“Sustainability in 2023” is part of the New Year Special Issue Series. This Special Issue will gather a collection of high-quality reviews and original articles from Advisory Board Members, Editorial Board Members, Guest Editors, Topical Advisory Panel Members, Reviewer Board Members, in addition to excellent editorials from EiCs and Section EiCs, and authors invited by the editors. Submissions on all aspects of sustainability are welcome, especially Geography, Planning and Development, where the journal Sustainability is Q1.
Watch: Digital and Green Transition
A special issue at LAND, an open access journal, focuses on the ongoing transformation of cities and planning under the influence of the twin smart and green transition. The digital (or smart) transition is a major driver of this transformation of cities and refers to the application of smart systems, sensor networks, IoT, cloud computing, big data, AI, and other digital technologies, which change all urban ecosystems, and planning strategies.
URENIO Research organises a session at the 25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International 2023) that will take place at the AC Bella Sky Hotel and Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, 23-28 July 2023. HCII2023 will run as an ‘in-person’ conference with the option for remote participation.
The title of URENIO’s session is “Human, collective, and machine intelligence for the smart green transition of cities”.
Published in Sustainability, this research paper focuses on pathways towards the digital and green transition. We assess a generic pathway for the transformation of industry ecosystems in cities and regions based on processes of “prioritisation”, “ecosystem identification”, and “platform-based digital and green transition”. Our interest in the transformation of activity-based ecosystems by the twin transition, digital and green, is both theoretical and methodological.
Contemporary smart cities involve a very high number of software applications and hardware devices that connect to the physical and social space of cities and form complex ecosystems in different knowledge and activity domains (transportation, logistics, healthcare, housing, industry, governance, social care, and many more). In this context, smart cities can be considered multi-layered complex systems, systems of systems, that provide ubiquitous access
This paper published in Land describes a model to assess the feasibility of transition of city districts to self-sufficient net-Zero-Energy Districts (NZEDs), based on locally produced renewable energy suitable for cities. It also aims to identify threshold conditions that allow for a city district to become a self-sufficient NZED using smart city systems, renewable energy, and nature-based solutions.
A new paper “Three Decades of Research on Smart Cities‘ by Ayyoob Sharifi, Zaheer Allam, Bakhtiar Feizizadeh, and Hessam Ghamari, published in Sustainability 2021, 13, 7140, gives an overview of the structure and trends in the literature on smart cities. It is a bibliometric analysis and science mapping using VOSviewer and CiteSpace to identify the thematic focus of over 5000 articles indexed in the Web of Science.