Special Issue "Conference Exclusive Selection: Shaping Light for Health and Wellbeing in Cities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Simona Tondelli
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Department of Architecture, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Bologna 40136, Italy
Interests: urban and rural regeneration; urban densification; strategic environmental assessment; adapting to climate change in urban areas; sustainable urban mobility
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Prof. Dr. Valerio Carelli
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Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences — DIBINEM, Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
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Prof. Dr. Meike Bartels
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Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Interests: genetics and wellbeing
Prof. Dr. Don Slater
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Department of Sociology, London School of Economics, London, UK
Interests: light and lighting as a social material in urban life
Prof. Dr. Deborah Mascalzoni
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1. Center for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University, Uppsala 752 36, Sweden
2. Institute of Biomedicine, Eurac Research, Bolzano 39100, Italy
Interests: bioethics; health research policy; ethics
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Dr. Aitziber Ortega
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TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Bilbao, Spain
Interests: sustainability andresilience of historic and vulnerable environments
Dr. Elisa Conticelli
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Department of Architecture, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Bologna 40136, Italy
Interests: sustainable urban regeneration
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The international Conference “Shaping light for health and wellbeing in cities” (https://www.enlightenme-project-conference.com/) will be held online on December 16th and 17th 2021, with the aim to investigate the multifaceted consequences light has on health and wellbeing in cities.

A major consequence of urbanization is an exponential increase of human exposure to electric light at night. Public outdoor illumination and the artificial sky glow created by highly urbanized areas are the main sources of exposure. This is complemented by increasing exposure to light at the individual level through domestic lighting and light-emitting screens, or too little exposure during the day due to shift work or unregulated lifestyles.   

The consequences of inappropriate and disruptive light exposure, generated by the urban environment, profoundly affect people’s health and wellbeing, altering their circadian rhythm. These effects cannot be overlooked, especially when they affect vulnerable populations like older adults. Light also shapes urban spaces and social life, thus influencing people’s behavior, moods, and sense of security, as well as social relationships, easing or hampering socialization and participation in civic life.   

Although public awareness of light-related health and wellbeing issues is increasing, there is less understanding of how health and wellbeing impacts derived from urban lighting are mediated by social inequalities present in cities, that may determine the kind and amount of light that citizens are exposed to.  

The Special Issue will include notable papers presented at the “Shaping light for health and wellbeing in cities” Conference. It will support the collection of evidence on indoor and outdoor lighting impacts on health and wellbeing under their various domains (medicine, social sciences, urban and lighting design, urban planning, ethics, etc.) and about tools and policy guidance to support the decision-making processes, ensuring the integration of health and wellbeing in urban lighting plans and policies.  

Potential topics include:

  • Geo-intelligence and urban analytics for urban wellbeing;
  • Social lighting and lighting technology for urban wellbeing; 
  • Co-design of light and community engagement for urban wellbeing;
  • The interplay of genes and environment for health, wellbeing, and circadian rhythm;
  • Innovative urban lighting policies;
  • Legal and ethical aspects of urban lighting and related health studies.

Prof. Dr. Simona Tondelli
Prof. Dr. Valerio Carelli
Prof. Dr. Meike Bartels
Prof. Dr. Don Slater
Prof. Dr. Deborah Mascalzoni
Dr. Aitziber Ortega
Dr. Elisa Conticelli
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • lighting policies
  • lighting technologies
  • urban health and wellbeing
  • circadian rhythm
  • social lighting
  • urban analytics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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