Call for papers: Special issue 2021


Cities, especially in developing countries have variously been described as places of hope and despair, places of innovation and strange encounters and places of economic prosperity and acute poverty. These expressions engender the challenges and advantages inherent in the cities for its different classes of dwellers. Cities are basically seen by some as acutely unequal in terms of the spread of resources and opportunities. Infrastructure is not laterally and symmetrically evenly distributed within city spaces. This is so because of various issues and challenges ranging from discrimination, gender inequality, class segregation, political interference and manipulation, population distribution and several other challenges inherent in the city space. Given the afore-mentioned background SACPLAN is making a special call for manuscripts from academics, scientists and practitioners across the world in city-oriented research to address the subject of access to the city by all people irrespective of their age, class, race, gender, and any other spatial consideration for a Special Journal Issue titled: Cities for All / The right to the City in the following thematic areas:

i. Women, youths, children, and the city/city regions
ii. Access to the public space by the vulnerable groups
iii. Migration and planning
iv. District development model
v. Safety and access to public spaces in the city/city regions
vi. Environmental inequality and justice
vii. Recreational spaces in the city configuration
viii. Infrastructure deficit and access within the city/city regions
ix. Informal settlements in the city spaces
x. Theoretical issues in the inequality spectrum in the city/city regions
xi. Urban liveability and the challenges of social inclusion

We are hereby inviting both scholarly articles as well as review articles (papers that have a strong practical implementation aspect) on the mentioned topics.

Provisional timelines for writing:
Submission deadline: Draft papers: 30 June 2021
Papers under review: July-August
Comments send to authors: August – September
Author revisions of peer-reviewed papers: October 2021 (two weeks)
Special issue published: December 2021