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Climate Change and Social Change | CALL FOR PAPERS

The ongoing rises in sea levels and temperatures are prompting large-scale disruptions in politics, land use, resource availability, and social organization. Displacement has already begun—and will grow, since more than 75% of people live near shorelines.

Innovative responses to these challenges result from both forward-thinking adaptation planning and reactive disaster recovery, and are particularly evident in cities. Urban areas and urban residents are confronting spatial, political, social, and resource challenges of historic scope.

The editors of Metropolitics seek submissions for a special issue on cities and climate change. We are interested, among other issues, in:

  • social responses to climate change: how communities have organized during emergency evacuations or to plan strategic retreat;
  • how climate changes have induced political changes at the local and national level, and how to both understand climate-era political coalitions and create possibilities for progressive political change in this new context;
  • physical planning for climate change that also addresses issues such as affordable housing, shoreline remediation, segregation, economic opportunity and stability, and sustainability;
  • urban ecologies that are threatened by climate change as well as ethnographic accounts of emergent ecologies that cities must address – species migration, extinction, and emergent zoonosis;
  • urban resilience in response to large-scale migration stemming from the political and environmental effects of climate change.

We seek articles that, taken collectively, will look beyond single-issue initiatives to reduce the rate of climate change or opposition to regressive climate responses to a suggestive portrait of how cities may deal with the reality of climate change and its social impacts.

We will consider articles received by Tuesday, January 30, 2018, for inclusion in the special issue.

Please email articles to the Editorial Director, Laura Wolf-Powers: aw2416 [at] hunter [dot] cuny [dot] edu

Metropolitics is an editorially peer-reviewed online journal that publishes concise academic essays and papers aimed at an international audience. The journal’s mission is public scholarship: short-form work about cities and urban politics, based on original research, on a quick time frame that allows researchers to contribute to public debate and make their scholarly work relevant to a broad readership. Metropolitics is housed at the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center and supported by the URBAN Research Network, a community of scholars and change-makers who engage and explore big questions now emerging in cities.

What we publish

  • Essays (1,500 words), which draw on empirical work to develop arguments relating to societal and political debates, and which provide a new perspective on key urban issues and challenges.
  • Debates (1,500 words), which address current social, professional or political developments on current issues, and concisely present the state of knowledge bearing on current public debate.
  • Reports from the Field (1,500 words), which draw on case studies, experiments or remarkable situations to shed new light on urban phenomena and developments.
  • Reviews (1,000 words), which offer authors’ perspectives on books, films, exhibitions and other events, evaluating their intellectual contributions for a wide audience.
  • Interviews with activists and policymakers, presented in audio, video or text form.

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