Special Issue "Achieving Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development: Effective Governance, Policy and Practice"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
2. School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Interests: Sustainable urban development; inclusive urban upgrading; urban and territorial planning; city development strategies; urban environment; urban ecology; climate change and resilient cities; urban commons; cultural landscapes; urban landscapes and heritage; urban youth; public-private and multi-stakeholder partnerships; capacity development; urban management; collaborative urban governance; smart cities; metropolitan development and governance
Interests: Integrated urban water management; sanitation and waste management; municipal services and resilient infrastructure; strategic planning and institutional development; public-private partnerships; financing and market-based programming
Cities are the nexus of economic growth, demographic expansion, social inequality, and growing carbon emissions and pollution [1-3], and they act as urban commons . Environmental degradation, the worsening impacts of global warming, climate change, and the natural hazards and disaster risks expose urban vulnerability and ‘hot spots’ [5-6]. In response to these challenges, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (including the SDGs), the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction underline the importance of integrated approaches towards achieving sustainability and resilience [7-11]. These goals focus on improving the circular economy, environment, and equity and social inclusion, and require the design and implementation of innovative, smart, and green solutions . We consider ‘smart’ not necessarily to be high-tech but to be related to the development and application of technological and other solutions that are appropriate and affordable within the context in which they are proposed and applied .
Within this context, the overarching scope of this Special Issue, “Achieving Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development: Effective Governance, Policy and Practice,” offers an interdisciplinary platform to explore, present, and discuss new knowledge from around the world. We invite submissions that assess and analyze not only the latest advances towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 11 on inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and human settlements , but also on smart, healthy and liveable cities. Within the currently evolving context of global pandemic, we invite papers that envision cities of the future in the post Covid-19 world , with an accent on improved foresight, planning, policy and decision-making. We particularly welcome contributions that examine and/or review the latest findings and progress made with regard to the various dimensions of sustainable and resilient urban development.
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- United Nations (2017) New Urban Agenda. New York, NY: United Nations. Available at: http://habitat3.org/wp-content/uploads/NUA-English.pdf
- UNFCCC (2015) Paris Agreement. FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev1. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Available at: http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09r01.pdf
- United Nations (2015) Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. A/RES/69/313. Available at: https://www.un.org/esa/ffd/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/AAAA_Outcome.pdf
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- Sandhu, S.C.; Naik Singru, R.; Bachmann, J.; Vaideeswaran, S.; Arnoux, P. (2016) GrEEEn Solutions for Livable Cities; Asian Development Bank: Mandaluyong City, Philippines; ISBN 978-92-9257-350-8 (Print), 978-92-9257-351-5 (e-ISBN).
- Vinod Kumar T.M.; Dahiya B. (2017) Smart Economy in Smart Cities. In: Vinod Kumar T. (eds) Smart Economy in Smart Cities. Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements. Springer, Singapore, pp. 3-76. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1610-3_1
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Extraordinary Prof. Bharat Dahiya
Dr. Jonathan Parkinson
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- Sustainable urban development
- Urban resilience
- SDG 11
- Urban commons
- Inclusive urban development
- Urban infrastructure and services
- Strategic, physical and action planning
- Urban poverty
- Participatory urban upgrading
- Collaborative urban governance
- Multi-stakeholder and public-private partnerships
- Effective urban management
- Urban policy and practice
- Liveable cities
- Green growth
- Environmental Health
- Circular Economy
- Disaster risk reduction
- Peri-urban issues
- Smart cities
- Urban and territorial planning
- Southern and northern urban perspectives
- Migration and urban growth
- Urban geography
- Urban toolkits