What is ‘Critical Urbanists’?

Welcome to the Critical Urbanists blog, a new platform for urban scholars and practitioners to offer commentary on contemporary urban issues. We (the editorial group) came up with the idea of Critical Urbanists at this summer’s European Network for Housing Research conference, energised by papers we’d enjoyed, debates we’d engaged in, and by policy issues and theoretical perspectives that we felt warranted greater scrutiny and debate. We aim to bring together individuals interested in urban theories, policies and practices that speak to the broad theme of socio-spatial justice within local, regional, national and international contexts. We are especially interested in themes and topics that transcend theoretical and methodological boundaries, disciplines, and nation states.

We have identified thematic areas of interest, but welcome contributions that speak to a wide range of urban issues. Forthcoming contributions include:

  • Critique and debate on neighbourhood effects and links to poverty
  • Commentary on Universal Credit, welfare reform and the effects on vulnerable households
  • A piece reflecting on the usefulness and lifespan of the ‘big society’, reflecting on recent research
  • A reflexive account of the process and practice of doing a PhD.


What’s it for?

Critical Urbanists has three core objectives:

  • To promote online debate and discussion about urban social theory, policy and practice
  • To provide an open and inclusive platform for these debates, offering a more instant medium than traditional academic publishing
  • To encourage contributions from scholars at all career stages, and from those outside academia, who are concerned with our broad thematic focus. We especially welcome contributions from early career academic researchers


How can I get involved?

We welcome contributions that responds to critical academic debates and contemporary policy issues, or that reflect on ongoing or completed research. Contributions will typically be 750-1000 words in length.

We have a core editorial group and a wider group of theme editors. The first stage would be to contact the theme editor most appropriate to the focus of your contribution, or a member of the core editorial group if you are unsure who to contact.


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