Special Issue of Journal of Urban Affairs on “Cities, Networks, & Urban Policy”

The Journal of Urban Affairs invites article submissions for a special issue on “Cities, Networks, & Urban Policy,” guest edited by Zachary Neal (Michigan State University) and Ben Derudder (Universiteit Gent). References to ‘urban networks’ in scientific books and articles have grown exponentially over the past years. Research on the topic now extends across many social and natural science disciplines and over many scales of analysis from the intra-urban formation of social networks among neighbours, to the regional formation of transportation networks between cities, to the formation of transnational economic networks between global cities. Papers in this special issue will explore the ways that research on cities and networks has, or can, inform urban policy (broadly construed).

We welcome empirical, theoretical, and review papers. Additionally, we welcome papers adopting quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. However, all papers submitted for this special issue should (a) foreground the role of networks (broadly construed) in cities and (b) should conclude with or discuss implications for urban policy (also broadly construed).

Submissions can be made via the online submission portal at When making a submission, please (a) indicate it is a special issue submission in the online system, and (b) identify this particular special issue in your cover letter. Initial submissions must be received by 15 March 2018. All submissions will first be reviewed internally, and if suitable for JUA and the special issue, will be externally peer-reviewed.

Questions about the journal, special issue, or suitability of a particular manuscript or idea can be directed to Zachary Neal at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Zachary Neal, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Managing Editor, Journal of Urban Affairs
Associate Editor, Evidence and Policy
Michigan State University
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East Lansing, MI 48824
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Twitter: @zpneal