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Sustainable Urban and Rural Development

A section of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

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Sustainable urban and rural development is about improving the quality of life in a locality, including ecological, cultural, political, institutional, social and economic components without leaving any burden—e.g., the result of a reduced natural capital and an excessive local debt—on future generations. In other words, prosperity and environmental sustainability of cities and towns are inextricably linked; therefore, human settlements can only maintain their prosperity when environmental and social objectives are fully integrated with economic goals.

Thematically, sustainable urban and rural development includes:

  • Sustainable development in the urban context;
  • Sustainable development in the regional and rural context;
  • Planning for sustainable urban and rural futures;
  • Impacts of human activities on natural systems;
  • Ecological and urban and regional planning;
  • Sustainable urban and rural infrastructure;
  • Sustainable transportation systems;
  • Sustainable communities;
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • Ecosystem sustainability assessment;
  • Ecological and urban indicators;
  • Sustainable urban and rural technologies;
  • Smart cities and communities.

Accordingly, this section is open for the following types of manuscripts covering the whole breadth of sustainable urban and rural development issues and concerns:

  • research articles;
  • conceptual articles;
  • review articles;
  • case studies;
  • commentaries

In particular, contributions from early career researchers are welcome and propositions for Special Issues on a single, particular theme in the field of social ecology and sustainability.


sustainable cities; sustainable towns; sustainable urban development; sustainable rural development; sustainable and resilient infrastructure; sustainable transport system; sustainability assessment; sustainability indicators and frameworks; climate change; water sensitive urban design; smart cities; smart communities; eco-cities; eco-villages; land use planning; environmental planning; sustainable urban design; land use and development control; green infrastructure; green roofs; green walls; urban heat island; sustainable architecture; sustainable buildings; sustainable urbanism; urban farming and agriculture; sustainable tourism; sustainable communities.

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