Call for articles - Special Issue: The role of cities in the Green Deal

Journal of Urban Regeneration & Renewal

Special Issue: The role of cities in the Green Deal

Submission deadline: 3rd June 2021

The recent guidelines issued by President von der Leyen (1) are based on the Green Deal whose vision is for the EU to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 as well as grow the EU economy, improve people's health and quality of life, protect nature, and remove geographical differences and inequalities. Beyond the guidelines, the EU has committed various funds towards the environment and nature.

In synchrony with this shift to green policies, digital innovation is also taking place and new enabling technologies have made it possible to bring the EU’s technological and environmental risk management plans more into alignment. At the recent COP21 world conference on climate change, held in Paris in December 2015, the idea of the circular economy was put in the spotlight (European Commission, 2015) (2). This emphasises the key role of new generation technologies in economic and production strategies for environmental sustainability.

There are two main characteristics of green market leverage, i.e. the demand for new generation technologies to improve environmental sustainability. First, the propensity towards sustainable spending actions by individuals who, under the increasing green media wave, voluntarily value the importance of respect for the environment, as demonstrated by a recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (2014). Secondly, legislation which imposes increasingly severe restrictions relating to the protection of the environment, but that differs across countries (3).

This special issue aims to discuss the different approaches and solutions for the role of cities in the Green Deal, much like the pieces of a mosaic that together can provide a uniform vision for the future.

Aims and Scope.

The aim of this Special Issue of Journal of Urban Regeneration & Renewal is to explore and advance the theme of the Green Deal from the perspective of cities. In doing so, it will focus on lessons learned that researchers and policy makers can teach others across the globe. This issue will address the following questions and topics:

  • What role do cities play in this scenario? Saskia Sassen in the 1990s proposed that cities were not areas of local declination of global phenomena, but in fact the opposite; they were supranational phenomena that were projections of local paradigms and, in particular, urban phenomena (4).;
  • Which social and urban morphologies will be involved in the green transition processes for cities?
  • How will smart cities be able to utilise new technologies to combine digital innovation and the Green Deal?
  • How can cities become the cornerstones for guiding the green revolution for the whole planet?
  • What new evidence is there regarding the sustainability of satellite settlements and urban extensions?
  • What are the political, social, economic and environmental consequences of the role of cities in the Green deal and how can they be explored?
  • What are the key issues facing policy makers when considering the potential of cities in the Green Deal?


Submissions sought

Both practice and research papers are invited that help to address one or more of the objectives above and other key challenges facing regeneration professionals and policy makers. Papers which focus on policies, strategies and tools for the role of cities in the Green Deal would be particularly welcome, as would those relating to new institutional frameworks and delivery mechanisms.

The following types of articles will be considered for publication:

Practice Articles: Thought pieces, briefings, case studies and other contributions written by professionals working in regeneration and town and city management. Case studies should address the different approaches regarding the role of cities in the Green Deal. Articles should be 2,000-5,000 words.

Research Papers: Contributions which present new models, theories and empirical research on the role of cities in the Green Deal. Research papers can be around 6,000 words and must have clear implications for regeneration professionals.

Further guidance on manuscript submission, including sample papers, can be found at:

Questions about this issue may be directed to the Publisher, Julie Kerry at and Dr Stefano de Falco, Department of Political Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, the Guest-Editor for this issue, at:

Manuscript submissions should be sent to Julie Kerry at


(1) European Commission (2019) ‘Turning challenge into opportunity on the course to becoming the first climate-neutral continent’, 13th December 2019, available at: (accessed 8th March 2021).

(2) European Commission (2015) ‘Paris climate change conference (COP21/CMP11)’, December 2015, available at: (accessed 8th March 2021).

(3) Sun Y., Du J., Wang S. (2019) ‘Environmental regulations, enterprise productivity, and green technological progress: Large-scale data analysis in China. Annals of Operations Research’ 1:369-384.

(4) Sassen S. (1991) ‘The Global Cities’ Princeton, Princeton University Press, USA.