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Call for Special Issue Papers: Sustainable Development, Adaptation and Maintenance of Infrastructure

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation


The role of sustainable infrastructure delivery, adaptation and maintenance towards achieving sustainable development cannot be ignored. Infrastructure can contribute to the socio-economic development of society both directly and indirectly through improved productivity (Neumann, 2009). Sustainable Infrastructure Delivery (SID) that considers the economic, social and environmental impacts throughout the project cycle from the design stage, through construction to the operation and maintenance stages should be the new policy direction (Ostrom et al., 1993). This will ensure that society delivers more efficient infrastructure with lower-emissions and resilience to the negative effects of climate change such as heatwaves, flooding, more extreme winter weather etc. (Bhattacharya et al., 2012). Maintaining sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems that can withstand floods, keep road systems and the reliability of building structures is crucial for guaranteeing essential services such as energy and water supplies (Boyle et al., 2013). The paradigm shift towards a low-carbon society cannot be achieved without sustainable and efficient infrastructure that can withstand the effects of climate change.


This special issue seeks potential papers that address the link between infrastructure maintenance, adaptation and sustainable development. High-quality research papers on best industry practices and case studies are encouraged for this special issue. Topics may include but not limited to the following topics:
• Infrastructure and sustainable development
• Climate change and adaptation
• Sustainable Retrofitting
• Maintenance and refurbishment of infrastructure
• Energy and Sustainable Development
• Climate Change and the infrastructure
• Smart Cities and Communities
• Sustainable Urban Regeneration
• Sustainable construction & Infrastructure delivery

Expressions of interest

Authors interested in submitting papers are invited to submit a 250-300 word abstract in the Emerald format as per the author guidelines before 15th December 2017 to alex.opoku@ucla.ac.uk. Authors guide is available at:

Full paper Submission

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=ijbpa
Submissions to must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijbpa

Key Dates

• Abstract submission deadline: 15 December 2017
• Notification of accepted abstracts: 29 January 2018
• Full Paper submission deadline: 29 June 2018
• Final paper after review process: 21 December 2018
• Expected publication date: Sept./Oct. 2019


For further inquiries on submitting an abstract for expression of interest, please contact: Dr Alex Opoku (alex.opoku@ucl.ac.uk)
Guest Editors
• Dr Alex Opoku Senior Lecturer in Project & Financial Management
UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management
University College London
• Prof Wellington Didibhuku Thwala
Professor in Construction Project Management
University of Johannesburg
Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying
South Africa, Johannesburg


• Bhattacharya, A., Romania, M., and Stern, N. (2012), Infrastructure for development: Meeting the challenge,” CCCEP, LSE, G24
• Boyle, J., Cunningham, M. and Dekens, J. (2013), Climate Change Adaptation and Canadian Infrastructures. Report for International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD),
• Neumann, J. E. (2009), Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms. Issue brief 09-15, Washington, DC: Resources for the Future.
• Ostrom, E., Schroeder, L., and Wynne, S. (1993), Institutional Incentives and Sustainable Development: Infrastructure Policies in Perspective. Boulder, CO: Westview