Call for Chapters: Methods and Applications of Geospatial Technology in Sustainable Urbanism


José António Tenedório
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, NOVA FCSH & CICS.NOVA

Rossana Estanqueiro
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, NOVA FCSH & CICS.NOVA

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019
Full Chapters Due: July 14, 2019
Submission Date: November 6, 2019


The relation between urbanism and technology has not been much explored despite some indirect references to this relation are found. In the scientific literature there is a lack of conceptual discussion about the relationship between the modern designation of "sustainable urbanism" (which included the fundamental concepts of green urbanism, urban circular economy and urban planning) and geospatial technologies and methods such as remote sensing, drones, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), internet mapping technologies, 3D point cloud data, 3D modeling, among others. In this sense, why the need to discuss this relationship? Because megacities are a reality, as is the reality of the environmental disturbances they cause (pollution: sanitation, air, and water). These disturbances can be modeled with technology and data obtained by modern methods (for example by drone) to monitor cities in near real time; as well as helping to simulate risk situations and propose future solutions. These solutions can be inspired by the theoretical principles of sustainable urbanism as the various Schools have developed them. We admit that nowadays urban praxis, especially urbanism and urban planning, does not exist without the support of geospatial technologies. The geospatial technologies allow the operationalization of the sustainable urbanism concept’s. The urbanism of present and future time comprises the physical, ecological, economic, social, health and equity as factors of construction of the city in a sustainable perspective and the circular economy. The subject of the book can be defined as follows: work on sustainable urbanism is a practice of planning the city based on principles that can be operationalized by geospatial technology. This technology consists not only of human artifacts (satellites, drones, computers, parallel processing, computing, among others) but considering each person as a human sensor, that produces data in real time. These data, particularly bigdata, can help design the city of the future based on the concept of urban sustainability. The book's overview is guided by the fusion of ideas between sustainable urbanism and geospatial technology as the title indicates. Considering the above, the book is concerned with demonstrating the effectiveness of technology in implementing this key concept: urban sustainability (solar energy, green roofing, and circular economy, among other aspects).


The objectives of the book are:

i) To make the state of the art of using geospatial technology in sustainable urbanism;
ii) To demonstrate the value of geospatial technology to develop new perspectives on cities;
iii) To reveal new applications of technology in general in sustainable urbanism;
iv) To disseminate the production of new knowledge with interest to academia and industry.

In order to achieve these objectives, the authors of each chapter must consider, on the one ha nd, that each chapter is a chapter of scientific synthesis and reflection based on the state of the art. On the other hand, that this synthesis must be pedagogical, therefore oriented to specialists who want to practice the use of Geospatial Technology in practical applications in Sustainable Urbanism and oriented also for undergraduate, master's and doctoral students. In this context, in the evaluation of the chapter proposal, a good definition of the basic concepts associated with the topics covered by the chapter will be appreciated, as well as an explanation of the methods employed to achieve the results that are presented in that chapter.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of urbanism and urban planning technology and data in various disciplines, e.g. architecture, engineering, geography, sociology, surveying, urban planning, among others. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support to local government agencies, business, master and doctoral students.

Recommended Topics

  • Green urbanism
  • Urban sustainability
  • Urban circular economy
  • Urban planning
  • Urban environment
  • Smart cities
  • Urban remote sensing
  • UAV and urban planning
  • 3D point cloud
  • 3D modelling
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Internet mapping technologies
  • Augmented Reality

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 15, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter, considering the objectives of the book. Full chapters are expected to be submitted on Jul 14, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Based on the topics and themes to be presented in this book, IGI Global has tentatively placed this title in the Advances in Geospatial Technologies (AGT) book series. Please note that IGI Global selects book series inclusion based on the topics and themes to be presented in the manuscript. Book series placement is subject to change at the discretion of the publisher.

This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

May 15, 2019: Proposal submission deadline
Jul 14, 2019: Full chapter submission
Sep 11, 2019: Review results due to authors
Oct 9, 2019: Revisions due from authors
Oct 23, 2019: Final acceptance/rejection notification due to authors
Nov 6, 2019: All final accepted materials due from authors


José António Tenedório

Rossana Estanqueiro

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