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The Cyberhood's mission is to encourage critical thinking about the plight of communities of color, conditions in the inner city, and the problems of low-wage workers. The website's goal is to connect students, scholars, practitioners, and activists from across the racial and class divide in order to build meaningful relationships. It is our belief that the building of such connections will strengthen the struggle to understand and transform inner cities and the metropolitan regions of which they are a part.


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Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo.


The PhD program in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo. The doctoral program offers diverse research and learning opportunities.


Our graduate students have the opportunity to engage with several centers and labs that are exploring the cutting edge of planning scholarship. These include the UB Regional Institute, Urban Design Project, Center for Urban Studies, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies, Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water (RENEW), and the Global Health Equity Community of Excellence. These research centers and labs connect students with faculty with research interests similar to their own and unique opportunities to pursue focused research at an advanced level. The program also encourages students to explore other research centers and interdisciplinary studies across the University at Buffalo, one of the nation's premier centers for academic excellence and the most comprehensive, research-intensive university within the 64-campus SUNY system.


Applications are invited from highly qualified and motivated doctoral candidates interested in pursuing a career in research and teaching. Selected candidates will be considered for tuition remission and a competitive stipend. Admitted PhD students may also be considered for competitive financial awards available through sponsored research projects. Candidates must have strong analytical and writing skills. Additional information about the program is available at:




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Shaping the Future of Urban Research


In April of 2020, the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) returns to Washington, D.C. to celebrate its 50th anniversary of annual meetings. The Opening Plenary of the 2020 conference will address the theme, "The State of Urban Affairs and the State of Urban Affairs Research." This theme sets the stage for the overarching goals of the conference, which are: 1) to better understand the past decades of urban research, 2) to assess current realities of urban life as challenges to urban analysis, and 3) to create visions for the future that support a global urban research agenda.  The conference will provide opportunities to assess urban affairs as a field, and to develop ideas for enhancing its long-term prospects and impacts. UAA welcomes proposals for a wide range of topics related to urban communities, policies, and populations. See Topical Categories for UAA Conferences section below for a listing of relevant topics.

October 1, 2019, 11:59pm (CDT) - Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline
December 13, 2019, 11:59pm (CDT) - Registration Deadline

Participation Formats

A proposal can be submitted through the UAA website using ONE of the following formats:

  • Individual research paper presentation: Proposal requires an abstract.
  • Organized research paper panel: Proposal requires a panel summary, group of 4-5 paper abstracts, and a designated moderator (who may be a paper presenter).
  • Organized colloquy: Proposal requires theme statement & names of 4-5 discussants.
  • Breakfast roundtable: Proposal requires theme statement & names of 1-2 conveners.
  • Poster: Proposal requires an abstract. (Best option for persons in early stage of research)

Special Conference Tracks

50th Anniversary Topics on Shaping the Future of Urban Research The following topics are examples offered to stimulate, not to limit, your development of ideas for possible proposals:


What is Urban Affairs?

  • What does "urban" mean in scholarship, public discussion, media, legislative debates, etc.? How have those meanings changed over time?
  • How relevant are the traditional distinctions between urban, suburban, and rural?
  • How has "urban" scholarship and policy discourse differed and converged globally?
  • Is "urban affairs" a discipline? Where does it sit in the academic community?
  • What array of topics has directed research and how has that mix changed over time?
  • What are the future directions in urban research?  What should they be?
  • What role has UAA played in the development of urban affairs as a field? How has that role changed over time? What directions should the organization take going forward?

How Can Urban Affairs Researchers Expand Their Audiences?

  • How can the UAA and urban scholars more effectively serve the needs of audiences that utilize research and knowledge? For example: urban journalists, urban-oriented organizations (NLC, NACO, USCM, Governors' Assoc, etc), governments at all levels (national, state, regional, local), non-profit research, community-based, and advocacy groups (e.g. PolicyLink, Center for Community Change, National Fair Housing Alliance), non-UAA scholars, who examine cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas.
  • What do foundations and other funders prioritize in urban research?

What is the Impact of Urban Affairs Research?

  • How can UAA members obtain greater recognition for their work (among scholars, practitioners and the public)?
  • Does urban research require methodological changes to increase credibility?
  • How can urban researchers produce greater impact on conditions on the ground, particularly in view of growing inequalities and polarization?

Topical Categories for UAA Conferences
In addition to the conference theme, we encourage proposals that focus on an array of research topics including:

  • Activist Scholarship
  • Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts
  • Disaster Planning/Management for Urban Areas, Cities and National Security
  • Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Finance
  • Education Policy in Urban Contexts, Educational Institutions & Urban Inequalities
  • Environmental Issues, Sustainability
  • Gender, Identity, Diversity
  • Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues
  • Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management
  • Health and Urban Populations/Communities
  • Historic Preservation, Space and Place
  • Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas
  • Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
  • Human Services & Urban Populations, Nonprofit Sector in Urban Contexts
  • Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends in Urban Areas
  • Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services
  • Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
  • Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning
  • Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
  • Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
  • Public Safety, Criminal Justice, Household Violence in Urban Contexts
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in Urban and Metropolitan Contexts
  • Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City
  • Special Conference Topic - Shaping the Future of Urban Research
  • Special Track on UAA History
  • Special Track on Urban Entrepreneurship
  • Urban Communication (Urban Media Roles, Journalism, Social Media/Technology)
  • Urban Design, Urban Architecture
  • Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
  • Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
  • Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs
  • Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim
  • Urban Issues in Central & South America and the Caribbean

One-Session Policy
To maximize opportunities and minimize scheduling conflicts, UAA limits your participation (as presenter, speaker and/or moderator) to one (1) session. Exception: Persons in sponsored and professional development panels, poster sessions, or breakfast roundtables can participate in one additional session. DO NOT agree to participate in more than one session unless you meet the exception criteria.

2020 Local Host Committee

Gregory Squires, George Washington Univ (Co-Chair)

Hal Wolman, George Washington Univ (Co-Chair)

Bill Barnes, National League of Cities
Leah Brooks, George Washington Univ

Derek Hyra, American Univ
Willow Lung-Amman, Univ of Maryland
Sue Smock, Wayne State Univ (retired)

Toni-Michelle Travis, George Mason Univ


2020 Program Committee

Joan Wesley, Jackson State Univ (Chair) (USA)

Clarissa Freitas, Univ Federal do Ceara (Brazil)
Al Gourier, Univ of Baltimore (USA)
Bligh Grant, Univ of Technology Sydney (Australia)

Vladimir Kogan, Ohio State Univ (USA)
Sylvie Paré, Univ du Québec à Montréal (Canada)

Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway, Univ of Barcelona (Spain)


For General Conference Information and Abstract and Session Proposal Submissions:

Visit the UAA Conference website at: https://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/  





Community Quality of Life and Well-Being


Aims and Scope of the Series


Series Editor: Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University, US

Editorial Board: Meg Holden, Simon Fraser University, Canada; Charlotte Khan, The Boston Foundation, US; Youngwha Kee, Soongsil University, Korea; Alex Michalos, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; Don Rahtz, College of William and Mary, US; Joseph Sirgy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, US


Community Quality of Life and Well-being is a book series comprised of volumes related to local and regional level research, providing current and leading edge information to planners, policy makers, and quality of life researchers involved in community and regional well-being research and application. Formerly entitled Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Practices, the series reflects the broad scope of well-being. In addition to best practices of community quality-of-life indicators projects the series welcomes a variety of research and practice topics as related to overall community well-being and quality of life dimensions, relating to policy, application, research, and/or practice. Research on issues such as societal happiness, quality of life domains in the policy construct, measuring and gauging progress, dimensions of urban and regional planning and community development, and related topics are anticipated.

This series is published by Springer in partnership with the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), a global society with the purpose of promoting and encouraging research and collaboration in quality of life and well-being theory and applications. More information about ISQOLS can be found at
www.isqols.org. The Editor welcomes proposals for both edited volumes and authored monographs contributions on topics such as:


· Quality of Life in Communities
· Societal Happiness
· Social Health and Well-Being
· Life Satisfaction in various life domains
· Well-Being Theories and Applications
· Quality of Life for Policy Development

· Measuring and Gauging Quality of Life
· Dimensions of Planning  and Community Development
· Indicators of Well-Being
· Overall Community Well-Being


Please direct your inquiries or send your proposal to:Rhonda Phillips, [email protected]



For more information about the series: http://www.springer.com/series/13761



Submit your article today!
International Journal of Community Well-Being
Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University, USA
Seung Jong Lee, Seoul National University, Korea
This journal advances the knowledge and practice of
community well-being as an interdisciplinary broad
conception of human and societal well-being. The focus is
predominately on communities of place and interest within
geographic or societal spaces concerning social, economic,
cultural/social, environmental or political conditions and
impacts on societal and social well-being.
It provides an outlet for excellent scholarship from a
multitude of disciplines - including but not limited to
community development, geography, urban and regional
planning, economic development, public administration,
regional studies, sociology, community learning and
education, psychology and health - concerned with
community well-being that promotes understanding of its
multidimensional aspects.
ISSN: 2424-5295 (print version)
ISSN: 2524-5309 (electronic version)
2 issues/year
Subscription information
▶ springer.com/librarians


For more information on the International Journal of
Community Well-Being, please visit



Housing and Society, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis welcomes manuscripts on topics in housing such as policy, design, social aspects, gerontology, behavioral aspects, energy/environment, equipment, interiors, economics, theory/model development, education, and program development or evaluation. https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rhas20




Routledge Contemporary Perspectives on Urban Growth, Innovation and Change (see the link for information about this book series and submissions)


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Special Announcement


A New Student Recognition and
Professional Development Opportunity

The Urban Affairs Association has established the first international honor society to recognize the academic achievements of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in urban studies and related fields.
Urban Studies is a broad umbrella term for academic programs and research that focus on the social, political, economic, spatial, physical, historical, cultural, and environmental dynamics of urban contexts. Elements of urban studies can be found in several different disciplines, as well as within explicitly interdisciplinary fields such as urban affairs and urban planning. Given the varied academic homes for urban studies, eligibility for participation in the Society will be judged on the basis of individual program attributes.
We invite applications from academic units to establish chapters of Upsilon Sigma. Each year, there will be two application periods, one in the Fall, and the second in the Spring. For the 2018 calendar year, we have established the following application periods:
Spring 2018 Application Period

  • April 2—Application due to the UAA Executive Office
  • May 15—Application review decisions completed

Fall 2018 Application Period

  • November 1—Application due to the UAA Executive Office
  • December 15—Application review decisions completed

Basic Requirements to Establish an Upsilon Sigma Chapter

  • Successful chapter application
  • Annual UAA Institutional Membership (dues are $345 per year)
  • Student induction fees (one-time induction fee of $35 per student)

Full details on the application process and requirements are now available on the UAA website:


For more information about Upsilon Sigma visit this link





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