Special Issue "Sheltering and Housing Displaced Populations"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Amy Javernick-Will
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
Interests: Disaster Recovery;Disaster Resiliency;Disaster Risk Reduction; Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements; WASH;Global Engineering; Knowledge Management; Engineering Education
Dr. Aaron Opdyke
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Guest Editor
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney
Interests: Disaster Risk Reduction; Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements; Informal Settlements; Housing; Disaster Recovery; Infrastructure Resilience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue seeks contributions focusing on sheltering and housing in post-disaster settlements. We seek contributions that bridge the humanitarian–development nexus, from pre-disaster resiliency to emergency and temporary shelter, to the long-term development of sustainable housing and settlements. We are interested in contributions which unpack issues of sheltering and housing accessibility, affordability, safety, sustainability, and the associated environmental, social, and economic issues facing displaced populations. We also seek manuscripts which analyze the intersection of built infrastructure systems in post-disaster settlements, such as water, sanitation, power, drainage, and transportation. Contextually, we welcome manuscripts that address response to all types of disasters and conflict.

Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer-review process with the aim of the rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Prof. Dr. Amy Javernick-Will
Dr. Aaron Opdyke
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 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 1700 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.


  • shelter
  • housing
  • settlements
  • displaced populations
  • humanitarian response
  • disaster risk reduction
  • disaster recovery
  • emergency management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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