—— Deadline extended to March 28! ——

Volume 31 Call for Papers: Transcending the urban-rural divide


The rural-urban divide has evolved significantly since its conception. What work does it do today? From American presidential election results that mapped onto urban and rural spaces to the urbanization of rural land along India’s highways, multiple and complex contemporary conditions challenge and/or entrench our understandings of urban and rural divisions. As financialization of agribusiness and mining ventures increases across Latin American rural towns, what persists or has been blurred in the linkages between urban and rural? Do these concepts still hold explanatory power? What are the values and limitations of this dichotomy? How do representations of the rural-urban divide shift as boundaries are mapped? What do emerging planning practices and informal interventions illuminate about the rural-urban divide and rural-urban transitions in the Global South?

Perspectives from city and regional planning, urban theory, political ecology, human geography, environmental justice, and climate change, among others, are welcomed to explore this theme; considerations of race, gender, class, and political ideology are encouraged. We invite critical, theoretical and practical reflections that engage these themes. Submissions can take the form of academic papers, photo essays, and book reviews. For further inquiries please contact bpj@berkeley.edu.

Instructions for Authors

Papers will be subject to a peer-review process. Manuscripts have to be original (not published elsewhere), and should conform to the following submission guidelines:

  • Abstracts: 150–200 words

  • Full papers: 5,000–8,000 words (including title, abstract, and bibliography)

  • References: in-text citations and bibliography in Chicago Style

[Extended] Deadline for full papers: March 28, 2019

Deadline for photo essays and book reviews: April 25, 2019

Issue Release: December 2019

Submission: Please visit our eScholarship page to make a submission.



Submitting to the Journal

We issue a call for journal papers each fall, generally focused around a theme. We will also consider high quality papers related to planning and urbanism, and which are submitted outside a call, for publication in our next volume. Please visit our eScholarship page to make a submission.

Our publication process typically takes about 10 months. Submissions are received in January and February. Our editorial team reviews and assigns manuscripts to reviewers in March. Reviewers are requested to submit a first review within 45 days. Once all reviews are received, our editor will return them with a decision on paper publication, generally by early summer. If publication is recommended contingent on major revisions, revised manuscripts will be due back late in the summer. Layout and final editorial preparations are completed through the fall, with the goal of publishing by early December. Editorial holdups, including delayed reviews and resubmissions, can extend this timeline, but our editorial team does its best to stay on schedule. If you have submitted a manuscript and have questions about the timeline, please reach out to the editor using the form on Contact page.

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Submitting to the Urban Fringe

The Urban Fringe accepts submissions for written and visual pieces on a rolling basis. Students, researchers, and practitioners both within and outside the Berkeley community are encouraged to submit. To discuss a submission, please contact the Urban Fringe Editor with the form below.

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