Special Issue "Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: The Role of People"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2017)
Professor Harini Nagendra
Azim Premi University, PES Institute of Technology Campus, Pixel Park, B Block, Electronics City, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560100, India
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Interests: protected areas; landcover change in South Asia; urban landscape ecology; remote sensing for biodiversity assessment; local institutions and social interviews
The 21st century is the era of urbanization, and cities and urban areas will be essential to transitions towards greater global and local sustainability. Urban areas constitute particularly challenging contexts for sustainability, given their high ecological footprints, population densities, social fragmentation, inequity and poverty, and teleconnections, which generate vulnerabilities to changes in distant parts of the world. We welcome submissions that evaluate the role of urban areas and the impact of urbanization on sustainability, exploring a range of issues that include (but are not limited to) climate change, energy and resource use, urban metabolism, land change, rural-urban migrations, globalization and teleconnections, urban ecology, urban social-ecological systems and urban sustainability education. Papers can be empirical or theoretical in focus. We especially invite submissions that examine urban sustainability from lesser-known contexts, such as from smaller cities and towns, shrinking urban areas, and cities of the global South, and papers that go beyond a disciplinary focus to look at inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary studies. However, we also welcome disciplinary papers and research that focuses on mega-cities and cities of the global North, which provide advances in our understanding of urban sustainability issues.
Prof. Dr. Harini Nagendra
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- urban Sustainability
- urban education
- urban ecology
- urban metabolism
- urbanization and land change
- rural-urban migration
- globalization and teleconnections
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: Bridging Adaptation to Climate Change and Urban Development across City Scales for Sustainability of Kampala
Authors: Shuaib Lwasa*, Kareem Buyana*, Peter Kasaija*, Job Mutyaba*, Hakiimu Sseviri*, Gloria Nakyagaba Nsangi*, Teddy Kisembo*, Disan Byarugaba*
Abstract: The fast-paced urbanisation and related problems of pollution, land degradation and climate change impacts have put the lives of urban populations especially the urban poor at high risk. Facing the reality of dealing with the effects of climate change and coupled with the inherent development challenges, cities are also now considered as having a potential for solutions to adapt and mitigate climate change. Cities are also challenged by transitioning to sustainability pathways in view of the intertwining problems of climate change, development deficits and disaster risk. This calls for finding scalable solutions to the challenges for sustainable urban development. There are currently few comprehensive examples of implementation strategies that link development with adaptation and mitigation as well as disasters risk reduction, the consequence of which creates risks of undermining years of development achievements. Drawing the line between adaptation to climate change and development adds another layer of complexity especially in least developed countries such as Uganda. But there are some disparate successes of interventions, which require linking up in an integrated manner but also scaling up across city spatial scales for sustainability. Learning by doing is one dimension but shared experiences and adapting such to local contexts is critical for urban sustainability. Likewise knowledge co-generation is now being vigorously tested with networks emerging to enable exchange of good ideas, practices and skills as well as practical action for local authorities to transition towards urban sustainability. Kampala faces many urban development challenges compounded by climate change related impacts of flooding, pollution and health issues. Evidence from early initiatives indicates that dealing with such problems and challenges can benefit from co-generation of knowledge and shared experiences, which could lead to identifiable pathways to sustainability. Knowledge has been generated by different actors on urban development issues but such is rarely shared nor are the good practices and lessons widely accessible to enable adoption, reducing risk, adaptation by the urban local authorities and national governments. Nor are these good practices integrated for urban sustainability. This paper attests to evidence of good practices, and potential to transition towards urban sustainability for inclusive, resilient and safe cities. The paper examines a possible strategic move for bridging local to citywide linkages of adaptation, risk reduction measures and urban development.
Keywords: development deficits, urban, sustainability, risk reduction, adaptation to climate change