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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.


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, 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: 


49th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association 

April 24 - 27, 2019 | Los Angeles, California, USA | Luskin Conference Center

Call for Participation 

Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline
October 1, 2018, 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) OR or 4:59am GMT)








The Research Handbook on Community Development


Contracted with Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. (UK), www.e-elgar.com, The Handbook will present community development research as well as practice applications. This edited volume with all new material is planned at 24 - 26 chapters of original work focused on presenting both traditional as well as emerging research approaches for gauging community development processes, outcomes, and impacts at the local and regional levels. Chapter authors are invited from around the globe, providing a variety of techniques, practices, and perspectives.


There are three major parts to the volume: Part I, foundations (theoretical basis of community development including from sociological, economic, and ecological perspectives, along with introduction and overview of research approaches). Part II is research methods and frameworks (applications in community development) - proposals are sought on a wide range of applications, such as regional assessment, community indicators, ecological or sociological constructs, economic techniques, information and other technologies, participatory action research, etc.  In part III, emerging constructs and the future of community development research will be explored; topics around emerging technologies or perspectives are welcome.


Proposals are sought for all sections. Please submit your chapter proposal to me at: [email protected]. Proposals should include: (1) your proposed title; (2) an abstract of no more than 500 words; (3) indicate which section you prefer (Part I, II, or III); (4) format - whether short essay of up to 2500 words, or chapter length from 2500 - 8000 words; (5) your contact information; and (6) a short 1/2 page biography. The format for the volume will be APA style. Anticipated publication date is 2019. The due date for proposals is August 15, 2018 (decisions on proposals will be sent by September 1 with full chapters due by November 15, 2018). Chapter authors receive a copy of the book, once published. I look forward to your response and welcome your ideas and thoughts about this volume!


Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP

Dean, Honors College

Interim Dean, Purdue Libraries

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN 47906-4238

P: (765) 496-3021 F: (765) 494-2960

[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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