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Issue number
Volume 40 – Number 4


This issue of Built Environment is devoted to the strategic question of how the complex evolution of cities can be managed, with a view to achieving sustainable development, economic vitality, cohesive social capital and strong infrastructural connectivity in modern urban agglomerations.

Peter Nijkamp is a Professor in Regional and Urban Economics and in Economic Geography at the Free University, Amsterdam. His main research interests cover plan evaluation, multicriteria analysis, regional and urban planning, transport systems analysis, mathematical modelling, technological innovation, and resource management. He is a former President of the European Regional Science Association and of the Regional Science Association International. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. Since 2002, he has been serving as the President of the governing board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO). In addition, he is the former President of the European Heads of Research Councils (EUROHORCs).

Karima Kourtit is a Researcher at the Free University, Amsterdam. Her main research interests cover entrepreneurship, innovation, geographic location and spatial clustering of industries. In recent years, she has focused in particular on new qualitative and quantitative methods for business and policy analysis, as well as on spatial-behavioural analysis of economic agents. She plays an active role in several (inter)national scientific networks and is leader on various international research projects related to sustainable diversity and the complex space-economy of sustainable urban development.

Luigi Fusco Girard is Professor of Economics and Environmental Evaluation in the Department of Architecture, University of Naples ‘Federico II’. He is President of the International Scientific Committee for Economics of Conservation, International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Vice President of CESET (Italian Centre of Evaluation and Territory Economics). His research interests include sustainable cities development and the methods and assessment tools for sustainability. He has published on several national and international journals and books.