Int. J. of Sustainable Development   »   2009 Vol.12, No.1



Title: Sustainable cities: problems of integrated interdisciplinary research


Author: Stanislav E. Shmelev, Irina A. Shmeleva


Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
School of International Relations, St Petersburg State University, Russian Federation


Abstract: This paper explores the problem of integrated interdisciplinary research in the field of sustainable cities. The problematique of urban sustainability is studied in the historical and international context. Current research in the field is reviewed, and major gaps in interdisciplinary analysis are identified. The paper makes first steps towards the development of an innovative methodology for the analysis of interdisciplinary linkages among various sustainability dimensions in the urban context. The dimensions taken into consideration are: sustainable energy, sustainable transport, material flows and waste management, quality of life, health, psychology of interaction with the environment, green space, biodiversity, preservation of the natural and cultural heritage, landscape architecture, ecodesign and democratic participation. Two large European cities, London and St Petersburg, are analysed from the point of view of integrative policies and instruments applied in the field of sustainable urban development. The two cities are compared using a panel of sustainability indicators.


Keywords: sustainable development; sustainable cities; urban sustainability; interdisciplinary research; London; St Petersburg; sustainability indicators; sustainable energy; sustainable transport; material flows; waste management; quality of life; health; green space; biodiversity; cultural heritage; landscape architecture; ecodesign; democratic participation; UK; United Kingdom; Russia.


DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2009.027526


Int. J. of Sustainable Development, 2009 Vol.12, No.1, pp.4 - 23


Available online: 28 Jul 2009



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