2018 Award—for 2017 Conference Papers
Paper Submission Deadline: July 15, 2017
Award decision: February 1, 2018

Initiated in 1985, this award seeks to recognize high quality research presented at the annual spring UAA conference.  This highly competitive award is made to the author(s) of the paper judged by peer scholars as the best presented at the conference.

Eligibility/Selection Process

All conference papers submitted for review to the Journal of Urban Affairs are eligible for the award. Papers are subjected to the normal Journal of Urban Affairs review process, and finalists are determined by composite review comments. The award winner is selected by a committee designated by the Chair of the Governing Board. The committee reports its decision to the Executive Director and the Chair of the Board. The Executive Director informs the award recipient of the outcome.

Benefits

Recipients are given a $1000 honorarium, an award plaque and complimentary registration to the subsequent conference where the achievement is officially recognized.

Papers that are accepted for publication through the review process will appear in a subsequent issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs.

To Receive Consideration

To be considered for the Best Conference Paper Award, submit your paper to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/juaf

For general guidance on preparing your manuscript for submission to the Journal please refer to: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ujua20&page=instructions

Make sure to identify your paper as a conference paper and include the dates and location of the conference.

Deadline

The official deadline for submission of conference papers to be reviewed and considered for the award is listed each year in the spring conference program booklet and on the UAA website.


Previous Winners

  • (2017 – award citation date) Elora Lee Raymond
    “Race, Uneven Recovery and Persistent Negative Equity in the Southeastern United States”

    Awarded for the best paper presented at 2016 conference.
  • (2016 – award citation date) Theodore Pride, Richard Smith, and Catherine Schmitt-Sands
    “Does Spatial Assimilation Lead to Reproduction of Gentrification in the Global City?”

    Awarded for the best paper presented at 2015 conference.
  • (2015 – award citation date) George Galster, Anna Santiago and Lisa Stack
    “School Performance of Low Income Latino and African American Youth: The Role of Neighborhood Context”
    Awarded for the best paper presented at 2014 conference.
  • (2014 – award citation date) George Galster and Erica Raleigh
    “Neighborhood Disinvestment, Abandonment and Crime Dynamics”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2013 conference.
  • (2013 – award citation date) Michael Leo Owens and Jacob Robert Brown
    “Weakening Strong Black Political Empowerment: Implications from Atlanta’s 2009 Mayoral Election”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2012 conference.
  • (2012 – award citation date) Diane M. Grams
    “Freedom and Cultural Consciousness: Black Working Class Parades in Post-Katrina New Orleans”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2011 conference.
  • (2011 – award citation date) Talia M. McCray and Sabina Mora
    “Linking Perceptions to Activity Patterns of Low-Income Teenagers”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2010 conference.
  • (2010 – award citation date) Laurence Bherer
    “Successful and Unsuccessful Participatory Arrangements: Why is There a Participatory Movement at the Local Level?”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2009 conference.
  • (2009 – award citation date) Frédérick Douzet
    “Revisiting Black Electoral Success: Oakland (CA), 40 Years Later”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2008 conference.
  • (2008 – award citation date) Mark Joseph
    “Early Resident Experiences at a New Mixed-Income Development in Chicago”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2007 conference.
  • (2007 – award citation date) Scott A. Bollens
    “Urban Governance at the Nationalist Divide: Coping with Group-Based Claims”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2006 conference.
  • (2006 – award citation date) Laurence Crot
    “‘Scenographic’ and ‘Cosmetic’ Planning: Globalization and Territorial Restructuring in Buenos Aires”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2005 conference.
  • (2005 – award citation date) Kirk McClure
    “Deconcentrating Poverty Through Alternative Housing Assistance Programs”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2004 conference.
  • (2004 – award citation date) R. Alan Walks
    “Place of Residence, the Vote, and Political Attitudes in Canadian Cities and Suburbs.”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2003 conference.
  • (2003 – award citation date) Jonathan Davies
    “Partnerships versus Regimes: Why Regime Theory Cannot Explain Urban Coalitions in the United Kingdom”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2002 conference.
  • (2002 – award citation date) Janet M. Kelly and David Swindell
    “Service Quality Variation Across Urban Space: First steps Toward a model of Citizen Satisfaction”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2001 conference.
  • (2001 – award citation date) R. Allen Hays
    “Habitat for Humanity: Building Social Capital Through Faith Based Service”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 2000 conference.
  • (2000 – award citation date) Greg Andranovich, Matthew Burbank and Charles Heying
    “Olympic Cities: Lessons Learned from Mega-Event Politics”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1999 conference.
  • (1999 – award citation date) Michelle Boyd
    “Reconstructing Bronzeville: Racial Nostalgia and Neighborhood Development”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1998 conference.
  • (1998 – award citation date) John Kincaid
    “De facto Devolution and Urban Defunding: The Priority of Persons Over Places”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1997 conference.
  • (1997 – award citation date) Larry Bennett
    “Do We Really Wish to Live in a Communitarian City? Communitarian Thinking and the Redevelopment of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Public Housing Complex”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1996 conference.
  • (1996 – award citation date) Susan C. Turner
    “Barriers to a Better Break: Employer Discrimination and Spatial mismatch in Metropolitan Detroit”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1995 conference.
  • (1995 – award citation date) Meredith Ramsay
    “The Local Community: Producer of Culture and Wealth”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1994 conference.
  • (1994 – award citation date) Andrew Wiese
    “Neighborhood Diversity: Social Change, Ambiguity, and Fair Housing since 1968”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1993 conference.
  • (1993 – award citation date) Stacy Warren
    “Disneyfication of the Metropolis: Popular Resistance in Seattle”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1992 conference.
  • (1993 – award citation date) John Ottensmann
    “Evaluating Equity in Service Deliver for Public Library Branches by Assessing Service Levels, Distance, and Accessibility”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1992 conference.
  • (1992 – award citation date) Robert Beauregard
    “Descendents of Ascendant Cities and Other Urban Dualities”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1991 conference.
  • (1991 – award citation date) Ali Modarres
    “Ethnic Community Development: A Spatial Re-Examination”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1990 conference.
  • (1990 – award citation date) Teresa Herrero
    “Housing Linkage: Will It Play a Role in the 1990s?”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1989 conference.
  • (1989 – award citation date) Judith Garber
    “Law and the Possibility for a Just Urban Political Economy”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1988 conference.
  • (1988 – award citation date) Todd Swanstrom
    “Gimme Shelter: Housing Policy and the Homeless”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1987 conference.
  • (1987 – award citation date) Margaret Wilder and Barry Rubin
    “Targeted Redevelopment Through Urban Enterprise Zones”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1986 conference.
  • (1986 – award citation date) William Velez and Gregory Squires
    “Insurance Redlining and the Transformation of the Urban Metropolis”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1985 conference.
  • (1985 – award citation date) Douglas Muzzio and Robert Bailey
    “Economic Development, Housing and Zoning: A Tale of Two Cities”
    Awarded for best paper presented at 1984 conference.