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Special Issue Call for Papers

Planning Support for Smart and Sustainable Cities

Submission deadline
28 February 2020

Guest Editors:


Being “sustainable” and “smart” has become the holy grail for cities, planners, developers, and governments around the world. A plethora of studies and discussions on how big data infrastructure (accrued through sensors) and associated Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can help achieve sustainable development goals and improve the management of cities have emerged in recent years (see for example, Caragliu al. 2011).  Planning support tools have been imagined and conceptualized that make use of big data, technology, and interactive interfaces that can help facilitate these sustainability and smart goals (Allwinkle& Cruickshank, 2011; Shen et al., 2012; Deal et al., 2017). Bottlenecks that keep such conceptualizations from becoming reality include the difference between the demand for these tools (adoption and application) as compared to their supply (system development) (Vonk et al., 2005; Biermann, 2012). Real-world example projects that outline the benefits of applying such tools – especially in smart contexts, is severely lacking in the current literature (Geertman and John Stillwell, 2013), limiting their contribution to the smart city and associated sustainability lexicon.

In this special issue, we want to exhibit innovative ideas, methodologies, and case studies that bridge the development of planning support tools with the goals of creating smart and sustainable cities. Potential paper topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Theory and methods for creating smart, sustainable cities
  • Innovative planning support tools for smartness and sustainability
  • The use of “big data” for smart city planning
  • User-interface (UI) techniques that facilitate participatory planning
  • Case study examples of smart planning support tool applications.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines:   Full papers should be submitted to Journal of Urban Technology’s online  Editorial Manager at https://www.editorialmanager.com/cjut/default.aspx

Be sure to select “Special Issue Article: Planning Support for Smart and Sustainable Cities.” Scope, style, and formatting requirements of the journal are available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=cjut20#words

Potential authors are encouraged to send a 250 word abstract the guest editors via email before November 30th, 2019 for a verification of appropriateness before submission to the special issue.

Important Dates:

  • November 30th, 2019 Abstracts of the special issue paper proposal (email to guest-editors)
  • February 28th, 2020 Full paper submission deadline