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New Nature journal on urban sustainability

Centre researcher Thomas Elmqvist appointed editor-in-chief for a new journal on urban sustainability by Nature and RMIT University, Australia


The journal, launched in October 2019, is part of Nature’s partner journals portfolio, NPJ.

It is an open access, online-only peer-reviewed journal for urban scientists and policy makers.

The journal, which is now open for submissions, will publish inter- and cross-disciplinary research into how cities are reshaping and 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.

Thomas Elmqvist is a professor in natural resource management at the centre. His research is focused on urbanization processes and their impact on different scales, and components of resilience including the role of social institutions.

In addition to his new commitments with NPJ, Elmqvist serves as associated editor for journals such Ecology and Society, Global Sustainability, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability and Sustainability Science. Recently he led the Future Earth project “Urban Planet” and in 2018, he was awarded the BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact. BiodivERsA is a network of national and regional funding organisations promoting pan-European research on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

“Given the importance of urbanization processes and impacts on both local and global scales, I view this new open access journal as a very timely and excellent opportunity to serve the research community as an output of high quality research on urbanization processes and their multitude of consequences for global sustainability. In particular, given the rapid urban dynamics in the global south, I am happy that the journal will have studies in the global south as a priority. I am also happy that the journal explicitly will support research related to the implementation of the SDGs, particularly the SDG 11” Elmqvist says.

In his new role as editor-in-chief, Elmqvist is supported by a team of five asssociate editors, including centre associated researcher Timon McPhearson.

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Published: 2019-09-04

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