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Video: Editor-in-Chief, Thomas Elmqvist introduces the journal and two papers in the launch issue: a Comment piece called "Urbanization in and for the Anthropocene" and Barbara Norman's Perspective on Australian bushfires.


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npj Urban Sustainability has launched its first content on urbanization in anthropocene. Read more about the questions we aim to answer surrounding economic and social challenges, and developing new pathways to sustainable urbanization. 

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This is the inaugural editorial of npj Urban Sustainability. This new journal seeks to inspire an evidence-based and globally oriented conversation on the importance of urban issues for our planet’s future.

Researchers present five key principles requiring fundamental cognitive, behavioural and cultural shifts together to radically transform our neighborhoods, cities, and regions.

Researchers synthesize five frameworks that address features identified in calls for global urban science and help transform urban systems toward sustainability.

Researchers examine how the agenda for climate research and action in cities has emerged and is increasingly driven by science-policy-practice partnerships.

Researchers propose three urbanization dimensions (diversity, connectivity and modularity, complexity) as framework for a potentially more regenerative urbanization in and for the Anthropocene.

Infrastructure must embrace agility and flexibility in technologies and governance, and change how they make sense of their environments.

Water distribution systems tend to be vulnerable and consume an excessive amount of energy. By using storage tanks and secondary treatment processes, Hanoi offers us a potential alternative for the future of water distribution.


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A message from Pippin Anderson, Associate Editor

Associate Editor, Pippin Anderson introduces two papers from the launch issues, "Cities should respond to the biodiversity extinction crisis" and "Co-producing urban knowledge in Angola and Mozambique: towards meeting SDG 11".

A message from Timon McPhearson, Associate Editor

Associate Editor, Timon McPhearson introduces the journal's aims & scope,  and highlights two of the papers included in the this issue: "Infrastructure resilience to navigate increasingly uncertain and complex condition in the Anthropocene" and "Conceptual frameworks facilitate integration  for transdisciplinary urban science".