Special Issue "Sustainability and Territorial Project Assessment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.
Beyond an “environmental impact assessment” approach, the issue to define effective metrics and methods in order to perform the assessment of territorial transformations represents an incomplete contribution of territorial sciences to policy making processes at any territorial scale. The ambition to identify “the best” methodology or “the best” set of indicators, relevant for any specific field of application, is far from being intended as an objective to be reached. However, the effort to perform robust case study applications oriented toward delivering project assessment through the elicitation of effects produced in the territorial dimension, benchmarking sustainability principles adopted under international agreements, represents a challenging interdisciplinary research domain.
The Special Issue aims at collecting papers in an interdisciplinary framework of applied processes of territorial design characterized by the focus on scoping the relation between specific artifacts or anthropic activities/objects and existing territorial systems of values.
Such practices link academic research and policy debate, providing on-field examples of current territorial development processes which are mainly based on projects and planning.
This SI expects to collect papers critically assessing technical improvements in urban and regional development and territorial governance, based on case study research, demonstrating evidence-based results and the feasibility of innovative urban planning solutions and projects evidence on the bases of robust methodological frameworks oriented toward assessing sustainability and territorial impacts.
Case studies, theoretical and methodological contributions, as well as critical discussion on policy implementation and project design are welcome, with reference to the following topics:
- Framework and toolkits for territorial design;
- Project assessment process;
- Impact evaluation models and scenario building;
- Sustainability assessment of territorial transformation;
- Strategic environmental assessment as a tool for project improvement;
- Spatial planning policies and scenario analysis;
- New Urban Agenda and “planning for urban future” under sustainability umbrella;
- Natural Risks preparedness as mean of sustainable territorial management.
Prof. Francesco Scorza
Manuscript Submission Information
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- sustainable territorial design
- project evaluation
- impact assessment
- strategic environmental assessment
- sustainable development
- advancements in territorial governance
- new urban agenda
- natural risks preparedness
- regional studies