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Call for papers: Urban Science - Special issue on Urban inequalities

!! Extended to 15 February 2018 !!

The following Special Issue will be published in Urban Science, and is now open to receive submissions of full research articles and comprehensive review papers for peer-review and possible publication:

 Special Issue: Urban Inequality

 Website: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/urbansci/special_issues/urban_inequality

 Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Jesús Manuel González Pérez

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2017

!! Extended to 15 February 2018 !!

Given your interesting work on the theme and related disciplines, I personally invite you and your colleagues to submit a contribution for this special issue in which some of the leading experts will describe their work, ideas and findings. Your paper will be published as a feature paper, free of charge and after our standard peer-review procedure, in our open access journal Urban Science.

This Special Issue will be fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers, with authors retaining all copyrights) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies (MDPI’s journals currently counts ~2.4 million webpage views monthly!). More information is available at http://www.mdpi.com/about/openaccess/.

You can find the Journal Access Trend for Urban Science at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/urbansci/stats

Please visit the "Instructions for Authors" before submitting a manuscript.
Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript submission and editorial system.
Please register and login at the website before submitting papers.

We also encourage authors to send us their tentative title and short abstract by e-mail directly.

In case you need any further information, please never hesitate to contact us.


SPECIAL ISSUE : CALL FOR PAPERS Portuguese Geography Journal

Ruins, Abandonment and Vacant Lands in Cities
Finisterra. Revista Portuguesa de Geografia/Portuguese Geography Journal

Brito-Henriques, E. & Sarmento, J (editors)

Please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words by November 30 2016 torev.finisterra@campus.ul.pt

Full papers should be submitted by May 31st 2017. In your email please include all correspondent authors, their institution and email address.

The experience of contemporary urbanity is inescapably marked by the presence of abandonment, ruination and emptiness. As a mere result of the passage of time, lack of attention, and often driven by real estate speculation, discontinuous city growth and vacant lots have became ubiquitous. At the same time, modern ruins have been added to historical ruins: abandoned manufacturing plants, closed cinemas, derelict barracks, dead malls, unfinished real estate projects, are now part of the cityscape.

These elements are usually seen in a negative way; the ruined city is one of the strongest dystopias of late modernity, with great expression in visual culture (photography, sci-fi movies, comics, electronic games, etc.). Ruins and vacant lands are equated with emptiness, death and disorder. Urban planning has followed this hegemonic sensitivity that demonizes ruins and vacant lands: revitalization of historic centres, regeneration of old industrial areas and urban re-densification strategies in order to rehabilitate the compact city, all have become priorities for the urban policies in the past few decades; an intense desire for erasing ruins and occupying vacant lands is present in all of them.

Since the focus has been put in reversing urban ruins and derelicts, little attention has been devoted to the analysis and understanding of the ruination processes and to study of the morphology and abilities of those spaces. Inspired by the Ignacio Solà-Morales’ concept of terrain vague, this special issue attempts to address the qualities of the abandoned and ruined spaces in the city and to discuss positively their value and potentialities. Our perspective is not restricted to the socio-cultural dimension, and understands the city as a socio-techno-natural system. Abandoned and ruined spaces are privileged sites of socio-natural hybridizations, where the technological and the biological, the human and the non-human, interpenetrate. The biophilic dimension of these spaces will therefore be duly considered.

Contributions from scholars working on the following topics in various historical and geographical contexts are welcomed:


  • Theoretic work on urban derelicts;
  • Smart decline;
  • Urban porosity;
  • Dynamics and spatial patterns of abandonment;
  • Potentialities of urban derelicts;
  • Biodiversity and human/non-human interactions in existing ruins, urban hollows and vacant lands;
  • Appropriations, re-significations and social uses of urban derelicts;
  • Strategies and innovative solutions for planning the perforated city using ruins, empty buildings and vacant lands;
  • Experience of Ruins



CALL FOR PAPERS – “NEW FINANCIAL GEOGRAPHIES OF ASIA” : Special Issue in Regional Studies journal

FinGeo Network News No 124: CFP “NEW FINANCIAL GEOGRAPHIES OF ASIA” (Special Issue in Regional Studies journal)

Deadline : 15 October 2016

Our first FinGeo Global Seminar, which took place at the International Geographical Congress in Beijing (August 2016), was very successful. With the high quality of papers presented at the paper sessions, we are now organizing a special issue with the Regional Studies journal. After discussions based on the abstracts at hand, the theme of this special issue is set as “New Financial Geographies of Asia”. With this theme, we are interested in a collection of papers that offer new insights and contributions into understanding finance in Asia, in areas such as:

  • New theoretical insights and empirical contexts on financial geographies/contexts
  • New urban/regional process related to finance in Asia
  • New financial developments related to changing economic landscapes
  • New technologies and their impacts on banking and finance
  • New landscapes of financial industries/markets/centers
  • Emerging new global financial architectures and the role of Asia therein

We currently have 10 abstracts and have space for about 5 additional abstracts for this special issue proposal. Our current papers cover China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, so contributions on Japan, South Korea, and other Asian economies are particularly welcome.

For those interested in joining this special issue, please send your paper title and abstract (around 300 words) to Fenghua Pan (panfenghua@bnu.edu.cn) by 15 October 2016. Please note that the full paper should be ready for submission to the journal by the end of January 2017. All the submissions will need to go through regular review process before they are accepted for publication.


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