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Special Issue "Building Regional Sustainability in Urban Agglomeration: Theories, Methodologies, and Applications"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).
Interests: urban ecology; regional sustainability; low carbon city and transport planning; urban and regional material; energy metabolism
Interests: Material and energy flow analysis; Industrial Ecology; Urban metabolism; Circular economy; Sustainable resource and waste management; Critical infrastructure and built environment stocks; Complexity and linkages of sustainability
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Interests: environmental impact assessment; sustainability; Green-based solutions; urban studies; remote sensing
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This Special Issue focuses on a systematic and holistic investigation of urban agglomeration (UA) studies with respect to theory, method, and application. It fits well into the enduring research scopes of urbanization, landscape change, urban planning, complexity science, and the emerging scopes of urban ecology, socio-environmental impacts and management, data-intensive science, and sustainability science. The goals of this Special Issue are to:
- Develop theoretical foundations and methodological frameworks for contemporary UA studies.
- Deepen our understanding of spatial patterns and driving mechanisms of UA.
- Explore space-time complexity in UA to achieve regional sustainability.
- Investigate interactions between human activities and socio-ecological impacts associated with UA.
- Provoke implications for the sustainable planning and management of UA with respect to urbanization processes and socio-ecological impacts.
In the past few decades, a series of studies on UA have been conducted by geographers, economists, and urban planners in developed and developing countries. These UA studies are summarized in terms of concept delimitation, spatial patterns and structures, driving mechanism, and sustainability assessment. As global urbanization tends to shift from developed countries to developing economies, attention on UA becomes globalized. While most early studies on UA were conducted at conceptual or theoretical level, later or recent investigations focus on spatial patterns, driving mechanism, and their resulting impacts that affect sustainable development. Human knowledge about the genesis, trajectories, driving forces, socio-environmental impacts of UA, however, often lags behind their rapid urbanization process and remains limited. The Special Issue will enrich the knowledge of, and thus greatly facilitate, sustainable planning and management of UA regionally and globally. Further, we will target on the identification and evaluation of strengths and limitations in existing theories, methods, and applications of UA, so as to develop an overarching framework to guide the UA study into an emerging research frontier.
Dr. Ji Han
Prof. Gang Liu
Dr. Daniele La Rosa
Dr. Xia Li
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- urban agglomeration
- regional sustainability
- human-nature interaction
- socio-ecological impacts
- space-time complexity
- sustainable planning and management