Research related to the implications of urbanization is gaining increasing relevance as more than half of the world’s population already live in urban environments, and this trend is expected to continue so that by 2030 two thirds of the population will live in cities. Urbanization has proved to bring many benefits in terms of resource efficiency, economic development and an increased access to services and goods. However, densely populated cities where multiple users compete for public space also bring about multiple challenges for livability and, in general, for sustainability.
Incorporating urban freight into city plans require detailed studies about the interaction between freight flows and the urban environment, as well as on how to integrate freight stakeholders’ interests in planning.
This collection, guest edited by Ivan Sanchez-Diaz and Michael Browne, presents the experience of dealing with the challenges of urban freight planning in various cities, covering different dimensions of the process.