Call for Paper

Call for contributions for the special issue of Articulo: “Digitisation of public spaces: the great urban change? "

Articulo, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to urban studies, is launching a call for contributions for its special issue entitled “Digitisation of public spaces: the great urban change? ".


The call and details are available by the following link:


The deadline for sending articles, in English and of a length of 8000 words except for bibliography, is March 15, 2021. The publication of the special issue is scheduled for fall 2021. 


This call for contributions seeks to question five problematic axes of the digital turn’s impacts on public spaces. 

  • Axis 1 – Political and geopolitical turns 
  • Axis 2 – Planning and narrative turns 
  • Axis 3 – Economic and sociological turns 
  • Axis 4 – Legal and philosophical turns 
  • Axis 5 – Health turn and spatial distancing 

Contributions must explicitly focus on urban space in a way or another, and be sent to before March 15, 2021.


Call for papers for a Special Session on 'Exploring the Foundational Economy and Social Innovation in Industrial Regions' - Regional Studies Annual Conference in Ljubljana (Slovenia) - 17-20 June 2020

Call for papers Regional Studies Association, Annual Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia

We are calling for papers for a Special Session on 'Exploring the Foundational Economy and Social Innovation in Industrial Regions' (SS22) in the context of the next Regional Studies Annual Conference in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Find the full session call below and via

The conference will take place in June 2020 - find all further details via

The call for abstracts closes on January 31th. Please do follow the conference procedures for submitting papers to the special session - please don't post any abstracts directly to the session organisers!

The call is related to an InduCult2.0 follow-up project (YOUIND, INTERREG A, 2020-2022) of which details will be released at a later stage. The session will be organised jointly by the University of Graz, Department of Geography and the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia.


Call for SS22 - 'Exploring the Foundational Economy and Social Innovation in Industrial Regions'

Session organisers: Jani Kozina (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia), Jörn Harfst (University of Graz, Austria) and David Bole (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia)

There is a growing recognition that traditional development strategies and EU policies have often failed to address the challenges faced by industrial regions, which are increasingly framed as sites of socio-economic marginalisation and political discontent. Traditional industrial regions are characterised as having an ‘old’ productive economy in contrast to a ‘new’ creative economy, indicating that industrial regions are inherently vulnerable, with smaller towns lacking the knowledge base to compete with larger urban environments. The main economic activity in many peripheral and lagging regions is the ‘foundational economy’ –the essential goods and services of everyday life. Yet current innovation policy tends to focus upon a narrow set of advanced technology sectors, which largely reside in agglomeration regions. There is plenty of scope for the next EU funding cycle to support so-called ‘social innovation’ in foundational sectors such as housing, healthcare, education, mobility, and food. This will require greater community involvement in innovation projects to enhance ‘well-being’ at the local and regional level.

Papers addressing the following questions are welcome:

  • What kind of social innovation are designed and needed in industrial regions?
  • Which are the initiatives to promote social and institutional innovation in industrial regions?
  • What is the role of industrial culture, values and traditions to shape social innovation and foundational economy in industrial regions?
  • How can social innovation contribute to foundational economy?
  • What is the interplay between the two concepts?
  • What is the interlink between social innovation and industrial production in such regions?
  • How can social innovation and foundational economy contribute to different path creations and path renewals in industrial regions?

These are just some examples of the questions that could be addressed in this session. Any other papers addressing socio-cultural notion of industrial regions outside agglomerations are also welcome. The session is organised in the scope of the YOUIND project funded by the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia Austria. The project deals with the issue of youth outmigration from peripheral industrial towns from an industrial-cultural perspective and uses social innovation to improve institutional capacities and empowerment of young people.


Call for Papers RGS-IBG 2020: Deep learning approaches in GIScience

The organisers and the GIScience Research Group (GIScRG) of the Royal Geographical Society invite researchers to submit 250-word abstracts for presentation at the Deep learning approaches in GIScience session at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2020.

DEADLINE: January 31st, 2020

Web site:


Instructions for Authors

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words (excluding references) for 15-minute presentations to before January 31st, 2020.



- Dr Stefano De Sabbata, University of Leicester

- Dr Andrea Ballatore, Birkbeck, University of London

- Dr James Haworth, University College London

- Dr Godwin Yeboah, University of Warwick


Session description

In its broader definition, machine learning has long been part of GIScience and geocomputation approaches to data analysis. That is partially due to GIScience mainly focusing on unsupervised learning approaches to data mining, such as geodemographic classification (Delmelle, 2016; Gale et al., 2016) and dimensionality reduction (Wolf and Knaap, 2019), supervised methods of inference from a sample, such as spatial autocorrelation (Ord and Getis, 1995) and geographically weighted regression (Brunsdon et al., 1998; Yu et al., 2019). More recently, deep machine learning approaches had a transformative impact in a variety of fields. For instance, the introduction of AlexNet (Krizhevsky et al., 2012) was a watershed moment in image processing, demonstrating the effectiveness of the use of convolutional neural networks (CNN) in the field.

Deep machine learning approaches have been somewhat neglected in GIScience and quantitative human geography (Harris et al., 2017) until quite recently. However, there is a clear interest in exploring the applicability and effectiveness of deep learning to study geographic phenomena and growing literature in the field. To mention a few: Chen et al. (2018) have been exploring the use of CNNs to identify ground objects from satellite images; De Sabbata and Liu (2019) explored a geodemographic classification approach based on deep embedding clustering; Liu and De Sabbata (2019) proposed a semi-supervised, deep neural network approach to classify geolocated social media posts; Xu et al. (2017) proposed the use of deep autoencoders to perform quality assessment of building footprints for OpenStreetMap.

This session aims to be a forum to discuss advances, opportunities, and limits of the use of deep machine learning approaches in the field of GIScience, showcasing both applications of deep learning methods applied to geography -- including both human and physical geography contexts -- and geospatial extensions and variants of deep learning methods.


Call for Paper: Asia Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR) Conference, 10-13 August 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We are pleased to announce the 2020 APNHR Conference, which will be held in Malaysia, with the following schedule:


Theme: Housing Culture, Environment and Urban Development

Date: 10-13 August 2020

Venue: University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Important Dates:


  • Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2020 
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2020 
  • Full paper submission: 15 July 2020


Abstracts can be submitted here.  Please visit the Conference official website at for details.


For enquiries, please contact the conference secretariat at

For general enquiry on APNHR, please contact Ms Michele Leung at 


2nd Call for Papers: The 3rd International Conference on Rural Development and Community Empowerment (ENDINAMOSIS 2019), Bandung, November 2-3, 2019

The 3rd International Conference on Rural Development and Community Empowerment (Endinamosis 2019)

“Empowering rural areas in the era of Industrial Rev 4.0”

Bandung, November 2-3, 2019

This is an official event of the Center for Rural Areas Empowerment (P2D), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), that aims to facilitate wide-ranging, interdisciplinary discussions on rural technology and development. This conference will bring together theoretical discourses and empirical best practices on rural technology and development studies particularly from the perspectives of social, arts, natural, and engineering sciences. The conference poses questions on, among others but not limited to, how new thinking, innovations and inventions can be developed and applied for the better future life and development of rural areas and their communities.


Conference Tracks

  1. Applied Technology
  2. Social-Economy
  3. Cultural Preservation and Institutional Development
  4. New Trends in Asian Rural Studies


Online Registration and Abstract Submission

Abstract Template


Important Dates

Abstract Submission deadline: September 16, 2019

Notification of Abstract Acceptance: September 30, 2019

Conference Date: November 2-3, 2019


Registration Fee

Early bird by October 21: Student USD 100/ Professional USD 200

On Site: Student USD 150/ Professional USD 250


Contact and Information



mobile: Maryam (+6285624661171)

The XIIth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards

The XIIth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards: call is OPEN 

Airports, Cities and Urban development

The European Council of Town Planners considers the importance of Airports Cities in the development of metropolitan areas since the beginning of the 20th century.
Aviation and urban planning have developed in parallel over the last century and play together a major role in the future of human society.
Both can be considered in their role of polarization of human activities and planetary diffusion of culture and local specificities.

Through the 12th European Urban and Regional Planning Awards, the European Council of Spatial Planners wishes to reward the best projects, realized or in progress, research and prospective that show how Spatial Planning integrates airports in the development of cities, metropolises and regions.

The European Urban and Regional Planning Award allows the European Council of Spatial Planners to promote the concrete implementation of the Charter of European Planning approved in April 2013 in Barcelona.

Selection process and criteria

Projects will be considered on the following 3 aspects:

1. Strategic Planning

2. Smart mobility within cities and territories

3. Energy efficiency and spatial planning

ECTP-CEU recommends first having your entry analysed by your national spatial planning association, member of the ECTP-CEU who then endorse it. (see ECTP-CEU website, “members”)

Deadline of reception of all entries: 31 March 2018.

Entries should be sent to ECTP-CEU in electronic format: The Awards Ceremony will take place at Roissy Charles de Gaulle, at the House of the Environment and Sustainable Development (Maison de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable), on May 18, 2018 A presentation is also organized on September 25 2018 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, in the presence of COTER elected representatives.


Info Brochure

Submission form below:


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


 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

You can find the Journal Access Trend for Urban Science at:

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

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 ( 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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“The Regional Studies Association Research Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo)”
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