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Special Issue "Built Environment, Human Health and Well-Being in a Transitional World"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2023 | Viewed by 155

Special Issue Editors

Department of Geography, University of Caen, UMR CNRS IDEES, Caen, France
Interests: environment-health relationships; spatial analysis; geomatics
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CIRAD, CIHEAM-IAMM, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), IRD, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Interests: environment-health relationships; health inequalities; geography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many rich and diversified studies have flourished in recent years for exploring the relationships between the built environment and health, well-being, health-related behaviors and health inequalities. Strong evidence has been provided revealing the significant influence of the built environment (urban form, design, density and diversity in particular) on active mobility, eating habits, air quality, noise, and consequently on health and well-being. This topic is intrinsically interdisciplinary, involving, e.g., geographers, urban planners, epidemiologists, economists, engineers, and still needs more and more attention from scholars for better disentangling these complex and interrelated links and providing relevant, efficient and manageable public health recommendations. Cities worldwide should consider human health and well-being as a major part of the integrated and sustainable urban system in their coming planning policies, and scholars have an important role to play in these transformations, as advisors.

We welcome in this issue any original studies contributing to raising our understanding of the relationships between the built environment and human health worldwide, and its impact on health inequalities whether from theory or data-driven perspectives. Studies can be based on transversal, longitudinal or experimental data. Methodological papers dealing with comparisons of such protocols, exposition measure issues, or spatial heterogeneity and causality modeling, are also willingly welcomed. 

Prof. Dr. Thierry Feuillet
Dr. Hélène Charreire
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 2200 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.


  • built environment
  • health
  • well-being
  • physical activity
  • active mobility
  • nutritional behaviors
  • environmental exposure (air quality, noise level)
  • urban planning
  • cities

Published Papers

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