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.

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

Highlights from our Portfolio

Highlighted Open Access Books

Highlighted Major Reference Works

Selected Articles

Enablers and challenges when engaging local communities for urban biodiversity conservation in Australian cities

from Sustainability Science


Food environments and gut microbiome health: availability of healthy foods, alcohol, and tobacco in a rural Oklahoma tribal community

from Discover Food


Study on coupling degree of rail transit capacity and land use based on multivariate data from cloud platform

from Journal of Cloud Computing


The eco-city and its core environmental dimension of sustainability: green energy technologies and their integration with data-driven smart solutions

from Energy Informatics


Managing the impact of climate on migration: evidence from Mexico

from Journal of Population Economics


Viability of compact cities in the post-COVID-19 era: subway ridership variations in Seoul Korea

from The Annals of Regional Science


Systematic literature review of context-awareness applications supported by smart cities’ infrastructures

from JSN Applied Sciences


Assessing the role of urban green spaces for human well-being: a systematic review

from Geojournal


Philanthropic Investment in Equity: Cultivating Grass Roots Leaders for the Equitable Revitalization of Marginalized Communities

from International Journal of Community Well-being


Post-pandemic lifestyle changes and their interaction with resident behavior in housing and neighborhoods: Bursa, Turkey

from Journal of Housing and the Built Environment


The Relation Between Residential Self-Selection and Urban Mobility in Middle Eastern Cities: the Case of Alexandria, Egypt

from Urban Forum


Examining the paradox of urban disease ecology by linking the perspectives of Urban One Health and Ecology with Cities

from Urban Ecosystems


New Journals publishing SDG11-related research


Frontiers of Urban and Rural Planning

A new open access journal, Frontiers of Urban and Rural Planning covers all aspects of urban and rural planning. We invite you to submit your paper today. 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


City and Built Environment

A new 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. Take a closer look.

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


Climate Action

A new 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

We invite you to submit your research to the journal. Climate Action offers APC waivers.

Call for Papers: Topical Collection on Ecovillages and other Community-led Initiatives as Experiences of Climate Action

Read content from volume 1 here


Architecture, Structures and Construction

A new 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

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

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.

Submit your book proposal

Topical Collections

Topical Collections now open for submission

Leveraging Nature-based Solutions for climate resilient and biodiverse urban futures (npj urban sustainability) Deadline 31 Jan. 2023

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

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

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  • 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. 

Submit your book proposal

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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