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New Challenges in Sustainable Infrastructure Projects

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 159

Special Issue Editors

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Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB), University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, Australia
Interests: construction management; project management; social procurement; sustainability; infrastructure development; project performance

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Built Environment, School of Design and Built Environment, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Kirinari St, Bruce, ACT 2601, Australia
Interests: building information modelling; sustainable building; digital design and construction
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School of Built Environment-Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Interests: interdisciplinary design management; lean design and construction management; infrastructure; retrofitting for resilience and adaptation in the built environment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The infrastructure sector is grappling with significant challenges and is in urgent need for reform to prioritize, plan, and deliver major projects for sustainable infrastructure. In the face of the advancements in technology and growing environmental and social priorities, the infrastructure sector is undergoing significant transformations. This dynamic evolution introduces new challenges and opportunities, demanding a re-evaluation of traditional practices to ensure sustainability. The integration of innovative materials, sustainable design approaches, renewable energy, effective project management, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics are essential in addressing these challenges. Understanding these complex dynamics is essential for developing resilient and sustainable infrastructure systems that can withstand the pressures of rapid urbanization, labor and resource shortages, and the impacts of climate change.

This Special Issue concerning "New Challenges in Sustainable Infrastructure Projects" aims to bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical applications in infrastructure development. It aligns with the journal's focus on innovative, interdisciplinary approaches that contribute to the advancement of sustainability and sustainable development. Through examining the interplay between new technologies, project management strategies, and sustainability principles in infrastructure, this Issue aims to offer insights that can influence policy decisions and reshape industry standards.

Contributions to this Special Issue are invited across a broad range of themes, which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The practical challenges and opportunities in enriching the sustainability of the designing, planning, and delivery of infrastructure such as practical challenges in measuring and monitoring carbon emissions, measuring and monitoring sustainable initiatives in achieving compliance with the ratings of sustainability bonds…etc.
  • Effective project management techniques and methods that promote sustainability in infrastructure planning and delivery.
  • Renewable energy and the impact on sustainable infrastructure development.
  • Green and blue infrastructure development and their benefits.
  • The role of AI and big data in optimizing design and operational efficiencies.
  • Strategies for enhancing climate resilience in infrastructure projects.
  • Socio-economic considerations in infrastructure planning and implementation.
  • Strategies to support growth, develop communities, and mitigate the risks of cost blowouts.
  • Reforms needed for delivering major projects efficiently.

We invite submissions of original research articles and comprehensive reviews that explore these themes, contributing to the ongoing discourse on the challenges and innovations in sustainable infrastructure.

We look forward to your contributions.

Dr. Suhair Zaid Alkilani
Dr. Saeed Banihashemi
Dr. Mona Abd Al-Salam
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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 semimonthly 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 2400 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.


  • sustainable infrastructure
  • green and blue infrastructure
  • climate resilience
  • project management
  • environmental sustainability in infrastructure
  • urban sustainability
  • socio-economic impacts
  • artificial intelligence and big data analytics
  • measuring and monitoring sustainability initiatives
  • carbon emissions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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