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is a response to a particular historical moment of global urbanisation within an increasingly re-arranged North-South world. The drivers and locations of contemporary urbanisation are, once again after a long historical gap, in the ‘Global South’, i.e., the countries of South and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. The ‘urban turn’—a phrase evocatively used by Gyan Prakash to describe the rising importance of the urban question in India—is undeniable and it raises a new set of questions and challenges for which we possess neither effective knowledge nor adequate practice.

Urbanisation seeks to:
 - Promote theorisation of urban processes from the perspective of wide range of practices that shape the urban life. 
 - Publish comparative as well as collaborative scholarship that will illuminate the global urban condition beginning with a firm footprint in the Global South.
 - Provide a platform that brings together and puts into conversation inter-disciplinary scholarship on the urban.
 - Provide a platform that allows critical and reflexive discussion from and on diverse forms and sectors of urban practice.
 - Enable diverse forms of knowledge and knowledge production, particularly those that bridge the theory-practice divide as well as disciplinary and methodological boundaries.
 - Learn from and inform urban policy and practice across a range of domains and sectors.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Urbanisation is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish comparative as well as collaborative scholarship that will illuminate the global urban condition beginning with a firm footprint in the Global South. A platform that brings together inter-disciplinary scholarship on the urban, it is equally interested in critical and reflexive discussions on diverse forms and sectors of urban practice. It seeks to do so not just to inform urban theory, policy and practice but also to enable the construction of diverse forms of knowledge and knowledge production needed to enable us to understand contemporary urban life.

Aromar Revi Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Editorial Board
Om Mathur Senior Fellow and Head Urban Studies, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, India
Rahul Mehrotra Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
David Satterthwaite Editor, Environment and Urbanization and Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK
Editorial Collective
Amir Bashir Bazaz Senior Lead - Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Gautam Bhan Senior Lead - Academics & Research, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Amlanjyoti Goswami Head, Legal & Regulation, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Prasad Shetty Urbanist, School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai, India
Neha Sami Senior Consultant – Academics & Research, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Jayaraj Sundaresan Senior Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Kavita Wankhade Senior Lead – Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Advisory Board
Junaid Ahmad Country Director, World Bank India, India
Adriana Allen Professor, Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK
Xuemei Bai Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Eugenie Birch Professor of Urban Research, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Michael Cohen Director, Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, Professor of International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, The new School, New York, USA
Bert de Vries Professor, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Netherlands
David Dodman Acting Head, Human Settlements Group; team leader, cities and climate change: International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK
Arif Hasan Chairperson, Urban Resource Centre, Karachi, Pakistan
Devesh Kapur Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India, Professor of Political Science; Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Tarun Khanna Jorge Paulo Lehmann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, South Asia Institute, Harvard University, MA, USA
Sander van der Leeuw Professor, Co-Chair, Complex Adaptive Systems, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA
Brian McGrath Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, USA
Peter Newman Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, Australia
Susan Parnell University of Cape Town, South Africa
Sheela Patel Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), Mumbai, India
Sanjay Prakash Principal Consultant, Studio for Habitat Futures, New Delhi, India
Srinath Reddy President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi, India
Debra Roberts Environmental Management Department, Ethekwini Minicipality, Durban, South Africa
Jennifer Robinson Professor, Department of Geography, University College London, UK
Ananya Roy Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
Rathin Roy Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India
Bish Sanyal Professor, Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA
Jessica Seddon Founder & Managing Director, Okapi, Chennai, India
Somnath Sen Chief-Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Karen Seto Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Geography and Urbanisation, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, USA
Awadhendra Sharan Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India
Abdoumaliq Simone Urbanist and Research Professor at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany
Rafael Tuts Chief, Urban Environmental Planning Branch, UN Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya
Associate Editor
Mandara Vishwanath External Consultant – Word Lab, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Nishtha Vadehra Senior Associate - Word Lab, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Urbanisation

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Urbanisation will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    3. Publishing polices

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    5.3 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information 

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Urbanisation, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    The types of manuscripts accepted for publication in Urbanisation are:

    • General Articles
    • Writing from Practice
    • Book/Film/Exhibition Review
    • On Method
    • Evaluations and Assessments
    • Visual Essay
    • Poetry


    • Authors will be provided with a copyright form once the contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final only after the filled-in and signed copyright form is received.
    •  Articles should be written in MS Word, Times New Roman font, and should be submitted in soft copy. Contributors must provide their affiliations and complete postal and e-mail addresses with their articles. In case there are two or more authors, the corresponding author’s name and contact details should be specified clearly.
    • All images submitted (for photo essays as well as other submissions) should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavour). All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately.
    • All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words and 4–6 keywords.
    • Use British rather than American spellings (‘programme’ not ‘program’; ‘labour’ not ‘labor’). Where alternate forms exist, choose ‘ise’ spellings instead of ‘ize’.
    • Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes only to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below.
    • Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
    • The following conventions should be used when using hyphens, en dash, em dash:
      • - Use hyphens (-) to create compound words and to break a word across lines
      • - Use an en dash (–) for a range of numbers e.g. 75­–80
      • - Use an em dash (—) to mark an explanatory element in a sentence.
    • Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent, not %). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.
    • Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimised, but used consistently.
    • Tables and figures to be indicated by numbers separately (see Table 1), not by placement (see Table below). All Figures and Tables should be cited in the text. Sources for figures and tables should be mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.
    • Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetised by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author’s name.

    a) Chronological listing: If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.
    b) Sentence case: In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalised – e.g., ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.
    c) Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalised – e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).
    d) Italicise: Book and Journal titles are to be italicised.

    • Book reviews must have details like name of author/editor and book reviewed, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages and price.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Urbanisation is hosted on SAGE Track SAGE Site; a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit to login/create account and submit your article online.

    The Journal adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Urbanisation requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Urbanisation encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    Urbanisation and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Urbanisation offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission                                                    

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    Urbanisation adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines below (based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition). Some examples are given below:

    a) In text citations:
    One work by one author: (Kessler, 2003, p. 50) or ‘Kessler (2003) found that among the epidemiological samples..’.
    One work by two authors: (Joreskog & Sorborn, 2007, pp. 50–66) or Joreskog and Sorborn (2007) found that..
    One work by three or more authors: (Basu, Banerji & Chatterjee, 2007) [first instance]; Basu et al. (2007) [Second instance onwards].
    Groups or organisations or universities: (University of Pittsburgh, 2007) or University of Pittsburgh (2007).
    Authors with same surname: Include the initials in all the in-text citations even if the year of publication differs, e.g., (I. Light, 2006; M.A. Light, 2008).
    Works with no identified author or anonymous author: Cite the first few words of the reference entry (title) and then the year, e.g., (‘Study finds’, 2007); (Anonymous, 1998).
    If abbreviations are provided, then the style to be followed is: (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2003) in the first citation and (NIMH, 2003) in subsequent citations.

    • Two or more works by same author: (Gogel, 1990, 2006, in press)
    • Two or more works with different authors: (Gogel, 1996; Miller, 1999)
    • Secondary sources: Allport's diary (as cited in Nicholson, 2003).

    b) Books:
    Patnaik, U. (2007). The republic of hunger. New Delhi: Three Essays Collective.

    c) Edited Books:
    Amanor, Kojo S., & Moyo, S. (Eds.) (2008). Land and sustainable development in Africa. London and New York: Zed Books.

    d) Translated books:
    Amin, S. (1976). Unequal development (trans. B. Pearce). London and New York: Monthly Review Press.

    e) Book chapters:
    Chachra, S. (2011). The national question in India. In S. Moyo and P. Yeros (Eds.), Reclaiming the nation (pp. 67–78). London and New York: Pluto Press.

    f) Journal articles:
    Foster, J. B. (2010). The financialisation of accumulation. Monthly Review, 62(5), 1–17. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225 [DOI number optional]

    g) Newsletter article, no author:
    Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang intiative conference. (2006, November/December). OOJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from
    [Please do not place a period at the end of an online reference.]

    h) Newspaper article:
    Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

    i) In-press article:
    Briscoe, R. (in press). Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Retrieved from

    j) Non-English reference book, title translated into English:
    Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lengua espanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nd ed.). Madrid, Spain: Author.

    k) Special issue or section in a journal:
    Haney, C., & Wiener, R.L. (Eds.) (2004). Capital punishment in the United States [Special Issue]. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 10(4), 1–17.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Urbanisation is hosted on SAGE Track SAGE, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permissionfrom copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication           

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Urbanisation editorial office as follows:

    Individual Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Institutional Subscription, E-access

    Institutional Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Individual, Single Print Issue

    Institutional, Single Print Issue