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

Mumbai’s differential verticalisation: The dialectic of sovereign and technical planning rationalities by Himanshu Burte

Vertical Horizons: Dealing with luxury urban skies by Andrew Harris and Tom Wolseley

Afterword: Out there (or, do we have lift off?) by AbdouMaliq Simone


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

Underground urbanism in Africa: Splintered subterranean space in Lagos, Nigeria by Abidemi Agwor, Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita and Paul G Munro

Urban development and long-term flood risk and resilience: Experiences over time and across cultures. Cases from Asia, North America, Europe and Australia by Duncan C Keenan-Jones, Anna Serra-Llobet, Hongming He and G Mathias Kondolf


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

Scale and modularity in thermal governance: The replication of India’s heat action plans by Aalok Khandekar, Jamie Cross and Anant Maringanti

Hot climates in urban South Asia: Negotiating the right to and the politics of shade at the everyday scale in Karachi by Soha Macktoom, Nausheen H Anwar and Jamie Cross

Urban heat islands and the transformation of Singapore by Yoonhee Jung


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

Libertecture: A catalogue of libertarian spaces by Rowland Atkinson and Liam O’Farrell

Negotiating the exclusive right to public schools in China’s education-featured gated communities under multiscalar and multidirectional urban entrepreneurialism by Shenjing He and Rong Cai

‘Security’ and private governance in São Paulo’s corporate centrality frontierby Gabriella DD De Biaggi


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

Papers include:

How digitalisation influences neighbourhood change by George C Galster

What’s in a name? Place misrepresentation and neighbourhood stigma in the online rental market by Ariela Schachter, John Kuk, Max Besbris and Lydia Ho

Place-oriented digital agency: Residents’ use of digital means to enhance neighbourhood change by Hadas Zur


Global corporate landlords and tenant struggles

Guest Editors: Lorenzo Vidal, Javier Gil and Miguel A Martinez


Authoritarian Neoliberal and Illiberal Urbanisms: Towards a Research Agenda

Guest Editors: Gareth Fearn, Güldem Özatağan and Ayda Eraydın


Infrastructural Encounters: Disability in Urban Lives

Guest Editors: Daniel Muñoz, Jamie Arathoon and Jennie Middleton


Manufacturing the Urban: Manufactured Housing and Manufactured Home Parks

Guest Editors: Zachary Lamb, Esther Sullivan and Andrew Rumbach


Reimagining activity spaces in urban contexts

Guest Editors: Jonathan Corcoran and Rebecca Wickes


The Business of Densification: Institutions, Actors, and Outcomes in the Transformation of Urban Settlements

Guest Editors: Gabriela Debrunner, David Kaufmann and Justin Kadi


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