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Sustainable cities

7th December 2020

Are you interested in taking part in the discussion on how urbanisation can be used to achieve sustainable development? Take a look at how we are contributing to this important global debate and your different routes to publication. 

At Emerald, we are committed to helping communities make decisions that count, based on research that matters. We are looking to build on the amount of meaningful research we support and publish in the field of sustainable cities.

Fact: 5 billion people will live in cities by 2030.

Your research today solves the sustainability problems of tomorrow… Let us help you reach your goals.

Interested in publishing your work? Get in touch!

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We would like to hear more about your current research around sustainable cities, particularly if it covers one of our priority areas.

We have a number of routes to publication: journals, books, cases and our open access programme. Get in touch with publisher Gemma Hemming to discuss your options.

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Key topics

  • Climate sustainability, climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Conservation of urban heritage
  • Disaster resilience of urban areas
  • Environmental impact and energy efficiency
  • Economic and social effects of urban living
  • Governance and policies of cities
  • Infrastructure and buildings
  • Liveability, health and the urban environment
  • Smart cities
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Urban planning and growth
  • Urban regeneration, housing and gentrification

Latest research and calls for papers

Our podcasts

Listen to the discussion with the guest editors and some authors of a special issue from the Disaster Prevention and Management journal – 'The L'Aquila earthquake 10 years on (2009-2019): impacts and state-of-the-art’.

Is there still need – and perhaps now more than ever – to talk and reflect about the earthquake 10 years later?

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Architecture & urban design of the post COVID-19 city

By Ashraf Salama, Professor of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde (UK)

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We share our news, and our authors share their experience in the field.

EAUC Global Climate Conference in Education

EAUC's Global Climate Conference in Education aims to inspire and co-ordinate the sector to assume its position at the forefront of the climate damage limitation movement.

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Emerald Publishing proudly joins the UN SDGs Publishers Compact as a founding signatory

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Publishers Compact is designed to inspire action among publishers, and accelerate progress to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

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"I achieved my aim of gaining attention to my idea and fostering global discussion"

David Ness, Adjunct Professor of School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia shares his Emerald Open Research publishing experience.

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Independence, interdependence, & the community

Mukta Kulkarni and Eddy Ng discuss lending a hand, independence and interdependence in sustainable communities.

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What is our responsibility to climate refugees?

In November 2017, New Zealand’s climate change minister proposed a ‘special’ refugee visa for Pacific Islanders who have been displaced due to climate change – so we ask what is our responsibility to climate refugees?

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Raising the bar on improving the public’s health at Healthy City Design International Congress 2019

The theme, ‘Designing for utopia or dystopia? People and planetary health at a crossroads’, reflects a tipping point in which people’s health and wellbeing are becoming a central consideration in healthy city design and place-making.

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Why do Cities Matter in Sustainable Development Discourse?

As current projections indicate that the majority of the world’s future population will live in urban areas, cities play a central role in the pursuit of sustainable development.

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How can we make our buildings more resilient to flooding?

With extensive expertise in flood risk management, David Proverbs discusses how we can implement vital research to ensure buildings are more flood resilient.

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Travel, transport and later life: More than just getting from A to B

Dr Charles Musselwhite discusses the importance of developing transport systems that support older people's needs.

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Publish open access

Publish your work on Emerald Open Research, our open access platform that supports an open data policy and open peer review process. 

The Sustainable Cities gateway addresses urban challenges such as unplanned urban sprawl and inadequate urban infrastructure, housing and services whilst also focusing on how to create resilient, sustainable, liveable cities for all.

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Recent books

Visit our online bookstore to see all our latest publications.

Climate-Induced Disasters in the Asia-Pacific Region

Andreas Neef & Natasha Pauli

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Urban Mobility and Social Equity in Latin America: Evidence, Concepts, Methods

Daniel Oviedo, Natalia Villamizar Duarte, & Ana Marcela Ardila Pinto

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Lessons from British and French New Towns: Paradise Lost?

David Fée, Bob Colenutt, & Sabine Coady Schäbitz

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Smart Villages in the EU and Beyond

Anna Visvizi, Miltiadis D. Lytras, & György Mudri

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Leading Local Government: The Role of Directly Elected Mayors

John Fenwick & Lorraine Johnston

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Forming and Centering: Foundational Aspects of Architectural Design

Kenneth M. Moffett

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Urban Governance and Smart City Planning: Lessons from Singapore

Zaheer Allam

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SDG7 – Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable, and Modern Energy

Godwell Nhamo, Charles Nhemachena, Senia Nhamo, Vuyo Mjimba, & Ivana Savić

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Get in touch

Get in touch with publisher Gemma Hemming to discuss your different routes to publication: journals, books, cases and our open access programme.

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