Forthcoming Special Issues

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




Big Data in the City

Guest Editors: Jon Bannister and Tony O'Sullivan

Read the introduction: Big Data in the city by Jon Bannister and Anthony O’Sullivan

Papers include:

Out of the loop? On the radical and the routine in urban big data by Sarah Barns

The taming of chaos: Optimal cities and the state of the art in urban systems research by Linnet Taylor

Understanding policing demand and deployment through the lens of the city and with the application of big data by Mark Ellison, Jon Bannister, Won Do Lee, Muhammad Salman Haleem

A new framework for very large-scale urban modelling by Michael Batty, Richard Milton

From residence to movement: The nature of racial segregation in everyday urban mobility by Jennifer Candipan, Nolan Edward Phillips, Robert J Sampson, Mario Small

Big data, accessibility and urban house prices by Steven C Bourassa, Martin Hoesli, Louis Merlin, John Renne

Measuring risk of missing transfers in public transit systems using high-resolution schedule and real-time bus location data by Luyu Liu, Harvey J Miller


Infrastructural Stigma and Urban Vulnerability

Guest Editors: Hanna Baumann and Haim Yacobi

Papers include:

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


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


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


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


Urban Studies in India across the Millennial Turn: Histories and Futures

Guest Editors: Karen Coelho and Ashima Sood

Remembering the river: Flood, memory and infrastructural ecologies of stormwater drainage in Mumbai by V. Chitra

Industrial destabilisation: The case of Rajajinagar, Bangalore by Shriya Anand and Aditi Dey


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