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2nd Edition of Sustainable Cities: Environmental Regeneration for Healthier Lives

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2023) | Viewed by 2177

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UFP Energy, Environment and Health Research Unit (FP-ENAS), University Fernando Pessoa, 4249-004 Porto, Portugal
Interests: urban sustainability; nature-based solutions; air pollution, greenhouse gases emission and energy management; sustainable use of energy
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1. Human and Social Sciences Faculty, Fernando Pessoa University, 4249-004 Porto, Portugal
2. RISE–Health Research Network, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal
Interests: demography; family sociology; migrations; urban studies; life styles
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1. i3S—Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Universidade do Porto, Rua Alfredo Allen, 208, 4200-180 Porto, Portugal
2. INEB—Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica, Universidade do Porto, Rua Alfredo Allen, 208, 4200-180 Porto, Portugal
3. Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Rua Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: biomaterials with antimicrobial properties; infectious diseases; antimicrobial resistance mechanisms (ARM) and antimicrobial alternatives to ARM microorganisms; biofilms
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Interests: microbial food safety; virulence factors in food pathogens; Listeria monocytogenes and listeriosis; Campylobacter spp. and campylobacteriosis; microbial characterization; technological improvement of traditional foods; bioconservation agents; preservation of lactic acid bacteria
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Dear Colleagues,

The focus of this Special Issue (SI) is the regeneration of cities to promote healthier lives, a subject could not be more topical today. When we were invited to edit the 1st edition of this SI (31 December 2019), we had no means to foresee the darkness and complexity of the forthcoming period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Quickly, all over the world, cities’ streets became empty with a quietness that translated to global insecurity and uncertainty. However, as the world started to recover from the shock and to reorganize itself, the words “reset” and “regeneration” became commonplace. The recent pandemic proved that we need to regenerate our lives to promote resilience and adaptation, both individually and collectively, which means we must build sustainable ways of living. What makes a city attractive and resilient, allowing its inhabitants to flourish and fulfil their dreams while living a healthy and safe life? How do cities find ways to reconcile with nature? 

Currently, cities face several complex challenges, such as a dependence on imports of food, energy, water, and other basic needs from other territories, commuting and mobility, and urban sprawl, just to mention a few of the many emergent issues affecting cities. 

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight multidisciplinary research that provides precise and abridged diagnosis or that explores innovative ways to address the complexity of urban issues showcasing public or private initiatives, local experiences, and living labs in urban spaces. The twenty papers already published in the 1st edition of this Special Issue represent a portrait of urban regeneration’s complexity, as well as its multidisciplinary character. 

Contributions that focus on emergent issues of urban spaces based on environmental regeneration, urban health issues, and the promotion of wellbeing and public healthy lifestyles in cities are particularly welcome.

Dr. Gisela Marta Oliveira
Dr. Rui Leandro Maia
Prof. Dr. Maria Pia Ferraz
Dr. Paula Cristina Maia Teixeira
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Keywords

  • emergent issues in urban spaces
  • environmental health
  • urban health
  • food-borne illness
  • urban food production
  • cities metabolism and resources efficiency
  • sustainable transport
  • urban planning
  • regeneration of urban ecosystems
  • infrastructures design for a healthy city

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The Spatiotemporal Evolution and Influencing Factors of the Chinese Cities’ Ecological Welfare Performance
by Can Zhang, Jixia Li, Tengfei Liu, Mengzhi Xu, Huachun Wang and Xu Li
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(19), 12955; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912955 - 10 Oct 2022
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In the “full world” where natural capital is scarce, within the limits of the ecological environment, the improvement of welfare is a fundamental requirement for sustainable development. The ecological wellbeing performance (EWP) of 284 cities in China from 2007 to 2020 was measured [...] Read more.
In the “full world” where natural capital is scarce, within the limits of the ecological environment, the improvement of welfare is a fundamental requirement for sustainable development. The ecological wellbeing performance (EWP) of 284 cities in China from 2007 to 2020 was measured by the superefficient SBM-DEA model, considering undesirable output, and analyzing the evolutionary trends of overall comprehensive technical efficiency, pure technical efficiency, and scale efficiency. The Theil index was used to explore the source and distribution of the Chinese cities’ EWP differences. Exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) and the spatial Durbin model (SDM) were applied to analyze the spatial distribution characteristics and driving factors of cities’ EWP. The results showed the following: (1) Regarding spatial and temporal distribution, the EWP of Chinese cities showed a fluctuating upward trend, in which pure technical efficiency > scale efficiency. (2) Considering regional differences, the differences in cities’ EWP were mainly intraregional rather than interregional. The contribution rates of distinct regions to the differences in EWP varied, i.e., western region > eastern region > central region > northeastern region. (3) In terms of spatial correlation, China’s EWP showed positive spatial correlation, i.e., high–high agglomeration and low–low agglomeration. (4) Concerning influencing factors, the level of financial development, the structure of secondary industries, the level of opening-up, and the degree of urbanization significantly improved EWP. Decentralization of fiscal revenue significantly inhibited improvement of EWP. Decentralization of fiscal expenditure and technological progress had no significant impact on the EWP. In the future, to improve cities’ EWP, China should focus on reducing differences in intraregional EWP, overcoming administrative regional limitations, encouraging regions with similar locations to formulate coordinated development plans, promoting economic growth, reducing levels of environmental pollution, and paying attention to the improvement of social welfare. Full article
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