Sustainable cities and human settlements

Cycleways away from traffic with lower concentrations of pollutants from motorised vehicles sometimes result in longer distances and hence require longer travel times, while alternative routes sharing the road with other traffic, sometimes with buses, might result in exposure to higher pollutant concentrations. To help commuter cyclists achieve their objectives of getting to work in the shortest possible time and maximising their health benefits, this paper proposes a bi-objective route choice model, with the minimisation of travel time and pollutant dose as the two objectives. This supports SDGs 3 and 11.
The latest analysis of SDG-supporting research focusses on SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This graphic shows key metrics for research into Sustainable Cities.

Environment International, Volume 134, January 2020,105132.

Winner of the Elsevier Atlas Award in January 2020, this article explores the potential health impacts of implementing the Barcelona Superblock model, contributing to SDGs 3, 11 and 13.
Winner of the February 2020 Elsevier Atlas Award, this article proposes a circular economy framework for the adaptive reuse of cultural heritage buildings to reduce environmental impacts, contributing to SDGs 11, 12 and 13.
This article addresses goals 7, 8, and 11 by explaining Green New Deal energy roadmaps for 143 countries, calling for a 100% transition of all-purpose business-as-usual (BAU) energy to wind-water-solar (WWS) energy, efficiency, and storage by 2050 with at least 80% by 2030.
This article addresses goals 7 and 11 by assessing the effects of residential building structure, socio-demographics, and ambient temperature conditions of a neighbourhood on overall energy expenditures of a household.
In 2019 RELX hosted an SDG Inspiration Day in Delhi to inspire scalable, collaborative action on the 17 SDGs, with particular emphasis on sustainable cities: SDG 11, critical to the rest. Watch videos of the speakers
Advancing goals 11, 12 and 13, this article looks at the direct positive contribution of building materials on the SDGs.
To achieve SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (climate action) we need reliable and robust renewable energy sources. Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a very promising and rapidly growing technology (particularly in the developing world), but one of the problems of solar panels is that they “soil” – ie over time they become damaged by dust / pollution / animal waste / moss etc, and this limits their performance. This Joule study is the most accurate analysis of the impact of soiling, and sets out a pathway to how soiling can be mitigated.

Fire Safety Journal, Volume 110, 2019, 102889, ISSN 0379-7112,

The manuscript represents a research agenda for the International Association of Fire Safety Science. The Agenda is based on a discussion of fire safety from a global perspective outlining two main Global Grand Challenges. Fire safety science and engineering research objectives and actions are then outlined in response to the Global Grand Challenges, supporting SDGs 3, 9, 11 and 13.