SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

As a champion of both fundamental research and research intended to have a direct impact on societal challenges, we at Springer Nature are proud of the attention our authors, editors and publishers pay to the future of cities. 

Some of what we publish relates to issues relevant to all cities – modelling of transport or food systems, for example. Much important research is focused more regionally, or on individual cities. Such research may be conducted by working directly with city officials, or with networks of city planners. It can make an immediate difference to the health (in the broadest sense) and other needs of people who live and work in cities, as well as to the development of more sustainable aspects of citizens’ lives. SDG 11 includes targets for cities that Springer Nature’s publications speak to directly. The blogs below reflect some of that, and the publications that we highlight below point to our commitment to cities research more broadly, across all of our formats and imprints.

Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature

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npj Urban Sustainability has launched its first issue

npj Urban Sustainability's inaugural issue “Urbanization in the Anthropocene" has now published. 

This new open access journal seeks to inspire an evidence-based and globally oriented conversation on the importance of urban issues for our planet’s future. In that, npj Urban Sustainability will address some of the most challenging questions humanity has ever faced. 

The first issue is introduced by a Comment setting out some of the dimensions of how urbanization may not only accelerate the global processes underlying the Anthropocene but also how cities and urban regions may be a positive force in contributing to a “good” Anthropocene.

Read the inaugural issue

Editor-in-Chief Thomas Elmqvist introduces the journal

SDG 11 researchers and societal impact

New Content ItemDiscover SDG 11 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. 

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Springer Nature & SDSN Conference 'Science for a Sustainable Future'

On October 8 2020, Springer Nature and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) with its Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) hosted a virtual conference on science for a sustainable future. 

Urbanization Panel - Science for a Sustainable Future © Springer NatureThis global virtual conference brought together policymakers, government representatives, UN officials, as well as leading scientists from around the world to discuss the role of science in achieving the SDGs. 

Watch the Urbanization Panel Discussion 


...with Aromar Revi (Indian Institute for Human Settlements),
Chang Heng Chee (Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology & Design),
Luis Sáenz (Cómo Vamos Cities Network)
and Susan Parnell (Human Geography Dept., University of Bristol)

Moderated by Mark Fischetti (Scientific American)

Science and the Sustainable City Summit

T_A77353_AD040_ecocities_270x153pxSpringer Nature held the Science and the Sustainable City Summit in Singapore in July 2018. This flagship meeting, co-located with the World Cities Summit, brought together global experts to discuss and collaborate on solutions to the challenges of sustainable development in cities against the backdrop of climate change, population growth and soaring energy and water needs. 

We are pleased to be able to showcase the keynote and panel discussions here, featuring city leaders alongside solutions providers from diverse fields including planning, construction and technology, as well as experts in ecology and urban development from leading global research institutions.

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