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Special Issue "Urban Political Ecology: The Uneven Production of Urban Space and Its Discontents"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Current trends in urbanization have produced socio-metabolic transformations at such a pace and scale that urban settlements now concentrate 54% of the global population, 80% of the world’s wealth, a greater part of global infrastructure and production means, and most of the consumption and political power. Hence, how the production of urban space takes place will be crucial in the coming decades, particularly as global environmental change intensifies. Profiting urban economies of scale, improving the efficient use of resources, and evolving towards a circular economy are absolutely shared goals, but how those are concretely achieved require processes that face local specificities, including the uneven power relations through which urban settlements are usually produced . Urban political ecology (UPE) is interested in understanding how different schemes for the social mobilization of metabolic processes produce diverse socio-environmental assemblages .
In this Special Issue, we are particularly interested in identifying the different schools of thought or theoretical and conceptual tendencies within UPE literature. In that sense, contributions will ideally need to reconstruct some dimension or moment of UPE history, identify at least one of its main schools of thought, or elucidate the existing traditions and its corresponding influential authors. Contributions are expected to identify gaps, challenges, and potentialities of UPE in general and of its different traditions or schools of thought.
We also welcome deliberations on how UPE analyses vary in the Global North, Global South, and regionally in terms of methodologies, focus, and themes of interest. Likewise, UPE study cases are encouraged, both those that offer meta-analyses on key themes, and those that present a specific but meaningful study case. Themes must be developed from a UPE perspective and may include those related to: uneven development of urban space, including real estate speculation and locally unwanted land uses; uneven distribution of vulnerabilities; gender and other types of social inequalities; ecological degradation and its health impacts; climate change impacts and responses; urban and peri-urban transition perspectives for sustainability and resilience and its corresponding governance; local and transnational contestation processes; or the top-down/bottom-up development of alternatives.
 Heynen, Nik., Kaika, Maria., and Swyngedouw, Erik. 2006. Urban political ecology. Politicizing the production of urban natures. In the Nature of Cities. Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism. Routledge. New York, USA, 2006; 1-20.
Dr. Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos
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- urban metabolism
- urban nexuses
- urban planning
- real estate speculation and urban ecology
- urban uneven development
- cities and climate change
- urban resilience
- locally-unwanted-land-uses (LULU)
- urban transition