Special Issue "Understanding Human-Urban Environment Interactions Through Geolocated Social Media Data"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Human Geography and Social Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Pablo Marti
Guest Editor
Department of Building and Urban Planning, University of Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain
Interests: urban design; urban transformation; public space; urban growth; location-based social media; socio-spatial analytics
Dr. Leticia Serrano-Estrada
Guest Editor
Department of Building and Urban Planning, University of Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain
Interests: urban design; public space; socio-spatial analytics; location-based social media; human environment; human perception

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

While geolocation is the feature that allows one to relate human activity to urban places, social media enables individuals to virtually interact and share content about their whereabouts and activities in city spaces. Consequently, data from location-based social networks (LBSN) have raised and provided answers to interesting research questions related to urban and human dynamics as they bridge digital and real behavior in the use of city spaces.

Indeed, it has been over a decade since geolocated social media data first gained popularity among researchers as a source for understanding and assessing phenomena that characterizes urban reality. Furthermore, a wide range of scientific methods have sought to develop tools and strategies to better inform decisions for shaping urban environments that will promote the wellbeing of future generations, guaranteeing their sustainable growth and development.

This Special Issue aims to bring together research that contributes to this field of knowledge and advances the theoretical and empirical understanding of urban phenomena through LBSN sources. It welcomes contributions whose objectives are aligned with the following research scopes:

  • Aim to define novel methods and applications to approach city phenomena through social media sources;
  • Aim to provide up-to-date state of the art of the application of these sources to the study of city phenomena;
  • Aim to (critically) examine current limitations in the use of geolocated social media data for the study of the city and possible ways to overcome them;
  • Seek novel approaches to understand the perceptual aspects of the urban environment through LBNS sources;
  • Aim to monitor changes in the urban environment by studying phenomena at different points in time;
  • Aim to monitor urban transformation pre and post conditions through social media data;
  • Seek new methods to approach urban reality using LBSN sources in contrast to traditional ones;
  • Aim to characterize human–urban environment interactions through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • Aim to revisit traditional urban theories through social media-based studies;
  • Aim to define urban design-oriented strategies to ensure the sustainable development of cities.

Prof. Pablo Marti
Dr. Leticia Serrano-Estrada
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Urban activities
  • Urban sustainability
  • Social sustainability
  • Human perception of the urban environment
  • Social use of the urban space
  • Socio-spatiotemporal dynamics
  • Urban mobility
  • Monitoring urban dynamics
  • Geolocated social media
  • Location-based social networks

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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