Sustainable cities and human settlements


Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability, Volume 1, 2019, pages 9-16

Contributing to SDGs 2, 3 and 11, this chapter gives an overview of the processes and motivations behind the conception, implementation and persistence of global agricultural policies which have led to food insecurity.

Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability, Volume 2, 2019, pages 1-7

Advancing SDGs 2, 3 and 11, this chapter gives an overview of how food security, nutrition and sustainability are interrelated.

Evaluating Water Quality to Prevent Future Disasters, 2019, Pages 1-12

Water-quality disasters occur frequently worldwide. They do not necessarily occur only in underdeveloped world. Detailed water-quality evaluations can help prevent occurrence of some of these disasters. Contributing to SDGs 10 and 11, this chapter discusses our vulnerability to water disasters to help us avoid some of them in the future.
Each year the RELX Environmental Challenge is awarded to projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water or sanitation. Projects must have clear practical applicability, address identified need and advance related issues such as health, education, or human rights. Applications close on 7 June 2019.

Encyclopedia of Caves (Third Edition), 2019, Pages 678-685

This book chapter addresses goals 15 and 11 by focusing on how human activities influence the biodiversity of life on land.
This book chapter addresses goals 12, 7, 11 and 15 by looking at the environmental and economic impact of the utilization of biomass resources.

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, Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Responsible Media Forum.

In 2017, the UN adopted a global SDG indicator framework, calling for complementary national and regional indicators to be collected by member countries, while the UN Habitat developed an indicator action framework specifically for cities. This paper examined the extent to which using UN Sustainable Development Goal indicators framework will help cities evaluate their efforts to deliver sustainability and health outcomes. It identified inconsistencies between the two two frameworks. Many of the SDG indicators assessed outcomes, rather than the ‘upstream’ policies and interventions required to deliver outcomes on-the-ground. Conversely, the UN Habitat framework incorporated intervention indicators, but excluded health outcome indicators. We proposed a more comprehensive approach to benchmarking, monitoring and evaluating policies designed to achieve healthy and sustainable cities and assessing spatial inequities.

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).