Call for Papers on "Environmental Sustainability & Smart-Cities: Challenges, Strategies, and Lessons Learned"

Guest Editor

Dr. Fateh BELAID, Professor of Economics
Full Professor of Economics, Lille Catholic University, Faculty of Management, Economics & Sciences.
UMR 9221-LEM-Lille Économie Management, 60 Boulevard Vouban, Lille -59016– France
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Tel. + 33 3 59 56 75 60

1. Motivation and objective of the Special Issue

Facing a variety of challenges, cities tend to develop several innovative systems on their territory to foster sustainability, technological transition, and quality of life. The smart city approach is identified as a critical policy instrument to innovate, inspire, and push cities to generate positive economic and social transitions. This conjecture constitutes the cornerstone of this special issue, aiming to amalgamate the high-quality empirical and fundamental research work and novel approaches aiming to understand, design, and promote socially resilient and environmentally sustainable cities. The focus will be on the challenges, strategies, and lessons learned in recent years.

This special issue's specific objective is to obtain a clearer understanding of Smart Cities' role in shaping socioeconomic and environmental aspects on a global scale. More precisely, it aims at providing an international overview of the many faces of Smart-Cities, including smart mobility, social innovation, sustainable and resilient buildings, social impacts & cities resiliency, energy transition, financing sustainability, energy efficiency, clean energies deployment, and ICT, smart grid & intelligent infrastructure. Besides exploring the energy and environmental economics theories and empirical evidence, the issue will contain state-of-art econometric advances to explore and document the economic and financial implications of the energy transition and Smart-Cities development process, including economic and intangible benefits (sustainability, inclusiveness, social cohesion, security, quality of life, etc.). 

Contributions to this special issue are expected to cover a wide range of topics related to the energy transition, Smart and Sustainable Cities, namely:

  • Economic, social, and environmental value of Smart-Cities.
  • Role of Smart Cities in chaping envrinmental sustainability
  • Drivers and barriers for Smart-Cities development.
  • Policy responses: Sustainable value chain creation and enhancement.
  • Policy interventions towards successful smart energy cities implementation
  • Behavioral changes & monitoring: challenges, strategies, and lessons learned.
  • ICT diffusion & Social changes.
  • Social sustainability & Smart mobility.
  • Energy, urban innovation & Smart-Cities.
  • Resilience and sustainability.
  • Challenges, investment opportunities, and technological innovations in the energy sector.
  • Sustainable energy efficiency financing and delivery mechanisms.
  • Mitigation and adaptation policy measures for global and regional environmental challenges.
  • New Business Models of Mobility.

2. Submission instructions

Interested participants at Smart & Sustainable Cities Conference 2021 should indicate during the submission of their full paper that they want to be considered in the special issue by selecting “S.I. : Environmental Sustainability & Smart-Cities” topic. Following approval by the Editors-in-Chief of the SI, all submissions will undergo regular peer review after the conference; authors invited to submit a full paper are expected to act as reviewers for the special issue.

It will take a while for the submission system to be ready to receive submissions for this special issue topic. Please refrain from submitting your paper until further notice is made on this page. Please note that the system can receive other paper submissions (i.e., papers not intended for this special issue) as usual.

UPDATED: The submission system is now ready to receive submissions for “S.I. : Environmental Sustainability & Smart-Cities”.

3. Planned schedule & Important dates

Submission deadline: The deadline for the submission of papers is December 31, 2021.
For questions regarding this special issue, please contact Guest Editors: Fateh BELAID (
Acceptance deadline: April 2022

4. Names and details of the Guest-Editors

Fateh BELAÏD is a full Professor of Economics at the Lille Catholic University and the director of the Smart & Sustainable Cities research center, with appointments in Ecole des Ponts & Chaussées ParisTech, and Ecole Nationale des Sciences Géographiques. He is also a Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum. He received an HDR (Habilitation for Supervising Doctoral Research) from Orléans University, a Ph.D. in  Economics and M.S. degree in Applied Economics & Decision Theory from Littoral Côte d’Opale University, as well as M.S. degrees in Statistics from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics. He is an energy and environmental economist drawing from the fields of applied microeconomics, energy modeling, and econometrics. His research examines the drivers of energy demand, energy efficiency, sustainability, quantitative policy, energy-saving behavior, fuel poverty, and sustainable development. He has published widely on household energy consumption, energy-saving behaviors, consumer decisions in energy efficiency, fuel poverty, as well as on renewable energy and energy policy. Outlets for his work have included Ecological Economics, Energy Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, Energy Policy, Environmental Modeling & Assessment, Journal of Environmental Management, Environmental Science & Policy, European Journal of Comparative Economics, The Journal of Energy and Development, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, International Journal of Economics & Finance, Applied Economics Letters, and Finance Research Letters. He has guest-edited special issues for some Journals, including Frontiers in Energy Research, Smart-Cities, Journal of Modeling in Management, and Entropy.