It is expected that by 2030, two-thirds of the world population (5 billion people) will live in a city, presenting countless global challenges affecting urban inhabitants and the wider environment.
The below PLOS articles explore the multi-disciplinary research around sustainable cities and communities. They address key issues and initiatives on how we can make cities cleaner and more sustainable, including improving air quality, green urban planning, mitigating urban sprawl, and improving community resilience in the face of increasing hazards.
Open, multi-disciplinary research will play a pivotal role in effectively addressing these challenges and minimizing the negative urban impact on climate change and public health in the coming years. Successful research will facilitate conversations and empower decision-makers to enact positive real-world change in cities and their communities.
With a strong commitment to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, our focus lies on publishing research that can bring about tangible, real-world impact, while ensuring maximum accessibility, especially to those who can benefit from it most.