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Berkeley Planning Journal

The rural-urban divide has evolved significantly since its conception. What work does it do today? From American presidential election results that mapped onto urban and rural spaces to the urbanization of rural land along India’s highways, multiple and complex contemporary conditions challenge and/or entrench our understandings of urban and rural divisions. As financialization of agribusiness and mining ventures increases across Latin American rural towns, what persists or has been blurred in the linkages between urban and rural? Do these concepts still hold explanatory power? What are the values and limitations of this dichotomy? How do representations of the rural-urban divide shift as boundaries are mapped? What do emerging planning practices and informal interventions illuminate about the rural-urban divide and rural-urban transitions in the Global South?

Perspectives from city and regional planning, urban theory, political ecology, human geography, environmental justice, and climate change, among others, are welcomed to explore this theme; considerations of race, gender, class, and political ideology are encouraged. We invite critical, theoretical and practical reflections that engage these themes. Submissions can take the form of academic papers, photo essays, and book reviews. For further inquiries please contact

Instructions for Authors:

Papers will be subject to a peer-review process. Manuscripts have to be original (not published elsewhere), and should conform to the following submission guidelines:

  • Abstracts: 150–200 words
  • Full papers: 5,000–8,000 words (including title, abstract, and bibliography) 
  • References: in-text citations and bibliography in Chicago Style

Deadline for full papers: February 28, 2019

Deadline for photo essays and book reviews: April 25, 2019

Issue Release: December 2019

Submission: Please visit our eScholarship page to make a submission.