SDG 11 Hub: Sustainable Cities & Communities

We invite you to read blogs by leaders in the field of urban research, browse our SDG11-related publications - and learn how to publish your research with Springer Nature. 

SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019As a champion of research that has a direct impact on societal challenges, we at Springer Nature are committed to publishing research to benefit the future of sustainable cities and communities.

Highlights from our Portfolio

Highlighted Open Access Books

Highlighted Major Reference Works

New Journals publishing SDG11-related research


Frontiers of Urban and Rural Planning

An open access journal, Frontiers of Urban and Rural Planning covers all aspects of urban and rural planning. The journal is fully sponsored by Tongji University - authors do not need to pay an APC.

Editors-in-Chief: Zhiqiang Wu, Tongji University, China, Qisheng Pan, University of Texas at Austin, USA

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City and Built Environment

An open access journal, City and Built Environment covers the following topics: low carbon city and building design, healthy and safe urban built environment, smart cities, city planning, urban climate.

Editors-in-Chief: Jian Ge, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China; Wonhwa Hong, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea; Hiroto Takaguchi, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

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Climate Action

An open-access journal targeted at an audience of researchers and diverse stakeholders who are interested in mitigating hazardous effects of the global climate change.

Editor-in-Chief: Jale Tosun, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Read articles    Submit your paper   More Information on APC waivers


Architecture, Structures and Construction

A journal providing a hitherto nonexistent platform for nurturing the synergy of the disciplines of architecture, building and structural engineering.

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

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Architecture, Structures and Construction (Deadline 30 April 2023)

SDG Series

Explore the latest releases in the SDG book series based around SDG11 below. 

The SDG Series is Springer Nature’s inaugural cross-imprint book series that addresses and supports the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The Series is the first at Springer Nature to publish books under both the Springer and Palgrave Macmillan imprints, bringing the strengths of our imprints together. 

The Series is organized into eighteen subseries: one subseries based around each of the seventeen respective Sustainable Development Goals, and an eighteenth subseries, “Connecting the Goals,” which serves as a home for volumes addressing multiple goals or studying the SDGs as a whole. Each subseries is guided by an expert Subseries Advisor with years or decades of experience studying and addressing core components of their respective Goal.

Key book series in SDG11

If your research concerns SDG 11 - consider publishing in one of these book series.

The Urban Book Series

Resilient Cities

Contemporary Urban Design Thinking

Have an idea for a book to be published in one of these series? Take the next step. Contact us.

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Topical Collections

Topical Collections now open for submission

Urban inequalities and sustainability (npj urban sustainability) Deadline 1 May 2023

Circular economy in urban environments: responding to the New Urban Agenda (npj urban sustainability) Deadline 30 June 2023 

Ongoing Topical Collections - read papers and contribute yours

Resilient Infrastructure (Communications Engineering)

Ecovillages & other Community-led Initiatives as Experiences of Climate Action (Climate Action)

Ecology with Cities (Urban Ecosystems)

Biophilic Urbanism (Sustainable Earth)

ZEMCH Interdisciplinary Design for Sustainability (SN Applied Sciences)

Green Buildings in Architecture, Structures and Construction (Architecture, Structures and Construction)

Inclusive Cities and Learning Territories (City, Territory and Architecture)

Participation and innovation for urban sustainability: exploring the changes (City, Territory and Architecture)

Sustainable Energy Trends in the Developing Economies (SN Applied Sciences)

Recently published Topical Collections

Leveraging Nature-based Solutions for climate resilient and biodiverse urban futures (npj urban sustainability)

Covid, Cities and Sustainability (npj urban sustainability)

The Politics of Climate Action in Africa's Cities (Urban Forum)

Transforming "Space" to "Place" in High-Density Urban Areas: What Roles Can Landscape and Urban Planning Play? (Socio-Ecological Practice Research)

Sustainable Urban/Rural Planning and Architectural Design Innovation (Sustainability Science)

Open Access Books: Supporting the SDGs

Open access (OA) advances research on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals—as OA easily connects researchers and their work to policy makers, business leaders, and professionals who can put discoveries into practice.Open Access

Open access books are easy to find and share, allowing for authors to increase the real-world impact of their work.

Take a closer look at our collection of OA books across all SDGs and read interviews with OA book authors that illustrate how publishing their books OA has extended their impact and reach.

Click here to explore our SDG OA Books hub

Information for authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoDiscover the benefits of publishing with Springer Nature. Aiming to give you the best publishing experience at every step of your research career.

As an author with Springer Nature you can expect:

  • A wide range of journals suitable for all levels
  • A fast and high quality service with close attention to detail
  • The support of editors and reviewers who add value by working closely with authors to improve their papers
  • A wide and established readership which ensures that your research reaches the greatest possible audience
  • A choice across our family of trusted brands and imprints to publish subscription or open access

Have an idea for a book? Take the next step. Contact us.

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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Video: Book Publishing at Springer

Thinking of writing a book and keen to learn more about Springer's Urban Research, Urban Studies, Urban Geography, Planning & Urbanism program?

  • Learn how to publish your book with success. In the recording of a recent webinar, Springer Editor Juliana Pitanguy gives an overview of the publication process from proposal to publication and introduces Springer's urban studies programme, with the main types of books
  • Providing you with valuable tips on how to publish a book with Springer

Read on The SourceA books publishing editor discusses her commitment to SDG11 - Meet Juliana Pitanguy, SDG Champion

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. 

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

In November 2021, Springer Nature and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) brought experts together from across industries and disciplines to coincide with the climate conference COP26.

Watch the recording here

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