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Crisis Management and the Circular Economy for Healthier, Smarter and More Sustainable Cities

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 2568

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Department of Civil, Energy, Environmental and Material Engineering, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, 89124 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: entrepreneurship and innovation management; collaborative/sharing economy; business models; smart cities; urban mobility; logistics innovation; marketing; (social) network analysis; technology forecasting; patent analysis
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Department of Business Organization, Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Interests: circular economy; circular tourism; circular city; crisis management; crisis response strategies; global mobility; community resilience; tourism resilience; cities resilience; crisis economics; pandemic economics; sharing economy; sustainable mobility; people mobility
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent war disasters, we have discovered how environmental stewardship and public health are closely interrelated and lie on the hearth of today’s societal issues (e.g., global safety, climate change, energy crisis, technological development, and economic growth). In particular, the above crises harmed the social, cultural, and economic fabric of cities worldwide. As of today, 55% of the world’s population lives in cities, and this share is expected to rise to 80% by 2050Hence, most of the efforts to shift towards a (more) sustainable, circular and efficient use of natural resources affect the daily (and future) life of individuals and organizations, especially those operating in urban contexts. Such efforts are essential in pursuit of a healthier, safer, wealthier, greener and smarter “City of the Future”. Then, it is urgent to call for new research efforts and investigate the many facets, determinants, policies and strategies at the governmental, societal and corporate levels in order to seek a faster, more impactful, and more integrated implementation of the Circular Economy in Smart Cities worldwide. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) welcomes any valuable and rigorous research contributions with no preferences in terms of (multi)disciplinary approach, methodologies, etc. New research papers, reviews, business cases, and conference papers will be considered. Theoretical papers dealing with new approaches and disruptive forms of managing crisis situations in cities are also of interest. Other accepted manuscript types include methodological papers, position papers, brief reports, and critical commentaries.

Dr. Carlo Giglio
Dr. María-del-Mar Alonso-Almeida
Prof. Dr. Isam Shahrour
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • smart cities
  • urban health
  • circular economy
  • sharing economy
  • collaborative economy
  • urban sustainability
  • environmental stewardship
  • public health
  • crisis management
  • post-crisis management
  • urban resilience
  • urban antifragility
  • urban innovation
  • urban mobility
  • last-mile delivery
  • city logistics
  • public transport
  • urban energy networks
  • urban water networks
  • urban natural resources
  • sustainable urban tourism

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Reducing Plastic Pollution by Recovery and Recycling: Evidence from a “Blue Economy” Project Impacting Policy-Making in Italy
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(8), 5604; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20085604 - 21 Apr 2023
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This paper recognizes the relevance of the Seabed Cleaning Project, created by the Angelo Vassallo Sindaco Pescatore Foundation in 2010, and presents it as a tool to achieve benefits in environmental, social, and economic terms, in line with the innovative framework of the [...] Read more.
This paper recognizes the relevance of the Seabed Cleaning Project, created by the Angelo Vassallo Sindaco Pescatore Foundation in 2010, and presents it as a tool to achieve benefits in environmental, social, and economic terms, in line with the innovative framework of the Blue Economy. The project suggests a practical, feasible, and scalable solution to plastic pollution that can be obtained thanks to the activity performed by fishermen in cooperation with the municipality and local community (in a multi-level cooperation perspective). The data show a significant reduction of plastic on the seafloor thanks to the project, but further research is needed in order to collect further positive outcomes from different applications of the project. In 2022, the “Salva Mare” Law was approved in the Senate, extending the good practices proposed by the Foundation nationwide and showing how small gestures and concrete actions can provide significant improvements in pursuit of a healthier, safer, greener, and smarter city for the future. Full article
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