Advances in Operations Research

Decision-Making for Urban Planning and Regional Development

Publishing date
01 Sep 2018
Submission deadline
27 Apr 2018

Lead Editor

1Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

2Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

3University of Padova, Padua, Italy

Decision-Making for Urban Planning and Regional Development


Urban and regional development can be considered as multidimensional concepts which include socioeconomic, ecological, cultural, technical, and ethical perspectives. Decision problems in the domain of urban and regional development processes represent “weak” or unstructured problems since they are characterized by multiple actors, many and often conflicting values and views, a wealth of possible outcomes, and high uncertainty. Under these circumstances, the evaluation of alternative projects is therefore a complex decision problem where different aspects need to be considered simultaneously, taking into account both technical elements, which are based on empirical observations, and nontechnical elements, which are based on social visions, preferences, and feelings.

This special issue aims at investigating the role played by evaluation to support decisions in urban planning and regional development, starting from the investigation of needs and preferences, to the definition of objectives, to the choice of the strategies, and to the exploration and monitoring of the outcomes.

The focus of the special issue will be on operational research theory, methodology, and applications involving the aforementioned issues in the general domain of sustainability assessment, including energy planning, smart cities, environmental management, and innovative urban development projects/processes.

The special issue will collect high quality, original papers that contribute to the methodology and application of operational research and to the practice of decision-making. Aim of the special issue is to prove how OR methodologies and tools can represent a scientifically based support for facing the complexity of decision-making in urban planning and regional development, by improving the effectiveness and soundness of choices and thus increasing transparency in collective decision-making and enhancing collective learning processes.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Integrated sustainability assessment
  • Evaluation tools and models for smart and resilient cities and territories
  • Multicriteria decision analysis
  • Problem structuring methods
  • Continuous and discrete optimization models
  • Agent-based modelling and simulation
  • Bayesian networks for modelling and managing risks
  • Fuzzy sets and fuzzy logic
  • Project management
  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA)/strategic environmental assessment (SEA)
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • GIS and spatial decision support systems (SDSS)
  • Urban and regional economics
  • Landscape and cultural heritage assessment
  • Stated/revealed preference methods
  • Environmental economics


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 5178051
  • - Editorial

Decision-Making for Urban Planning and Regional Development

Marta Bottero | Chiara D’Alpaos | Alessandra Oppio
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7625025
  • - Research Article

A New Robust Dynamic Data Envelopment Analysis Approach for Sustainable Supplier Evaluation

Hava Nikfarjam | Mohsen Rostamy-Malkhalifeh | Abbasali Noura
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9276075
  • - Research Article

Multicriteria Evaluation of Urban Regeneration Processes: An Application of PROMETHEE Method in Northern Italy

Marta Bottero | Chiara D’Alpaos | Alessandra Oppio
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8290434
  • - Research Article

Measuring Conflicts Using Cardinal Ranking: An Application to Decision Analytic Conflict Evaluations

Tobias Fasth | Aron Larsson | ... | Mats Danielson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9579343
  • - Research Article

Minimizing Cost Travel in Multimodal Transport Using Advanced Relation Transitive Closure

Rachid Oucheikh | Ismail Berrada | Lahcen Omari
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8720643
  • - Research Article

Multiobjective Optimization for Multimode Transportation Problems

Laurent Lemarchand | Damien Massé | ... | Johan Håkansson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2806062
  • - Research Article

Integration between Transport Models and Cost-Benefit Analysis to Support Decision-Making Practices: Two Applications in Northern Italy

Paolo Beria | Alberto Bertolin | Raffaele Grimaldi
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