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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:


Doctoral Assistantships in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment at Clemson University


The College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities at Clemson

University is accepting applications for five assistantships for 

the pursuit of the Ph.D. degree in Planning, Design, and the

Built Environment.  The assistantship provides a stipend of $18,800

payable per year plus tuition remission, and may be renewed 

for up to two years.

Our faculty have advanced degrees in
applied economics, architecture, construction management, civil
engineering, history, landscape architecture, parks, recreation and
tourism, planning, political science and geography. This diversity allows
students to pursue a variety of research interests.

The objective of the program is to prepare a new generation of
academics and professionals to deal with the diverse and complex
issues relating the future of our built environment. The program
is interdisciplinary drawing a core from the fields of architecture,
landscape architecture, planning, real estate development, 

historic preservation and construction science. We have identified

focus areas of: Regional/Community Development and Design; Built 

Environment and Health; Restoration, Sustainability and Land Ecology;  

and Architectural Design, Technology and Construction Processes.  

It is expected that graduates of this program will be well prepared to

address increasingly complex issues relating to human settlement
patterns and the built environment.

We have a rolling admissions process, but will begin reviewing applications in January

Clemson University, the land grant University of South Carolina and a

Top 25 US Public University, has an enrollment of over 25,000 students 

of whom over 5,000 pursue advanced degrees in 74 different areas of 

graduate studies. Strategically located within a few miles of Interstate 85, 

mid-way between Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, Clemson

offers easy access to major urban centers, coastal areas and the

Appalachian mountains.

More information about the University can be found at our web site at 


and details about the PhD program at 


Contact Professor Mickey Lauria for additional information on the program.

Mickey Lauria, Ph.D.
Director of Planning, Design and the Built Environment
Professor of City and Regional Planning
Lee Hall 2-315
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
[email protected]



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: 


Call for Chapter Proposals

Handbook of Quality of Life and Sustainability: Socio-spatial and Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Editors:  Javier Martinez, University of Twente, Claudia Mikkelsen, National University of Mar del Plata, and Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University.

The aim of the Handbook of Quality of Life and Sustainability: Socio-spatial and Multidisciplinary Perspectives is to present different studies related to quality of life and sustainability taking into account socio, economic, environmental, and political/governance aspects as well as specific socio-spatial contexts. To achieve this aim and to provide a multidisciplinary perspective, the chapters include authors from various disciplines, geographical contexts (Global South and North), and from different stages of their academic career.

The varying cultural and socio-spatial contexts of the authors in the selected applications and cases contribute to a first-hand knowledge on the quality-of-life realities and sustainability. Methodologically, the authors apply a wide diversity of methods and tools, which facilitates a unique understanding of the interlinkages between quality of life and sustainability. It is in this way that the handbook will provide a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives. Some chapters include a policy dimension providing a link to policy and practice.

The chapters will be grouped in three main sections: concepts and foundations; tools, techniques, and applications; and innovations. The editors will provide an introduction of relevant basis of sustainability. However, since there is not a common understanding on the definition of sustainability and its dimensions, the authors will be asked to provide their own view and theoretical approximation, in particular on how these dimensions play out in relation to quality of life. The combination of sustainability and quality-of-life concepts and perspectives help to appreciate and unravel the multi-faceted nature of human, urban/spatial development.

Keywords: sustainability, social spatial, environment, geographical perspective, mixed-methods, multidisciplinary perspective, urban environmental quality, spatial inequalities.

Researchers from around the globe are invited to share their work on this important topic of sustainability and quality of life, bringing together a diverse array of disciplinary perspectives. Those working in the areas of sustainable development, environmental, social and economic sustainability, urban and regional planning, geography, development studies, natural hazards studies, public policy, community development, economics, community and social psychology will find this volume particularly useful for the array of research and analytical approaches presented.

Chapter proposals are invited on all related topics within sustainability and quality of life including concepts of social, cultural, governance, economic and environmental sustainability, quality of life implications and relations to sustainability (for example, spatial inequalities, urban environmental quality, environmental justice); measurements (subjective, objective and aggregate) and assessments -including but not limited to- mixed methods, geographic and socio-spatial perspectives; and research on policy and practice applications illustrating the concepts of sustainability and quality of life. It is our intent to invite junior and senior scholars from around the globe to provide multidisciplinary and innovative insights to serve as a useful resource.

Submit chapter proposals to us at:  [email protected]; [email protected];

[email protected]

Proposals  should include proposed chapter title, keywords, an abstract of up to 500 words, and author(s)' affiliations and short (1/3 page) biographies. (Chapters can be up to 35 pages in length, and it is anticipated that the volume will include around 30 chapters total). The proposed schedule is as follows:


Deadline abstract chapter proposals:                 November 30, 2018

Decisions provided to authors:                                January, 2019

Chapter manuscripts due:                                      June 30, 2019

Revisions and final preparation:                              July-October, 2019

Publication:                                                            April 2020

To be published in the ISQOLS/Springer Handbook Series, target date: April 2020



Award Nominations:




Position Announcements:



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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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