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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Transatlantic city, part 1: Conjunctural urbanism

Jamie Peck

As the first installment of a two-part article exploring contemporary transformations in metropolitan governance in the wake of the entrepreneurial turns of the 1980s and subsequent waves of neoliberalisation and financialisation, a case is outlined here for a ‘conjunctural’ approach to urban analysis.

Doing mobile ethnography: Grounded, situated and comparative

Monika Streule

How can qualitative-empirical methods be adapted to explore contemporary urban conditions? Streule introduces a specific methodological design of a mobile ethnography that enables an analysis of large and heterogeneous urban territories.

The China model withering? Institutional roots of China’s local developmentalism

Fubing Su, Ran Tao

Study by Su and Tao sheds light on the ongoing debate about China’s development model in urban literature.

Distributive politics in China: Regional favouritism and expansion of construction land

Shenghua Lu, Hui Wang

Lu and Wang explore the paths of regional favouritism influencing construction land expansion .

Thinking through heterogeneous infrastructure configurations

Mary Lawhon, David Nilsson, Jonathan Silver, Henrik Ernstson, Shuaib Lwasa

This critical commentary introduces the notion of ‘heterogeneous infrastructure configurations’ (HICs) which resonates with existing scholarship on Southern urbanism.

Infrastructure imaginaries: The politics of light rail projects in the age of neoliberalism

Kristian Olesen

The case of light rail in Aalborg, Denmark: new politics of urban infrastructure. Is politics undermining the traditionally strong social dimensions of public transport?