Sustainable Cities and Communities

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System Dynamics for Sustainable Urban Planning

  • Arnaud DiemerEmail author
  • Claudiu Eduard Nedelciu
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Urban Dynamics analyzes the dynamics of the urban life cycle in order to answer a number of pressing questions: What makes cities develop sustainably or grow chaotically? What can be done to revitalize deprived or stagnant urban areas? What kind of urban management programs have to be implemented in order to sustainably harvest urban resources and enable a harmonious development of city areas? Urban Dynamics is above all a method that integrates the design of a dynamic model and the provision of scenarios for public decision-makers. By doing so, Urban Dynamics is able to produce useful tools, helping in the perception of present trends, and inform on how to proceed so that preferred future outcomes are achieved. It also explores the effects of various changes in urban management policies and identifies their systemic impacts.


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This project has received funding from ERASMUS + Programme of the European Union (Jean Monnet Excellence Center on Sustainability, ERASME)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jean Monnet Excellence Center on Sustainability (ERASME)University of Clermont-Ferrand (UCA)Clermont-FerrandFrance
  2. 2.University Clermont-Auvergne, CERDIClermont-FerrandFrance
  3. 3.Earth Science InstituteUniversity of IcelandReykjavíkIceland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hari Srinivas
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Policy StudiesKwansei Gakuin UniversityKobeJapan