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Cities are unique places. Indeed, they are spaces where the efforts to transform the world towards sustainability could lead to effects of very high impact. The majority of the world's population live in cities, and many pioneering measures taken by cities today stimulate the development of a green economy, the reduction of pollution, the increase of energy efficiency and energy security, capturing of CO2 emissions, creating jobs and reducing resource throughput, and minimizing waste.

This Research Topic will take as its point of inspiration the work of Prof. Herman Daly (1938-2022), a pioneering ecological economist who was very much ahead of his time. He called for a re-evaluation of the importance of economic growth and instead believed sustainability was key to maintaining healthy economies alongside the finite resources of the earth. Submissions should draw on empirical case studies and position cities and their economies firmly within the surrounding ecosystems, supporting their activities through oxygen supply, freshwater provision and carbon sequestration. This Research Topic will focus on evidence-based policy assessments of interventions in cities around the world focused on transforming the urban environment towards sustainability. We invite submissions in the following areas:

-The city-ecosystems nexus: the interaction between surrounding ecosystems and the cities’ economies that benefit from their services.

-Circular flows: minimization of resource use, minimization and recycling of waste, reducing the waste impact, and the appraisal of ESG investments in urban resource sustainability.

-Air pollution in cities: case studies empirically assessing multidimensional health, economic and transformation benefits of Low Emission zones, cycling schemes and innovative public transport and pedestrianisation projects, ESG appraisal of investments taking into account public health savings and governmental and private cost of infrastructure project.

-Research into the multidimensional assessment of public transportation in cities: taxonomies of underground, tram, and bus networks and their impact on reducing air pollution and CO2 emissions in conjunction with ESG investment appraisal, government, and private costs, the economic models and economic self-sufficiency of public transport systems around the world.

- Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and sustainable investment in cities as a catalyst for positive sustainability transformation: green bonds, public-private partnerships, and private infrastructure investment.

-Urban public health and pollution - linkages, implications, and successful interventions, including financing, assessment, and comparative studies from around the world

- AI impacts on job creation: the integrated assessment of positive and negative impacts of AI in cities around the world, including environmental and social implications.

-Environmental implications of digital economy: comprehensive assessment of environmental and social as well as economic impacts of digital music, video streaming, video games, e-commerce, social media, etc.

-The negative role of built obsolescence as an obstacle to sustainability transformations in business models, the assessment of the role of private and government investment that stimulates or hinders built obsolescence.

Keywords: Policy, Minimizing waste, Ecological economy, Urban sustainability, Sustainable investment


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Cities are unique places. Indeed, they are spaces where the efforts to transform the world towards sustainability could lead to effects of very high impact. The majority of the world's population live in cities, and many pioneering measures taken by cities today stimulate the development of a green economy, the reduction of pollution, the increase of energy efficiency and energy security, capturing of CO2 emissions, creating jobs and reducing resource throughput, and minimizing waste.

This Research Topic will take as its point of inspiration the work of Prof. Herman Daly (1938-2022), a pioneering ecological economist who was very much ahead of his time. He called for a re-evaluation of the importance of economic growth and instead believed sustainability was key to maintaining healthy economies alongside the finite resources of the earth. Submissions should draw on empirical case studies and position cities and their economies firmly within the surrounding ecosystems, supporting their activities through oxygen supply, freshwater provision and carbon sequestration. This Research Topic will focus on evidence-based policy assessments of interventions in cities around the world focused on transforming the urban environment towards sustainability. We invite submissions in the following areas:

-The city-ecosystems nexus: the interaction between surrounding ecosystems and the cities’ economies that benefit from their services.

-Circular flows: minimization of resource use, minimization and recycling of waste, reducing the waste impact, and the appraisal of ESG investments in urban resource sustainability.

-Air pollution in cities: case studies empirically assessing multidimensional health, economic and transformation benefits of Low Emission zones, cycling schemes and innovative public transport and pedestrianisation projects, ESG appraisal of investments taking into account public health savings and governmental and private cost of infrastructure project.

-Research into the multidimensional assessment of public transportation in cities: taxonomies of underground, tram, and bus networks and their impact on reducing air pollution and CO2 emissions in conjunction with ESG investment appraisal, government, and private costs, the economic models and economic self-sufficiency of public transport systems around the world.

- Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and sustainable investment in cities as a catalyst for positive sustainability transformation: green bonds, public-private partnerships, and private infrastructure investment.

-Urban public health and pollution - linkages, implications, and successful interventions, including financing, assessment, and comparative studies from around the world

- AI impacts on job creation: the integrated assessment of positive and negative impacts of AI in cities around the world, including environmental and social implications.

-Environmental implications of digital economy: comprehensive assessment of environmental and social as well as economic impacts of digital music, video streaming, video games, e-commerce, social media, etc.

-The negative role of built obsolescence as an obstacle to sustainability transformations in business models, the assessment of the role of private and government investment that stimulates or hinders built obsolescence.

Keywords: Policy, Minimizing waste, Ecological economy, Urban sustainability, Sustainable investment


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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