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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 in the global North and South, and help to practically shape it towards sustainability. 

For articles submitted in 2023 or 2024, Urban Transformations has waivers available that can be allocated on acceptance.

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.

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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Editors' selection

Sites for sustainability transitions: the interplay of urban experiments and socio-spatial configurations in transforming habits
Anna Baatz, Franziska Ehnert & Kristin Reiß (2024)

Science highlights

  • So far, little work has been done to conceptualise how experiments induce changes in habits at particular socio-spatial sites.
  • We define socially produced spaces as co-constituted by material, cultural, and regulative elements
  • We develop a framework to analyse how urban experiments can change space and its perception (path creation)…
  • …and, conversely, how space confines actor’s scope of action within urban experiments (path dependency)

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