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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, with special capability, international distinction, and emphasis in the following areas:


1. Declining cities and distressed urban communities

2. Health, food systems, universal design

3. Sustainability and climate change

4. Transportation systems


Our graduate students have the opportunity to engage with several centers and labs that are exploring the cutting edge of scholarship in the above issues. 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 candidates 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:




Call for Manuscripts and Papers: 


48th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association

April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN

Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City's Edge:

Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

The conference site, Toronto, has become an international model of alternative approaches to urban policies, particularly in the areas of housing, immigration/diversity, social equity, and environmental sustainability. The city anchors the largest metropolitan area in Canada, a region that has emerged as a global leader in innovation. But significant tensions underlie this impressive image. Rising socio-spatial inequality, escalating housing costs, racialized patterns of growth, and inadequate transportation infrastructure, all threaten the region's future prospects. Furthermore, social, economic, environmental and political cleavages between municipalities comprising the Toronto region continue to emerge. Yet, there are also examples of collaboration in planning and policy at the local and regional levels that have created opportunities for community engagement, grassroots place-making and larger scale city-building. The conference provides an opportunity to both extend our understanding of the Toronto metropolitan experience, and importantly, to examine the broader topic of contestation and promise of collaboration in regions globally. Ultimately, the conference will allow us to examine a fundamentally critical question: how can policies and actions within a regional context promote the development of communities that are both just and sustainable?



Topical Categories

In keeping with UAA tradition, we encourage proposals that focus on an array of research topics including:

·                         Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts

·                     Disaster Planning/Disaster Management for Urban Areas, Cities and National Security

·                     Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Urban Finance

·                     Education Policy in Urban Contexts, Educational Institutions and Urban Inequalities

·                     Environmental Issues, Sustainability

·                     Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues

·                     Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management

·                     Health and Urban Communities

·                     Historic Preservation, Space and Place

·                     Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas

·                     Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development

·                     Human Services and Urban Populations, Nonprofit/Voluntary 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 in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence

·                     Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity

·                     Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City

·                     Urban Communications (Urban Media Roles, Urban Journalism, Social Media/Technology in Urban Life)

·                     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


Local Host Committee:                                                                          Conference Program Committee:

Roger Keil, York University (Co-Chair)                                    Leslie Martin, University of Mary Washington (Co-Chair) [USA]

Shauna Brail, University of Toronto (Co-Chair)                      Pierre Hamel, Université de Montréal (Co-Chair) [Canada]

David Amborski, Ryerson University                                      Lars Engberg, Aalborg University Copenhagen [Denmark]

Sara Hughes, University of Toronto                                        Lúcia Capanema Álvares, Universidade Federal Fluminense [Brazil]

Virginia Maclaren, University of Toronto                               Kevin Keenan, College of Charleston [USA]

                                                                                                Cathy Yang Liu, Georgia State University [USA]

                                                                                                Jill Tao, Incheon National University [Korea]


Proposal Submission Formats and Policies

Individuals are limited to participation (as presenter, speaker or moderator) in one (1) session. There is no limit to the number of papers/posters for which you are a co-author. Persons in special panels can participate in one additional session.

A proposal can be submitted through the UAA website (starting June 1, 2017) for a:

·                    Research paper presentation--(proposal requires an abstract) OR

·                    Pre-organized panel--(proposal requires a panel summary, group of 4-5 paper abstracts/ moderator)OR

·                    Pre-organized colloquy-- (proposal requires theme statement & names of 4-5 formal discussants) OR

·                    Breakfast roundtable--(proposal requires theme statement & names of 1-2 conveners) OR

·                    Poster--(proposal requires an abstract)—best option for persons who are in early stage of their research

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT.  Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30, 2017.


Questions? Visit the UAA website:www.urbanaffairsassociation.org (for info on proposal submissions, registration, hotel reservations, etc.), or contact us at [email protected] or 1-414-229-3025




Call for Book Proposals

Community Quality ofLife 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 ofNorthern British Columbia, Canada;Don Rahtz, College of William and Mary, US; Joseph Sirgy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, US;Ben Warner, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., 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, policymakers, 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:RhondaPhillips, [email protected]

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




Book Series Call for Proposals:

POLIS: Fordham Series in Urban Studies  


Series Editor:

Daniel J. Monti, Professor of Sociology and the doctoral program in Public and Social Policy, Saint Louis University


Series Rationale:

The books and monographs published in the Polis series will explore the distinctive urban way of life and community first imagined by the Greeks over 2,000 years ago and now being replicated across the globe. This series will address the question of what makes a good community and how urban dwellers succeed and fail to live up to the idea that people from various backgrounds and levels of society can live together effectively, if not always congenially. The province of no one discipline, we are searching for authors in fields as diverse as American Studies, Anthropology, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban Studies and who can write for both academic and informed lay audiences. Our objective is to celebrate and critically assess the customary ways in which urbanites make the world corrigible for themselves and the other kinds of people with whom they come into contact every day.


To this end we will publish both book-length manuscripts and a series of "digital shorts" focusing on case studies of groups, locales, and events that provide clues to how urban people accomplish this delicate and exciting task. We expect to publish one or two books every year but a larger number of "digital shorts." The monographs will be 20,000 words or less and have a strong narrative voice. These shorter pieces, like our books, will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary group of scholars whose number will include members of our advisory board. They will be electronically archived and made available to instructors who wish to create course packets for their students and to any party interested in learning more about their own and other people's urban way of life. It is hoped that some of our "digital shorts" authors will develop their work into manuscripts that become books in thePolis series.


Advisory Board Members

A collection of established and younger scholars has agreed to serve on the series advisory board. Several additional slots will be filled in the near future. Our board specializes in a variety of social scientific, historical, policy, and ethnographic fields of study. The members will lend their expertise to the selection of manuscripts and readers, help to review manuscripts, and we hope will contribute samples of their own work to the books and "digital shorts" offered in the series. Our principal goal, beyond finding good work to publish, is to promote the development of young and mid-career scholars who are interested in the serious study of urban people and places.


Michael Ian Borer

Department of Sociology

University of Nevada - Las Vegas


Japonica Brown-Saracino

Department of Sociology

Boston University


Michael Goodman

Executive Director

Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth


R. Scott Hanson

Lecturer, History

Director, Social Justice Research Academy

The University of Pennsylvania


Annika Hinze

Department of Political Science

Fordham University


Elaine Lewinnek

Department of American Studies

California State University -- Fullerton


Ben Looker

Department of American Studies

Saint Louis University


Ali Modarres

Urban Studies

University of Washington -- Tacoma


Bruce O'Neil

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Saint Louis University


Call for Papers: JUA Special Issue on Refugees and the City


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