Latest Urban Studies news 03/05/22

3 May 2022, 11:09 a.m.

New issue out now

The May 2022 issue (Volume 59, Issue 6) of Urban Studies Journal is now available online. Read the full issue here.

Articles include:

The constitution of the city and the critique of critical urban theory Debates paper by Allen J. Scott

Debates paper by Allen J. Scott discusses the potential lacunae of critical urban theory with respect to the logic of urbanisation and the concept of the city.


The refugees’ right to the centre of the city: City branding versus city commoning in Athens by Charalampos Tsavdaroglou and Maria Kaika

Tsavdaroglou and Kaika's new paper focuses on the area of Exarcheia in Athens, an emblematic case of the conflicted nexus of investors’ and refugees’ right to the city.


Read the full May issue here.



Latest articles on OnlineFirst

In the name of history: (De)Legitimising street vendors in New York and Rome by Ryan Thomas Devlin, Francesca Piazzoni

How do ideas about a city's past shape the aspirations of the present and future image of the city?


The relationships between neighbourhood vacancy, probable PTSD, and health-related quality of life in flood-disaster-impacted communities by Galen Newman, Dongying Li, Yunmi Park

Newman, Li and Park's new study quantitatively examines how vacancy and abandonment are associated with mental health in disaster-affected communities.


Social pathologies and urban pathogenicity: Moving towards better pandemic futures by Tankut Atuk, Susan L Craddock

This article is part of the forthcoming special issue: Urban public health emergencies and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of Social Determinants of Health and Syndemics, proven unlikely to fuel structural change or to enable preemptive response, Atuk and Craddock propose the framework of pathogenicity and apply it to urban contexts.

Read the accompanying blog post here.


Public space on the move: Mediating mobility, stillness and encounter on a Cape Town bus by Bradley Rink

This article is part of the forthcoming special issue: Public Transport as Public Space.

Being part of the situated assemblage in the bus is not as simple as it may seem. Rink highlights the myriad ways that an urban bus is mediated, negotiated, and controlled through rules of conduct governing urban/mobile public space.

Read the accompanying blog post here.


Public space and public rituals: Engagement and protest in the digital age Critical Commentary by Tali Hatuka

What characterises contemporary self-rituals in public space? New critical commentary from Hatuka disusses the opportunities and challenges technology brings for future collective actions. 


The framing of urban values and qualities in inter-organisational settings: The case of ground floor planning in Gothenburg, Sweden by Stefan Molnar

Latest paper from Molnar contributes to the recent discussion between the literature of valuation studies and urban studies.


New institutions and the politics of the interstices. Experimenting with a face-to-face democracy in Naples by Mauro Pinto, Luca Recano and Ugo Rossi

This article is part of the forthcoming special issue: Municipalist strategy in crisis?

Pinto, Recano and Rossi explore the emerging constellation of of 'new institutions' in Naples.


Introduction: Generating concepts of ‘the urban’ through comparative practice by Jennifer Robinson

This article introduces the forthcoming special issue: Comparative Methods for Global Urban Studies

Robinson outlines the basis for a reformatted comparative method inspired by the complex spatialities of the urban world, in this introduction to the forthcoming special issue. 


New book reviews on Urban Studies Blog

A Feminist Urban Theory for Our Time book cover

Book review: A Feminist Urban Theory for Our Time: Rethinking Social Reproduction and the Urban

reviewed by Andrea Urbina-Julio

"Why is this book appropriate for planning and urban studies? Mainly because it reflects on social reproduction in the daily life of urban spaces, gathering essential questions on the relationship between capitalism, urban form and social reproduction."

The Radical Book Store book cover

The Radical Bookstore: Counterspace for Social Movements by Kimberley Kinder and

reviewed by Rosie Levine Hampton

"This book is a comprehensive and engaging work that thoughtfully tackles theoretical issues in social movement theory, urban studies and cultural geography, whilst reflecting on their practical implementation through 77 American radical bookstores and establishments.”

Read more book reviews on the Urban Studies blog.


Books available for review

If you are interested in reviewing a book for Urban Studies, please check the list of books currently available for review here before getting in touch with our Reviews Editor, Prof Michele Acuto. We are happy to receive requests for other titles but please note that some publishers now only offer e-copies for review although we always request a hard copy where possible. 


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