The Academic Debate on SDG 11

Here there are a collection of articles and chapters which discuss the pros and cons of the implementation of SDG 11.



Bansard, Jennifer S.; Hickmann, Thomas and Kern, Kristine (2019) Pathways to urban sustainability : How science can contribute to sustainable development in cities, GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 112-118,


Mitlin, Diana; Beard, Victoria A.; Satterthwaite, David and Du, Jillian (2019) Unaffordable and undrinkable : rethinking urban water access in the Global South (World Resources Report : towards a more equal city : working paper), Washington, World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities


Kabisch, Sigrun; Finnveden, Göran; Kratochvil, Petr; Sendi, Richard; Smagacz-Poziemska, Marta; Matos, Rafaela and Bylund, Jonas (2019) New urban transitions towards sustainability : addressing SDG Challenges (Research and implementation tasks and topics from the perspective of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe), Sustainability, vol. 11, no 8, 2242;


Krellenberg, Kerstin; Bergsträßer, Hannah; Bykova, Daria; Kress, Nele and Tyndall, Katharine (2019) Urban sustainability strategies guided by the SDGs – a tale of four citiesSustainability, vol. 11, no. 4, 1116;


Valencia, Sandra C.; Simon, David; Croese, Sylvia; Nordqvist, Joakim; Oloko, Michael, Sharma, Tarun Nick Buck, Taylor and Versace, Ileana (2019) Adapting the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda to the city level : Initial reflections from a comparative research project, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 4-23;


Cohen, Matthew and Habron, Geoffrey (2018) How does the New Urban Agenda align with comprehensive planning in U.S. Cities? A case study of Asheville, North Carolina, Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 12, 4590;

IFLA (2018) Sustainable cities and communities : IFLA input to UN NGO Major Group position paper on SDG 11, The Hague, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 

Koch, Florian and Krellenberg, Kerstin (2018) How to contextualize SDG 11? Looking at indicators for Sustainable Urban Development in Germany, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 7, 464;


Rudd, Andrew; Simon, David; Cardama, Maruxa; Birch, Eugénie L. and Revi, Aromar (2018) The UN, the Urban Sustainable Development Goal, and the New Urban Agenda, In: Elmqvist, Thomas; Bai, Xuemei and Frantzeskaki et al. (eds.) The urban planet : knowledge towards sustainable cities, New York, Cambridge University Press, pp. 180-196.


Zinkernagel, Roland; Evans, James and Neij, Lena (2018) Applying the SDGs to cities : business as usual or a new dawn? Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 9, 3201;


Caprotti, Federico; Cowley, Robert; Datta, Ayona; Broto, Vanesa Castán; Gao, Eleanor; Georgeson, Lucien; Herrick, Clare; Odendaal, Nancy and Joss, Simon (2017) The New Urban Agenda : key opportunities and challenges for policy and practice, Urban Research & Practice, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 367-378, Also available at ResearchGate


Patel, Zarina; Greyling, Saskia; Simon, David; Arfvidsson, Helen; Moodley, Nishendra; Primo, Natasha and Wright, Carol (2017) Local responses to global sustainability agendas: learning from experimenting with the urban sustainable development goal in Cape Town, Sustainable Science, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 785-797.


Teferi, Zafu Assefa and Newman, Peter (2017) Slum regeneration and sustainability : applying the extended metabolism model and the SDGs, Sustainability, vol. 9, no. 12, 2273;


Arslan, Tulin Vural; Durak, Selan and Aytac, Deniz Ozge (2016) Attaining SDG11 : can sustainability assessment tools be used for improved transformation of neighbourhoods in historic city centers? Natural Resources Forum, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 180-202,


Kanuri, Chaitanya, Revei, Aromar; Espey, Jessica and Kuhle, Holger (2016) Getting started with the SDGs in cities : guide for stakeholders, New York, Sustainable Development Solutions Network


Simon, David; Arfvidsson, Helen; Anand, Geetika; Bazaz, Amir; Fenna, Gill; Foster, Kevin; Jain, Garima; Hansson, Stina;  Evans, Louise Marix; Moodley, Nishendra; Nyambuga,Charles; Oloko, Michael; Ombara, Doris Chandi; Patel, Zarina; Perry, Beth; Primo, Natasha; Revi, Aromar;  Niekerk, Brendon Van; Wharton, Alex and Wright, Carol (2016) Developing and testing the urban Sustainable Development Goal’s targets and indicators – five-city study, Environment & Urbanization, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 49-63. Also available on ResearchGate


Watson, Vanessa (2016) Locating planning in the New Urban Agenda of the urban sustainable development goal, Planning Theory, vol.15, no. 4, pp. 435-448. Also available on ResearchGate


Breimer, Tikvah; Capra, Carlo and Jachnow, Alexander (2015) Capacity development in the light of an urban Sustainable Development goal – SDG 11 : targets, actors, stakeholders and the kind of capacity we need for our urban future, Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)