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📣 Call for proposals: Handbook on Platform Urbanism

Bijgewerkt op: 31 mrt. 2023


Pieter Ballon and Annelien Smets are editing the forthcoming Handbook on Platform Urbanism (Edward Elgar Publishing) and are welcoming chapter proposals.


The aim of this Handbook is to shed light on the nature of platform urbanism, the mechanisms that underly it, and the benefits and challenges, to provide a status of current scholarship and upcoming research directions, and to report on cases that are of particular interest.


We welcome contributions from relevant disciplines (e.g., media studies, urban informatics, innovation management, political economy, digital geography) investigating different perspectives (geography, technologies, platforms, business models, and governance) on Platform Urbanism. Contributions related to all dimensions of Platform Urbanism are welcome. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Platform Urbanism: definitions, technologies and approaches Definitions, historical and philosophical perspectives, research schools and methods, technologies (blockchain, digital twin, …) and counter-initiatives (decentralized, peer-to-peer), …

  • Spatiality and geolocation: Physical and digital infrastructures, geolocation and urbanism, geographies of intermediation, architectural and design aspects

  • Economics and entrepreneurial aspects :Cost of living, gentrification, gig economy, network effects, innovation, creative clusters, city operations, …

  • Governance and regulation: Public-private partnerships and clashes, regulation and legal aspects, new forms of governance, …

  • Urban life: Local social networks and communities, sustainability, health and care, citizenship and social capital, …

  • Equity and equality: Data asymmetries, privacy, bias and discrimination, digital rights to the city, …


Please submit a 500-word abstract by February 15, 2023 to the editors (Annelien.smets@vub.be and Pieter.ballon@vub.be) with the subject line “Handbook of Platform Urbanism – Chapter proposal”.


Important dates:

  • February 15, 2023: Chapter proposal (+/- 500 words) outlining idea, research questions, relevance for Platform Urbanism, methodology and expected results

  • March 15, 2023: Notification and author instructions

  • December 1, 2023: First draft of chapter due

  • February 1, 2024: Reviewed first draft of chapter returned to contributors

  • May 1, 2024: Final chapters due

  • End 2024: Handbook of Platform Urbanism publication


More details on the call for proposals and submission instructions can be found here.



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