Special Issue "Healthy Urban Design"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. David Rojas-Rueda
Guest Editor
Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
Interests: environmental epidemiology; health impact assessment; risk assessment; burden of disease; public health; health in all policies; sustainable development goals; environmental risk factors; climate change; urban health; built environment and health; transport and health; air pollution; physical activity; green spaces; aging and child health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Sustainability is hosting a Special Issue on “Healthy Urban Design”.

The World Health Organization refers to “Healthy Urban Design” as urban planning for people, where the needs of people and communities are at the heart of the urban planning process and considering the implications of decisions for human health and wellbeing. The term, however, also means finding the right balance between social, environmental, and economic pressures and therefore has much in common with planning for sustainable development. The concept is based on core Healthy Cities principles of equity, intersectoral cooperation, community involvement, and sustainability.

In this Special Issue, we are seeking high-quality contributions from all around the world. We welcome contributions on healthy urban design applied to any geographical scale or population. We seek healthy urban design reviews, methodological papers, evaluations, case studies, best practices, and critical analyses. We invite contributors from academia, practitioners, and policymakers.

Prof. David Rojas-Rueda
Guest Editor

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 1800 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 design
  • Built environment
  • Landscape architecture
  • Placemaking
  • Urban acupuncture
  • Urban habitat
  • Urban sustainability
  • Sustainable development
  • Public spaces
  • Open spaces
  • Housing and buildings
  • Urban master plans
  • Architecture
  • Natural-based solutions
  • Green spaces
  • Blue spaces
  • Health equity
  • Healthy aging
  • Climate change
  • Transportation
  • Public transport
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Land use and sprawl
  • Air pollution
  • Noise
  • Traffic safety
  • Crime
  • Physical activity
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Mortality
  • Morbidity
  • Biomarkers
  • Quality of life
  • Life expectancy
  • Wellbeing
  • Happiness
  • Environmental health
  • Urban health
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Epidemiology
  • Health impact assessment
  • Burden of disease
  • Risk assessment
  • Complex systems
  • Benefit–cost analysis
  • Economic assessments
  • Health in all policies
  • Stakeholder participation
  • Sustainable development goals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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