Special Issue "Smart Spatial Planning"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Raquel Faria de Deus
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NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Av. de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: geography; geographic information system; remote sensing; geospatial approaches; spatial planning; science-policy interface; land change science; environmental sustainability
Prof. Dr. José António Tenedório
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NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Av. de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: Geography; GIScience; remote sensing; urban planning; urban data; sustainable cities
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Dr. Carlos Antunes
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Instituto Dom Luiz, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, 1794-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: sea level change; costal vulnerability and risk; climate change; geodesy and applications; geoid; land survey; hydrography
Dr. Rui Pedro Julião
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NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Av. de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: cadastre; volunteered geographic information; spatial data infrastructures; spatial modeling; geographic information systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Spatial planning can be defined as ‘smart’ if it responds efficiently to a wide range of interrelated urban sustainability challenges—such as climate change, public health emergencies, urban growth, decaying infrastructure, rising inequality and governance—which defy the resilience of urban areas and territories. Smart refers to the potential advantage that is obtained by using anticipatory knowledge to face the increasing complexity and intensity of growth stressors in urban areas, which comprise multiple temporal and spatial scales, a number of different agents and several regulatory frameworks. Moreover, smart spatial planning uses both participatory governance and a systems thinking-based view on circular economy and sustainability perspectives, to promote (1) sustainable economy, (2) prosperity and (3) a wise environmental management.

To achieve future resilience, it is important to consider both the current and future priorities of a specific urban area, as well as the marginal future visions in that urban area. In this regard, emerging geospatial technologies and advanced scenario-based modelling approaches provide tools to help urban areas to anticipate and adapt to potential future stressors.

In this Special Issue, we would like to invite authors to submit innovative and original research that stimulates the debate on recent and future trends, in both processes and the roles played by spatial planning, and how advances in theory, methodology and/or policy related to planning can provide opportunities for a planning paradigm shift towards smart spatial planning.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  1. Theories, praxis and key concepts for smart spatial planning;
  2. Urban sustainability challenges and innovative planning practices and solutions;
  3. Emerging technologies and geospatial approaches;
  4. Participatory planning approaches and scenario building;
  5. Smart spatial planning.

Dr. Raquel Faria de Deus
Prof. Dr. José António Tenedório
Dr. Carlos Antunes
Dr. Rui Pedro Julião
Guest Editors

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 1900 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.

Keywords

  • smart spatial planning
  • urban sustainability challenges
  • anticipatory knowledge
  • participatory governance, resilient territories
  • emerging geospatial technologies
  • scenario building

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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