Our goal for sustainable structures and infrastructures

We recognise the transformative power of sustainable engineering, design and building practices in creating a world where our planet and its inhabitants can thrive. We are passionate about supporting researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in their efforts to minimise the environmental impact of structures and infrastructures through decarbonisation, harnessing data and technology for procurement, ethical supply chains, water, sanitisation and clean energy that promotes health, wellbeing and protects biodiversity.

Our aim is to help research influence real world change by supporting the work of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners and bridging the gap that can exist between research and practice and different disciplines.

You may be an author in sustainable engineering looking to publish your work and thinking about how to maximise the reach and impact of your research, or perhaps you are just beginning your career in engineering research and striving to make connections with stakeholders in your field. Wherever you are in your career journey or research stage, if you’re passionate about making a difference to the real world, we would love to hear from you. Let’s explore how we can support you in publishing and sharing your research and connecting to a wide and relevant audience.

Rebecca Torr, Publishing Development Manager, sustainable structures and infrastructures

Our goals: Fairer society | Healthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all | Sustainable structures and infrastructures

If you’d like to find out how we can help your research contribute to sustainable engineering or other ways we can work together to make a difference, please get in touch.

Fairer society mission

Liveable cities for all: building a better future

Liveable cities are conceptualised as promoting individual and community well-being. It is, however, a contested notion. This mission explores the concept of liveable cities through different themes.

More on this mission

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A fully open access journal

Introducing Urbanization, Sustainability and Society

Aligned to UN SDG 11, sustainable cities and communities, this fully open access journal addresses the sustainable development of cities across the globe. Edited by Dr Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, the journal welcomes research that focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Related journal articles

A selection of our sustainable structures and infrastructures articles.

Towards self-healing in water infrastructure systems
Smart Infrastructure and Construction
Pandemic response in the energy sector and impacts for infrastructure resilience management
Engineering Sustainability
A new behavioural approach for the sustainable design of the built environment
Civil Engineering
Effects of reinforcing granular columns with fibres generated from plastic bottle waste
Geotechnical Research
Numerical investigation of h-Darrieus wind turbine aerodynamics at different tip speed ratios
International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow
Carbon risk real estate monitor: making decarbonisation in the real estate sector measurable
Journal of European Real Estate Research
Rethinking life cycle cost drivers for sustainable office buildings in Denmark
Impact of circular economy network building: resilience strategy to climate action
International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management
Greenwashing: a rapid escape from sustainability or a slow transition?
LBS Journal of Management & Research
Integrating lean construction with BIM and sustainability: a comparative study of challenges, enablers, techniques, and benefits
Construction Innovation
Asset Information Requirements for Blockchain-based Digital Twins: A Data-driven Predictive Analytics Perspective
Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
The potential of 3D printing inbuilding pathology: rehabilitation of cultural heritage
International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

Sustainable cities gateway

This gateway sits on our open access platform, Emerald Open Research. All research published within the gateway is freely available to read, download and share.

About this gateway

This gateway focuses on how we can create resilient, sustainable, healthy and inclusive cities and communities for all..

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Opinions & blogs

We welcome contributions from academics, policymakers and professionals about key issues in their area of work. If you have a blog you would like to share, let us know.

News & press

Below we have a collection of news articles centred around having a real impact on society.

Quality education for all
Real impact

Emerald Publishing’s three-year open access agreement with SANLiC Consortium proving a successful model

Emerald partnered with SANLiC in 2022, becoming one of the first publishers to sign the agreement with the aim of enabling researchers at participating institutions in South Africa to publish fully open access.
Real impact

Emerald Publishing Ltd acquires ICE Publishing portfolio

Following an extensive strategic review of its business, Thomas Telford Limited (TTL), the commercial arm of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has today sold the majority of TTL’s book catalogue (excluding the NEC Guides) and all journal titles and related publishing assets to Emerald Publishing Limited.
Real impact

Support the rhino

There are currently three critically endangered species of rhino. Rhino International Charity works hard to protect these three species plus other rhino species by reducing illegal trade, working with communities and bringing experts together.
Real impact

Emerald appoints Terri Teleen to the newly created role of President, North America

Emerald Publishing, a global publisher of impactful research, is pleased to announce the appointment of Terri Teleen as President, North America.
Real impact
Fairer society

Emerald shortlisted in the British Book Awards 2023

Emerald Publishing is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year in the annual British Book Awards.
Real impact

Emerald’s High Usage Awards 2023: Celebrating the top 20 institutions

Emerald Publishing has released the top 20 winning institutions of its 12th annual High Usage Awards.

Other resources

Browse our other offerings below.

Case studies

Global teaching materials to engage and inspire. Students can test their assumptions and decision-making skills about real world problems.

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Expert Briefings

We've teamed up with Oxford Analytica to deliver Expert Briefings through Emerald Insight. Read unbiased analyses on world events and their potential political, social and economic effects here.

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Your publishing development team

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Rebecca Torr

Hello! Welcome to the sustainable structures and infrastructures goal page. As the Publishing Development Manager for this goal, I work with authors and organisations in engineering subjects such as civil engineering and materials science to further the impact of research in the real world. I’m also a host on the Emerald Podcast Series, featuring experts who use research to create real impact. There are many ways we can work together to support mission-led research and advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Let’s connect and explore!

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Professor Chimay J Anumba

Professor Chimay J Anumba – Goal Advisor

Chimay Anumba is a Professor and Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK; a higher doctorate – D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) – from Loughborough University, UK; and an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He has over 500 scientific publications, including 22 books and over 200 archival journal papers on aspects of construction engineering and informatics. His work has received over $150M in support from a variety of sources. He has also supervised more than 56 doctoral candidates to completion and mentored over 25 postdoctoral researchers. Chimay is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, FREng, and a member of the US National Academy of Construction. He is also a past recipient of the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award.