Special Issue "Urban Retail Systems: Vulnerability, Resilience and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2021).
Interests: Retail location theory; retail resilience; retail planning; consumption- led urban regeneration; consumerscapes; urban governance; rhythmanalysis, spatial capital, spatial justice, powerful knowledge, active learning
Interests: Production of the built environment; urban regeneration, tourism and real estate; segregation and fragmentation of cities; public policy; urban retail and consumption
By 2050, approximately 70% of the world’s population will be urban (United Nations, 2010). The scope of the urbanization process challenges cities to remain competitive, to attract investment, to create jobs and ensure the welfare of people in a sustainable development framework. However, in recent years, several experiences in public policy, governance, mobility, or in the system of the supply of goods can be seen as clear signs of change in how we are dealing with urban problems. It is likely that the future city will be built around a new more sustainable paradigm, which will be characterised by compactness and polycentrism, the regeneration of built environment instead of sprawl, greener forms of mobility, and more sustainable ways of life.
Retailing has always played a key role in the dynamism of cities and in the population’s quality of life. However, the changes it has undergone have created large imbalances in the economic structure and spatial organization of urban retail systems. These shifts challenge the economic viability of many retail concepts, jeopardize the vitality of the traditional shopping districts and put at risk the sustainability of the cities.
Considering the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals of UN, the studies of this Special Issue are expected to address:
- The development of new retail concepts and shopping spaces and their implications for the resilience of urban retail systems
- The theoretical discussion and measurement of spatial vulnerability and resilience of retail centres
- The digital challenge for the high street resilience
- The relationship between sustainability, shopping travel, and retail policy and planning.
- The critical analysis of retail-led regeneration schemes in the enhancement of urban liveability and the development of sustainable lifestyles
- The evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of retail-led regeneration projects for the competitiveness of cities throughout the urban hierarchy.
- Opportunities and threats of gentrification to the reinvention of retail concepts and shopping districts
Prof. Herculano Cachinho
Prof. Teresa Barata-Salgueiro
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- retail resilience
- retail policy and planning
- retail- led urban regeneration
- retail gentrification
- urban governance
- urban sustainability
- assessment methods