About the Journal

The new online journal of Ekistics and the New Habitat aims to connect the practice of Ekistics with sustainable development practice for all types, scales, and bounded frames of human settlements: urban, rural or remote; traditional or modern; formal or informal; on and off-world, and in developed or lesser developed contexts. We also aim to extend the Ekistics framework in terms of how we now understand settlement sustainability, livability, advanced technologies (including the role of the "internet of stuff"), and human wellbeing through the complex and adaptive dynamics at play. 

Ekistics and the New Habitat provides an excellent platform for researchers, educators, policymakers and students, to submit work for Double-Blind, Peer-Reviewed articles.  Topics may range in scale of human settlements, to data-driven patterns and systems, to the human scale of people-centred design, or to propositions of a grand theory where ecology and climate interact with a settlement's economy, design, technology and its residents and visitors.  

Frequency:  Issues are normally published three (3) times per year forming a single Volume set.

Current Issue

Vol. 81 No. 2 (2021): Special Issue: Saudi Vision 2030 - Habitats for Sustainable Development
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Saudi Vision 2030 is Saudi Arabia's vision for the future. It is a package of social and economic policies that are designed to free the kingdom from dependence on oil exports and to build a prosperous and sustainable economic future by focusing on the country's strength and policies. The Saudi Vision 2030 is calling for action in several sectors related to design practice and the built environment. The solution to the demand for design increasingly takes the form of a continuum of products, services and communication as part of strategies which embrace broad issues ranging from technologies to culture, from strategies to the planning of visions and scenarios, with a view to innovation, and environmental and social sustainability. The forthcoming Special Issue: Saudi Vision 2030 - Habitats for Sustainable Development, presents a diverse range of analyses and case studies.


The issue begins with an introduction by Dr Yenny Rahmayati, from Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia, who highlights the importance and impact of Saudi Vision 2030. This theme is developed in the subsequent articles which explore from diverse perspectives the ways that vision 2030 necessitates a shift in mindset from strategic planning to a focus on sustainability; a shift that entails wide ranging changes throughout planning, architecture, and urban development. Such a shift in thinking is also reflected new inclusive and participatory approaches to historical villages, which are now being reused and adapted for development. This topic is a focal point of the special issue, with two articles focused on approaches to the reuse of historic buildings. Another key feature is the prevalence of case-study-based analyses that explore complex questions, such as how to improve the quality of life in residential areas, through tangible examples and lived experience. The last section of the issue looks at Vision 2030 and its effects on Riyadh, exploring this question from two points of view. The first is a commercial perspective, discussing the branding of the city, while the second is that of architecture students.     

Published: 2022-02-18

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The new online double-blind, peer-reviewed international journal of  Ekistics and the New Habitat, publishes scholarly insights and reflective practice of studies and critical writing concerning the problems and science of human settlements.  The field of study is mapped against a classification of settlement scale, from the remote village to the rural township, to dense smart cities, and increasingly the challenges of on-and-off world sustainable habitats.  In broad terms, papers in Ekistics and the New Habitat  seek to grow scholarly insights and application knowledge of the relationship between people, our human settlement designs and systems, and our natural biosphere.  

Call for papers to Ekistics and the New Habitat

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There are few scholarly journals whose papers archive a history of development and thought evolution tracing back to 1957 - excepting Ekistics.  This makes for an extraordinary historical collection of research and practice documenting how humans have colonised the planet and transformed our built habitats.  The journal seeks papers from students, post-graduate candidates, academics and practitioners. We seek papers, typically of a cross-disciplinary nature, that:

  • targets any aspect of the United Nations New Urban Agenda, in Habitat III,  including reference to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • critiques local, regional and global policy of human settlement development, design and planning, and urban transformation
  • offers a critical description of core elements that define the liveability of human settlements such as:

    • NATURE: Habitat foundations. How settlements rely upon, interact with, alter, or produce living ecologies, biodiversity, and climate.
    • PEOPLE: Physiological/biological and social-psychological needs and constraints. How settlements rely upon, interact with, or affect people's livelihood, safety, knowledge, security and well-being – whether they are transiting visitors, settlers (citizens), or neighbours of settlements.
    • SOCIETY: Social, economic, and political organisation.  How settlements rely upon, interact with, or are affected by governance, the education of citizens over their lifespan, vicarious or present communities, groups, markets, and economics. 
    • SHELLS: The envelopes that contain settlement functions. How the design, technologies and spaces created or removed in settlements affect the functions and amenity of the settlement from the scale of personal shelter, to the home, and to urban business districts and precincts.
    • NETWORKS: Node-to-node systems and flows of resources, waste, data, people and information. How the design, technologies and flow of goods, waste, resources, data, people and information affect a settlement's functionality and amenity.
    • SYNTHESIS:  Combined, coherent design and knowledge.  Physical design and planning; Ekistic theory expressed through evolving models and principles. How systems of systems may differ from small and remote to large and urban-dense settlements.


The journal invites and accepts three types of submissions, all peer-reviewed for their type:

  1. Scholarly articles/topic reviews (full papers, double-blind review): typically, with title, authors, institutional affiliations, abstract, keywords, body text (5000-7000 words), and APA 7th References at the end of the article. Body text typically includes:
    • an introduction to a problem or topic outlining the need for the research,
    • the key prior papers in Ekistics and other sources that relate to the topic,
    • the methodological or conceptual framework and methods used,
    • the summary of key results or findings, 
    • a critical concluding discussion.
    • The Editor assigns the paper to its appropriate location in the Ekistics grid index for classification continuity with past papers. 

  2. Scholarly abstracts only (extended abstracts, double-blind review):  typically, with title, authors, institutional affiliations, keywords, body text (1000-1500 words), and APA 7th References at the end of the article. These shorter submissions are well placed for academics and practitioners seeking to share a critical reflection of an issue, or for first-time students seeking to publish an academic submission (with often a mentor as co-author). They may focus on a think piece critique, or a project, or a state of play of a regional and geo-locational issue.

  3. Practitioner, industry or citizen think-piece (short article only, peer review): typically, with title, authors, regional/organisational affiliations, keywords, body text (500-1000 words). Where appropriate, APA 7th References at the end of the article may be included. These shorter submissions are well placed for practitioners, industry or citizen to raise issues to which we invite the research community to respond. 

In addition, we welcome book reviews. Book review submissions are copy-edited, normally 300-500 words, designed to share with the readership community interesting or provocative volumes, monographs, or edited books that may be of interest to scholars, practitioners and students of human settlements, the New Urban Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.