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Well-Being and Urban Green Spaces: Advantages for Sustainable Cities

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 13 January 2025 | Viewed by 162

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
1. Human and Social Sciences Faculty, Fernando Pessoa University, 4249-004 Porto, Portugal
2. RISE–Health Research Network, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal
Interests: demography; family sociology; migrations; urban studies; life styles
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1. Faculty of Science and Technology, Fernando Pessoa University, 4249-004 Porto, Portugal
2. RISE–Health Research Network, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, 4200-309 Porto, Portugal
Interests: environmental science and engineering; earth and planetary sciences; social sciences; pharmacology, toxicology, and pharmaceutics; medicine; chemistry; energy decision sciences
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue (SI) focuses on the advantages of urban green spaces for building sustainable cities and for the well-being of city inhabitants. This SI aims to showcase public, private and community projects and initiatives that, individually or in association with practices and policies, pave the way for building sustainable cities and contribute to the promotion of well-being. This SI also welcomes papers on research studies and reviews addressing the concepts, issues and interconnection of the three main themes: well-being, urban green spaces and sustainable cities.

Urban green spaces can be quite diverse, with different natural elements, formats, areas and service provisions; they can be as simple as a green corridor or as complex as an urban farm or a wide park. Papers analyzing and discussing the different contributions of urban green spaces to the promotion of well-being and to sustainability in cities are particularly important for this SI.

Studies that discuss the impact of integrating natural and semi-natural elements in cities, making them more resilient to the harmful effects of climate change, converge with this SI.

Dr. Rui Leandro Maia
Dr. Nelson Barros
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • building environment and urban green spaces planning and design
  • outdoor activities and healthy lifestyles
  • green spaces, cities metabolism and resource efficiency
  • urban integrating of natural and semi-natural elements
  • urban resilience to the harmful effects of climate change

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