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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:




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Call for proposals!


The Community Development Society is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2018 annual international conference in Detroit!

Share your work. Share your thoughts.

Present your findings. Connect with colleagues.  

The Community Development Society (CDS) is requesting proposals for refereed presentations and posters. Submissions relating to the conference theme, "Renaissance of Community" are encouraged, but all relevant submissions will be given full consideration. All referred proposals (presentations and posters) should be uploaded to FastTrack by the person submitting the proposal. Click here for details.




Call for Papers AAG2018 Session: "School segregation in contemporary cities: social, spatial and political dynamics" Organizers: Isabel Ramos Lobato, Venla Bernelius, Sako Musterd & Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen In our session, we would like to explore the social, spatial and political dynamics of school segregation in different urban contexts. Education systems in many cities have been characterized by a progressive segmentation of the student population, which not only reflects the existing social and spatial differentiation in the urban population, but also inserts new forms of social segregation. On the one hand new forms of separation, based on the ethnic differentiation of the population, have been emerging. On the other, social polarization has increased the distance and cultural segmentation between population groups with different social backgrounds and differentiated access to cultural and material assets. If social and spatial (residential) divisions have been exacerbated in many cities due to the changes of the last decades, the segmentation within the education system and the segregation in the residential sphere have become very crucial as this may hinder intergenerational upward social mobility and influence the general level of social cohesion in contemporary cities. The background hypothesis of this session is that school segregation not only reflects existing locally-based ethnic and socio-economic residential divisions, but it may also impact on new specific forms of social and spatial differentiation, worsening the social inclusion of the most vulnerable urban social groups and increasing barriers among social groups. Based on these assumptions, we propose a session focused on the following questions: · What urban contexts are more conducive to school segregation? · To what extent does school segregation reflect socially- or ethnically-based residential segregation in urban space? · What are the specific dynamics through which school segregation has recently increased in different cities? · How have the institutional settings of urban education systems and recent policy changes contributed to foster/prevent school segregation? · What are the main effects of such phenomena, in terms of physical or social distance among social groups, increased inequalities in school attainment, impact on social inclusion and chances for upward social mobility of the most disadvantaged groups? We propose a traditional session including paper presentations and discussion. The session organizers will serve as selectors, chairs and discussants of the papers. We welcome both quantitative and qualitative research proposals. Submission procedure: Potential session participants should send an abstract of maximum 250 words to Isabel Ramos Lobato ([email protected]) and Venla Bernelius ([email protected]) by Wednesday October 11th. Notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday October 13st. Please note that participants are also expected to register and submit their abstracts through the AAG website themselves before Wednesday October 25th!!!




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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