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Call for Papers

Critical Planning
UCLA Urban Planning Journal

Cities and Regions in “Crisis”

Volume 22

The guiding theme for Volume 22 is ‘crisis’. In the spirit of Ed Soja’s work on ‘restructuring-generated crisis’ and ‘crisis-generated restructuring’, we invite submissions that explore both destructive and regenerative aspects of crisis and the implications for cities and their regions; policy, legal, and planning responses to crises; the intersections of multiple crises; the ways the social construction of crisis materially feeds into crisis conditions; and social movements and contestations. Possible topics include but are not limited to: austerity and resilience in the wake of the global financial crisis, environmental justice and climate change, migration, incarceration, and global security.

We welcome submissions of all types and from all academic disciplines. We particularly encourage submissions that incorporate cross-disciplinary, multi-scalar, multi-sited, transnational, or mixed-method approaches. Submissions will be selected based on the critical analysis in submissions, and the extent to which pieces advance the journal’s core focus on criticality and social justice.

The 2015 Edward W. Soja Prize for Critical Thinking in Urban and Regional Research will be awarded to the best work published in the 22nd volume of Critical Planning. The prize celebrates the lifetime achievements of this critical thinker whose work continues to open new research directions for the theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary cities and regions. Preference will be given to authors speaking to issues outside the research agendas of traditional funding agencies and institutional donors. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the author of the winning article.


Style/Length: All academic submissions should be written according to the standards of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Please follow the journal’s additional style guidelines for submissions. Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding bibliographical citations).

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, and we highly encourage early submissions. Feel free to contact us by email to discuss your ideas. Manuscripts should be submitted by February 5, 2015.

Process: To submit, please visit and follow the link and instructions to the left of the screen (you will be asked to create an account). Should you have any difficulties submitting, please contact us at

We look forward to reviewing your submissions.


The Editors