Urban Island Studies journal warmly welcomes high quality research articles, book and other reviews which provide theoretical, methodological and topical analysis for advanced researchers in the field, or offer critical perspectives that engage cross-disciplinary collaborations, explore policy implications and address issues of global concern in Urban Island Studies.
Articles can be written from any disciplinary perspective (including geography, architecture, political science, business studies, history, anthropology, urban planning and design, sociology, economics, media and communication, and tourism studies. Papers are published on a rolling basis and assembled into annual volumes (see guidelines for authors).
The journal’s scope includes but is not limited to research articles concerning:
• Densely urbanised small islands,
• Urban centres of larger islands or archipelagos,
• Islands within mainland cities,
• Urbanisation and urban processes in island communities,
• Relationships between urban centres and peripheral island communities,
• Metaphorical uses of islands and archipelagos in urban research,
• Papers contributing to urban island studies’ theoretical foundations.
Research is welcome that is theoretical, empirical, policy orientated, or combines these approaches. We are especially interested in articles and reviews that address a complex relationship between urbaness and islandness in urban island studies. With this in mind, the journal engages with such questions as:
• How does island spatiality affect urbanisation processes?
• Are island cities subject to certain kinds of cultural dynamics as a consequence of urban density and hub functions?
• How can island residents and governments adapt to environmental risks prompted by urbanisation?
• What roles do island cities play in global networks (cultural, political, and economic)?
• Do islands host particular problems with regard to urban poverty and wealth disparity?
• How does land scarcity influence patterns of land use, land change, and land ownership?
• Does island spatiality encourage the development of certain architectural and urban design solutions?
• How does island urbanisation affect employment and human migration processes?
• What special challenges does islandness present for urban sustainability?
• How can the island metaphor help us understand urban life in general?
• How can island cities exploit their status to compete in the global economy?
• How does urbanisation affect island transport infrastructures and island spatiality itself?
• How do rural island communities interact with their (island and mainland) urban centres?
• How does island city urban governance differ from that of mainland cities?
A detailed introduction to Urban Islands Studies is available here. We are especially interested in articles and book reviews that bring together communities of knowledge in innovative and interdisciplinary way.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Dr Zrinka Mendas
Urban Island Studies
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