The Future of Urban Networks


Opportunities to participate

Special Issue: Networks and Spatial Economics

"Intersections between Urban Studies and Network Science"
References to ‘urban networks’ in scientific books and articles have grown exponentially over the past years. Research on the topic now extends across many social and natural science disciplines and over many scales of analysis from the intra-urban formation of social networks among neighbours, to the regional formation of transportation networks between cities, to the formation of transnational economic networks between global cities.

To further articulate this fast-evolving literature, Networks and Spatial Economics (NETS, http://www.springer.com/economics/regional+science/journal/11067, IF = 2,66) will publish a special issue on ‘Intersections between Urban Studies and Network Science’. NETS is a purposefully interdisciplinary journal devoted to the mathematical and numerical study of economic activities facilitated by human infrastructure networks. Papers for the proposed special issue, which will be guest-edited by Ben Derudder and Zachary Neal, should be methodologically focused, foregrounding the role of network and spatial analysis in the study of cities and city-systems.

Submissions are welcome from now until 31 December 2017 at the very latest at https://www.editorialmanager.com/nets. When submitting a manuscript for this special issue, please be sure to observe the following title structure for your paper: “Urban Networks Special Issue: Actual Title” to ensure that it is correctly allocated in the editorial system. Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to share title/abstract with the guest editors via ben.derudder@ugent.be and zpneal@msu.edu before submitting a paper to check if the paper aligns with the special issue’s objectives.

Special Issue: Journal of Urban Affairs

“Cities, Networks, & Urban Policy”

The Journal of Urban Affairs invites article submissions for a special issue on “Cities, Networks, & Urban Policy,” guest edited by Zachary Neal (Michigan State University) and Ben Derudder (Universiteit Gent). References to ‘urban networks’ in scientific books and articles have grown exponentially over the past years. Research on the topic now extends across many social and natural science disciplines and over many scales of analysis from the intra-urban formation of social networks among neighbours, to the regional formation of transportation networks between cities, to the formation of transnational economic networks between global cities. Papers in this special issue will explore the ways that research on cities and networks has, or can, inform urban policy (broadly construed).

We welcome empirical, theoretical, and review papers. Additionally, we welcome papers adopting quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. However, all papers submitted for this special issue should (a) foreground the role of networks (broadly construed) in cities and (b) should conclude with or discuss implications for urban policy (also broadly construed).

Submissions can be made via the online submission portal at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/juaf. When making a submission, please (a) indicate it is a special issue submission in the online system, and (b) identify this particular special issue in your cover letter. Initial submissions must be received by 15 March 2018. All submissions will first be reviewed internally, and if suitable for JUA and the special issue, will be externally peer-reviewed. Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to share title/abstract with the guest editors via zpneal@msu.edu and ben.derudder@ugent.be before submitting a paper to check if the paper aligns with the special issue’s objectives.

INSNA Sunbelt Conference Session on "Urban Networks"

As the majority of people now live in cities, cities are a key location for many social and economic activities, which can frequently be examined through a network lens. Urban networks exist at a range of scales, from neighborhood-level social networks among people, to city-level transportation networks, to global-level economic networks between cities. Additionally, urban networks are studied by network scientists from a range of disciplinary perspectives including geography, sociology, physics, and engineering. The study of "urban networks" has grown rapidly in the last decade and had led to both specialized conferences and journal special issues. This rapid growth in the size, scope, and scale of urban network research has left the area invigorated, but without a clear agenda for future work. This session will showcase an interdisciplinary range of substantive and methodological work on urban networks, with the aim of identifying future directions for this field.

One or more sessions at the 2018 International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) Sunbelt Conference will focus on Urban Networks. The conference will take place June 26 – July 1 in Utrecht, Netherlands. Abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations can be submitted here . Submissions are due 1 February 2018, and authors of accepted papers will be notified by March 2018. Please contact zpneal@msu.edu with questions about the session.