Global Urban Transformations

About the series

Edited by Michael Keith and Susan Parnell

Global Urban Transformations is a new book series that will bring a fresh perspective to the field of interdisciplinary urban studies. Books will be international, working within a global frame of reference, whether comparatively or through focused cases demonstrating transnational processes.

The series is informed by the past but future oriented, addressing the challenges faced by emergent cities of the 21st century. Books will appeal to a varied readership, going beyond the specialist academic reader to engage the general public and city leaders.

The series will recognize the value of different scales of analysis, commissioning work that focuses on geographies that range from trends in rapidly expanding megacity regions to the dynamics of neighbourhood change.

We welcome contributions that detail stakeholder interactions that drive urban change, including tracking the power dynamics and institutional politics between residents, civil society, the state, business or traditional authorities.

 The structure of the series

We have identified a set of themes through which the series objectives might be curated. These include:

  • Rethinking the interdisciplinary: measures of value and worth in the contemporary city.
  • Urban infrastructure and the emergent city.
  • Nexus urbanism: food water energy thinking.
  • Urban health and wellbeing: public health, private city life and rethinking urban wellbeing.
  • Metropolitan inequalities: pattern, process and prognosis.
  • Urban informalities: the self-organising city.
  • The experimental urbanisms of urban intervention: new regimes of urban policy globally and the science policy interface in the contemporary city.
  • The city commons; the long term metropolis and the short term city.


Contact Commissioning Editor, Tom Dark, if you have any questions about the series, Global Urban Transformations: [email protected]


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