Urban Studies, 50 years + A New Publication

Urban Studies just marked 50 years as one of the top journals in the field.  To celebrate they've launched a new blog along with a free digital issue compiling their top articles from the last half century.

As it happens, the inaugural post on the blog is by Mark Whitehead, a colleague from the University of Aberystwyth.  It's a nice meditation on (paradoxically) the insights he gained while looking at an advertisement for petrochemical giant Total (see image).  

His post also serves as an introduction for a special issue on "Cities, Urbanisation and Climate Change" that he edited along with Aidan While.  It's a great collection of work.

I contributed an article titled "The Socio-institutional Dynamics of Urban Climate Governance: A Comparative Analysis of Innovation and Change in Durban  and Portland."  It was a real milestone for me.  For the past five years I have been publishing about climate governance in both cities -- but always separately.  This article is the first time I have had the chance to dig into a good comparative analysis of what has been happening in both municipalities.  

Want to take a look?  You can find the full text on ResearchGate or here.


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