Forthcoming Special Issues

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


Radical Verticality: Critical explorations of high-rise urbanism

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

Papers include:

Light violence at the threshold of acceptability by Casper Laing Ebbensgaard

Towards weird verticality: The spectacle of vertical spaces in Chongqing by Asa Roast

‘Fall girl’: Vertical evacuation and the aesthetics of emergency by Peter Adey

Everyday verticality: Migrant experiences of high-rise living in Santiago, Chile by Megan Sheehan

Verticalities in comparison: Debates on high-rise construction in Izmir and Istanbul by Anlam Filiz



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

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

A bus as a compressed public space: Everyday multiculturalism in Milan by Martina Bovo, Paola Briata and Massimo Bricocoli

Naming public transport and historicising experiences: Critical toponymies and everyday multilingualism in Singapore’s mass rapid transit system by Shaun Tyan Gin Lim, Francesco Perono Cacciafoco

‘The gates of paradise are open’: Contesting and producing publicness in the Brussels metro through fare evasion by Louise Sträuli and Wojciech Kębłowski

Distractions in a disruption: The soothing effect of the heritage bus ride during London Tube strikes by Kevin KH Tsang

Transport reforms and its missing publics: Insights from marshrutka abolishment and transport ‘modernisation’ policies prior to FIFA World Cup 2018 in Volgograd, Russian Federation by Tonio Weicker

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

A transport of one’s own: Women in contemporary Mexico City’s public transport through the lens of photojournalism by Teresa Franco



Municipalist strategy in crisis?

Guest Editors: Matthew Thompson, Bertie Russell and Laura Roth

Papers include:

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

From the streets to the town halls: Municipalist platforms in the post-Yugoslav space by Chiara Milan

Strategies for a new municipalism: Public–common partnerships against the new enclosures by Bertie Russell, Keir Milburn and Kai Heron

Interrupting the neoliberal masculine state machinery? Strategic selectivities and municipalist practice in Barcelona and Zagreb by Martin Sarnow and Norma Tiedemann

The commonification of the public under new municipalism: Commons–state institutions in Naples and Barcelona by Iolanda Bianchi

Prefigurative legality: Transforming municipal jurisdiction by Amelia Thorpe and Bronwen Morgan

Bridging bureaucracy and activism: Challenges of activist state-work in the 1980s Greater London Council by Tim Joubert

New municipalism and the governance of urban transitions to sustainability by Siddharth Sareen and Katinka Lund Waagsaether

Counter-logistics and municipalism: Popular infrastructures during the pandemic in Rosario by Leandro Minuchin and Julieta Maino

Understanding the crisis of New Municipalism in Spain: The struggle for urban regime power in A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela by Adrian Bua and Jonathan S Davies

New municipalism in South America? Developing theory from experiences in Argentina and Chile by Emilia Arpini, Alexander Panez, Andrew Cumbers and Bethia Pearson

The caring city? A critical reflection on Barcelona’s municipal experiments in care and the commons by Angelina Kussy, David Palomera and Daniel Silver

Towards variegated ‘Peripheral Municipalisms’: The experience of Valparaíso and Recoleta, Chile by Fernando Toro and Hernán Orozco

When Bookchin faces Bourdieu. French ‘weak’ municipalism, legitimation crisis and zombie political parties by Vincent Béal, Nicolas Maisetti, Gilles Pinson and Max Rousseau

Realising direct democracy through representative democracy: From the Yellow Vests to a libertarian municipalist strategy in Commercy by Sixtine Van Outryve



Long-Term Intergenerational Perspectives on Urban Sustainability Transitions

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

Papers include:

Mesoamerican urbanism: Indigenous institutions, infrastructure, and resilience by David M Carballo, Gary M Feinman and Aurelio López Corral

Long-term trends in settlement persistence in Southwest Asia: Implications for sustainable urbanism, past, present and future by Dan Lawrence, Michelle W de Gruchy, Israel Hinojosa-Baliño and Abdulameer Al-Hamdani



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

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

Papers include:

Heat, cold and climatic determinism in China’s urban epidemics by Liz PY Chee, Dongxin Zou and Gregory Clancey

Unequal and unjust: The political ecology of Bangkok’s increasing urban heat island by Danny Marks and John Connell

Urban energy landscape in practice: Architecture, infrastructure and the material culture of cooling in post-reform Chongqing, China by Madlen Kobi

The birth of cool: Heat and air-conditioning in the history of Wuhan, 1950–2020 by Chris Courtney



The New Private Urban Governance: Vestiges, Ventures, and Visibility

Guest Editors: Randy K Lippert, Debra Mackinnon and Stefan Treffers

Making power visible: Business improvement districts and creative placemaking in Washington, DC by Susanna F. Schaller, Aaron Howe, Coy McKinney and Sarah Shoenfeld


Infrastructures as urban solutions? Critical perspectives on transformative socio-technical change

Guest Editors: Jochen Monstadt, Jonathan Rutherford and Olivier Coutard


Digitalization, Neighborhood Change and Urban Social Processes

Guest Editors: George Galster and Jan Üblacker            


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

Cities in a post-COVID world by Richard Florida, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Michael Storper

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

Locked down by inequality: Older people and the COVID-19 pandemic by Tine Buffel, Sophie Yarker, Chris Phillipson, Luciana Lang, Camilla Lewis, Patty Doran and Mhorag Goff

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 impact of ethnic segregation on neighbourhood-level social distancing in the United States amid the early outbreak of COVID-19 by Wei Zhai, Xinyu Fu, Mengyang Liu and Zhong-Ren Peng

The city and the virus by Max Nathan

New urban habits in Stockholm following COVID-19 by Ann Legeby, Daniel Koch, Fábio Duarte, Cate Heine, Tom Benson, Umberto Fugiglando and Carlo Ratti

Urban epidemic governance: An event system analysis of the outbreak and control of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China by Jinliao He and Yuan Zhang

Towards a constructed order of co-governance: Understanding the state–society dynamics of neighbourhood collaborative responses to COVID-19 in urban China by Zhilin Liu, Sainan Lin, Tingting Lu, Yue Shen and Sisi Liang

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

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

Fickle spheres: The constant re/construction of the private and other new habits by Miko Hucko

Vulnerability, neglect, and collectivity in Brazilian favelas: Surviving the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s necropolitics by Patricia Basile

Planning for social distancing: How the legacy of historical epidemics shaped COVID-19's spread in Madrid by Noel A Manzano Gómez

Compact living or policy inaction? Effects of urban density and lockdown on the Covid-19 outbreak in the US by Andy Hong and Sandip Chakrabarti


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