Latest Urban Studies news 16/05/22

16 May 2022, 11:22 a.m.

Urban Studies Best Article 2021

The editors are pleased to announce that there are two joint winners of the Urban Studies Best Article 2021:

Watch Romit Chowdhury discussing his winning article on our YouTube channel:

Visit here for more information and the list of shortlisted articles.


Editors' Featured Articles

This quarter's Urban Studies Editors' Featured Articles are now free to download from our website for a limited time only.

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.

List of Editors' Featured Articles


Latest articles on OnlineFirst

Does the neighbourhood of the dwelling and the real estate agency matter? Geographical differences in ethnic discrimination on the rental housing market by Billie Martiniello and Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe

New article by Martiniello and Verhaeghe looks at how the ethnic and socio-economic composition of the neighbourhood is related to levels of discrimination on the rental housing market and how this is linked to theories of ethnic discrimination.

Read the accompanying blog post here.


Population density and SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: Comparing the geography of different waves in the Netherlands by Willem Boterman

This article is part of the forthcoming special issue: Urban Public Health Emergencies and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This latest special issue paper by Willem Boterman analyses the role of population density in the outbreak of COVID-19 in the densely and highly urbanised context of The Netherlands.


Business improvement districts, class turf war and the strategic weaponisation of class monopoly rent by Matthew Anderson and Zachary Arms

In their new study, Anderson and Arms discuss the implication for what business improvement districts reveal about class monopoly rent.


Surviving and dying through the urban frontier: Everyday life, social brokerage and living with militias in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone by Nicholas Pope

Pope brings together urban frontiers, political settlements, and brokerage literatures to analyse how residents muddle through the challenges of everyday life in the urban margins and interact with coercive systems of rule.


New book reviews on Urban Studies Blog

Refugee Spaces and Urban Citizenship in Nairobi book cover

Book review: Refugee Spaces and Urban Citizenship in Nairobi: Africa’s Sanctuary City

reviewed by Corey R Johnson

“Kassa’s study provides a significant contribution to the literature on urban refugees and urban citizenship in southern cities. It provides a useful application of Lefebvre’s theoretical work to the context of the southern city and contributes a wealth of empirical data on Ethiopian urban refugees in Nairobi.”

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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