International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities (IJUPSC)

International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities (IJUPSC)

Editors-in-Chief: Andrea Vesco (LINKS Foundation, Italy) and Nicola Martinelli (Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy)
Published: Semi-Annually |Established: 2020
ISSN: 2644-1659|EISSN: 2644-1667|DOI: 10.4018/IJUPSC


The International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities (IJUPSC) is a peer-reviewed journal for researchers, academics, practitioners, and emerging scholars to publish their established results and new insights within the field of urban planning and digital transformation of cities. Triple sustainability of urban innovations (i.e. social, economic, and environmental sustainability) is the core of this editorial initiative.

Urban Planning addresses the design of cities and urban spaces in a multiple scale vision, and other important challenges of our time such as housing and shrinking cities to create high quality of life and social and economic opportunities for people.

Smart City addresses the key technological enablers of the new innovations that meet the needs and preferences of people. Linking and addressing these two topics together provides us the unprecedented opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to dissemination of novel practices for the sustainable development of our cities. The journal adopts the innovative lens of the complex, digital, and systemic cities, linking theory to practice.

Topics Covered

  • Changes in Urban Planning Due to New Technologies and Data Availability
  • City and Complexity
  • Cybersecurity and Safety in Digital Cities
  • Data as Enabler of Urban Smartness
  • Digital Transformation of Cities
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies and IoT for Smart Cities
  • Electronic Identity for All (People and Things) in Digital Cities
  • Game and Gamification of urban experiences
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Impact Evaluation of Smart City Innovations
  • Innovative Applications in Smart City (Mobility, Energy, Water, Waste, Air Quality)
  • Limitations and Possibilities of Urban Planning: Policies, Processes, Actions and Plans
  • Management of Urban Environment
  • New Business and Funding Models for Smart Cities
  • Participatory Approaches to Urban Planning and Policy Making
  • Smart City Evaluations
  • Social Housing, Co-Housing, Co-Living, and Impact on Cities
  • Urban Planning, Resilience and Sustainability

Mission and Scope

The issues related to the growth of the urban population or, on the contrary, to shrinking cities are among the most important challenges of our time. The bulk of non-renewable resource consumption occurs in cities; this implies that cities are the first place where the innovations which must guide us towards a new model of sustainability must be experimented.

To pursue the final aim of identifying, and to put these innovations at work, due to rapid growth and continuous changes of cities, the policy and planning instruments as well as the use of new technologies and their application need to constantly adapt.

The International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities provides researchers and practitioners the perfect arena to analyze these changes, and to propose cutting-edge innovations through the urban planning and digital transformation disciplines. In particular, the journal aims at investigating the possibilities enabled by the connection between the two disciplines, the benefits, the difficulties/criticalities or the lesson learnt from past experiences and the possible future strategies.

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Editor(s)-in-Chief Biography

Editorial Board

Associate Editors
Enza Lissandrello, Aalborg University, Denmark ORCID
Giovanna Mangialardi, University of Salento, Italy
Marco Pini, LINKS Foundation, Italy
Francesco Rotondo, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy ORCID
Editorial Review Board
Jean Barroca, Deloitte, Portugal
Valeria Caiati, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
Michele Campagna, Università di Cagliari, Italy ORCID
Brunella Caroleo, LINKS Foundation, Italy ORCID
Salvatore Di Dio, PUSH design lab, Italy ORCID
Aleksandra Djukic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Rahma Doheim, Assiut University, Egypt, Saudi Arabia ORCID
Charlotte Ducuing, Belgium
Abeer Elshater, Ain Shams University, Egypt ORCID
Alshimaa Farag, Effat University, Saudi Arabia ORCID
Alfredo Favenza, LINKS Foundation, Italy
Manuel Gentile, Consiglio Nazionale dell Richerche, Italy
Johanna Lilius, Finland ORCID
Giovanni Marinelli, UNIVPM - Marche Polytechnic University -, Italy ORCID
Ramona McNeal, University of Northern Iowa, United States
Michele Nati, IOTA Foundation, Germany
Sushma Nayak, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), India
Antonio Opromolla, Link Campus University, Italy
Surya Dev Prakash, EPFL Switzerland, H2020, WB-Green Growth, U4SSC-ITU, IEEE Smart Cities, Smart Cities Council, Saudi Arabia ORCID
Pragati Rawat, Slippery Rock University, United States ORCID
René Reiners, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Germany
Miriam Ricci, UWE Bristol, United Kingdom ORCID
Mariangela Rosano, Politecnico di Torino, Italy ORCID
Paolo Ruffino, Decisio BV, Netherlands
Aryan Shahabian, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) ORCID
Matteo Tabasso, LINKS Foundation, Italy
Gitte Van Den Bergh, Transport & Mobility Leuven, Belgium


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their original empirical research articles 5,000–8,000 words in length.
Interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis by no fewer than 3 members of the journal’s Editorial Review Board and 1 Associate Editor. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers and at the sole discretion of the Editor(s)-in-Chief.
All manuscripts must be submitted through the E-Editorial Discovery™ online submission manager:

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Dr. Andrea Vesco
LINKS Foundation, Italy

Prof. Nicola Martinelli
Polytechnic of Bari, Italy