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Urban Transformations is an inter- and transdisciplinary open access journal. We offer a publishing and discussion platform for people engaged in science, policy and practice, targeting real-life impact. We invite contributions that address transformative urban change, and help to practically shape it towards sustainability. 

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Food transformations in African secondary cities

Guest Editors: Jonathan Crush and Liam Riley

The collection serves as a focal point for new and emerging work on the critical issue, made even more pressing by COVID-19, of how to build sustainable formal and informal food systems in the context of massive transformation at lower levels of the urban hierarchy.

Platform urbanism

Guest Editors: Federico Caprotti and I-Chun Catherine Chang

Platform urbanism is a very new, emergent theme in urban futures research. This collection casts a critical eye on this emerging area of interest, by a.) establishing a critical take on platform urbanism, and b.) providing empirical examples of the workings of platform urbanism at different scales, in different socio-technical and national contexts, and in different spheres of urban life.

Beyond Urban Living Labs: The making of transformative urban innovation systems

Guest Editors: Marc Wolfram, Joe Ravetz and Christian Scholl

This special issue aims to build on some of the most significant experiences and lessons from analyzing the ‘ULL 1.0’ phase, in order to identify and outline the contours and likely directions for a forthcoming ULL 2.0 model and way of working. 

Co-producing urban sustainability transitions

Guest Editors: Niki Frantzeskaki and Marcus Collier

Co-production is seen as a process that brings all these (mobilized) agents of change to (re)connect and reimagine sustainable urban futures.  It remains however to be examined and conceptualized in which ways not only outputs of the co-production process but the process itself impacts ways of thinking, organizing and doing and in which ways it impacts urban transformations.

Transformative turn in planning

Guest Editors: Marc Wolfram and Markus Egermann

This article collection aims to critically review recent innovations in planning approaches, strategies and instruments regarding their potentials and limits to prepare, guide, initiate and sustain transformative urban change.

Aims and scope

Urban transformations are of vital importance for the future of humanity and ecosystem Earth. They demand deep and accelerated changes in urban patterns and processes across all spheres of life, and from local to global. New knowledge on the subject, dynamics and directions of urban change is dearly needed to shift current development trajectories in the global North and South towards sustainability.

We invite contributions from any disciplines addressing these issues. The journal seeks to deepen and broaden current understandings theoretically, empirically and methodologically. There is a need for novel perspectives, drawing on ontological and epistemological multiplicity, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. We welcome comparative research designs, as well as innovative methods and techniques. Special attention will be given to outcomes from science-practice co-production and co-design.
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We welcome the following article types:

  • Research Original research work on the subject, dynamics or direction of urban transformations.
  • Review Reviews explore, question, interpret or synthesize the available urban transformation literature on a selected topic.
  • Frontiers paper Frontiers papers propose new research topics, approaches or concepts for advancing the science and practice of urban transformations.
  • Perspective Short discussions that present thought-provoking arguments from researchers or practitioners. 
  • Focus point Succinct and informative reports on outstanding practice cases of urban transformations.

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