Introduction

The 15th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability addresses all aspects of the urban environment and aims to provide solutions leading towards sustainability. The Sustainable City 2022 conference follows a series of very successful meetings that started in Rio (2000), followed by Segovia (2002), Siena (2004), Tallinn (2006), Skiathos (2008), A Coruña (2010), Ancona (2012), Kuala Lumpur (2013), Siena (2014), Medellin (2015), Alicante (2016), Seville (2017), Valencia (2019) and online in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urban areas result in a series of environmental challenges varying from the consumption of natural resources and the subsequent generation of waste and pollution, contributing to the development of social and economic imbalances. According to current trends, the population is concentrating in urban areas that continue to grow all over the world. Old and new problems tend to become more acute and require the development of innovative solutions to create liveable urban areas without endangering our common future.

The task of researchers is to improve the capacity to manage human activities, pursuing welfare and prosperity in the urban environment. Any investigation or planning in a city ought to consider the relationships between the parts and their connections with the living world. The dynamics of its networks (flows of energy-matter, people, goods, information and other resources) are fundamental for an understanding of the evolving nature of today’s cities.

Coastal areas and coastal cities will be an important issue at the conference as they have some specific features. Their strategic location facilitates transportation and the development of related activities, but this requires the existence of large ports, with the corresponding increase in maritime and road traffic and all of the inherent negative effects, and can be directly affected by the rise in sea level. This requires the development of well-planned and managed urban environments, not only for reasons of efficiency and economics but also to avoid inflicting environmental degradation that causes the deterioration of natural resources, quality of life and human health.

Urban agriculture and food sovereignty are crucial issues that have been included in this latest edition of the conference due to their impact on city life. The scale of modern food production has created and exacerbated many vulnerabilities and the feeding of cities is now infinitely more complex. In the last few years, there has been a rapid expansion in initiatives and projects exploring innovative methods and processes for sustainable food production. The majority of these projects are focused on providing alternative models that shift the power back from the global food system to communities and farmers improving social cohesion, health and wellbeing. These initiatives have demonstrated that urban agriculture has the potential to transform our living environment towards ecologically sustainable and healthy cities.

Large cities represent a fertile ground for architects, engineers, city planners, social and political scientists, and other professionals able to conceive new ideas and time them according to technological advances and human requirements. Their works are essential in order to help public policies progress and become more committed to environmental challenges.

The meeting always attracts a substantial number of contributions from participants from different backgrounds and countries. The variety of topics and experiences is one of the main reasons behind the success of the series.

Since 1993 all published papers are archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary), where they are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Sustainable City 2022. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Urban strategies
  • Urban logistics
  • Urban metabolism
  • Circular economy
  • The coastal city and its environments
  • City/Waterfront interaction
  • Planning, development and management
  • Waterfront development
  • The S3 city: smart, sustainable and safe
  • Eco-cities, Eco-towns and Eco-villaging
  • Spatial conflicts in the city
  • The community and the city
  • Tourism and the city
  • Coastal city beaches
  • Coastal processes
  • Coastal flooding
  • Urban transportation and planning
  • Ports accessibility
  • Architectural issues
  • Cultural heritage sites
  • Urban conservation and regeneration
  • Environmental management
  • Waste management
  • Urban air pollution
  • Health issues
  • Water resources
  • Landscape planning and design
  • Urbanization of rural areas
  • Urban and peri-urban agriculture
  • Sustainable land use
  • Green infrastructures and sustainable urbanism
  • City food chains
  • Urban agriculture and food sovereignty
  • Sustainable urban drainage
  • Urban farms
  • Roof top farms and green roofs
  • Waste food recovery and recycling
  • Planning for risk, climate change and natural hazards
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Sustainable City 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

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Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Sustainable City 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

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Roberto Rojano, Colombia (attended Air Pollution 2020)


"I was extremely pleased and appreciative of Ms Marta Graczyk‘s support throughout the registration and paper production process. I send her my utmost thanks and gratitude. "
Abdulkader Algilani, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2020)


"This was my first experience in the Wessex institute conferences, I'm proud to be a part of this conference and article publishing. Many thanks to the efforts escorted by the Institute among the COVID19 pandemic. We would be honored to attend the next conference of Islamic heritage with such interesting topics with the variety of articles presented. Extended thanks to all the researchers taking part in the conference."
Haya S. Nasereddin, Palestinian Territories (attended Islamic Heritage 2020)


"I have participated in the last 4 conferences promoted by WIT. What attracts me at conferences is its extremely efficient organization, the high level of professionalism of the organizing team, the quality of the resulting publications(indexed), the care shown by the organizing team with the quality of the event, manifested in the post-conference follow-up surveys, in [the] attention to participants before and during the event, the adequacy of the duration of the conference, the size of the conference (neither too large nor too small) which provides a favorable environment for approaching and exchanging ideas, and (why not ?) the places chosen to host the events, always beautiful and conducive to post-event cultural enrichment."
Paulo Roberto Armanini Tagliani, Brazil (attended Environmental Impact 2020)


"Dear colleagues! We thank you for a very interesting experience of participating in a conference of this format. We hope that in the future there will be more events that contribute to personal communication and discussion of current issues by the scientific community. We look forward to participating in other events organized by the Wessex Institute."
Artem Salamatov, Russia (attended Environmental Impact 2020)


"I had a very nice experience of participating in the Risk Analysis conference as one of the conferences of the Wessex Institute. The procedures of sending the tentative abstract, evaluation, acceptance, registration, and presentation were very well-organized and also streamlined by a very supportive coordinator. I would definitely consider the Wessex Institute conferences, particularly Risk Analysis, for my future publications."
Abolfazl Shojaei Barjouei, Norway (attended Risk Analysis 2020)


"I had a great experience with the Wessex Institute. Communication, especially with Irene, was always detailed and responses were prompt and friendly. Wessex Institute rose to the challenge of holding a conference in the midst of a global pandemic; the online conference ran very smoothly and it was easy to navigate to each paper and its accompanying presentation. Looking forward to the next conference in the series, hopefully in person!"
Meredith Fyfe, Canada (attended Risk Analysis 2020)


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Sebastian Bahamon, Germany (attended COMPRAIL 2020)


"I got new experiences through Waste Management 2020 and [learnt about] the problems of different countries, thank you."
Hiroya Matsui, Japan (attended Waste Management 2020)


"The Mission and Vision are excellent, in particular having conferences which promote development and enterprising business. You are thinking smart."
Charles Tushabomwe-Kazooba, Uganda (attended Sustainable Tourism 2020)


"I enjoyed attending this conference. Even if this version was online, the quality of the presentations was very high and everyone was really invested. The great variety of topics gives the opportunity to develop new ideas or to get new information about different kinds of scientific subjects. In addition, the conference manager was very reactive to any questions I had. That is why I would recommend anyone to attend this conference."
Gwenc'hlan Tymen, France (attended AFM 2020)


"Despite the special circumstances of covid-19, the conference was organized in an efficient and organized manner. I wish you all the best."
Mora Hana, Egypt (attended Eco-Architecture 2020)


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Jaap Vleugel, Netherlands (attended Sustainable Development and Planning 2020)


"My overall experience with Wessex Institute has been of excellent standard throughout. I have been impressed with the punctualities and perseverance of the organising committees."
Hicham Machmouchi, UAE (attended Sustainable Development and Planning 2020)


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Fjollë Caka, Macedonia (attended Sustainable City 2020)


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Maria-Carmen Vicente-Torres, Spain (attended FRIAR 2020)