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Urban Affairs & Public Policy


Paulo Freire: An Urban Perspective of His Impact Today

Urbana: Urban Affairs & Public Policy is pleased to announce the call for submissions for its issue on Paulo Freire: An Urban Perspective of His Impact Today 


As the world commemorates Paulo Freire’s 100 years and 54 years of the publication of his “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” (1968 in Portuguese, 1970 in English), we reflect upon the impact of his ideas in today’s world. His principles of empowerment through a sense of self, a voice of one’s own, an ability to articulate one’s needs have impacted our world in many ways. We welcome manuscripts that explore his legacy. Urbanists, educators, policymakers, critical thinkers, & scholars are welcome to participate in this forum. Please follow the submission guidelines & deadlines below.

Contemporary issues in urban life, education, business, finance, management, and governance have been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic during these past two years. We welcome manuscripts that explore the constraints, effects, and possible solutions to problems from a Freirean perspective as per the following thoughts:

  • How has Freire’s sense of dialogue, voice, and empowerment been affected within our virtual education world?
  • Within industries, finance, and work environments: from a Freirean perspective, how has the work-from-home impacted how ideas are exchanged and carried out?
  • In terms of the oppressor and the oppressed, is there a new sense of who is oppressing whom?
  • How would Paulo Freire respond to the constraints within the pandemic era?
  • What would he recommend to those who feel oppressed by confinement, social distancing, vaccination mandates, and mask-wearing?

Submission guidelines:

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 our Guest Editor, Ana Maria Klein,, no later than April 15, 2022. You will be notified about the status of your abstract submission by May 10, and your first submission should be sent no later than June 30. After the reviewers’ evaluation and subsequent revisions, approved manuscripts will appear on the Urbana website, and by December, they will be included in the 2022 edition. Please refer to the official Urbana’s instructions for manuscript submission on As well, please be reminded to proofread your work or to have it professionally revised before submitting it.

Please feel free to forward this call to anyone who may be interested. If you have questions about your manuscript before submitting it or need further information about the submission process, please contact our Guest Editor, Ana Maria Klein, at

Important Dates*


April 15, 2022

Deadline for Submitting Abstracts

May 10, 2022

Status notification

June 30, 2022

Deadline for Submitting Papers and Book reviews

*Urbana reserves the right to change or modify any of these dates.


  • Michael A. McAdams, Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning, U.S.A (Managing Editor)
  • Ivani Vassoler-Froelich, State University of New York-Fredonia, U.S.A. (Associate Editor)
  • Jesús A. Treviño-Cantú, Professor at Universidad de Nuevo León, Mexico (Executive Editor)
  • Ana Maria Klein (Guest Editor)

On journal:

Urbana: Urban Affairs & Public Policy is a peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary open-access scholarly journal focusing on urban issues worldwide, including, but not limited to, urban geography, urban planning, urban history, city politics, urban environmental policy, the political economy of cities, metropolitan development, cities, and international relations, and literary views of cities. Foremost, this journal is an academic forum for presenting and discussing the ‘urban realm.’

Urbana: Urban Affairs & Public Policy is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).