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Special Issue "Urban Transformations Towards Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49 341 235 1237
Interests: urban transformations; demographic change; social vulnerability; socio-spatial differentiation
By the new millennium, we entered the urban age with more than 50% of the world’s population living in urban agglomerations. This value is expected to reach approximately 70% by 2050. Today, cities are already responsible for up to 80% of global energy consumption, as well as around 70% of global emissions. Due to this tremendous urbanization process, land-use patterns, resource use and livability, additionally provoked by demographic and climate change, are adjusting worldwide. Therefore, according to the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN urban transformations towards sustainability are inevitable. To foster these transformations a strong political commitment and new modes of governance are necessary. From the scientific point of view, a convincing conceptual backbone is needed accompanied by robust empirical data to provide solutions and support decision-making.
This Special Issue will portray a comprehensive approach of urban transformations towards sustainability including inter- and transdisciplinary research. Within this project we ask for results using a wide range of different and interlinked scientific methods from social- and natural sciences in addition to models. Scenarios are being implemented to assess different options for urban transformations that reflect efficient, livable and resilient cities. Building on this, indicators, instruments and test sites (e.g., urban living labs) to pursue sustainable development strategies are highly welcome, too. Experiences of exchange between scientists, urban stakeholders and decision makers from politics and industry shall illustrate the way to bridge the gap between academia and real-life environments. The goal of this special issue is to demonstrate outstanding research in order to provide different urban stakeholders with robust knowledge. This strongly includes context related hands-on solutions with addresses pressing questions impacting the daily life in cities (e.g., weather extremes, traffic collapse, affordable housing, migration streams, demographic change, environmental justice, urban health).
Prof. Dr. Sigrun Kabisch
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.
- Urban transformations
- Urban sustainability
- Resource efficiency
- Urban resilience
- Quality of life
- Environmental risks
- Governance options
- Urban land use
- Urban ecosystem services
- Social justice
- Environmental justice
- Urban health
- Healthy city