The continuing and rapid growth of the cities and their regions of influence has led to the need to find new solutions which allows for promoting their sustainable development.

The quest for the Sustainable City has until recently focused on the efficient use of resources with the application of technical advances giving rise to the definition of SMART Cities. The economic model emphasised however is still “linear” in the sense that the design and consumption follows the pattern of extraction of natural resources, manufacturing, product usage and waste disposal.

The continuous growth of urban population has recently given rise to the emergence of a new model which responds better to the challenges of natural resource depletion as well as waste management. This model has been called the “circular economy”.

The circular economy is a recent concept based on the reuse of what up to now has been considered wastes, reintroducing them into the productive cycle. The objective of the circular economy is to reduce consumption and achieve savings in terms of raw materials, water and energy, thus contributing to the preservation of resources in order to reach sustainable development.

The circular economy has its roots in environmental economics. Its objective is minimising resources in the production of goods and services. The idea is to implement the life cycle of products, services, waste, materials and energy. The concept needs to be imbedded not only in the original design, but also in all process phases and during production, which ought to be as efficient as possible.

One of the most important of these resources is water which is becoming a scarce commodity in an ever expanding world whose population demands a better standard of living. Water is required for agricultural purposes as well as by industry, in addition to its use by the general population. The recycling of water is an essential component of the circular economy.

Closely associated to the concept of the sustainable city and the circular economy is the need to develop networks, not only within the City itself but also across other city regions to ensure governance based on cooperation.

There is no possibility for the success of a long term economic policy without addressing the problems of natural resources and environmental pollution, which will affect the reuse of materials and products.

The current market economy based on a linear model from resource extraction, manufacturing, consumption and waste disposal, has not proved a long term suitable solution, in spite of the substantial efforts made in reducing its environmental impacts. This is largely due to the continuous population growth, in a society that demands high standards of living, thus requiring an ever increasing share of natural resources.

The basis of the circular economy can be summarised as follows:

• Eco-consumption: It starts with the evaluation of the possible environmental impacts of the process.
• Industrial Ecology: The industrial phase is based in the principle of optimisation of components, flow of materials, energy and services.
• Economic Functionality: The process gives more importance to use than possession; ie to the sale of services rather than goods.
• Reuse: Aim to use waste to create new products. This phase also involves the repairs, recycling and value added procedures to prolong the life of any given products or services.

The achievements of the goals proposed by the circular economy require the cooperation of the community, as well as technological changes and advances.

The need to base suitable development on the environmental, economic and social points of view, demands an integrated approach to solve the city problems including planning and development.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Urban Growth 2018. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Infrastructure and eco-architecture
  • Green urban areas
  • Landscape and planning
  • City heritage and its regeneration
  • Quality of life
  • Urban transport
  • Communications
  • Energy systems
  • Water reuse
  • Air contamination
  • Water pollution
  • Waste management
  • Noise pollution
  • Waste water systems
  • Risk analysis
  • Recreation in the city
  • Coastal cities
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Law and regulation
  • Production of goods and services
  • Consumption issues
  • Recycling
  • Urban agriculture
  • Urban mining
  • New design practices
  • Smart technologies
  • Mobility in the city
  • Safety aspects
  • Smart habitats
  • Systems resilience
  • Governance
  • Community participation

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers
Papers presented at Urban Growth 2018 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning instead.

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
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Indexing and Archiving
Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students
The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.

*Google Scholar Indexation  WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary ( totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Conference 2018 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN:1743-7601; Digital ISSN:1743-761X).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are permanently and freely available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Location, Country

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Located on the east coast of Spain and a part of the Costa Blanca, Alicante is a city which combines history with a lively coastline and beaches. The popular Postiguet beach and excellent climate attract many tourists every year; however the city has much more to offer with an old centre containing historic churches, art and archaeological museums, and traditional narrow shopping streets with many bars, restaurants and cafes. Close to the old town, the dramatic Santa Barbara Castle offers excellent views of the city and coastline from its elevated position, and is one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses. The city also plays host to many varied events and “fiestas” throughout the year.



Conference Venue  


The meeting will take place at the conference facilities the University has in the city centre. A historic building located in front of the marina.  Fully restored in recent years, the building is an excellent example of traditional Spanish architecture and is presently used to host events and university activities.


Sede Universitaria Ciudad de Alicante,
Av. Ramón y Cajal, 4
03001 Alicante


Below you can find a list of hotels within 15 min walking distance from the Conference Venue. Please note that you are responsible for booking your own accommodation and settling your own account.

Abba Centrum Alicante (4*)
C/ Pintor Lorenzo Casanova 31, 03003 Alicante

Hotel Meliá Alicante (4*)
Plaza del Puerto 3, 03001, Alicante

Hotel Spa Porta Maris (4*)
Plaza Puerta del Mar 3, 03002 Alicante

Hotel Rambla (2*)
Avda. Rambla Mendez Nuñez 9, 03002 Alicante

Additional Information

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