The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is pleased to announce the Urban Communication Foundation (UCF)- 2015 UAA Conference Scholarship, which provides support to graduate students and early career faculty with demonstrated interest in urban communication, urban journalism, media studies, urban design, and urban architecture related topics.


To encourage the participation of scholars (at graduate student and early career stages) who demonstrate interests in urban communication, urban journalism, media studies, urban design, and urban architecture related topics.


There are two requirements for eligibility:

1. Your conference presentation must consist of a paper that fits into one of the following topical categories:

  • Urban Communication (Urban Media Roles, Urban Journalism, Social Media/Technology in Urban Life)
  • Urban Design, Urban Architecture

2. You must be a current graduate student, or a faculty member in the first three years of your initial job appointment.


The scholarship will cover 2015 UAA membership dues and the Miami conference registration fee.

Key dates & Deadlines

November 18, 2014

  • UAA will identify eligible persons whose papers have been accepted for presentation.
  • These individuals will be sent the application form and reminded of the scholarship criteria.

December 1, 2014

  • Completed applications and abstracts will be sent to UCF Executive Director for final selection decision.

December 15, 2014

  • Applicants will be notified of decision outcomes by the UAA Office.

January, 2015

  • UAA Office will process membership and registrations payments on behalf of recipients.

April 1, 2015

  • Recipients submit papers to UAA Office prior to conference.
  • Papers transmitted to UCF Executive Director.

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) will be offering a FREE pre-conference workshop on Urban Education Policy Advocacy to its 2015 conference participants. The workshop hopes to convene scholar activists who are actively engaged in or interested in topics such as education policy and urban inequality; market-based reforms; school financing; composition of the teaching body; standardized testing, and other related issues.

The workshop will take place at the Miami Intercontinental Hotel, the site of the 2015 UAA Conference, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Workshop organizers/facilitators include: Fred Ellis (Holy Names University); Kitty Kelly Epstein, the 2013 UAA Activist Scholar Award Recipient, (Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University); Barbara Ferman (Temple University); and Kimberly Mayfield Lynch (Holy Names University).

Application Deadline: October 1, 2015

For more information about the content of the workshop and to pre-register (required), please visit:


Through joint sponsorship with Routledge Publications, the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) will once again offer a series of FREE graduate student workshops at its annual conference. IMPORTANT: An application is required for participation. The 2015 workshops include:

Workshop A: The Dissertation Process: From Proposal to Defense
Workshop B1: Getting Your First Job (Academic)
Workshop B2: Getting Your First Job (Non-Academic)
Workshop C: Dissertation Intensive
Workshop D: Publishing

The workshops will be facilitated by a diverse group of professionals working inside and outside of academia, who are at varying stages of their careers. With the exception of Workshop C, students accepted to participate in the workshops may select their workshop(s) of choice.

Application Deadline: December 2, 2014 by 5:00pm CST (LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED)

For more information about the workshops and to apply (required for participation) please visit:

Nomination Deadline:  November 3, 2014

To be considered for this award, a book must be nominated in writing, AND the required copies received at the UAA Office by the Nominations Deadline.

  • Books nominated for the 2015 award must have a copyright date of 2013, 2014, or 2015.
  • Decision of award selection committee due by: February 9, 2015.  The committee will convey its decision to the UAA Executive Director, who will notify the recipient, nominator and publisher.
  • Presentation of the award will take place at the Miami conference on April 10,2015

Read more details about the award.


2015 Best Book in Urban Affairs Award

Nominations due: November 3, 2014
Award decision: February 9, 2015
Read more details about the award.

2015 Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award


Emerging Scholar Award

Application/Nomination Deadline: Decebmer 1, 2014
Award decision: February 9, 2015
More details about the award.

2015 Alma H Young Emerging Scholar Award


45th Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association
Miami, Florida
April 8-11, 2015

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2014
(Late proposals or abstracts are not accepted)

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service/nonprofit professionals. UAA is dedicated to: creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life.  Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. This goal is sought through a number of activities including an annual spring conference. This year’s annual conference will consist of several dynamic elements.  Here are some of the key components:

Special Conference Theme: Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-making in the Global City

This year’s conference theme focuses on place-making in the “global city,” with particular attention given to the actors, processes, strategies, and contingencies that shape urban settings and urban life. Thus, the conference theme will explore actions and processes from above (e.g. transnational capital and political institutions), as well as below (e.g. the work of civil society organizations, and the everyday actions of ordinary people).  Miami provides an apt setting for this exploration. Long established as a link between the United States and Latin America and a stronghold of Cuban American culture and political power, Miami is a regional destination for immigration, yet remains home to substantial Anglo and African American populations. The city now plays a prominent role as a regional trading hub encompassing international banking, finance, information technology, and other high-end service industries. Moreover, as a coastal city in an era of climate change and increasingly high-profile natural disasters, Miami is poised for change through global environmental processes. Against this backdrop, the conference plenary and individual presentations will examine how cities are adapting to meet global economic and environmental imperatives, who is engaged in leading these changes, and what opportunities and challenges these leaders face in mediating local outcomes.

  • Special Track on Urban Health
    Proposals for papers, posters and pre-organized sessions are welcomed for a special conference track on urban health. As cities become the dominant context for human life, researchers have increased their focus on understanding the role of urban contexts in determining health outcomes. This track provides an opportunity to explore research on a broad array of health indicators and trends in cities, as well as the relationship between urban conditions such as housing, schools, jobs, and environmental factors, and disparities in health.
  • Special Track on Geopolitics in Latin America
  • Workshop on Urban Education Activism
  • Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students
  • Local Study Tours (e.g., Housing Redevelopment; Environmental Sustainability Projects; Immigration Projects). Details available in January.
  • Special conference scholarships for presentations related to urban communication/media roles in urban contexts/urban design/architecture

We welcome proposals for presentations that address any of the topics listed below in any context across the globe:

UAA Approved Topic Categories

In keeping with the tradition of UAA Annual Meetings, we encourage proposals that focus on an array of research topics including:
•    Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts
•    Disaster Planning/Disaster Management for Urban Areas, Cities and National Security
•    Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Urban Finance
•    Education Policy in Urban Contexts, Educational Institutions and Urban Inequalities
•    Environmental Issues, Sustainability
•    Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues
•    Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management
•    Historic Preservation, Space and Place
•    Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas
•    Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
•    Human Services and Urban Populations, Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector in Urban Contexts
•    Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends in Urban Areas
•    Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services
•    Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
•    Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning
•    Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
•    Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
•    Public Safety in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence
•    Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity
•    Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City
•    Urban Communication (Urban Media Roles, Urban Journalism, Social Media/Technology in Urban Life)
•    Urban Design, Urban Architecture
•    Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
•    Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
•    Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs
•    SPECIAL TRACK: Urban Health
•    SPECIAL TRACK: Cities in Contemporary Geopolitics: Latin America and Beyond

Proposal Submission Formats and Policies

A proposal can be submitted through the UAA website for a:
•Research paper presentation–(proposal requires an abstract) OR
•Pre-organized panel–(proposal requires a group of 4-5 paper abstracts with moderator) OR
•Pre-organized colloquy– (proposal requires theme statement & names of 4-5 formal discussants) OR
•Breakfast roundtable–(proposal requires theme statement & names of 1-2 conveners) OR
•Poster–(proposal requires an abstract)
UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2014, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT.  The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT. Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 17, 2014

Participation Policy —One Session Rule

Individuals are limited to participating (as a presenter, speaker or moderator) in one (1) conference session.  A conference session is defined as: a panel, a colloquy, a poster display, or a breakfast roundtable. There is no limit to the number of papers/posters for which you are a co-author. Policy exception: persons asked to play a service role for UAA can participate in one additional session.

Conference Hotel and Participant Registration Rates

All conference activities (except where noted) will take place at The Intercontinental Hotel located along Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The UAA website will have a direct link for hotel reservations.  WARNING: The conference occurs the week after Easter when many schools will be on holiday which will fill up most hotels. The UAA block of rooms is expected to fill up by January 1. Make your reservation early!  ALL PARTICIPANTS (faculty, students, practitioners) must pay the designated fees for their registration category. Registration rates and payment links will be posted on the UAA website.

Conference Planning

Local Host Committee Members: Chair-Nicole Ruggiano, Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor, Malik Benjamin (Florida International University), and Richard Grant and J. Miguel Kanai (University of Miami)

Program Committee: Chair, Robert Chaskin (University of Chicago), Yasminah Beebeejaun (University College London), Cecilia Giusti (Texas A&M University), Deirdre Oakley (Georgia State University), and Carlos Arturo Flores Villela (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Visit the UAA website: (info on proposal submissions, registration, hotel reservations, etc.), contact us at or 1-414-229-3025.

Clarence Stone (left) receives the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award from Michael Leo Owens (Emory Univ)

Clarence Stone (George Washington Univ) receives the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award from Michael Leo Owens (Emory Univ)

Award Recipient

Clarence Stone (George Washington University)

Award Committee Assessment

Clarence Stone’s work is truly foundational. Virtually everyone in urban political science and in urban studies is at least acquainted with his writing on urban regimes.

With regard to teaching, Clarence Stone has been a much loved mentor to several generations of scholars in the field and has been the major professor for many students who entered the field of urban politics beginning in the 1970s, continuing to this day. Thus, the cumulative impact of Clarence Stone’s work will last well into the future for the development of the field of Urban Affairs, particularly in urban politics.

Award Committee

Chair Louise Simmons (University of Connecticut); Carolyn Adams (Temple University); Greg Andranovich (California State University, Los Angeles); Alex Schwartz (The New School); Phil Nyden (Loyola University Chicago)

Read more about the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award.

(Based on articles from the Volume year of 2013)

2014 Best Journal of Urban Affairs Article Award Winner, Timothy Haney (Mount Royal Univ)

2014 Best Journal of Urban Affairs Article Award Winner, Timothy Haney (Mount Royal Univ)

Award Recipient

Timothy J. Haney (Mount Royal University)

Award Committee Assessment

There were many worthy contenders, but the research question, methodology, writing and execution of “Off to Market: Neighborhood and Individual Employment Barriers for Women in 21st Century American Cities” made it a winner across multiple categories. The implications of the research are important across disciplines, and the question of how the constructs of gender, place, and support networks come together to affect employment opportunities was elegantly examined. The article also offers some fundamental insights into how neighborhoods and individual characteristics interplay in ways that can have serious policy implications, and thus makes the work both timely and relevant.

Award Committee

Chair Bernadette Hanlon (Ohio State University); Jill L. Tao (Incheon National University); William Holt (Birmingham-Southern College); Margaret Cowell (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); Renia Ehrenfeucht (University New Orleans)

Read more about the award for Best Published Paper in the Journal of Urban Affairs.

2014 UAA Alma H Young Emerging Scholar Award Recipient, Matthew Weber (Univ. of Michigan)

2014 UAA Alma H Young Emerging Scholar Award Recipient, Matthew Weber (Univ. of Michigan)

Award Recipient

Matthew D. Weber (University of Michigan)

Award Committee Assessment

Mr. Weber is a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and he is completing a dissertation entitled “Informal Property Ownership and Shrinking Cities: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options” (under Margaret Dewar (chair), Richard Norton, Martin Murray, and Trina Shanks). Mr. Weber holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy Analysis and Juris Doctorate from the University of

Committee members note that Mr. Weber’s dissertation prospectus is sound, outstanding and quite innovative; that Mr. Weber organized scholarly activities around the Detroit School Theory, indicating a future major contribution to scholarship; and that Mr. Weber was the Co-Instructor of the Integrative Field Experience class and the Primary Instructor of the Neighborhood Planning class. His nominator, Dr. Margaret Dewar, notes that “Weber is an exceptionally strong Ph.D. student, the best I have advised or with whom I have interacted in classes from any discipline. He is a very clear, logical thinker. His analysis of literature is excellent. He is an excellent writer. He is articulate in speaking about his ideas so that he excites others about the work he is doing.”

Weber is studying “legacy cities”, those cities that came of age amidst the Fordist mode of production and which today struggle with a diminished tax base, population loss, vacant and abandoned properties, crime, poverty, and low educational attainment. His dissertation makes use of the unique research opportunities legacy cities afford: how their scope and scale of decline brings to light phenomena that may be more difficult to observe in growing cities, in turn building a deeper understanding of urban processes and exposing gaps in urban theory and mismatches between policies presuming growth and places dominated by population loss and weak real estate markets.

Weber argues that the emptied out neighborhoods, concentrated poverty and diminished property values in legacy cities work to break down the legal, economic, social and spatial mechanisms that ordinarily reproduce formal property ownership. The result, absent the right policy responses, is widespread informal ownership. Based on this insight, Weber makes innovative use of theory, integrating literature on informal settlements in the global South with the literature on shrinking cities to draw parallels between similar processes unfolding in very different contexts. This is a fascinating approach to the (longstanding and seemingly intractable) problems legacy cities face. Moreover, Dr. Dewar notes “[…] little careful scholarship exists on exactly what places become after prolonged, extreme population loss and property disinvestment or on what mechanisms make a difference in what such places become […].” She continues to note that Weber is “documenting the extent of informal ownership and its spatial distribution and has so far found, for instance, that in areas of the city with only 10 to 30 percent of the peak number of households, squatters have taken over almost 10 percent of properties. […] If informal property ownership is widespread in heavily disinvested areas of declining cities, this has profound implications for the futures of such cities and for the low-income residents of the most disinvested places.”

As his advisor notes, “Matthew is already building a scholarly community around legacy city research through organizing the Detroit School series. This series asks how studying Detroit and cities like it changes the questions we ask and answers we find in urban scholarship, and brings together participants from departments as varied as history, anthropology, sociology, economics, public policy, urban planning and political science. He is also deeply engaged as an educator, speaking perceptively in his personal statement of the emotional aspects of teaching about legacy cities, arguing they encourage a deeper engagement with the material.” In conclusion, the Committee has no doubt that Alma Young would be proud of this emerging scholar. His work honors the legacy of Alma Young, and promises to chart an exciting path forward in urban affairs.

Award Committee

Chair Katrin B. Anacker (George Mason University); Kenya Covington (California State University, Northridge); Desiree Fields (City University of New York); Donald Rosdil (Towson University); Robert Silverman (University at Buffalo)

Read more about the Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award.