Climate change adaptation in the built environment

Submission Deadline Date: 15 February 2023


Global climate change is one of the greatest environmental threats facing humanity and it is affecting every country on every continent. The impact of climate change is particularly pertinent to the built environment given the life expectancy of buildings and the fact that it is essential to adapt the existing built environment to deal with a climate that may be significantly different from that in which it evolved. 

Coastal regions are highly vulnerable to climate change because, in addition to changes in temperature, precipitation, and more frequent flooding, they will be affected by rising sea levels, wave heights, and accelerated coastal erosion. Sea-level rise is one of the most critical phenomena in the coastal regions, as predictions indicate an increase of 1.8 mm to 1.5 m by 2100. Globally, sea-level rise will threaten 95% of the coastal regions during the twenty-first Century. As a result, coastal populations face a range of climate-related risks.

The built environment exerts considerable influence over coastal communities' local climate and environment. Coastal areas also tend to be highly populated, with many vulnerable urban centres located near the coastal belt. In addressing such challenges, it is important to better understand the impacts of climate change on the built environment and to develop tangible climate adaptation measures for the built environment in coastal regions.


This special issue invites new research that explores the latest understanding of Climate Change Adaptation in the Built Environment. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Climate change impact on the coastal built environment
  • Integration of Paris agreement, SDGs, and Sendai Framework in the context of coastal built environment
  • Adapting the coastal built environment to climate change
  • The role of built environment stakeholders in addressing climate change
  • Role of built environment professionals in tackling climate change
  • Knowledge and skill gaps in the construction industry in addressing climate change
  • Climate change competencies for the built environment
  • Mainstreaming climate change adaptation within the construction process
  • Lifelong learning in climate change adaptation in the built environment
  • Innovative and inter-disciplinary practices in climate change education
  • Pedagogical styles and strategies for climate change education
  • Climate change education in higher education curriculum

Expressions of interest

Authors interested in submitting papers are invited to submit a 250–300-word structured abstract as per the author guidelines before 25 November 2022 to [email protected]

Author guidelines must be followed and can be found at:


Important dates

• Abstract submission deadline: 25 November 2022

• Notification of accepted abstracts: 30 November 2022

• Full paper submission deadline: 15 February 2023

• Notification of feedback: 15 March 2023

• Final revised paper deadline: 30 May 2023

• Expected acceptance date:  June 2023


Guest Editors

Prof. Ruben Paul Borg

Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta, Malta

Dr Chamindi Malalgoda

Global Disaster Resilience Centre, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Huddersfield, UK

Ms. Shavindree Nissanka

Global Disaster Resilience Centre, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK


In association with BEACON (Built Environment leArning for Climate adaptatioN) project, a collaborative research effort co-funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.