Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Anti-Racist Futures: Disrupting Racist Planning Practices in Workplaces, Institutions, and Communities”

Published at: 11 May 2021

Journal of the American Planning Association

Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Anti-Racist Futures: Disrupting Racist Planning Practices in Workplaces, Institutions, and Communities” Abstracts due: June 1, 2021

We are in a critical moment in history as demonstrated by the Spring/Summer 2020 nationwide anti-racism protests, after George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks died in police custody. With increased public consciousness amidst racial reckoning, it is imperative to document any shifts in state, regional, or municipal planning and higher education that are occurring to provide practitioners with concrete strategies on ways to implement anti-racist and decolonial planning practices. The field of planning has the opportunity to be proactive in valuing diversity and centering racial justice now more than ever. This Special Issue seeks to push planning scholars, educators, and practitioners to think critically about the field of planning, contend with the racist origins of the field and profession, disrupt racial inequality, and dismantle current racist, colonial, and discriminatory planning policies and practices to redress harm experienced by communities of color and move towards anti-racist futures.

This JAPA Special Issue brings together a collection of articles that look at planning’s racist history, current practices and emerging anti-racist strategies.

Papers in this Special Issue will:
● examine urban planning’s exclusionary practices through historical perspectives (e.g., reckoning) insofar as they point toward a future outcome planners can contribute to, (e.g., anti-racist futures)
● explore movements within urban, community, and tribal planning practices to document ongoing work with Indigenous communities and governments
● critically assess current local and regional plans and policies that utilize truth and reconciliation commissions or reparations to address racist, “race neutral,” or anti-racist policies
● examine grassroots and community efforts that confront racism in planning and efforts to integrate this work within local, county, and regional agency plans and policies
● explore movements to decolonize curricula and expertise in the planning academe and profession, institutionalize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within institutions, and anti-racism initiatives within the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)
● evaluate anti-racist, decolonial practices and plans in planning workplaces, institutions, and communities, and
● examine the underrepresentation and persistent discrimination of Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and historically marginalized populations in planning workplaces, institutions, and communities to provide recommendations for more just and inclusive environments

We especially encourage collaborations between scholars, practitioners, community organizations, and advocates. We also encourage a variety of submissions including planning viewpoints, review essays (literature reviews), and standard articles. For more on each of these article types visit:

Interested authors should submit an abstract to the guest editors: April Jackson, PhD ( and Anaid Yerena, PhD ( by June 1, 2021. Abstract: 1,000 words. Please include the phrase “JAPA Anti-Racist Futures Abstract” in the subject line. Following their review, a subset of authors will be invited by August 1, 2021, to submit full papers before January 15, 2022, subject to the customary JAPA double-blind peer review. Final, revised papers will be due by November 15, 2022. The Special Issue editorial team, April Jackson (Florida State), Anaid Yerena (U Washington Tacoma), Ivis Garcia (U Utah), Benjamin Chrisinger (Oxford), Aujean Lee (U Oklahoma), Stacy Harwood (U Utah), and Laura Harjo (U Oklahoma) will attend APA in May and ACSP in October for those interested in discussing potential manuscript topics or serving as reviewers and collaborators for this special issue.