Submission deadline:

April 30, 2024

AFTER OIL: A Comparative Analysis of Oil Heritage, Urban Transformations, and Resilience Paradigms

Call for Abstracts: Springer Book “After Oil: A Comparative Analysis of Oil Heritage, Urban Transformations, and Resilience Paradigms,” edited by Dr. Asma Mehan, Assistant Professor, Huckabee College of Architecture at Texas Tech University, and to be published as part of the Heritage Studies book series by Springer Nature.

This edited volume aims to explore the multifaceted impacts of the transition from oil-driven economies and landscapes to post-oil paradigms, focusing on urban transformations, resilience strategies, and the preservation and reinterpretation of oil heritage.

Themes and Topics

The organizers invite contributions that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Socio-Economic Impacts of Oil Decline: Investigating the socio-economic consequences of reduced oil dependency on local communities, labor markets, and urban economies.
  • Environmental Justice and Sustainability: Exploring the environmental challenges and opportunities arising from the transition away from oil, with a focus on sustainable urban development and environmental justice.
  • Cultural and Social Narratives of Oil: Examining the cultural and social narratives surrounding oil heritage, including the role of art, literature, history, and media in shaping public perceptions of oil and its impact on urban identity.
  • Policy and Planning for Post-Oil Futures: Analyzing policy and planning approaches for managing the transition to post-oil futures, including strategies for adaptive reuse of oil infrastructure and reimagining urban spaces.
  • Global Energy Transitions and Urban Implications: Assessing the implications of global energy transitions for urban areas, with a focus on the interconnectedness of energy systems, urban development, and geopolitics.
  • Innovation and Adaptation in Post-Oil Economies: Exploring innovative economic models and adaptation strategies for cities and regions transitioning away from oil dependency, including the role of renewable energy and green technologies.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, written in English, and provide a clear overview of the proposed chapter’s objectives, methodology, and key findings.
  • Include a brief author biography (max 100 words) and contact information with your submission.
  • Abstracts should be submitted as a PDF or Word document to Dr. Asma Mehan ( by April 30, 2024.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 April 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: 15 May 2024
  • Full Chapter Submission Deadline: 15 July 2024

Editorial Process:

Selected abstracts will be invited to submit full chapters, which will undergo a peer-review process to ensure the quality and relevance of the contributions. Detailed guidelines for full chapter submissions will be provided upon acceptance of abstracts.

The editors look forward to receiving your abstracts and contributing to a comprehensive exploration of the post-oil urban landscape. For any inquiries, please contact the editor, Dr. Asma Mehan, at [].

Contact Information

For any inquiries, please contact the editor, Dr. Asma Mehan, at (

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