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Special Issue "Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Villages Research: Rethinking Security, Safety, Well-being and Happiness"

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 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Anna Visvizi

School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece
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Interests: smart cities; migration; innovation networks; international business; political economy; economic integration; politics; EU, Central Europe, China
Guest Editor
Prof. Miltiadis D. Lytras

School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece
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Phone: +30 210 600 9800
Interests: cognitive computing; artificial intelligence; data science; bioinformatics; innovation; big data research; data mining; emerging technologies; information systems; technology driven innovation; knowledge management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It was a pleasure to have delivered a special issue on smart cities and smart villages research this Spring 2018 http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Smart_Cities. Building on our earlier work, drawing from our field research, and driven by a genuine concern about the process and the implications of the rapid depopulation of rural areas, in Summer 2017 we introduced the concept of smart village in the academic debate. At the time of the launch of this Special Issue, we were convinced that through the adoption of comprehensive integrative strategies geared toward socio-economic development and employing recent advances in information and communication technology, ways of navigating the challenge of rapid depopulation of urban areas will be identified. Indeed, papers included in this Special Issue not only contributed to the opening of new avenues of research but also triggered a lively debate on diverse aspects of well-being in urban and rural areas as they evolve. The excellent contributions from all over the world included in that Special Issue allowed us to disseminate the latest high quality, interdisciplinary research in the domains of urban computing, smart cities, and – most importantly – smart villages. Thanks to the Special Issue, the concept of smart villages has been firmly established in the academic and practitioners’ debate. As significant streamlining of research focus and delineation of the subject matter took place as well, a major break-through was attained in the nascent field of smart villages research. To capitalize on that work, today, the imperative is to move to the next stage of the debate.

To this end, the Guest Editors of this Special Issue seek papers that address, but are not limited to, the following issues and aspects related to the diverse aspects of socio-economic processes as they unfold in rural and urban areas and have a bearing on individuals’ security, safety, well-being, and happiness:

  • policy-design and policymaking for sustainable development in urban and rural areas
  • public-private partnerships and the development of strategies for sustainable rural and urban development
  • the role of multilateral forums, international organizations, and other in streamlining the debate
  • the role of the European Union (EU) in the debate on smart villages
  • comparative aspects of smart village and smart city research
  • comparative approaches
  • regional strategies
  • smart city technologies
  • smart village technologies
  • smart services’ provision in rural and urban areas
  • revitalization of rural areas through digital and social innovation
  • case-studies
  • conceptual approaches
  • micro-, mezzo-, and macro-strategies, incl. applications, tools, and systems
  • innovation networks in the context of smart village research
  • clusters in the context of smart village research
  • smart specialization in the context of smart village research

Prof. Anna Visvizi
Prof. Miltiadis D. Lytras
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.


  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Villages
  • Smart urban applications
  • Data Mining
  • Analytics
  • Cloud computing and open source technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic Growth
  • International migration
  • Forced migration
  • Smart Technologies
  • ICTs
  • Open Democracy
  • Open Government
  • Smart Education
  • Smart Innovation

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Open AccessArticle Exploring a Stakeholder Based Urban Densification and Greening Agenda for Rotterdam Inner City—Accelerating the Transition to a Liveable Low Carbon City
Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1927; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10061927
Received: 31 March 2018 / Revised: 25 May 2018 / Accepted: 27 May 2018 / Published: 8 June 2018
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Work on a liveable low carbon city has often been approached in a technocratic way, not linking to other disciplines and urban practices at a large scale. This paper explores a stakeholder based urban agenda for a more liveable low carbon city by
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Work on a liveable low carbon city has often been approached in a technocratic way, not linking to other disciplines and urban practices at a large scale. This paper explores a stakeholder based urban agenda for a more liveable low carbon city by densifying and greening with the case study of Rotterdam inner city. Rotterdam presents a unique European case with a modernistic inner city. Like many North American cities, the inner city for a long time mainly served as a business or shopping district with few inhabitants and few synergetic links between flows, urban functions, and areas. In line with other cities, Rotterdam aims to reduce carbon emissions and provide a high quality of life. To address this, the hypothesis ‘densifying and greening leads to a more sustainable inner city’, was tested and applied with stakeholders using transition management combined with urban data, modelling, and design. With sustainability indicators, geographic information system (GIS) mapping, and urban models, a baseline study was completed and expected outcomes were described and, where possible, validated in reality. The outcomes confirmed the stated hypothesis and showed that linking design, GIS mapping, and city data to transition management proved successful. Full article

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