Latest Urban Studies news 20/01/20

Latest Urban Studies news 20/01/20


First Published:

20 Jan 2020, 3:05 am

Latest Urban Studies news 20/01/20

New issue out now

The February issue (Volume 57, Issue 2) of Urban Studies Journal is now available on OnlineFirst.

Articles include:

Housing, urban growth and inequalities: The limits to deregulation and upzoning in reducing economic and spatial inequality by Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Michael Storper

Rodríguez-Pose and Storper posit that there is no clear and uncontroversial
evidence that housing regulation is a principal source of differences in home availability or prices across cities.  


Beyond agency and passivity: Situating a gendered articulation of urban violence in Brazil and El Salvador by Mo Hume and Polly Wilding

Hume and Wilding argue for a situated politics of women’s agency in enduring intimate partner violence in contexts of extreme urban violence: interrogating agency as dynamic and lived facilitates understanding the multi-scalar entanglements of violence.


Latest articles on OnlineFirst

Price adjustment in the London housing market by Robert Webb, Duncan Watson and Steven Cook

New study reconsiders the properties of London house prices via an alternative and novel empirical method, which exploits the cross-sectional dimension of the borough-level data to support the identification of potential convergence clubs within the market.


Shrinking cities: Implications for planning cultures? by Karina Pallagst, René Fleschurz, Svenja Nothof and Tetsuji Uemura

Pallagst et al comparatively investigate changes in planning cultures in view of shrinking cities in the USA, Germany and Japan. 


The complexity of diversity in reality: Perceptions of urban diversity by Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen and Anne Hedegaard Winther

New findings point to the importance of acknowledging differences between perceptions of urban diversity for different groups of residents.


Bargaining power in apartment sales in Corsica: A latent class approach by Steven Caudill, Claudio Detotto and Dominique Prunetti

New article show that French residents of Corsica have stronger bargaining power in one region than non-French market participants.


Rigour and rigour mortis? Planning, calculative rationality, and forces of stability and change by Iain White

Drawing upon intellectual resources from STS, White analyses issues connected to the design, application, and wider effects of calculative practices within planning.


Unravelling the role of green entrepreneurs in urban sustainability transitions: A case study of China’s Solar City by Zhen Yu and David Gibbs

Yu and David Gibbs’s new article aims to understand the role of green entrepreneurs in urban sustainability transitions.


The kaleidoscope of gentrification in post-socialist cities Debates Paper by Jan Kubeš and Zoltán Kovács

Kubeš and Kovács scrutinise the essential features of urban change and gentrification in post-socialist cities.


‘The tiger’s leap’: The role of history in legitimating the authority of modern Chinese planners by Xin Feng and Kiera Chapman

New paper questions emphasis on coherence within professionalism, arguing that planners in modern China define their role by sliding between very different sets of values and priorities.

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Finance and growth nexus: An international analysis across cities by Stefanos Ioannou and Dariusz Wójcik

Ioannou and Wójcik present new findings highlighting the risks associated with the excesses of financial development


Transforming the relational dynamics of urban governance: How social innovation research can create a trajectory for learning and change by Koen Bartels

Bartels examines how social innovation (SI) research can coproduce transformative change in cities.


The coloniality of UNESCO’s heritage urban landscapes: Heritage process and transnational gentrification in Cuenca, Ecuador by Matthew Hayes

This article is part of the forthcoming Special issue: Transnational gentrification

Hayes looks at how heritage conservation and historic urban commodification has sought to attract higher income global middle classes enabling intensive extraction of land rents in Cuenca, Ecuador.


Touristification, transnational gentrification and urban change in Lisbon: The neighbourhood of Alfama by Jorge Sequera and Jordi Nofre

This article is part of the forthcoming Special issue: Transnational gentrification

Focusing on the neighbourhood of Alfama, Lisbon, new Special Issue article examines how processes of gentrification since the late 1990s have been disrupted by recent processes of touristification and Airbnbisation.


Renewable energy, sustainability paradox and the post-urban question by Pushpa Arabindoo

This article is part of the forthcoming Special issue: Why does everyone think cities can save the planet?

New paper from Pushpa Arabindoo raises difficult questions about the prospects of renewables in India establishing a new energy paradigm.


Worlding infrastructure in the global South: Philippine experiments and the art of being ‘smart’ by Morgan Mouton

This article is part of the forthcoming Special issue: Worlding smart cities: Towards global comparative research

Morgan Mouton explores the material dimensions of smart city initiatives in postcolonial cities with deficient urban utilities.


Gendered mobility and violence in the São Paulo metro, Brazil by Gustavo Carvalho Moreira, Vania Aparecida Ceccato

Moreira and Ceccato investigate the space-time patterns of mobility and violent victimisation in São Paulo’s metro stations from a gender perspective.


Anchoring Urban Development: Globalisation, Attractiveness and Complexity Debates Paper by Olivier Crevoisier, Delphine Rime

Crevoisier and Rime initiate a debate around the impact of the increased mobility of consumers on urban development theories.


Is Chinese urbanisation unique? by Chris Hamnett 

This article is part of the forthcoming Special issue: New directions of Urban Studies in China

Is the post-reform Chinese experience of  urbanisation since 1980 a unique case that lies outside conventional generalisations about urban change processes?


Making the silicon cape of Africa: Tales, theories and the narration of startup urbanism by Andrea Pollio

Read the blog here

Charting the uneasy relationship between technocapitalism and economic development in a city scarred by its colonial past and racialised inequalities.


Environmental ethics in the perception of urban planners: A case study of four city councils by Melissa Pineda Pinto

Pineda Pinto uses a case study methodology to explore whether and how environmental ethics informs urban planning.


Community-driven disorder reduction: Crime prevention through a clean and green initiative in a legacy city by Jesenia M. Pizarro, Richard C. Sadler, Jason Goldstick, Brandon Turchan, Edmund F. McGarrell, Marc A. Zimmerman

Pizarro et al assert that more greening lowers the crime rate within neighbourhoods.

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New study from Pizarro et al suggests that greening efforts can be an effective crime prevention tool in communities.


Women’s land activism and gendered citizenship in the urbanising Pearl River Delta by Lanchih Po

This article is part of the forthcoming Special issue: New directions of urban studies in China

Po explores the case of the waijianü women who have “married out”, who are excluded from basic rights, civic participation and entitlement to collective land property in the Pearl River Delta.


Book reviews now available on Urban Blog

The New Enclosure book cover

Book review symposium: The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain  

reviewed by Kelly Kay, Alex Marsh, Laurence Murphy and Susan Smith, featuring author response from Brett Christophers

“[The New Enclosure] is a stimulating, thought-provoking, impressively well-researched piece of detective work…”