Sustainable Cities

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Sustainable Cities & Communities - Research for Future Generations

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Springer is committed to supporting the SDGs and proud to publish research that will help solve global grand challenges. In support of SDG 11 and World Cities Day 2019 we invite you to read selected journal articles and book chapters in urban studies!

Many scientists around the world are working on research towards a more sustainable future. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces. Today, cities are home to 54% of the world’s population, and by the middle of this century that figure will likely rise to 66%. Uncontrolled urbanization has led to many problems.

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Sustainable Cities and Communities

This volume of the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals addresses SDG 11 and presents a set of papers on the state of the art of knowledge and practices about the numerous challenges for cities, and solutions and opportunities for the future.

The Encyclopedia is structured into 18 subseries: one for each SDG, and one integrative “Connecting the Goals” subseries. Each is guided by an expert Subseries Advisor, and an Advisory Board which includes scholars and practitioners from across the globe, representing such institutions as The University of Cambridge, Stanford University, The University of South Africa, and The University of Delhi.

Sample chapter: Globalization and Cities by Manoranjan Mohanty

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Making Cities Resilient

The UN program “Making Cities Resilient” is focused on mitigating the disaster risk in urban areas. This book addresses emerging concepts for cities, challenges and potentials, urban environments, health and planning/policies. A new title in the highly acclaimed series The Urban Book Series.

Sample chapter: The Status of Research on Smart Cities: A Review by Rashmi

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Resilience-Oriented Urban Planning

Featuring contributions by prominent researchers from around the world, this book explores key issues related to the development & implementation of strategies for the transition to climate-compatible & low-carbon urban development. Focuses on integrating resilience thinking into the urban planning process.

Sample chapter: Resilience Matrix for Comprehensive Urban Resilience Planning by C. Fox-Lent & I. Linkov

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More than half of us live in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of all humanity—6.5 billion people—will be urban. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

The rapid growth of cities—a result of rising populations and increasing migration—has led to a boom in mega-cities, especially in the developing world, and slums are becoming a more significant feature of urban life.

Making cities sustainable means creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. It involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.

Substantial progress has been made in 2019 in reducing the proportion of the global urban population living in slums, though more than 1 billion people continue to live in such situations. Urgent action is needed to reverse the current situation, which sees the vast majority of urban residents breathing poor-quality air and having limited access to transport and open public spaces. With the areas occupied by cities growing faster than their populations, there are profound repercussions for sustainability.

New: npj Urban Sustainability

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njp Urban Sustainability

A new open access, online-only journal, dedicated to publishing high-quality papers that describe the significant and ground-breaking research covering urban environments through the lens of sustainable development, studied across a broad range of research topics.

Editor-in-Chief: Thomas Elmqvist, PhD

New: Urban Transformations

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Urban Transformations

An inter- and transdisciplinary open access journal offering a publishing and discussion platform for people engaged in science, policy and practice, targeting real-life impact. Now accepting submissions.

Listen to the podcast interview with the Editors-in-Chief to discover more about the journal.

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