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Sustainable Cities and Society
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Sustainable Cities and Society (SCS) is an international journal focusing on fundamental and applied research aimed at reducing the environmental and societal impact of cities. We encourage submission of cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary research in the areas of,

    Monitoring and improving air quality in built environment and cities (e.g., healthy built environment and air quality management).
    Clean energy sources (e.g., solar energy, wind, bio mass/ bio-gas, geothermal energy and hybrid sources), waste recycling in cities (reduce waste and recycle materials).
    Energy efficiency, low/ zero carbon buildings/ communities such holistic approaches to design and control; design, optimization and decision tools for low impact communities; modelling/ optimization of the energy performance of new and existing communities; development of new materials (e.g., high performance construction materials); and adaptation and resilience of buildings and cities to climate change (heat island, heat wave, water supply, and post occupancy evaluation).
    Distributed energy generation such as integration of micro-generation/ energy storage systems with building and community services and control of renewable energy devices, dynamic demand management: matching demands and supply.
    Urban design/ planning, regulations, legislation, certification, economics, policy, social, health and environmental impact related to sustainable and future cities.
    City transport (e.g., innovative and smart transport methods; health and societal impacts of future transportation).
    Water harvesting and management (development of appliances designed to minimize water use, water recycling and solar-powered systems), water treatment (emerging pollutants).
    Robust engineering for sustainable cities in developing countries that cuts across environmental, social, and behavioral topics.
    Big data in sustainable smart cities, from data integration to data mining, from knowledge discovery to knowledge visualization; machine learning and deep learning; heterogeneous information network mining; sensory data mining on Internet-of-Things (IoTs).
    Critical infrastructure protection in sustainable smart cities with the emphasis on security, privacy, and reliability of critical cyber-physical systems such as smart grids, water supply, transportation systems, broadband, etc. Research topics include but not limited to intrusion detection and prevention, vulnerability analysis, risk analysis and management, emergency management, dependability, survivability, and resilience of critical infrastructures, disaster recovery, etc..

We support a wide range of methodological and technical approaches including experimental, observational, monitoring and management studies and policy analysis. In addition to fundamental and applied papers, review articles on important developments will be considered. Special issues devoted to international conferences and major reports will be considered for publication as well.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-03-16
Special Issues
Special Issue on Urban food production: challenges and opportunities towards sustainable cities
Submission Date: 2021-11-30

According to OECD/FAO the demand for food will increase by 15 per cent in the next decade driven by the expected rise of world human population. UN estimates that by 2030, urban areas house 60 per cent of people globally and 10 more megacities will rise. Forthcoming food needs, in urban and peri-urban areas, may be threatened by several problems such the ones related to the lack of arable area due to the increase of urbanization, soil impermeabilization and availability of resources (e.g. quality water and soil) and to the impact of climate change and consequent effects imposed by several abiotic factors (e.g. water scarcity, urban heat island effect) on food products. Therefore, there is an actual need to find food productive systems that are resilient and adapted to the climate conditions, while integrate sustainable practices towards a circular economy. In particular, in urban and peri-urban areas new insights are needed to stimulate local food production and face actual challenges related with the increase of demographics and consequent demand for a higher availability of products. In addition, the increase of local food production will attenuate the dependence on imports and the impact of unpredicted food supply chains disruptions (e.g. global pandemic). This Special Issue aims to provide new insights on food production in urban context towards a more sustainable and healthier environment having in consideration the cutting-edge approaches towards social innovation, economical circularity and environmental sustainability. An interdisciplinary approach is needed to gather knowledge on food production at the level of best available nature-based solutions, dynamics of resource streams such as water, waste and energy, provision of ecosystem services, sustainable and integrative productive practices, nutrient cycling, biotechnology tools and narrowing cities' foodsheds. Further on, food production schemes in urban settings, encompass different scales of implementation such in buildings - indoor and outdoor - (e.g. plant fabrics, vertical and rooftop agriculture; edible walls) and urban locations (e.g., orchards, gardens). We welcome the submission of interdisciplinary work in the format of original research articles, reviews, and opinion papers on urban food production, that include the following topics, but not limited to: . nature-based solutions towards sustainable urban food production . food-productive urban landscapes . food production in urban and peri-urban areas . ecosystem services associated to productive schemes in cities . water reuse for edible crop irrigation . contamination of food products by pesticides and other contaminants . impact of climate change and associated abiotic stresses on edible crops . impact of air quality and solar radiation on plant growth . pathogenic microorganisms in edible crops produced in urban environment . application of biotechnological tools (e.g. bioinocula) to assist edible crop production in urban areas . sustainability of the productive process and overexploitation of resources . sustainable productive practices towards a circular economy . establishment of regulation and strategies for solutions implementation Submission guidelines Only original manuscripts can be submitted, according to the ‘Guide for Authors’ published on the Sustainable Cities and Society website As regards the online submission system of Sustainable Cities and Society, the authors are invited to follow the link “Submit your Paper”, located in the main page of the Journal website, and submit manuscript to Article Type “VSI: urban food production” in Sustainable Cities and Society. Please mention the name of the Special Issue in your cover letter. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the established policies and procedures of the journal. The final papers will be selected for publication depending on the results of the peer review process and the reviews of the Guest Editors. Important Dates: Submission open: December 1, 2020 Final submission deadline: November 31, 2021 Guest Editors Cristina S. C. Calheiros, Environmental Engineer, PhD in Biotechnology; Research Scientist at CIIMAR-Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Portugal e-mail: Sofia I. A. Pereira, Master in Toxicology and PhD in Biology; Research Scientist at Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF), Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal e-mail: Siv Lene Gangenes Skar, Master of Science in Horticulture; Research Scientist at NIBIO, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway e-mail: Ruth Pereira, PhD in Biology, Research Scientist and Scientific Coordinator of GreenUPorto – Sustainable Agrifood Production, Research Centre, and e-mail:
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-03-16
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