Editors’ Featured Articles

Read this quarter's Editors’ Featured Articles, which are available free access on a temporary basis.

Each year, Urban Studies publishes around 180 articles advancing the field of urban knowledge. To further promote and facilitate the work of urban scholars we have now introduced Editors’ Featured Articles, which will be accessible via the Urban Studies Online website.

Editors’ Featured Articles makes popular and significant articles that have been recently published available to access for free on a temporary basis. In addition, selective papers that are not yet in print but connect with the subject matter of these articles in interesting ways will also be available on a temporary free access basis via the website. Featured articles will be updated every quarter.

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An experiment with the minor geographies of major cities: Infrastructural relations among the fragments

Niranjana R

New special issue study places the water infrastructures of Chennai, India, and London, UK, alongside each other to highlight heterogeneity and expand critical thinking on each case.


Financialising urban water infrastructure: Extracting local value, distributing value globally

Michael Pryke and John Allen

Understanding the geography of value capture and its distribution through its topological spaces.


A new waste and energy nexus? Rethinking the modernisation of waste services in Delhi

Rémi de Bercegol and Shankare Gowda

The urban politics of waste sector modernisation and the making of the city Delhi.


Urban studies in India across the millennial turn: Histories and futures

Karen Coelho and Ashima Sood

Coelho and Sood's essay introduces a virtual special issue on urban studies in India that showcases a selection of articles from the journal.


‘Does Africa not deserve shiny new cities?’ The power of seductive rhetoric around new cities in Africa

Laurence Côté-Roy and Sarah Moser

'The 'Africa rising' discourse provides a common narrative facilitating the circulation and supporting the adoption of the new city model in Africa.'


Urban statecraft: The governance of transport infrastructures in African cities

Liza Rose Cirolia and Jesse Harber

Cirolia and Harber argue that there is ample scope within the African urban governance debates for deeper interrogration of statecraft in the African urban context.