Aims & Scope

Buildings and Cities is an international, open access, peer-reviewed, academic journal publishing high quality research and analysis on the interplay between the different scales of the built environment.

Our Aims and Scope explains our range of topics, types of papers and focus on policy, practices and outcomes.

Key Principles

Read our 10 principles that provide the values underpinning our journal. These broadly explain the ethos and aspirations for what we do.

In addition to being a peer-review journal, we provide an intellectual space for engagement between researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Editorial Team

Meet our dedicated, experienced team of editors.


Editorial Board

Meet our international editorial board members with diverse backgrounds and knowledge.


Advisory Board

Buildings and Cities - Advisory Board

Practitioner Panel

Meet our practitioner panel who advise us on Briefing Notes for practitioners and policymakers. We make research accessible not only for academics, but also for the end-users of research: policymakers, practitioners, clients and occupants.



Latest Commentaries

Mombasa City, Kenya. Photo: Sebastian Wanzalla

Brian Dean and Elizabeth Wangeci Chege (Sustainable Energy for All) respond to the Buildings & Cities special issue Alternatives to Air Conditioning and explain why thermal comfort is not only a construction industry problem to solve but needs to be placed in the policy agenda on global warming. Thermal adequacy is still not understood as an essential need for human survival and that governments have an essential role.

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Tom Hargreaves and Nickhil Sharma (University of East Anglia) comment on contributions of the Buildings & Cities special issue Energy, Emerging Technology and Gender in Homes on the role of gender in technology development and the energy transition. This must be broadened further to social justice issues. A failure to do so risks fuelling resistance and pushback to new and emerging energy technologies. Three key avenues for future research and practices for a just energy transition and emerging technologies are set out.