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.
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.
Open article collections
Guest Editors: Marcus J. Collier and Clair Cooper
Guest Editors: Jonathan Crush and Liam Riley
Guest Editors: Federico Caprotti and I-Chun Catherine Chang
Guest Editors: Marc Wolfram, Joe Ravetz and Christian Scholl
Guest Editors: Niki Frantzeskaki and Marcus Collier
Guest Editors: Marc Wolfram and Markus Egermann
Sites for sustainability transitions: the interplay of urban experiments and socio-spatial configurations in transforming habits
Anna Baatz, Franziska Ehnert & Kristin Reiß (2024)
- 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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Our ongoing article collections focus on selected topics and are open for submissions on a continuous basis.
Note: article collections can also be referred to as special issues or thematic collections.
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