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Sustainable Governance in Urban Regeneration

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 2403

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Department of Business Administration, University of West Attica, 12243 Athens, Greece
Interests: green investments; renewable energy sources; environmental social evaluation; sustainable development; corporate environmental responsibility; environmental education; business administration; statistical analysis

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Department of Forestry & Management of the Environment & Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece
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Department of Regional and Economic Development, Agricultural University of Athens, Nea Poli, 33100 Amfissa, Greece
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Dear Colleagues,

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was adopted by all United Nations members in September 2015. This agenda includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), broken down into 169 targets. The goals are universal and transformative, aiming to put the world into a sustainable path. A major issue for governments is policy alignment within the complexity of the Goals. Therefore, the success of the Goals depends on sustainable public governance.

Since over 50% of the world population lives in cities, urban challenges require special attention. Specifically, Goal 11 is related to sustainable cities and communities, aiming to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The challenges, according to OECD, include:

  • The continuing growth of urban populations calls for a policy response that optimises land resources.
  • Urban policies need to be tailored to the demographic changes in the population.
  • Cities are major contributors to carbon dioxide.
  • The economic crisis has reduced governments’ abilities to invest in new infrastructure.
  • Smart road policies are needed to make best use of scarce space.
  • Cities need effective resilience policies to be able to respond to disasters.
  • Large cities often have higher levels of inequality.

This Special Issue aims to investigate the role of sustainable governance in green urban regeneration within the broader challenges posed by the SDGs. Urban green policies can contribute to employment growth, urban attractiveness, the local production of green goods and services, and urban land values. Links can be fostered between urban and rural areas to boost a region’s economic potential. There is also a need to design urban policies that complement global climate policies and reduce the overall cost of emission reduction. Urban policy makers can use this opportunity to foster green growth and discuss the factors that may affect their policy choices and scope of action, including national policies. Furthermore the importance of urban renewable energy investments, the public acceptance of such investments, and the economic viability are issues of interest.

Therefore, original research articles as well as relevant state-of-the-art reviews are kindly invited for submission to this Special Issue of Sustainability.

Dr. Stamatios Ntanos
Dr. Apostolos Kantartzis
Dr. Dimitrios Tsiotas
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A Prediction Model for Remote Lab Courses Designed upon the Principles of Education for Sustainable Development
by Ioannis Georgakopoulos, Dimitrios Piromalis, Stamatios Ntanos, Vassilis Zakopoulos and Panagiotis Makrygiannis
Sustainability 2023, 15(6), 5473; - 20 Mar 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a cease to the physical-presence operation of many laboratory-based university courses. As a response, higher education courses turned into distance learning. Distance education can foster sustainability through resource savings offered by the benefits of technology use. Therefore, there [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a cease to the physical-presence operation of many laboratory-based university courses. As a response, higher education courses turned into distance learning. Distance education can foster sustainability through resource savings offered by the benefits of technology use. Therefore, there is a necessity to establish a pathway for sustainability practices concerning the increasing distance education enrollment and technological progress. Under the previous concept, this research paper presents a remote lab for the “Data Acquisition Systems” course, delivered during the pandemic as the digital twin of its respective conventional lab. This remote lab was designed on the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) principles to help students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration competencies. This paper aims to develop a concrete framework for identifying factors that critically affect students’ performance during remote lab courses. The analysis is based on students’ engagement data collected by the NI-ELVIS remote lab measurement system during the spring academic semester of 2020 at the University of West Attica, Greece. Furthermore, the paper develops a competent prediction model for students at risk of failing the lab. The findings indicate that content comprehension and theory-exercise familiarization were the main risk factors in the case of the specific remote lab. In detail, a unit increase in content comprehension led to a 2.7 unit decrease in the probability of the risk occurrence. In parallel, a unit increase in theory familiarization through exercises led to a 3.2 unit decrease in the probability of the risk occurrence. The findings also underlined that risk factors such as critical thinking were associated with ESD competencies. Besides this, the benefits of delivering distance-learning labs according to the proposed methodology include environmental benefits by contributing to resource and energy savings since students who are about to fail can be located early and assisted. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Governance in Urban Regeneration)
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