This study reviews the literature on sustainable development focusing at the neighbourhood level, including relevant assessment frameworks and indicators, with emphasis on the emerging economies.

The review briefly comments on the influence of built-environment characteristics on sustainable outcomes. In comparison to advanced economies, neighbourhoods of emerging economies are understudied. Existing studies focus at the city level with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. Given different development trajectories, results from the advanced economies cannot be applied without appropriate calibration.

There is, therefore, a need for further study to provide evidence-based interventions for sustainable urban neighbourhood development in consideration of multiple dimensions.