Latest Urban Studies news 06/02/23

6 Feb 2023, 1:13 p.m.

New issue out now

The second February 2023 issue (Volume 60, Issue 3) of Urban Studies Journal is now available online. Read the full issue here. Articles include:

African urbanisation at the confluence of informality and climate change Debates paper by Brandon Marc Finn and Patrick Brandful Cobbinah

Debates paper analyses urban informality in the context of three domains: The informal economy, informal settlements, and the state African urbanism.


Infrastructure mosaics in urban India: Sewage beyond the networked city by Angela Oberg

Angela Oberg's latest paper illustrates how sewage is managed beyond the networked city to create infrastructure mosaics.


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Progressive cities: Urban–rural polarisation of social values and economic development around the world by Davide Luca, Javier Terrero-Davila, Jonas Stein and Neil Lee

Has an urban-rural split in values developed across the world? Davide Luca et al investigate in their Open Access article.


Scaling-up degrowth: Re-imagining institutional responses to climate change by William Otchere-Darko

This Open Access article is part of the forthcoming special issue: Urbanizing degrowth: towards a radical spatial degrowth agenda for future cities

This special issue commentary by Otchere-Darko examines degrowth's potential to influence different scales of institutional practice.


Local inequities in the relative production of and exposure to vehicular air pollution in Los Angeles by Geoff Boeing, Yougeng Lu and Clemens Pilgram

Study from Boeing, Lu and Pilgram assesses pollution burden by testing whether local populations' vehicular air pollution exposure is proportional to how much they drive.


Storage city: Water tanks, jerry cans, and batteries as infrastructure in Nairobi by Moritz Kasper and Sophie Schramm

‘I am storing electricity and water because my country is like this. You don’t think about it, it’s just instinct’. Kasper and Schramm explore Nairobi as a storage city, and domestic storage as infrastructure in this Open Access article.

Read the accompanying blog here.


Governed by atmospheres: Affect, materiality and everyday benevolence in homeless encampments during the COVID-19 pandemic by Petr Vašát and Jan Váně

In this Open Access study, Vašát and Váně introduces the concept of 'governed by atmosphere', which they argue opens space for a more nuanced examination of the unintended outcomes of policies and politics in homelessness governance.


Beyond urban ecomodernism: How can degrowth-aligned spatial practices enhance urban sustainability transformations by Alejandro De Castro Mazarro, Ritu George Kaliaden, Wolfgang Wende and Markus Egermann

This Open Access article is part of the forthcoming special issue: Urbanizing degrowth: towards a radical spatial degrowth agenda for future cities

De Castro Mazarro et al's latest special issue article asks how degrowth-aligned spatial practices can enhance urban sustainability transformations?


Urban mobility infrastructures as public spaces: The uses of Sé subway station in downtown São Paulo by Cristiana Martin

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

Using theoretical work from Henri Lefebvre and Fraya Frehse, Cristiana Martin's latest special issue study argues that the 'publicness' of Sé subway station in Sao Paulo lies in the relation of its non-transit uses with the square above it.


The experience economy in UK city centres: A multidimensional and interconnected response to the ‘death of the high street’? by James T White, James Hickie, Allison Orr, Cath Jackson and Robert Richardson

In an Open Access comparative mixed method longitudinal case study of five UK city centres, James T White et al investigate the phenomenon of the experience economy.  



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