Call for Papers: Trajectory of the Post-Socialist City. Urbana: Urban Affairs & Public Policy

Three decades of the socialism system’s collapse was symbolically marked in 2019. That was the drive for a debate over post-socialist cities’ existence and reshaping the overall examination of their urban development. The post-socialist terminology is supposed to examine the long-term effects that the centrally planned system left on countries and cities until they fully transition to a new decentralized model led by open market economy principles. Given the dynamic of this transition, it is no wonder that it remained debatable if these cities have ever fully undergone the process of transition. While some cities were rapidly shaped by the new ideological, socio-political, economic, and cultural circumstances, others remained on the edge of this urban realm transition focus.

Moreover, the post-socialist city development process varied based on the approach and tools decision-makers used in articulating urban policies and the influence of businesses and communities in particular areas. Nevertheless, post-socialist cities’ trajectory could be a complex topic to investigate as often it requires an interdisciplinary approach, challenged by the theoretically and/or empirically examination. Thus, Urbana‘s special issue will focus on the urban development process and trajectory of post-socialist cities.

Urbana welcomes papers and book reviews on a variety of issues pertaining to urbanization and city life in the post-socialist cities, including but not limited to:

  • Theoretical implications of the post-socialist concept;
  • Political influence on urban development, planning and practices;
  • The relationship between decision-makers and private investors in urban development;
  • Privatization and social housing;
  • Regeneration policies and trajectory of places;
  • Land use and public space transformation;
  • Effects of tourism-led development on the community and urban realm;
  • Local identities and community engagement actions.

The authors are invited to send their abstracts as a Word attachment. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length with 3-4 keywords. Authors should also submit a short biography.

Abstracts should be sent to urbana.specialissue2021@gmail.com no later than 30 March 2021. Please refer to the official Urbana’s instructions for manuscript submission on: https://www.urbanauapp.org/manuscript-submission/

If you have questions about your manuscript before you submit it, or need further information about the submission process please contact the guest editor Ksenija Martinovic at urbana.specialissue2021@gmail.com

For more information, please refer to the call on the journal website or download it here.

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