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.


University of Pennsylvania
Northeastern University
University of Cape Town
Columbia University



Cities and Regions

Garth Myers
Trinity College
Luna Khirfan
University of Waterloo
Joseph Ben Prestel
Freie Universität Berlin
Warren Smit
University of Cape Town
Anish Vanaik
O.P. Jindal Global University
Ashima Sood
Anant National University
Phillip Cantrell
Longwood University
Olena Betlii
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Liora Bigon
Holon Institute of Technology
Alejandra María Leal Martínez
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Adrienne M. Harris
Baylor University
Anitra Baliga
London School of Economics and Political Science
Andrew Newman
Wayne State University
Raquel Rolnik
Universidade de São Paulo
Adriana Marín-Toro
Universidade de São Paulo
Fernanda Accioly Moreira
Universidade de São Paulo
Marina Kohler Harkot
Universidade de São Paulo
Mi Shih
Rutgers University
Zack Taylor
University of Western Ontario


Foundational Urban Theorists

Elvin Wyly
University of British Columbia
Andy Zieleniec
Keele University


Urban History

Lisa Krissoff Boehm
Bridgewater State University
Steven H. Corey
Columbia College Chicago
James Zarsadiaz
University of San Francisco
Kimberley Johnson
New York University
A. Kristen Foster
Marquette University
Ebru Boyar
Middle East Technical University
Julie Ren
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Monika Baumanová
University of West Bohemia


Urban Policy and Planning

Robert Stokes
DePaul University
Julia Martinez
DePaul University
Shankar Sankaran
University of Technology Sydney
Daphne Freeder
University of Technology Sydney
Alexandra Pitsis
University of Technology Sydney
Stewart Clegg
University of Technology Sydney
Nathalie Drouin
Université du Québec à Montréal
Marie-Andrée Caron
Université du Québec à Montréal
Yuze Yang
Sun Yat-sen University
Lin Ye
Sun Yat-sen University
Conrad Kickert
University of Cincinnati
Gerrit-Jan Knaap
University of Maryland
Rebecca Lewis
University of Oregon
Arnab Chakraborty
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Katy June-Friesen
University of Maryland
Weiping Wu
Columbia University
Deepa Mehta
Columbia University


Urban Studies and Academic Disciplines

Petra Kuppinger
Monmouth College
Kristian Behrens
Université du Québec à Montréal
Jacques-François Thisse
Université Catholique de Louvain
Petra Kuppinger
Monmouth College
Phil Hubbard
King's College London
Daniel J. Monti
Saint Louis University


Urban Theories and Concepts

Tomoya Mori
Kyoto University
Janet Bednarek
University of Dayton
Jamie Peck
University of British Columbia
Sara Hughes
University of Michigan
Mark Skidmore
Michigan State University
Jungmin Lim
Korea Energy Economics Institute
Matthew Moran
King's College London
Shahana Chattaraj
Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Sheila R. Foster
Georgetown University
Christian Iaione
LUISS Guido Carli
Vítor Oliveira
Universidade do Porto
Ana Belén Cano-Hila
Universitat de Barcelona
James Mansell
University of Nottingham
John Welshman
Lancaster University
David Betz
King's College London


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