Dear Colleagues


With apologies for cross-posting – see attached an opportunity for any urbanists among us to contribute to a special issue of the high profile journal PLOS1


Cheers Iain Hay



From: Joseph Donlan <>
Reply to: Joseph Donlan <>
Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020 at 10:29



Cities are centres of human interactions and the innovations that arise from them. Urbanization has led to many positive developments for society, but also contributes to many of our most pressing challenges, from sustainability and climate change to poverty and inequality. Concepts from complex systems and network theory provide valuable approaches to further our understanding of the processes which drive how cities form, grow, and operate as environments which are more than the sum of their parts. 


With its commitment to open access, and rigorous, reproducible research, PLOS ONE is the ideal venue for interdisciplinary complexity science. We are therefore excited to announce a Call for Papers on Cities as Complex Systems, bringing together researchers across scientific disciplines to build a collection of complex systems and networks research applied to questions in urban science. Our Guest Editors Marta González and Diego Rybski are particularly interested in reading research on urban mobility and energy infrastructures, the morphology and efficiency of cities, and applications to sustainable development goals.


Example topics include:


·         Urban mobility, migration, and community distribution

·         Global networks of cities, both ancient and modern

·         Urban scaling laws

·         Social networks within cities

·         Urban resilience

·         Financial and economic networks within and between cities

·         New methods for analysis of urban and spatial networks

·         Smart cities and Internet-of-Things

·         Applications to urban and environmental planning

·         Agent-based models of urban phenomena




Dr Joseph Donlan | Associate Editor, Physical Sciences, PLOS ONE

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