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.

Our goal for sustainable structures and infrastructures

We champion engineering research that can contribute to creating a fairer and more sustainable society.

An introduction to sustainable structures and infrastructures

Discover more about why we need structures and infrastructures that are not just sustainable, but also smart and resilient, and how you can help further research and debate on this topic, in this introduction from Goal Advisor Professor Chimay Anumba.

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Digital technologies: the key to a sustainable future?

In this mission we explore ways engineers are creating a more resilient and sustainable world. We examine how digital advancements can help them sculpt a world that's not just smarter, but greener too.

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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 & book chapters

A selection of our sustainable structures and infrastructures articles.

Chapter 1: Definitions and context of blue-green infrastructure
ICE Manual of Blue-Green Infrastructure
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.

Sustainable structures and infrastructures

Role of digital technology in sustainability

Janos Korn, retired from the Department of Design Engineering and Mathematics, Middlesex University, London, considers the role of digital technology in contributing to a more sustainable future by examining the intricate interplay between users, suppliers and storage.
Sustainable structures and infrastructures

Publisher’s pick: Our top 10 ICE Publishing articles of 2023

Benjamin Ramster, journals commissioning editor of ICE Publishing, highlights 10 of the most downloaded articles of 2023.
Sustainable structures and infrastructures

Digital-twins for operation and maintenance

Dr Qiuchen Lu, Associate Professor, at The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London, reflects on the impact of her research into the adoption of digital twins for operation and maintenance, including its implementation in two different projects in China.
Sustainable structures and infrastructures

Using digital technology to transform the built environment

Professor Ana Maria Gomez-Trujillo, CEIPA Business School, Colombia, and Professor Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia, explore the relationship between digital technologies and sustainability.
Sustainable structures and infrastructures

Adopting UN SDG standards to deliver wider community benefits

Adam Robinson FICE, Environment Agency, calls on industry to adopt United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) standards to help inform infrastructure planning and delivery.
Sustainable structures and infrastructures

A built environment fit for the future

Goal Advisor, Professor Chimay J Anumba, discusses the growing shift towards creating structures and infrastructure that are not just sustainable, but also resilient and smart.

News & press

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

Real impact

Emerald Publishing and Texas A&M University sign Read and Publish agreement

Texas A&M University and Emerald Publishing announced today that they have signed a new agreement that will provide open access publishing rights for Texas A&M researchers in 2024 alongside access to Emerald’s complete collection of journals.
Real impact

Support the sloth

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.
Quality education for all
Real impact

ResearchGate and Emerald partner to drive journal readership and visibility with Journal Home

ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, and Emerald Publishing, one of the world’s leading digital-first publishers, today announced a new partnership to add 18 Emerald journals to ResearchGate – making these journals seamlessly discoverable and accessible by ResearchGate’s millions of members globally.
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.

Other resources

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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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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.