International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities (IJUPSC)

International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities (IJUPSC)

Editors-in-Chief: Andrea Vesco (LINKS Foundation, Italy) and Nicola Martinelli (Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy)
Published: Semi-Annually |Established: 2020
ISSN: 2644-1659|EISSN: 2644-1667|DOI: 10.4018/IJUPSC


The International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities (IJUPSC) is a peer-reviewed journal for researchers, academics, practitioners, and emerging scholars to publish their established results and new insights within the field of urban planning and digital transformation of cities. Triple sustainability of urban innovations (i.e. social, economic, and environmental sustainability) is the core of this editorial initiative.

Urban Planning addresses the design of cities and urban spaces in a multiple scale vision, and other important challenges of our time such as housing and shrinking cities to create high quality of life and social and economic opportunities for people.

Smart City addresses the key technological enablers of the new innovations that meet the needs and preferences of people. Linking and addressing these two topics together provides us the unprecedented opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to dissemination of novel practices for the sustainable development of our cities. The journal adopts the innovative lens of the complex, digital, and systemic cities, linking theory to practice.

Topics Covered

  • Changes in Urban Planning Due to New Technologies and Data Availability
  • City and Complexity
  • Cybersecurity and Safety in Digital Cities
  • Data as Enabler of Urban Smartness
  • Digital Transformation of Cities
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies and IoT for Smart Cities
  • Electronic Identity for All (People and Things) in Digital Cities
  • Game and Gamification of urban experiences
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Impact Evaluation of Smart City Innovations
  • Innovative Applications in Smart City (Mobility, Energy, Water, Waste, Air Quality)
  • Limitations and Possibilities of Urban Planning: Policies, Processes, Actions and Plans
  • Management of Urban Environment
  • New Business and Funding Models for Smart Cities
  • Participatory Approaches to Urban Planning and Policy Making
  • Smart City Evaluations
  • Social Housing, Co-Housing, Co-Living, and Impact on Cities
  • Urban Planning, Resilience and Sustainability

Mission and Scope

The issues related to the growth of the urban population or, on the contrary, to shrinking cities are among the most important challenges of our time. The bulk of non-renewable resource consumption occurs in cities; this implies that cities are the first place where the innovations which must guide us towards a new model of sustainability must be experimented.

To pursue the final aim of identifying, and to put these innovations at work, due to rapid growth and continuous changes of cities, the policy and planning instruments as well as the use of new technologies and their application need to constantly adapt.

The International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities provides researchers and practitioners the perfect arena to analyze these changes, and to propose cutting-edge innovations through the urban planning and digital transformation disciplines. In particular, the journal aims at investigating the possibilities enabled by the connection between the two disciplines, the benefits, the difficulties/criticalities or the lesson learnt from past experiences and the possible future strategies.

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Editor(s)-in-Chief Biography

Andrea Vesco received the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering and the Ph.D. in Computer and System Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in 2003 and 2009 respectively. After one year of post-doc with the Control and Computer Engineering Department as a member of the Computer Networks Group at the Politecnico di Torino, he joined the Networking Lab at the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) in 2010. His research interests were on Quality-of-Service (QoS) over packet switched networks and wireless access networks. He had the opportunity to focus his researches on Digital Smart Cities from 2013 to 2018. Today, he is with the LINKS Foundation a non-profit institution promoting, conducting and strengthening innovation, research processes and the technology transfer. His research effort is currently spent on digital transformation and cybersecurity of cities.
Nicola Martinelli received with honours the M.Sc. degree in Architecture from the Architecture Faculty of Naples in 1983 with a thesis in Landscape Architecture named “An Archaeological Park for Egnazia”, published in “Formative Research”. From 2004 until 2017 he was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Bari. From 2009 until 2013, he was Vice-Rector of the Polytechnic University of Bari with responsibility for the Study Fees. In 2017 he became a Full Professor of Urban Planning at the Department ICAR of the Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy. In 2018 was appointed Vice-President of the Urban Policies Center Urban@it and since 2014 he has been a member of the Council of Società Italiana Urbanisti. His research interests are the new generation of urban planning and GIS, the housing topic, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, the relationship between Cities and Universities, Smart City and the Sustainability of. He has several publications on these fields.

Editorial Board

Associate Editors
Enza Lissandrello, Aalborg University, Denmark ORCID
Giovanna Mangialardi, University of Salento, Italy
Marco Pini, LINKS Foundation, Italy
Francesco Rotondo, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy ORCID
Editorial Review Board
Jean Barroca, Deloitte, Portugal
Valeria Caiati, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
Michele Campagna, Università di Cagliari, Italy ORCID
Brunella Caroleo, LINKS Foundation, Italy ORCID
Letizia Chiapperino ORCID
Salvatore Di Dio, PUSH design lab, Italy ORCID
Aleksandra Djukic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Rahma Doheim, Assiut University, Egypt, Saudi Arabia ORCID
Charlotte Ducuing, Belgium ORCID
Abeer Elshater, Ain Shams University, Egypt ORCID
Alshimaa Farag, Zagazig University, Saudi Arabia ORCID
Alfredo Favenza, LINKS Foundation, Italy
Manuel Gentile, Consiglio Nazionale dell Richerche, Italy
Johanna Lilius, Finland ORCID
Giovanni Marinelli, UNIVPM - Marche Polytechnic University -, Italy ORCID
Ramona McNeal, University of Northern Iowa, United States
Michele Nati, IOTA Foundation, Germany
Sushma Nayak, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), India
Antonio Opromolla, Link Campus University, Italy
Surya Dev Prakash, EPFL Switzerland, H2020, WB-Green Growth, U4SSC-ITU, IEEE Smart Cities, Smart Cities Council, Saudi Arabia ORCID
Ajin R S, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, India ORCID
Mohd Ramzi, Malaysia
Pragati Rawat, Slippery Rock University, United States ORCID
René Reiners, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Germany
Miriam Ricci, UWE Bristol, United Kingdom ORCID
Mariangela Rosano, Politecnico di Torino, Italy ORCID
Paolo Ruffino, Decisio BV, Netherlands
Aryan Shahabian, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) ORCID
Matteo Tabasso, LINKS Foundation, Italy
Gitte Van Den Bergh, Transport & Mobility Leuven, Belgium


Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished article manuscripts will be considered. Interested authors must consult the Journal Guidelines for Manuscript Submission at PRIOR to submission. Any further questions may be answered at All article manuscript submissions will be forwarded to at least three members of the editorial review board of the journal for a double-blind peer review. The final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Dr. Andrea Vesco
LINKS Foundation, Italy

Prof. Nicola Martinelli
Polytechnic of Bari, Italy