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Cities & Health

For a Special Issue on

Living Green, Liveable Cities

Manuscript deadline
06 November 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Audrey Timm, Technical Advisor, AIPH
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Dr Lauriane Chalmin Pui, Wellbeing Fellow at Royal Horticultural Society, UK

Dr Gayle Souter- Brown, Greenstone Design UK Ltd

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Living Green, Liveable Cities

Cities & Health journal is seeking contributions for a special issue: ‘Living Green, Liveable Cities’.

This special issue is initiated by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) in collaboration with Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar. This special issue, ‘Living Green, Liveable Cities’, investigates the science and practice supporting the concept showcased at Expo 2023 Doha Qatar of creating liveable and healthy urban environments through city greening.

The ‘Living Green, Liveable Cities’ special issue will explore the evidence-base for the health and well-being benefits of incorporating ‘living green’ into the form and function of cities. AIPH uses the term ‘living green’ to refer to the use of plants in the urban fabric. This is to differentiate between ‘Liveable Green Cities’ resulting from plants and nature, and the term ‘green’ when it is applied more broadly to sustainability measures, such as recycling or reduced emissions.

Thematic topics

The ‘Living Green, Liveable Cities’ special issue will cover thematic topics related to the health benefits of increasing the quantity and quality of ‘living green’ in cities.

Content from practitioners, policy makers, and communities, in addition to or in collaboration with researchers, is especially welcome.

This special Cities & Health issue commissioned by Expo 2023 Doha will focus on three main elements of health in cities that are promoted and enhanced by plants and nature.

  • Health and wellbeing: what new research and case studies relate to more effective creating and motivating nature-based restorative environments, both indoor and outdoor?
  • Environmental health: what new evidence is there for the role of plants in reducing health risks that arise from the urban heat island effect, air and noise pollution, and extreme weather events?
  • Cultural health: what are the experiences and lessons of responses to designed landscapes that promote social cohesion, cultural identity, and inclusive communities?

Types of contribution

We especially welcome contributors who may create linkages between academics, practitioners and communities in demonstrating pathways of knowledge to practice.

In particular, for this special issue, we invite contributors:

  • To identify and address key research and policy questions;
  • To publish the latest empirical, methodological, conceptual and review papers;
  • To illustrate the power of story-telling/ qualitative/ narrative for behaviour change;
  • To demonstrate leading practice and examples from cities around the world;
  • To submit reflection and critical analysis that leads to new research directions.

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Cities & Health has been established to support human and planetary health by sharing the international research and practice for urban health and health equity. Our mission is to provide practitioners, researchers and communities with a platform to share, discuss problems, and to shape solutions from a spatial planning, urban design and physical city governance perspective.

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AIPH – the International Association of Horticultural Producers

Since 1948, AIPH has united horticultural producers in an international community that thrives to this day. Much has changed in that time. Technologies advanced, cities rose from the ground, and we have become more connected than ever. As a result, our essential bond with nature has been weakened. AIPH strives to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct. We support the work of grower associations globally and together we champion a prosperous industry, growing plants that enhance lives, advance societies, and sustain our planet, for this generation and the next. AIPH is also the global approving body for International Horticultural Exhibitions, which are hosted by cities around the world.

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AIPH Green City

AIPH leads global thinking on the successful integration of nature into the built environment. Through the AIPH Green City programme, AIPH promotes the essential role of plants in creating vibrant urban areas and aims to develop an international standard for green cities and be a focal point for green city best practice and a source of expertise. AIPH uses knowledge exchange, advocacy, and networking to nurture a strategic shift in city form and function to advance the realisation of a greener planet.

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Expo 2023 Doha Qatar

With a theme focused on greening the desert and improving the environment, Expo 2023 Doha Qatar will take place from October 2023 to March 2024. It will cover at least 50 hectares and is expected to attract 3 million visitors. The Expo will be organised in the context that climate, water and soil are indispensable and endangered resources.

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Submission Instructions

We invite a variety of contributions including research papers, case studies, photo essays, thought pieces, and commentaries. Further details of types of submission and requirements can be found on the journal’s ‘Instructions for authors’ page. We especially encourage full use of images, including photographs and plans.

The Guest Editors of the special issue welcome expressions of interest from authors in advance of the submission deadline. Early submissions are also welcome.

Contributors should ensure they select the special issue 'Living Green, Liveable Cities' on submission.

In-person Research Symposium at Expo 2023 Doha Qatar, February 2024

Submissions for ‘Living Green, Liveable Cities’ special issue will be evaluated by the Editorial Team. Special invitations will be issued to some authors to present their work at an in-person 2-day Research Symposium during Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar.

Peer-review of manuscripts submitted will coincide with the Research Symposium and the special issue will be published in 2024.

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