School of Public Policy and Urban AffairsTo support renewed U.S. and international momentum towards urban climate action, the Journal of Planning Literature (JPL) will publish a special issue on how planning can contribute to societal transformation and just transition to a carbon-free future. We seek articles covering different geographic regions, including Europe, the Global South, and the Global East, as well as papers that provide a comparative or relational perspective. Research related to areas of planning outside of environmental planning, such as housing, informality, economic development, transportation, community development, regionalism, finance, and technology, is especially encouraged. All submitted papers will be reviewed following the journal’s standard review process.

Please submit an extended abstract (600 words or less) describing the proposed article. Select the SI (Special Issue) option when uploading the abstract. Those identified as strong fits with the scope will be invited to submit a full paper. Articles in JPL should not exceed 11,000 words (see JPL guidelines), with non-review pieces typically being shorter. The urgent need for urban planners to respond to the climate crisis is reflected in the timeline for submitting a full manuscript. Please contact Joan Fitzgerald ( and Linda Shi ( with questions.

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