Call for Contributors - Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation

Since 2013, the International Social Science Council (ISSC) has hosted two seminars for early career researchers on the topic of sustainable urbanisation and the transitions to living in urban contexts. There is a wealth of diverse and important social science research being carried out within the ISSC networks and beyond. This project aims to bring our work together quickly in an accessible format to showcase the latest social science research and thinking on sustainable urbanisation.

The project, entitled “Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: Social science research and transitions to urban contexts” aims to create a book of blogs — which is a collection of short blog posts crowdsourced by, and from, our networks of social scientists working on sustainable urbanisation issues. The book will be self-published as an e-book.

Why a book of blogs?

This contemporary format is enjoying great success. In 2014, the NSMNSS (New Social Media, New Social Science) network published an e-book Social media in social research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries curated by Kandy Woodfield. The NSMNSS e-book was inspired by Humane Resourced, a book of blogs from business and human resource professionals curated by David DeSouza in 2013. We aim to replicate the success of these two books to spread the word about sustainable urbanisation within the social sciences.

The idea is to find out about each other, reach new audiences, learn from one another, curate our ideas, and disseminate our research activities. To reflect the blog format, each contribution should be no longer than 1000 words. When added together, we will have a fascinating and diverse collection of contemporary social science work on sustainable urbanisation.

Our aim is for 50 contributors but the more voices the better. You can submit more than one piece and co-authored posts are also welcome. Your post might be a short article previously published elsewhere (subject to copyright of course) or a summary of a recent journal article. It could be a position piece or a personal reflection on an urban context or issue that is important to you. All contributions are welcome! If you are interested in contributing to the ISSC book of blogs, please complete your details here. We will add you to our mail list to update on progress and details for how to submit your work.

Our aim is to publish in Summer 2015 — urbanisation is fast, so are we!

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Dr Jenna Condie, (World Social Science Fellow Sustainable Urbanisation 2014) E: T: @jennacondie