Special Issue "Multi-Criteria Analysis to Support Sustainable Decision-Making in the Built Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 November 2021.
Interests: engineering and construction; infrastructures; decision-making; sustainability; concrete technology; diagnosis and repair of civil infrastructure
Interests: multi-criteria and multi-attribute decision-making; sustainability and circular economy; smart cities and urban engineering; public governance; business models and strategy
Interests: engineering and construction; infrastructures and capital projects; decision-making; sustainability; smart cities; innovation, strategy, and operations in the built environment
Sustainable decisions in the built environment are often complex and multifaceted problems, which involve addressing and balancing a broad range of considerations, incorporating not only environmental information, but also economic and social aspects, technological and scientific data, ethical and political concerns, and stakeholder interests.
All these considerations may make any decision process inherently multi-objective, limiting the individual or group capacity to decide. Consequently, decision-makers in the built environment demand systematic frameworks to integrate all this heterogeneous information facilitating a structured, understandable, and defensible decision. A systematic methodology that is capable of synthesizing these heterogeneous considerations in order to evaluate and prioritize among different alternatives is multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA).
In response to current sustainable decision‐making challenges in the built environment, this Special Issue will conduct a comprehensive updated review of the trends and applications of MCDA to support sustainability decision-making and provide recommendations for applying MCDA techniques towards a sustainable built environment.
Examining recent trends and applications may be useful and relevant not only for researchers and practitioners in order to identify new successful approaches and solutions to current challenges and limitations but also for potential users to understanding how can they effectively apply these trends in future decisions towards more sustainable development.
The editors will support a wide range of methodological and technical approaches. In addition to theoretical and applied papers, review articles are also welcome.
Dr. Ana Blanco Álvarez
Dr. Francesc Pardo Bosch
Dr. Pablo Pujadas Álvarez
Manuscript Submission Information
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- multi-criteria decision analysis
- decision making
- built environment