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Urbanization, Sustainability and Society (USS) provides a forum for applied research on the sustainable development of cities across the globe, with a particular focus on the social impacts of urbanisation, including health, education and social equity.

ISSN: 2976-8993
eISSN: 2976-8993

This journal is open access

Aims and scope

It is estimated that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. The urban centres of the future will need to be adaptable in the face of global climate change, sustainable in their use of resources and technologies, and governed in ways which are accountable to their citizens.

Urbanization, Sustainability and Society (USS) publishes research at the nexus of built physical environment of urban areas and those communities who live, impact and develop the social fabric of urbanization. The journal is aligned with United Nations SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The journal welcomes research on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Social aspects of urbanisation, including social equity and the impacts of urbanisation on communities.
  • Public health in urban communities.
  • Sustainable urban development: urban planning, urban greening, design and infrastructure adaptation, urban sustainability solutions.
  • Urban governance and policy.
  • Sustainable urban transport/mobility.
  • Climate change adaption and mitigation.
  • Smart cities & Intelligent Infrastructure.
  • Resource use: clean and renewable energy, access to clean water wastewater management, sustainable waste management, food security urban food production, land use planning, ecological health.
  • Urban resilience & Innovation (resilience to environmental, socio-economic and political uncertainties).
  • Urban system modelling (including digital twins).

Technical aspects of urbanisation (such as infrastructure development, energy use and resources, smart technologies) are within the scope of the journal but the social impact of the technical aspects must be discussed within submissions.


This journal is aligned with our sustainable structures and infrastructures goal

We recognise the transformative power of sustainable engineering, design and building practices in creating a world where our planet and its inhabitants can thrive.

SDG 3 Good health & well-being
SDG 6 Clean water & sanitation
SDG 7 Affordable & clean energy
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
Find out about our sustainable structures and infrastructures goal