International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning

Aims and Objectives
Sustainable Development and Planning

The International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning is an interdisciplinary journal covering the subjects of environmental design and planning, environmental management, spatial planning, environmental planning, environmental management and sustainable development in an integrated way as well as in accordance with the principles of sustainability. In the beginning of the 21st century, despite major scientific and technological accomplishments, the struggle for a cleaner environment as well as for rational organization of space is not settled. It is clear to us that environmentalists, planners, policy makers, engineers and economists have to work together in order to ensure that environmental protection, spatial co-ordination and economic development could all be achieved without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own requirements.

In recent years, an increase in spatial and environmental problems in many countries has led to a crisis in environmental planning and management. The increasing urbanization of the world coupled with the issues of environmental pollution, resource shortages and economic restructuring demand that a lot of effort will be required in order to make our cities sustainable. Moreover, problems of sustainable planning and management are not restricted to urban areas, since rural areas face serious environmental challenges.

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The aim of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning is to inform its readers about all aspects of environmental planning and management. The journal includes subjects ranging from social to technical environmental management issues, having always as an axis the concept of sustainable planning and development.


Papers on the following topics, in accordance with the aims and objectives of the journal are welcome:

  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental legislation and policy
  • Ecosystems analysis and protection
  • Natural resources management
  • Coastal planning and policy
  • Waste management
  • Environmental infrastructure
  • Air, water and soil pollution
  • Remediation and recovery
  • Geo-informatics and the environment
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Public safety and security
  • Environmental economics
  • Tourism and environment
  • Social issues
  • Rural planning
  • Urban planning
  • Urban and regional design
  • Planning in less favoured areas
  • Regional economics
  • Utilities and networks
  • Energy resources
  • Education and health
  • Cultural heritage and architectural issues
  • Visual impact and noise pollution

For information on how to submit your papers for publication in the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning please view the submit a paper page.

Author Benefits

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  • Worldwide visibility and dissemination of your paper. All of our journals are available in both print and digital format and our global distribution network ensures promotion to the widest possible audience
  • Rapid publication times
  • A commitment to permanent digital archiving
  • Page charges of only €90/page to support Open Access
  • All abstracts available free online
  • High production values associated with a leading specialist publisher
  • An efficient and constructive peer review process
  • Author discount of 30% on WIT Press books and special offers on other WIT Press services
Format and Frequency

The International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning is published quarterly. Each issue is available both online (ISSN: 1743-761X) and in paper format (ISSN: 1743-7601).


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Editorial Board
C.A. Brebbia - Wessex Institute of Technology, UK

International Editorial Board
K. Aravossis, NTUA, Greece
A. Balducci, AESOP, Italy
S. Basbas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
E. Beriatos, University of Thessaly, Greece
B. Billitewski, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
H. Bjornlund, University of South Australia, Australia
C. Booth, University of the West of England, UK
R. Brandtweiner, Danube University, Austria
S. Brody, Texan A&M University, USA
N.-B. Chang, University of Central Florida, USA
O.G. Christopoulou, University of Thessaly, Greece
M.E. Conti, University of Rome, Italy
M. Cunha, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
L. D'Acierno, 'Federico II' University of Naples, Italy
V. Ferrara, University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’, Italy
A. Gospodini, University of Thessaly, Greece
K.L. Katsifarakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
H. Kawashima, University of Tokyo, Japan
E. Larcan, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
D. Longo, University of Bologna, Italy
G. Lorenzini, Universitŕ degli Studi di Parma, Italy
G.K. Luk, Ryerson University, Canada
I.G. Malkina-Pykh, Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg, Russia
S. Mambretti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Ü. Mander, University of Tartu, Estonia
J.F. Martin-Duque, Universidad Complutense, Spain
M.A. Martins-Loucao, University of Lisbon, Portugal
F.C.B. Mascarenhas, COPPE/UFRJ-PEC, Brazil
M. Mohssen, Lincoln University, New Zealand
V. Pappas, University of Patras, Greece
F. Pineda, Complutense University, Spain
U. Pröbstl-Haider, BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
D. Proverbs, University of the West of England, UK
R.M. Pulselli, University of Siena, Italy
G. Reniers, University of Antwerp, Belgium
S. Riley, Tertiary Engg & Sustainable Technology Pty Ltd, Australia
G. Rizzo, Universita di Palermo, Italy
R. Rojas-Caldelas, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico
F. Russo, University of Mediterranean Reggio Calabria, Italy
R. Sjöblom, Tekedo AB / Luleĺ University of Technology, Sweden
J.H.R. van Duin, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
J.-Z. Xiao, Tongji University, China
M. Zamorano, University of Granada, Spain