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. 

SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019Some 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

Webinar: Book Publishing 101 - Urban Studies

Tuesday, October 12th at 6 pm CEST | 5 pm BST | 12 am EDTContact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphoto

Keen to learn more about Springer's Urban Studies programme and how to publish YOUR book? Then this webinar is for you!

Save your spot - sign up today!

You'll hear from Juliana Pitanguy, Book Publishing Editor in Springer's Geography and Sustainability Research Department, covering the fields of Urban Research, Urban Studies, Planning, Urbanism, Urban Geography, Spatial Science and Design.

In the session, you will learn how to publish your book with success. Juliana will provide a brief overview of the publication process from proposal to publication, will talk about Springer's urban studies programme and the main book types, and will provide many valuable tips on how to publish your book. 

The webinar is scheduled to last 45 minutes, and time for questions will be included.

Blogs by our Authors & Editors - Opinion Leaders in their Fields

npj Urban Sustainability

npj Urban Sustainability - online-only and open access

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

Online-only and open access, npj Urban Sustainability publishes inter-and cross-disciplinary research into how cities are reshaping and are being reshaped to meet major economic, social and environmental challenges, including how digital tools and big data are playing an increasing role in this shaping.

Take a closer look and read the first articles

Editor-in-Chief Thomas Elmqvist introduces the journal

New Journal: Architecture, Structures and Construction


The new journal Architecture, Structures and Construction provides a hitherto nonexistent platform for nurturing the synergy of the disciplines of architecture, building and structural engineering.

- Focuses on the synergy between architecture, structures and construction
- Addresses the present social, environmental and economic challenges facing a sustainable and high-performance built environment
- Stimulates much needed interaction between the world of academia, industry and design

Editors-in-Chief: Paulo Jorge de Sousa Cruz, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal & João Paulo Correia Rodrigues, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Enjoy free access during 2021 and 2022 - an introductory offer to ensure high readership. Take a look at the first papers in the journal and submit your paper now for maximum visibility!

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Green Buildings in Architecture, Structures and Construction

Springer's Urban Studies collection

Leading the way in the field of urban studies, planning, urban geography, spatial science, design and architecture. Springer publishes high impact research in sustainable cities, resilience, urban governance, urban regeneration, smart urban technologies, food in cities, urban ecology, urban health, housing and urban transport. 

Take a closer look at Springer's Urban Studies collection.

Would you like to publish your research with Springer and contribute to our Urban Studies collection? 

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Let us guide you through the book publishing process. We would love to hear from you to discuss your book idea. 

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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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