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See the link below to view the video reflecting on George Floyd & honoring those who take action in the pursuit of justice and racial equality


Reflection on George Floyd & Honoring those who take Action in the Pursuit of Justice and Racial Equality



Statement on Charlottesville


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.


In keeping with the Cyberhood's mission, we condemn recent instances of violence spurred by racism, anti-Semitism, and hatred in Charlottesville, VA. We see these views as symptomatic of more general forms of intolerance and discrimination that are detrimental to historically disenfranchised groups in our society. To counter these views, we stand in solidarity with those who seek to expose bigotry and intolerance. We encourage public discourse aimed at their eradication and reaffirm the Cyberhood as an instrument to reach this end.


Post-Doctoral Fellowships





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PhD Programs:


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:




Call for Manuscripts and Papers: 


Beyond Lip Service: Bringing Racial Justice to Black and Brown Communities


Guest Editors: Kelly L. Patterson, Anna Maria Santiago, Robert M. Silverman


Journal of Community Practice Call for Papers


In the wake of global protests spurred by acts of police brutality in the United States, the Journal of Community Practice is seeking paper proposals for empirical, theoretical, and practice-based articles for a special issue examining racial justice in Black and Brown communities. Racial justice goes beyond paying lip service to disparities. Instead, it entails institutional changes aimed at addressing them. Addressing disparities undergirds four of the 12 Grand Challenges articulated by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare: closing the health gap; promoting smart decarceration; reducing extreme economic inequality; and achieving equal opportunity and justice.


Paper proposals are solicited that provide a comprehensive understanding of this topic which focuses on how institutional relationships contribute to inequality. A critical perspective questions modern societal structures, values, beliefs and ways of life, and pays particular attention to the socioeconomic and political structures of both community and society.

Thematically, papers are sought that examine racial justice in areas such as:

·        Social welfare system

·        Access to health care

·        Primary and secondary education

·        Housing

·        Employment

·        Political enfranchisement

·        Media coverage

·        Policing

·        Criminal legal system

·        Environmental justice


Contributions can include:

·        Full-length original research articles (up to 25 pages)

·        From the Field (max. 15 pages)

·        From the Classroom (max. 15 pages)

·        Innovations in Community Research (max. 15 pages)


Submission details


Our goal is to develop a special issue of the Journal of Community Practice that presents multiple perspectives both thematically and experientially. Submissions from scholars who engage in collaborative research with communities of color, do comparative analysis between the U.S. and other countries, and/or apply critical race theory to the study of inequality are encouraged. We especially encourage submissions from Black and Brown scholars engaging in this work.  


Abstracts and manuscripts should be labeled FOR SPECIAL ISSUE - BRINGING RACIAL JUSTICE for consideration by the special issue editors. Abstracts should clearly identify how the paper is linked to the special issue theme, provide background and purpose, data and methods of analysis, results and key conclusions and implications.  Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and submitted by email to [email protected] by August 3, 2020. The Guest Editors will provide abstract dispositions by August 17, 2020.


Final manuscripts should be submitted online by October 30, 2020. Submission is via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wcom. Manuscripts should not exceed the above page limits; all pages should be double-spaced (including the abstract, references, tables and figures), 12 point Times New Roman font. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 7th ed. Refer to Instruction for authors, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wcom20&page=instructions


Editor information


Kelly L. Patterson, University at Buffalo, [email protected]

Anna Maria Santiago, Michigan State University, [email protected]

Robert M. Silverman, University at Buffalo, [email protected]

Call for Papers: Applied Geography Special Issue on "Global Pandemics"


In an essay entitled "Pandemics: Risks, Impacts, and Mitigation," Madhav et al. (2018) wrote, "Multiple outbreaks...have exposed gaps related to the timely detection of disease, availability of basic care, tracing of contacts, quarantine and isolation procedures, and preparedness outside the health sector, including global coordination and response mobilization" (p.315). The recent coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak showcases the gaps of local-to-global preparedness, with widespread and unprecedented consequences affecting economies, politics, cultural norms, and societal expectations worldwide.

In response to this global pandemic, the editors of Applied Geography will publish a special issue on Global Pandemics: Geographic Approaches, Patterns, Risks, and Consequences.

All submissions are expected to have a geographic approach to better understand and/or (re)solve outcomes of local-to-global pandemics. Topics can encompass the following:

Demography and Epidemiology

  • Modelling demographic patterns and outcomes
  • Novel data to understand novel viruses
  • Modelling and simulation of the spread of outbreaks and/or global pandemics

Pandemics of History

  • Comparative perspectives using historical data
  • Geographic patterns as a result of political, economic, and/or social changes
  • Simulated trends with historical, current and/or future spatial patterns


  • Biomedical innovation: scientific and other barriers to the treatment and development of vaccines
  • Global partnership to accelerate biomedical innovation
  • Geographies of innovation to mitigate pandemics

Economic and Social Outcomes

  • Regulatory issues
  • Labor markets
  • Global supply chains
  • Global migrant workers
  • Migration patterns
  • Cultural barriers to response
  • Social media's role in understanding patterns and outcomes

Rethinking Locations and Spatial Structures

  • Urban versus rural patterns
  • Work-housing relationships
  • Inequalities across space and place
  • Further development of underdevelopment
  • Quarantine/social distancing: reimagining urban forms and functions


  • Political economies
  • Pandemic managements
  • Conflicts and consequences of policies
  • Redefining "freedom"
  • Local/national/global comparisons


  • Pandemics and climate change
  • How environments promote the spread (or containment) of pandemics
  • Preparedness for pandemics in the face of natural hazards
  • Conservation of forests and wild animals
  • Use of natural or human-built environments during pandemics

Research papers are preferred; however, review papers, short papers, and opinion pieces that are relevant to theoretical, methodological, and policy perspectives will be considered as well.

Applied Geography expects to publish the Special Issue by November 2020.

We will accept submissions until August 10, 2020.




Call for Commentaries - Local Development & Society



Given the disruption to communities of COVID-19, we invite short commentaries on topics related to responses, issues, and challenges faced by towns, cities, and regions. It is our intent to publish commentaries online and as soon as possible after editorial review. Responses to commentaries are invited as well, after the initial round of publishing in May.


Two types of commentaries are sought:


1.   Short, reflective essay type writing, up to 2500 words on a topic related to COVID-19 and communities.

2.   Longer article type manuscripts, up to 5000 words that can be published first as commentaries with editorial review, then peer reviewed if desired. These longer manuscripts can be case studies, original research, overview/review, or theory.


Both commentaries will be noted as special issues on Communities and COVID-19.



Commentaries can be received at any time, and if accepted for editorial review, then will be published online shortly thereafter. It is our intention to have commentaries available during the crisis. We do have two rounds of due dates to help facilitate online issue compilation:


First round due date:  April 30th, 2020

Second round:         June 30th, 2020


Please submit directly online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rlds20


Contact us with any questions at [email protected] or [email protected]


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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





Urban Affairs Association (UAA)




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