CALL FOR MANUSCRPTS: Urbana: Urban Affairs & Public Policy

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Call for Papers
February 15, 2021 to March 20, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies, Geography



Special issue of Urbana: Urban Affairs & Public Policy


“Trajectory of the Post-Socialist City”

Urbana: Urban Affairs & Public Policy is pleased to announce the call for submissions for its special issue on “Trajectory of the Post-Socialist City”.   


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.

Submission guidelines:

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 no later than March 20. Please refer to the official Urbana’s instructions for manuscript submission on  

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

Important dates:

Important Dates*

March 20, 2020

Deadline for Submitting Abstracts

April 5, 2020

Status notification

June 30, 2020

Deadline for Submitting the first Paper Proposals/Book reviews

July-September, 2020

Peer-review process

September 2020

Latest notification of acceptance

October 2020

Deadline for Submitting the final Paper/Book review

November 2020

Publication of Papers/Book reviews on Urbana’s website

December 2020

Publication of Dossier

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

Special issue editors:

  • 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)
  • Ksenija Martinovic, MSc Public and Urban Policy, Montenegro (Guest Editor)

On journal:

Urbana: Urban Affairs & Public Policy is an editorial board 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 the presentation and discussion of the ‘urban realm.’

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

More information are available at

Contact Info: 

Ksenija Martinovic, Guest Editor