A section for the study of cities

Urban Science is the new specialty section in Frontiers in Built Environment, open for submissions

Urban Science is the new specialty section in Frontiers in Built Environment, open for submissions


Prof. Marina Alberti, Specialty Chief Editor

Frontiers in Built Environment is proud to announce the launch of its newest section, Urban Science.   Led by Marina Alberti, professor of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, this section aims to publish research that applies observational, experimental, or theoretical approaches to the study of cities using a variety of modalities, including system dynamics, network analysis, and other complex adaptive methods.

“Urban science is an emerging field at the intersection of the social, natural, and data sciences. This new specialty section provides a venue to bring together urban and data scientists from a multi-disciplinary perspective,” says Alberti, who is the Specialty Chief Editor.

Her vision for the section is to create a peer-reviewed forum for scholars to integrate and synthesize theories, concepts, and data across multiple disciplines, aiming to advance the science of cities and urban regions.

“Advancing the understanding of how cities work and evolve is an emerging priority for both science and society. Urban problems are becoming increasingly complex, demanding new levels of collaborations at the intersection among the social, natural, and data sciences,” says Alberti.

As such, Alberti describes Urban science as an interdisciplinary field that can uncover fundamental laws that govern the dynamics and evolution of cities.

“The field is grounded in complexity theory and informed by the rapid growth and world-wide availability of high resolution, real-time empirical data. So, the science of cities seeks to develop theoretical, empirical, and practical insights that can inform decision-making and urban planning,” she explains.

Read more in Alberti’s Specialty Grand Challenge article, Grand Challenges in Urban Science.

The section is now open for submissions, with themes including urban change and evolution, urban form, urban ecology, urban health, spatial inequalities, social networks, urban infrastructure, virtual mobility, shared economies, innovation, urban analytics, modeling, and visualizations, indicators and dashboards, urban sensors, and big data. Studies that apply data mining, simulation, and agent-based modeling are welcome, and we encourage submissions from scholars who integrate qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand micro-macro scale interactions, systemic changes, feedbacks, and emergent phenomena.



If you would like to join the editorial board, propose a thematic collection of articles as a Frontiers Research Topic, or submit a manuscript, please direct all inquiries to the Editorial Office at builtenvironment@frontiersin.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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