Sustainable cities and human settlements

RELX SDG Inspiration Day Delhi - Sustainable Cities: SDG 11, critical to the rest is taking place on 2 May, 2019 in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact India.

Aim: Inspiring collaborative, scalable action on the SDGs

Form: Engaging, interactive, collaborative sessions

Who: Approximately 50+ representatives from business, NGOs, academia, and civil society

Building on the free RELX Group SDG Resource Centre: Information, data, events and more to advance the SDGs


Internet of Things, Volume 5, March 2019, Pages 12-33.

This paper supports SDGs 9 and 11 (industry, innovation & infrastructure and sustainable cities & communities). To deal with the issues of urbanization such as traffic, pollution and waste, new information and communication technologies (ICT) and solutions coming from the Internet of Things (IoT), Edge, Cloud computing and Big Data are brought together to fulfill the vision of Smart Cities.

Energy and Buildings, Volume 186, March 2019, Pages 405-415.

A total of 1.8–4.1 billion people are potentially exposed to heat stress due to lack of access to cooling energy systems. This study develops a comprehensive measure of energy access by introducing the dimension of space cooling. This research has direct implications for human health and wellbeing (SDG 3), and interacts with SDGs 7 (affordable and clean energy) and 11 (sustainable cities and communities).
A tool to evaluate energy key performance indicators in a neighbourhood has been developed, linking overall climate goals to local measures. Contributing to SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and 11 (sustainable cities and communities), this research provides decision making support in energy planning.

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 44, Jan 2019, Pages 475-487.

This article supports SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).This paper ranks 28 European capital cities based on how smart and sustainable they are. The results will help cities understand where they stand and give policy makers an opportunity to identify areas for improvement while leveraging areas of strength.

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 48-53.

Furthering goal 11, this paper seeks to demonstrate that while the recentralization of urban governance has some potential to generate more sustainable human settlement patterns, it is less likely to foster sustainable and socially just transitions within cities.
Furthering goals 3 and 11, this study highlights the need for Hong Kong to develop more integrated, human-centric, location- and justice-based environmental policies, and the need to adopt evidence-based policy-decision-making to properly address air pollution-induced enviornmental injustice. Nominated in January 2018 for the Elsevier Atlas Award.

Chem, Volume 4, Issue 11, November 2018, Pages 2644-2657.

This research presents the implementation of a flexible solar flow battery device which holds the potential to accelerate large-scale deployment of solar technologies, providing off-grid electrification to remote locations, developing SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 1 (no poverty).

Towards Sustainable Road Transport, 2014, Pages 65-85

The road transport scene is changing rapidly under the stimulus of new vehicle and engine technology, as well as global political and socio-economic pressures. Through discussion of these issues, this chapter advances goals 11 and 7.

Sustainability, Energy and Architecture, Case Studies in Realizing Green Buildings, 2013, Pages 359-385.


This chapter advances goals 11 and 7 by analysing the users' perceptions of thirty-one sustainable commercial and institutional buildings located in a range of climatic zones.