Special Issue "Urban Health and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2020).
Interests: geo-health; sustainability indicators; public participation; interactive planning support systems; collaborative planning
Interests: environmental justice; healthy urban development; community health; indicators
Urban health and sustainability are two sides of the same coin. Both aim at integrating different sectors and disciplines, and have a strong focus on the local-level concerning interventions and strategies. While sustainability originates from the urgent need to consider the environmental and social implications of development, a contemporary understanding of urban health incorporates the social and environmental factors that determine healthy living conditions in cities. Furthermore, both concepts are complimentary to each other. The concept of sustainability works as a vision providing a long-term perspective of urban development, while the concept of urban health is rather analytical and outcome oriented, providing a framework, for example, for studying cumulative and multiple burdens, and taking the social vulnerability of individuals and communities into account.
Given these similarities and complementarities, a stronger integration of the two concepts in research and practice is apparently needed. Improving the urban health and sustainability of cities worldwide raises complex questions that are best addressed through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches, for which citizen engagement, empowerment, and public participation are crucial. In order to better understand the complexity of urban dynamics, systems thinking approaches might be promising. Moreover, multi-level strategies combining interventions from a national to local level are required. Finally, a proper evaluation of the impacts, from interventions and strategies aiming at urban health and sustainability, is needed.
This Special Issue aims to promote innovative case-studies, concepts, methods, and tools that aim at integrating urban health and sustainability. In line with the context and aims outlined above, we invite original research contributions on the following topics (may be extended):
• Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches and studies integrating urban health and sustainability issues;
• Innovative geospatial and participatory approaches of the co-creation of data and knowledge on urban health and sustainability in cities;
• Studies on indicators as a basis for interventions in healthy urban and/or sustainable development;
• Studies on cumulative burdens and health-related inequalities;
• Meaningful involvement of citizens or stakeholder in local decision procedures;
• Evaluation of interventions in the fields of urban health and/or sustainability.
Dr. Johannes Flacke
Prof. Dr. Heike Köckler
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.
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- Urban health
- Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
- Stakeholder participation
- Cumulative impacts
- Multiple burden