Journal – Call for paper on Asian cities

7 Mar
Fallen 2, Josh Raymond, 2008© Josh Raymond 2008

Fallen 2, Josh Raymond, 2008
© Josh Raymond 2008

The Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies has launched a call for paper that may be of some interest to UTS graduate students working on the Asia-Pacific and cities.

More about the call:

Cities are centres of economic, social, political and cultural activity, but they can also be areas of intense poverty, unhealthy environments, dangerous spaces and captivity. With the current unprecedented rates of growth in the Asia-Pacific unlikely to abate it is of great importance that we maximise the potential of urban spaces while avoiding the multitudinous harm that cities can cause. The Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies is calling for papers that examine the possible futures of urban spaces in the Asia-Pacific. This can pertain to policies, plans and designs as well the experiences of people in urban spaces.

Such a theme is open to both quantitative and qualitative research on urban spaces and encourages empirical and/or theoretical contributions that relate to, but are not limited to any of the following major themes:

  • Examining urban policies that are argued to promote sustainable urbanism and create more liveable urban spaces.
  • Evaluating case study developments and assessing influences of new urban design paradigms, such as ‘Smart Growth’ or ‘New Urbanism’.
  • Assessing the potential of future technologies and/or transport initiatives that offer solutions to urban problems and provide the potential of more sustainable and liveable urban environments.
  • Investigating layers of urban governance structures and how they impact on urban environments and their development, either as a constructive or restrictive force.
  • Analysing our understandings of urban spaces and providing critical review of the current values that underpin urban practices.
  • Detailing and evaluating methodological innovation in the field of urban studies, including new tools and technologies that provide novel ideas and a better of understandings of our urban world.

Contributions are welcome from all fields, including: social sciences and the humanities, architecture and planning, politics and policy analysis, and any other form of urban study.

GJAPS interprets the designation “Asia-Pacific” in the broadest possible sense, to encompass East, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, Australasia, Polynesia and Oceania, the West Coast of the Americas, including California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia, Central and South America.

Email submissions to the Editor, Simon Opit at, as attachments using ‘Word Template for GJAPS Authors’ (more information on Notes for Contributors). Submissions should be received by 30 April 2013.

The Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that showcases the original work of graduate students. Taking advantage of online publishing, GJAPS aims to be at once dynamic, interdisciplinary and innovative. GJAPS will publish thought-provoking interdisciplinary articles, reviews, commentary and visual works that engage critical issues, themes and debates related to the Asia-Pacific region and its peoples.


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