Urban Economic and Planning Geographies

Recent discussions in city and regional planning and in economic geography have returned to the central role of cities to shaping sustainable and equitable urban and regional economies. At the same time, the rapid rate of urban change means that cities and regions are facing unprecedented challenges made more acute by the layered and interrelated processes of climate change and embedded structural inequalities. Both people and places have begun to push back against these impacts through the mobilization of social movements and demands for policy change. Economic geographers and urban planners find themselves tasked with rethinking interventions ranging from social policy to infrastructure investments in a search for solutions to these growing social, environmental, and economic challenges. As regional variation increases, so too does the work of city and regional planning in analyzing the effects of these changes and the interventions deployed to confront them.

Economic geographers are well placed to advance a rapidly evolving conversation about the scope of the public sector’s role in defining, provisioning, and regulating the urban fabric that will determine the economic development infrastructure --- its character and coverage --- on which regions and communities build (or fail to build) sustainable economies in the 21st century. They are also leading the discussion of how global dynamics are impacting cities around the world, including how the process simultaneously creates opportunities for cities while widening inequalities.

The Urban Economic and Planning Geographies Theme welcomes submissions on topics including, but not limited to: