Forthcoming Special Issues

The following Special Issues and Virtual Special Issues are currently in production and will be published in Urban Studies Journal soon.




Infrastructural Stigma and Urban Vulnerability

Guest Editors: Hanna Baumann and Haim Yacobi

Papers include:

Introduction: Infrastructural stigma and urban vulnerability by Hanna Baumann and Haim Yacobi

Beyond ‘causes of causes’: Health, stigma and the settler colonial urban territory in the Negev/Naqab by Haim Yacobi and Elya Lucy Milner

Coloniality and the political economy of gender: Edgework in Juárez City by Jennie Gamlin

Accessing heat: Environmental stigma and ‘porous’ infrastructural configurations in Ulaanbaatar by Rebekah Plueckhahn

‘Fountain’, from Victorian necessity to modern inconvenience: Contesting the death of public toilets by Catalina Pollak Williamson

Transbordering assemblages: Power, agency and autonomy (re)producing health infrastructures in the South East of England by Carlos Moreno-Leguizamon, Marcela Tovar-Restrepo

Making and unmaking masculinities in Cairo through sonic infrastructural violence by Maria Frederika Malmström

‘Your daily reality is rubbish’: Waste as a means of urban exclusion in the suspended spaces of East Jerusalem by Hanna Baumann, Manal Massalha

Checkpoint urbanism: Violent infrastructures and border stigmas in the Juárez border region by Ricardo Martén and Camillo Boano

Navigating stigma through everyday city-making: Gendered trajectories, politics and outcomes in the periphery of Lima by Adriana Allen

Afterword: Citizenship and the politics of (im)material stigma and infrastructure by Charlotte Lemanski


Making Cities through Migration Industries

Guest Editors: Nir Cohen, Tatiana Fogelman and Henrik Lebuhn

Papers include:

An enclave entrepôt: The informal migration industry and Johannesburg’s socio-spatial transformation by Tanya Zack and Loren B Landau

The interurban migration industry: ‘Migration products’ and the materialisation of urban speculation at Iskandar Malaysia by Sin Yee Koh

Internal migration industries: Shaping the housing options for refugees at the local level by Matthias Bernt, Ulrike Hamann, Nihad El-Kayed and Leoni Keskinkilic

Making ways for ‘better education’: placing the Shenzhen-Hong Kong mobility industry by Maggi WH Leung and Johanna L Waters

Resonance beyond regimes: Migrant’s alternative infrastructuring practices in Athens by Mirjam Wajsberg and Joris Schapendonk

Urban ethnic enclaves and migration industries: The urban choices of mobile people by Hila Zaban


Comparative methods for global urban studies

Guest Editor: Jennifer Robinson

Papers include:

A Posteriori Comparisons, Repeated Instances and Urban Policy Mobilities: What ‘Best Practices’ Leave Behind by Sergio Montero and Gianpaolo Baiocchi

Socialist worldmaking: The political economy of urban comparison in the Global Cold War by Łukasz Stanek

Comparison and political strategy: Internationalism, colonial rule and urban research after Fanon by Stefan Kipfer

Shared projects and symbiotic collaborations: Shenzhen and London in comparative conversation by Shaun SK Teo

De-colonising the right to housing, one new city at a time: Seeing housing development from Palestine/Israel by Oded Haas

Disassembling connections: A comparative analysis of the politics of slum upgrading in eThekwini and São Paulo by Camila Saraiva


Migrant-led Diversification and Differential Inclusion in Arrival Cities

across Asia

Guest Editors: Junjia Ye and Brenda Yeoh


Radical Verticality: Critical explorations of high-rise urbanism

Guest Editors: Casper Laing Ebbensgaard, Michal Murawski,
Saffron Woodcraft and
Katherine Zubovich


Public Transport as Public Space

Guest Editors: Tauri Tuvikene, Wladimir Sgibnev, Wojciech Kębłowski and Jason Finch

Papers include:

On the move in the (post)colonial metropolis: The Paris Metro in Francophone African and Afrodiasporic fiction by Anna-Leena Toivanen


Municipalist strategy in crisis?

Guest Editors: Matthew Thompson, Bertie Russell and Laura Roth


Urbanizing degrowth: towards a radical spatial degrowth agenda

for future cities

Guest Editors: Maria Kaika, Angelos Varvarousis, Hug March and
Federico Demaria


Long-Term Intergenerational Perspectives on Urban Sustainability Transitions

Guest Editors: Scott Hawken, Christian Isendahl, Keir Strickland
and Stephan Barthel


Heat and the City: Thermal Control, Governance and Health in Urban Asia

Guest Editors: Gregory Clancey, Jiat-Hwee Chang and Simon Marvin




Urban Public Health Emergencies and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guest Editors: Scott Orford, Phil Hubbard and Yingling Fan

Papers include:

Beyond growth and density: Recentring the demographic drivers of urban health and risk in the global south by James Duminy

Repopulating density: COVID-19 and the politics of urban value by Colin McFarlane

Urban rhythms in a small home: COVID-19 as a mechanism of exception by Jenny Preece, Kim McKee, David Robinson, John Flint

Spatial and social disparities in the decline of activities during the COVID-19 lockdown in Greater London by Terje Trasberg and James Cheshire

Cities and infectious diseases: Assessing the exposure of pedestrians to virus transmission along city streets by Achilleas Psyllidis, Fábio Duarte, Roos Teeuwen, Arianna Salazar Miranda, Tom Benson and Alessandro Bozzon

Spatialising urban health vulnerability: An analysisof NYC’s critical infrastructure during COVID-19 by Gayatri Kawlra and Kazuki Sakamoto

Informal settlements, Covid-19 and sex workers in Kenya by Rahma Hassan, Teela Sanders, Susan Gichuna, Rosie Campbell, Mercy Mutonyi and Peninah Mwangi

Governing public health emergencies during the coronavirus disease outbreak: Lessons from four Chinese cities in the first wave by Lingyue Li, Surong Zhang, Jinfeng Wang, Xiaoming Yang and Lan Wang

The city and the virus by Max Nathan


For a full list of the Virtual Special Issues published in Urban Studies, please see here