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Volume 30 Call for Papers - Berkeley Planning Journal

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Berkeley Planning Journal
Volume 30 Call for Papers

Deadline: January 16, 2018

We invite original research, critical reflections, and photo essays that explore the conditions and implications of urban informality.

The tenuous interface between formality and informality is a natural condition of urbanism. Formal regulation by governments and other institutions has been celebrated in modern cities, yet informal and semiformal infrastructure and services permeate spaces and systems that are integral to urban life. Squatter settlements constitute vast and vibrant urban communities across the Global South. Appropriation of street spaces by informal vendors substantially influences urban economies and the character of the public realm. Transportation systems are heavily impacted by informal paratransit and disruptive technologies. Even urban data are increasingly open and crowdsourced, loosening researchers’ reliance on governmental and corporate sources. Given the pervasiveness of informality, how can we differentiate it from the formal? Does informality benefit marginalized populations, or does it encourage inequality? Are planning and informality inherently antithetical, or are there opportunities for planners to embrace informality as they seek to improve urban well-being?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Slums
• Homelessness
• Urban Poverty & Justice
• Informal Economies
• Public Spaces
• Paratransit
• Elite Informality
• Disruptive Technologies
• Open & Crowdsourced Data

Text submissions should be fully edited and formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition. Research and reflection papers should be 4,000–6,000 words, excluding references; they will be juried through a double-blind, peer-review process. Photo essays should be 1,000–2,000 words and 8–10 images; they will be reviewed by members of our editorial board. We reserve the right to deny review of content which is insufficiently edited for mechanics, organization, or style.

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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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