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Urban Affairs Review

Urban Affairs Review

eISSN: 15528332 | ISSN: 10780874 | Current volume: 57 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Urban Affairs Review (UAR) has been a leading scholarly journal focused on urban politics, policy, and governance for fifty years. Submissions reflecting different scholarly disciplines and methodological perspectives are welcome when the research advances theory and improves our understanding of political processes, policy impacts, and approaches to governance in urban, regional, and metropolitan settings. The Urban Affairs Review is affiliated with American Political Science Association’s section on Urban Politics.

Urban Affairs Review is a peer-reviewed, bi-monthly journal focused on questions of politics, governance, and public policy specifically as they relate to cities and/or their regions. Submissions of empirical and comparative research from different scholarly disciplines and methodological perspectives are encouraged. UAR publishes articles, research notes, research syntheses, and book review essays.

Potential topics include: civic and political engagement; racial and ethnic politics; local and regional institutions; municipal fiscal health; and analyses of urban public policies directed at community development; economic, civic, and environmental sustainability; public education, affordable housing, public transportation, public safety, and physical infrastructure. 

Please direct all questions regarding the status of submitted manuscripts to:

Urban Affairs Review Editorial Office
Jered B. Carr, Managing Editor
Elizabeth Motyka, Assistant Managing Editor
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago

UAR is grateful for the support provided by UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affair (, and its Department of Public Administration (

Urban Affairs Reveiw (UAR) is a leading scholarly journal on urban issues and themes. For almost five decades scholars, researchers, policymakers, planners, and administrators have turned to UAR for the latest international research and empirical analysis on the programs and policies that shape our cities. UAR covers: urban policy; urban economic development; residential and community development; governance and service delivery; comparative/international urban research; and social, spatial, and cultural dynamics.

Phil Ashton University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Peter Burns Soka University of America, USA
Jered B. Carr University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Joshua Drucker University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Yue Zhang University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Forum Editor
Jered B. Carr University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Assistant Managing Editor
Elizabeth Motyka University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Editorial Board
Katrin Anacker George Mason University, USA
Sarah Anzia University of California, Berkeley, USA
Andrea Benjamin University of Oklahoma, USA
Ivy A.M. Cargile California State University, Bakersfield, USA
Stefanie Chambers Trinity College, USA
Bin Chen Baruch College - CUNY, USA
Nabo Chen Sun Yat-sen University, China
Margaret Cowell Virginia Tech, USA
Els de Graauw Baruch College - CUNY, USA
Richardson Dilworth Drexel University, USA
Katherine Einstein Boston University, USA
Nuno Ferreira da Cruz London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Michael Javen Fortner Director of Urban Studies, CUNY School of Professional Studies, USA
Megan E. Hatch Cleveland State University, USA
Mirya Holman Tulane University, USA
Nazia Hussain University of Tokyo, Japan
Kyle A. Jaros University of Oxford, UK
David Kaufmann Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland
Kimberley Kinder University of Michigan, USA
Vladimir Kogan The Ohio State University, USA
Timothy B. Krebs University of New Mexico, USA
J. Celeste Lay Tulane University, USA
Youngmi Lee Kyonggi University, Korea
Zhilin Liu Tsinghua University, China
Carolyn Loh Wayne State University, USA
Joanna Lucio Arizona State University, USA
Michael Manville University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Steve McGovern Haverford College, USA
Scott Minkoff New Paltz - SUNY, USA
John Mollenkopf City University of New York, USA
Domingo Morel Rutgers University, USA
Jen Nelles Hunter College - CUNY, USA
Jeffrey Paller University of San Francisco, USA
Deirdre Pfeiffer Arizona State University, USA
Bo Qin Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Management, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
Peter Rosenblatt Loyola University Chicago, USA
Susan Saegert CUNY Graduate Center, USA
Paru Shah University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Ellen Shiau California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Michael Sicilano University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Kristof Steyvers Ghent University, Belgium
Clarence N. Stone George Washington University, USA
Richard Stren University of Toronto, Canada
Pawel Swianiewicz University of Warsaw, Poland
Matthew Thomas California State University, Chico, USA
Jessica Trounstine University of California, Merced, USA
Floris Vermeulen University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Qinfang Wang University of California, Riverside, USA
Mildred E. Warner Cornell University, USA
Timothy Weaver SUNY Albany, USA
Rachel Nicole Weber University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Jiannan Wu Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Eric Zeemering University of Georgia, USA
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  • Urban Affairs Review (UAR) now has moved to an online submission system (SAGE Track). By doing so Urban Affairs Review will further streamline the process from initial submission by author(s) through publication. In addition, authors will be able to track the status of their manuscript through the review process.

    In order to effectively manage this transition, the journal requests that you use the following guidelines when making your submission.

    • Submit manuscripts electronically at
    • In order to submit a manuscript, the corresponding author must create an account on the online system.
    • Additional information about creating an account and submitting manuscripts are also provided on the website.

    In addition, be aware that submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.

    Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts

    Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) guidelines. All text, endnotes, and references should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins. An abstract of approximately 150 words should accompany the manuscript. Manuscripts must be submitted in 12pt, Times New Roman font. Word count totals include all text, endnotes, references, tables and figures.

    UAR utilizes a double-blind review process to evaluate manuscripts for publication. The author(s) identity must not be indicated on the title page or any other place in the document submitted and all obvious references that reveal the author(s) identity, including previous work, should be omitted in the version submitted for review. Please do not upload a second title page listing the author information. Sagetrack captures author information as part of the submission process, making this additional title page unnecessary.

    Manuscript Types


    Articles provide significant theoretical contributions to important questions of politics, governance, and public policy specifically as they relate to cities and/or their regions. Diverse disciplinary perspectives are encouraged, but submissions should contribute to important literatures in urban politics, institutions, and policies relevant to the research questions. Comparative empirical research is especially welcome, as are submissions from diverse methodological perspectives. Manuscripts submitted as articles should not exceed 12,000 words.

    UAR does not publish special issues, but does publish sets of articles as symposia or colloquies. Symposia are sets of 3-5 articles providing greater depth on an important topic of broad interest among urban scholars. UAR symposia generally do not include an introductory article, and each article in the proposed set is assessed independently of the others and as such must provide a sufficient contribution on its own to merit publication. Colloquies are sets of articles featuring an exchange of perspectives about an important topic. Colloquies are typically comprised of an initial essay, followed by 3-5 shorter essays engaging the initial essay, and ending with a short response from the author(s) of the initial essay. Colloquies can be developed around a highly influential book or differing perspectives on an important issue. Proposals for symposia and colloquies should be sent to Jered Carr at

    Research Note

    Research notes serve one of two functions. First, it provides a validation of, an addendum to, an extension of, or a refutation of a single point or concept that is established in previous research or significant policy debates. The conclusion and/or discussion section(s) must be sufficiently developed to highlight the importance of the findings and make clear how they should affect future research. Second, it provides a targeted call to other researchers, such as to introduce a new idea or to suggest a new methodology. Both types of research note require only minimal and narrowly targeted reference to the body of research, and no exploration of a broader literature – just enough to point readers to the established research that the note addresses or takes as its point of departure. Manuscripts submitted as research notes should not exceed 6,000 words.

    Research Synthesis

    Research syntheses serve several different purposes, including critically assessing a body of theory or empirical research, articulating what is known about a phenomenon and ways to advance research about it, and identifying influential variables and effect sizes associated with an existing body of empirical research. The research synthesis should include a systematic and reproducible search strategy and articulate clear criteria for inclusion of studies in the analysis. Meta-analyses that statistically combine studies to determine an overall effect or effect size of one variable on another are welcome, as are research syntheses that do not use formal meta-analytic methods. Manuscripts submitted as research syntheses should not exceed 12,000 words.

    Book Review Essay

    Book review essays are short scholarly pieces that compare and contrast the contributions of the multiple books (or selected portions of the books) under review. These essays identify key themes or critical issues across the set of books, position key contributions within larger bodies of literature, and assess the impact of each book to understanding the overarching topic or topic areas. Book review essays are not a compilation of multiple book reviews. Their purpose is not to provide a thorough content description and book review essays need not consider each of the subject books completely or equally. Manuscripts submitted as book review essays should not exceed 6,000 words. Proposals for book review essays should be sent to Jered Carr at

    UAR publishes reviews of individual books on the Urban Affairs Forum (

    For any other queries regarding the submission process please consult the UAR Blog or contact the managing editor at Here are the contact details of the editorial office:

    Urban Affairs Review Editorial Office
    Jered B. Carr, Managing Editor
    Elizabeth Motyka, Assistant Managing Editor

    College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
    University of Illinois at Chicago


    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    At SAGE, we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, The Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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