Call for Proposals: Towards a necessary sustainable urban planning

Guest Editors: Teresa Marat-Mendes and Patrícia Bento d’Almeida

In a world facing processes of permanent change, including climatic, social, political and territorial ones, questioning the role of planning for a required transition to sustainability emerges as an urgent and necessary task. Society’s demand for such sustainability transition has been already expressed in the most varied official United Nations documents, including the 'Brundtland Report' (1987), 'Transforming Our World: 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda' (2015) and the 'New Urban Agenda - Habitat III' (2017), but also in the scientific recognition of the arrival of a new geological age, the Anthropocene. Which transitions are needed? What is the role of urban planning for such change? What instruments do we need for its implementation? What is the role of the institutions, technicians, scientific community and population in such transformation? What should be the spatial impact of such change?

This thematic dossier of CIDADES: Comunidades e Territórios offers a space of reflection and debate, nationally and internationally, about the territory and its potential to rethink urban planning, versus sustainability. This provides an opportunity to share contemporary perspectives about urban planning theory and research, including, among others, the sustainability of the various systems operating in the territory and governance issues.

We invite authors to submit articles, which address the territory as an opportunity for a sustainability transition, in its most varied domains and scales of approach. What changes, what planning and governance approaches, and what scales of intervention are necessary for such transition? Is this a new debate about the territory within technical and scientific research? What research approaches are being developed today?

The deadline for full papers submission extended deadline is 1st July 2020. Papers should be submitted through the CIDADES: Comunidades e Territórios  online platform. The submission should mention the title of the thematic dossier. Articles can be prepared in Portuguese or in English and must respect the journal's editorial conventions (available at
All submissions will be reviewed by independent experts in accordance with the peer review model of the journal. Publication of the thematic dossier is planned for December 2020.