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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.


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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: 


Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Call For Abstracts & Submissions, 2018 Annual Conference, Buffalo, NY 


JAPA Call for Papers: Special Issue on 50 Years since Arnstein's Ladder

Abstracts due: May 15, 2018


Arnstein's "A Ladder of Citizen Participation" was first published in JAPA in 1969.  It remains one of the most influential publications in both planning practice and research.  In it Arnstein depicted the failings of typical participation processes at the time and characterized aspirations toward engagement that have now been elevated over time to core values in planning practice. But since that time, the political, economic, and social context has evolved greatly and planners, organizers, and residents have been involved in planning and community development practice in a manner previously unforeseen. We seek articles that draw insights from and for contemporary practice; articles for which Arnstein's ladder, and innovations thereof, serve as a central frame; articles that offer insights for tailored approaches that engage underrepresented groups, articles that offer insights on what constitutes "citizen control" in a contemporary context and planners' roles in supporting it; and innovative articles, like Arnstein's, that offer a critical perspective on both Arnstein's ladder and contemporary engagement practice. This special issue hopes to bridge theory and practice in public participation and collaboration. Manuscripts co-authored by academics and practitioners are especially encouraged.


Interested authors should submit an abstract to the guest editors: Mickey Lauria ([email protected]) and Carissa Slotterback ([email protected]) by May 15, 2018. These should not exceed 1,000 words. Please include the phrase JAPA Arnstein's Ladder Abstract in the subject line. Following their review, a subset of authors will be invited by June 15, 2018, to submit full papers before November 1, 2018, subject to the customary JAPA double-blind peer review. Final, revised papers will be due by April 15, 2019. Professors Lauria and Slotterback will also be attending APA in New Orleans for those interested in discussing potential manuscript topics or serving as reviewers and collaborators for this special issue.



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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



University at Buffalo Affordable Housing Symposium, April 10, 2018



Urban Affairs Association (UAA)




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