Call for Papers for Urban Planning Migration-Led Institutional Change in Urban Development and Planning

Published at: 26 February 2020

Call for Papers for Urban Planning Migration-Led Institutional Change in Urban Development and Planning

Editor(s): Robert Barbarino (TU Dortmund University, Germany), Charlotte Räuchle (Free University Berlin, Germany) and Wolfgang Scholz (TU Dortmund University, Germany)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2020

Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2020

Publication of the Issue: April/May 2021 

Information: Highly dynamic migration movements have brought the role of cities into migration policy-making around the globe to the fore, and call into question if different, new ways of how migration-related issues in urban development are being handled by local government agencies, street-level bureaucrats, migrant organizations and urban social movements. This thematic issue seeks to understand how migration-led development processes in cities promote and shape institutional change on a local level, and which actors transform policies, structures and discourses on migration in urban development in different contexts. This thematic issue will deal with local institutions (e.g., local planning authorities), which are defined by norms and values, that is, commonly accepted routines and habitual forms of action. Institutional change starts with the erosion of shared routines, the reinterpretation and disruption of an old order. It continues with the creation of a new order. Institutional change challenges the status quo of the local dimension of the European border regime, for instance, or migrants’ access to public housing. From there different modes of transformative agency emerge and develop that directly intervene in local policy-making. We welcome contributions that focus on institutional change within urban development and migration-led transformation processes. This includes, for instance, interdisciplinary research on new municipalism or institutional learning related to urban migration processes. We are not only interested in theoretical contributions dealing with the conceptualization of change in times of high mobility and flexibility, but also in empirical case studies on the role of (collective) actors in reconfiguring practices within urban planning and migration policy-making. Moreover, this Special Issue seeks to contribute to the ongoing scientific debate on transformative research approaches from both civil society actors and academia (e.g., participatory action research, real-world labs and urban transition labs) to foster change of local government agencies and bureaucracies within the field of urban development and migration.

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors and send their abstracts in a Word file (about 250 words, with a tentative title and reference to the thematic issue) by email to the Editorial Office ( When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Urban Planning is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).

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