cities;
  • - Trends in public and freight transportation for sustainable cities;
  • - Quantitative approaches for supporting a smart city;
  • -  Impacts of circular economy approaches on cities

Dr. Ernesto D.R. Santibanez-Gonzalez
Prof. Olga Battaia
Prof. Ana Paula Barbosa-Póvoa
Dr. Lei Zhu
Guest Editors

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.


  • resilient city
  • sustainable, smart city
  • low carbon economy
  • operations research
  • quantitative models and methods
  • operations management
  • logistics
  • supply chain

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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