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Journal of Cleaner Production
(Elsevier)

Climate co-benefits approach in urban Asia: Understanding how to promote
win-win situations in climate change mitigation, local environmental quality
and development in Asian cities


Urbanization, particularly in Asia, is taking place in an unprecedented scale posing tremendous technical and institutional challenges to reduce its impact at the local, regional and global levels. Many cities face the tasks of tackling global environmental problems, such as climate change, besides the traditional local environmental
problems, such as air and water pollution, while seeking to fulfill the growing demands for jobs, housing, education, health care and transportation. Despite growing efforts to introduce urban management policies and projects, the environmental quality of cities in many Asian countries remains unsatisfactory and is even
worsening, both concerning the local and global environmental impacts. There are a large number of interesting projects, designed to address these types of complex issues, but their individual effects are not enough to change the course of the environmental degradation in those cities. One of the reasons for these underachievements is that policies have addressed specific environmental problems in isolation. Urban environmental management in specific sectors and projects has not considered the mutual impacts and interactions of policies and practices in different sectors, as well as how to scale up innovative changes on a citywide or regional basis.

This Special Issue (SI) provides the opportunity for scholars, practitioners and governmental officials to co-work to gain more complete understandings on how cities can generate solutions that have large, short and long-term positive benefits in terms of climate co-benefits.

Topical areas

The Editorial Team (Team) of this SI invites authors to prepare and submit papers in the diverse urban sectors, such as transportation, building, energy, industry and waste management, as well as on integrated approaches that document lessons learned from cross-sectoral and multi-level co-benefits in environmental, social, economic, health, energy and security. The Team is also interested in information about indicators and methods that can be/are being used to measure co-benefits in cities and regions. The Team welcomes review papers, research papers, and case studies that include but are not restricted to the following topics related to co-benefits:

* For full details on the below topics, download the full CFP .

Submissions should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words for comprehensive reviews, between 5,000 and 7,000 words for theoretical papers with broad empirical studies, and between 4,000 and 5,000 words for case studies.

  • Project level design and management
  • Policymaking and implementation
  • Public administration and management
  • Laws and institutions
  • Urbanization processes and urban governance
  • Development processes
  • International mechanisms
  • Technological learning
  • Innovation systems
  • Techniques to assess co-benefits
  • Tools to promote co-benefits

Symposium in Yokohama, Japan (26–27 July 2012)

The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) will be organizing a symposium with the authors of the selected papers on 26 and 27 July 2012. All authors of selected papers will be invited and are urged to seek travel funding from their departments and home institutions. Local accommodations for three nights and some meals in Yokohama will be provided by the symposium organizers. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and airfares. However, participants with serious financial difficulties such as qualified participants with selected papers from least developed countries may apply for grants for travel (economy class) in a limited case.

Schedule (tentative)

  • Deadline for submitting first draft of papers: Wednesday, 20 June 2012
  • Notification of the suitability of the paper for the symposium: Saturday, 30 June 2012
  • Symposium in Yokohama, Japan: Thursday to Firday, 26–27 July 2012
  • First set of reviews: 31 July 2012
  • Deadline for submitting revised version of papers: 30 September 2012
  • Second set of review: 31 October 2012
  • Deadline for submission of revised documenets: 15 December 2012
  • Notification of acceptance for publication: by 30 January 2013
  • Publication of SI: 30 March 2013

*Download the full CFP  for contribution formats, procedures and reviewing process.


Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira, Editor (Assistant Director & Senior Research Fellow, Head of the
Sustainable Urban Futures Programme, UNU-IAS)
Geng Yong, Editor (Chair Professor on Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology, Institute of Applied Ecology Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Manmohan Kapshe, Editor (Professor and Head (Planning), School of Planning and Architecture, Sports Complex, MANIT)
Christopher Doll, Editor (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)
Tonni Kurniawan, Editor (Postdoctoral Fellow, UNU-IAS)
Donald Huisingh, Editor-in-Chief (Professor, University of Tennessee)

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