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Sustainable Cities and Society
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Sustainable Cities and Society (SCS) is an international journal focusing on fundamental and applied research aimed at reducing the environmental and societal impact of cities. We encourage submission of cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary research in the areas of,

    Monitoring and improving air quality in built environment and cities (e.g., healthy built environment and air quality management).
    Clean energy sources (e.g., solar energy, wind, bio mass/ bio-gas, geothermal energy and hybrid sources), waste recycling in cities (reduce waste and recycle materials).
    Energy efficiency, low/ zero carbon buildings/ communities such holistic approaches to design and control; design, optimization and decision tools for low impact communities; modelling/ optimization of the energy performance of new and existing communities; development of new materials (e.g., high performance construction materials); and adaptation and resilience of buildings and cities to climate change (heat island, heat wave, water supply, and post occupancy evaluation).
    Distributed energy generation such as integration of micro-generation/ energy storage systems with building and community services and control of renewable energy devices, dynamic demand management: matching demands and supply.
    Urban design/ planning, regulations, legislation, certification, economics, policy, social, health and environmental impact related to sustainable and future cities.
    City transport (e.g., innovative and smart transport methods; health and societal impacts of future transportation).
    Water harvesting and management (development of appliances designed to minimize water use, water recycling and solar-powered systems), water treatment (emerging pollutants).
    Robust engineering for sustainable cities in developing countries that cuts across environmental, social, and behavioral topics.
    Big data in sustainable smart cities, from data integration to data mining, from knowledge discovery to knowledge visualization; machine learning and deep learning; heterogeneous information network mining; sensory data mining on Internet-of-Things (IoTs).
    Critical infrastructure protection in sustainable smart cities with the emphasis on security, privacy, and reliability of critical cyber-physical systems such as smart grids, water supply, transportation systems, broadband, etc. Research topics include but not limited to intrusion detection and prevention, vulnerability analysis, risk analysis and management, emergency management, dependability, survivability, and resilience of critical infrastructures, disaster recovery, etc..

We support a wide range of methodological and technical approaches including experimental, observational, monitoring and management studies and policy analysis. In addition to fundamental and applied papers, review articles on important developments will be considered. Special issues devoted to international conferences and major reports will be considered for publication as well.
Last updated by Xin Yao in 2017-08-21
Special Issues
Special Issue on Smart and Sustainable Cities: Policy, Urban Public Services & Social Issues
Submission Date: 2017-08-31

Aims and Scope This special issue of the Sustainable Cities and Society journal is aimed at a critical examination of smart cities and sustainable cities and how these approaches can be used to inform policy and improve the quality of life of urban citizens. In a predominantly urban world, if sustainable development is to be achieved, cities and towns continuing on business as usual is not an option. The idea of smart cities has evolved from initial focus on technology and network enabled urban services and internet of things to digital empowerment and big data based urban governance. Thinking about sustainable cities has become mainstream with the Sustainable Development Goal 11. However, while larger and globally connected cities are ploughing ahead with innovative forms of technology and institutions, these represent a very small proportion of all cities and a large majority of cities and towns especially in the Global South remain far from the ideas and models of either smart cities or sustainable cities. Local government institutions remain weak and local level leadership capacity remains fragmented and poorly developed. Pockets of innovation in individual sectors remain isolated from wide-spread mediocrity of performance. Quality of data at city level remains suspect and available data is sometimes inadequately analysed. Corruption and market failures prevail. Significant sections of urban communities including those without legal tenure, migrants, the elderly, the disabled, and those who care for them, and children often remain under-represented in the design and planning of strategies for smart and sustainable cities with a lack opportunities to exercise their agency or their voices to be heard. Indexes and ranking exercises such as Sustainable Cities Index tend to focus on world’s top hundred cities and even these are mostly dominated by ‘usual winners’ with few surprise entries. Such exercises are good snapshots of situation today but do not explain how a city can get into the top hundred or how it can move up the rankings. Thus, the ranking exercises remain irrelevant for most of the world cities and towns that are not in the top 100. Against this background this special issue aims to promote a discussion and critical reflection on the ideas of smart cities, sustainable cities and the extent to which these overlap and what are some of the key challenges for a city or town to become smart and sustainable. Authors are encouraged to submit original articles and contributions on the following aspects: The conceptual and theoretical frames or models to think about smart and sustainable cities and their strengths and shortcomings when it comes to informing policy; The usefulness of smart cities models in transforming urban policy to significantly change the quality of life of urban citizens and (whether and) how are public and private sector institutions paying an effective role in this regard; Whether smart and sustainable city strategies make the cities more inclusive and enhance the agency and participation of those who are presently excluded including those who are digitally excluded; The extent to which new technologies are helping improve delivery and effectiveness of urban public services such as health, education and hygiene behaviours; are smart cities better at reducing health inequalities and social gradient; What are the trade-offs in scaling up and replicating successes and recognising uniqueness of each city and encouraging ‘home grown’ strategies for sustainability. While theoretical or conceptual papers are welcome, we prefer papers that include a significant focus on empirical application and analysis based on real world original case studies that advance our thinking on these issues and create an impact on society and policy. Submission Guidelines Original submissions of high-quality contributions are expected. The format of all submissions should follow the specifications described in “Guide for Authors” of the journal of Sustainable Cities and Society shown in Papers will be refereed according to the procedures and standards of SCS. Each paper will undergo a thorough evaluation by at least two reviewers. The authors will have some time to incorporate the comments of the reviewers and submit a revised version of their papers, which will be evaluated again by the reviewers to make a final decision. Guest Editor Dr. P. B. Anand, Reader in Environmental Economics and Public Policy, Division of Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford. Email: Dr S Fennell, Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge University. Email: Prof Kwasi Adarkwa, Professor of Transport Planning, College of Architecture, KNUST Kumasi, Ghana. Email: Prof Julio Navio Marco, Professor of Business Administration, UNED, Madrid, Spain. Email: Timeline and Process: Submission open time: April 10th, 2017 Deadline for full paper submissions: August 31st, 2017 Final decisions for all papers and finalized issue to editorial office: March 31st, 2018 Publication: Mid 2018 Papers will go through the online submission system and the rigorous peer review process of the Journal of Sustainable Cities and Societies.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-07-25
Special Issue on Innovative Approaches towards Sustainable Design of the Built Environment
Submission Date: 2018-06-01

The special issue of the journal focuses on sustainable design, building energy performance, sustainable planning of neighbourhoods and cities, emphasising a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of sustainability. The topics extend to include innovative approaches for education and training on sustainability of the built environment. The issue aims to raise awareness concerning state-of-the-art strategies and best practice across the world of integrating sustainable development approaches in the built environment. Therefore, the target of the present special issue is to present the leading edge of sustainable design with the strategies used to optimize the overall performance of buildings, neighbourhoods and cities. Submitted manuscripts should address and propose: • Sustainable urban design • Education for sustainability • Bioclimatic and passive design • Zero and low carbon design • Sustainable construction and technology • Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) • Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) • Energy efficiency in buildings • Renewable energy technologies • Indoor Environmental Quality, health and wellbeing • Building Simulation and Building Information Modelling (BIM) • Innovative didactics for sustainable development Submission Guidelines Only original manuscripts can be submitted, according to the ‘Guide for Authors’ published on the Sustainable Cities and Society website As regards the online submission system of Sustainable Cities and Society, the authors are invited to follow the link “Submit your Paper”, located in the main page of the Journal website, to submit manuscript to this Virtual Special Issue under Article Type: "VSI:IA-SDBE". Please mention the name of the Special Issue in your cover letter. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the established policies and procedures of the journal. The final papers will be selected for publication depending on the results of the peer review process and the reviews of the Guest Editors and Editor-in-Chief. Guest Editors Dr. Heba Elsharkawy, University of East London, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Email: Prof. Hassan Abdalla, University of East London, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Email: Prof. Phil Jones, Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture, Email: Prof. Mostafa Ismail, Ain Shams University, Faculty of Engineering, Email: Please submit your paper Starting in: 1st March, 2018 Closing in 1st June, 2018
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-07-25
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