Special Issue "Creating a More Equitable City: Alternative Narratives of Spatial Production"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Aseem Inam
Guest Editor
Urban Design, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF10 3NB, UK
Interests: urban transformation; urban theory and design practice; urbanism; urban practice

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The primary focus of this Special Issue will be social, political and economic sustainability in the contemporary city and will be entitled “Creating a More Equitable City: Alternative Narratives of Spatial Production”. Conventional narratives regarding spatial production of the city in the 21st century rely heavily on accounts of the influential role played by public policy, market mechanisms, city planning and urban design. Beyond the narrowly defined confines of formal policy and planning are a host of narratives that describe spatial production in terms of a rich mix of state and non-state actors, market and non-market mechanisms, city planning and grassroots movements, and a wide range of urban practices beyond the mainstream. The goal of this Special Issue is to encourage comparative and theoretical insights into new ways of thinking about spatial production via the lens of equity. Taken together, the peer-reviewed and carefully selected articles will contribute to the literature on new modes of spatial production and their implications for new types of transformative spatial practices.

Prof. Dr. Aseem Inam
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • equitable city
  • spatial production
  • grassroots movements
  • urban transformation
  • spatial political-economy
  • socio-economic sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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