Urban Studies

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Urban studies is a broad, interdisciplinary field of study that includes subfields not only in most of the major social sciences, but also in the humanities, and in more technical fields such as architecture, planning, engineering, environmental science, and legal studies. What binds together urbanist scholars in various disciplines is a focus on the lived experiences of larger social systems and structural forces in specific places marked by large, dense, and heterogeneous populations. Though today it is evidently a global process, urbanization has proceeded unevenly, largely following the growth of markets, moving from Europe, to the Americas, and then to Asia and Africa. The academic study of cities has largely followed the same progression. A great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship, research, and statistics appearing in online databases, complementing long-running journals in the field, monographs, and other research literature. The bibliographic essays within Oxford Bibliographies in Urban Studies are written by known experts in the field, who can provide a guided selection of these pertinent materials, as well as the much needed content for understanding the referenced titles. Of special note are bibliographies not just on topical areas but also on specific cities throughout the world. This resource will provide much-needed guidance for students and scholars of urban studies at every level.


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Editor in Chief

Richardson Dilworth is Professor of Politics and Head of the Department of Politics at Drexel University. His research and teaching focuses on American urban political development, urban environment policy, and community economic development. He is the author and coauthor of numerous essays and articles, author of the book, The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (2005), and the editor or coeditor of nine books, including most recently China’s Urban Future and the Quest for Stability (2019), coedited with Rebecca Clothey, and How Ideas Shape Urban Political Development (2020), coedited with Timothy Weaver. Besides Drexel, Dilworth has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Temple University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Wagner College, the University of Tirana in Albania, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Dilworth has held visiting positions at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served for eight years on the Philadelphia Historical Commission, where he was chair of the Historic Designation Committee.


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