Urban Studies Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: University of Glasgow, SAGE Publications

Journal description

Urban Studies was first published in 1964 to provide an international forum of social and economic contributions to the fields of urban and regional planning. Since then, the Journal has expanded to encompass the increasing range of disciplines and approaches that have been brought to bear on urban and regional problems. Contents include original articles, notes and comments, and a comprehensive book review section. Regular contributions are drawn from the fields of economics, planning, political science, statistics, geography, sociology, population studies and public administration. The Journal also publishes the occasional 'state of the art' article, consisting of an analytical review of the major strands of contemporary thinking in a given topic area, supported by an extended bibliography of the topic. All articles are peer-reviewed. Urban Studies deals with every kind of urban and regional problem that is susceptible to social science or other relevant analysis. These range from such problems as urban housing, employment, race, politics and crime, to problems of regional investment and transport. Although most articles published deal with problems located in the advanced industrial societies of Europe and the Americas, important articles dealing with these problems in Asia, the Third World and in Eastern Europe are also published regularly. Urban Studies is published in association with Urban Studies Journal Limited.

Current impact factor: 1.28

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 1.301

Additional details

5-year impact 1.98
Cited half-life 8.50
Immediacy index 0.30
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.79
Website Urban Studies website
Other titles Urban studies (Edinburgh, Scotland), Urban studies
ISSN 0042-0980
OCLC 1587363
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

SAGE Publications

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    • Post-print version with changes from referees comments can be used
    • "as published" final version with layout and copy-editing changes cannot be archived but can be used on secure institutional intranet
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Despite a select group of urban centres generating a disproportionate amount of global economic output, significant attention is being devoted to the impact of urban-economic processes on interstitial spaces lying between metropolitan areas. Nevertheless, there remains a noticeable silence in city-region debate concerning how rural spaces are conceptualised, governed and represented. In this paper we draw on recent city-region developments in England and Wales to suggest a paralysis of city-region policymaking has ensued from policy elites constantly swaying between a spatially-selective, city-first, agglomeration perspective on city-regionalism and a spatially-inclusive, region-first, scalar approach which fragments and divides territorial space along historical lines. In the final part we provide a typology of functionally dominant city-region constructs which we suggest offers a way out from the paralysis that currently grips city-region policymaking.
    Urban Studies 05/2015; 52(6):1113-1133. DOI:10.1177/0042098014532853
  • Urban Studies 03/2015; 52(6):1189-1191. DOI:10.1177/0042098015572089
  • Urban Studies 03/2015; 52(6):1197-1199. DOI:10.1177/0042098015572086
  • Urban Studies 03/2015; 52(6):1194-1197. DOI:10.1177/0042098015572088
  • Urban Studies 03/2015; 52(6):1192-1194. DOI:10.1177/0042098015572087
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    ABSTRACT: The Tiebout hypothesis has stimulated 50 years of research into the relationship between residential location and local taxes and services. One line of research has focused on socioeconomic homogeneity as an indicator of Tiebout sorting. I argue that spatial dependence of socioeconomic variables confounds attempts to attribute sorting to Tiebout processes. Socioeconomic sorting is investigated in Queens and Nassau Counties, NY, one a jurisdictionally unified central city, the other a jurisdictionally fragmented suburban county. Socioeconomic differences between neighbouring census tracts are quantified throughout the study area and regressed on variables representing general purpose local governments and school districts. There is strong evidence of income sorting across small suburban municipalities, while the evidence of income sorting across school districts is ambiguous. I conclude that income sorting may not be as important at the school district level as generally believed, and previous research may have misattributed the political scale of household choice.
    Urban Studies 02/2015; DOI:10.1177/0042098015571808
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    ABSTRACT: Cities that have transformed in response to socio-economic crises are a focus of theorists interested in identifying why changes are triggered and how they are played out. Stories of success add to knowledge of ‘fruitful’ city functioning. This paper examines how transformations in urban governance and planning can unfold in smaller cities by scrutinising the New Zealand city of Invercargill. The city underwent metamorphosis from a faded town with a negative image to one that has a new path despite isolation and small population. Leadership, networking and innovation have been key factors. The paper unveils how development fortunes on the global periphery can be reshaped by strong place leadership, revised connections between different tiers of policy making, and reframed processes of governance and planning.
    Urban Studies 02/2015; DOI:10.1177/0042098015571060
  • Urban Studies 02/2015; 52(5):991-993. DOI:10.1177/0042098014567616
  • Urban Studies 02/2015; 52(5):998-1000. DOI:10.1177/0042098014567618
  • Urban Studies 02/2015; 52(5):995-998. DOI:10.1177/0042098014567617
  • Urban Studies 02/2015; 52(5):993-995. DOI:10.1177/0042098014567619
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    ABSTRACT: Centre-left governments from the 1940s into the 1970s developed several large areas in the urban fringe of Dunedin, New Zealand for low-density, mostly single-family public rental housing. The public housing in these areas is now accessible, well endowed with natural amenities, and allocated to very low-income households. Analysis of sales of private housing reveals the expected discount on sales of nearby houses. But analysis of the influence of spatial variation in natural amenities on incomes and structural characteristics indicates large-scale effects of the public housing developments: diversion of higher-income housing to other suburban areas and possibly maintenance of older high-quality housing in central areas. Interestingly, centre-right governments may have opened the door to market forces by encouraging tenants to purchase their public rental house. We find evidence that the recent increase in house prices has encouraged relatively high income households to purchase exstate rentals in these high natural amenity areas.
    Urban Studies 02/2015; 52(2):261-278. DOI:10.1177/0042098014528999
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    ABSTRACT: The 2008 global financial meltdown has redirected attention to the entwinement of financial markets and the urban built environment. Against that background, recent works in urban political economy have focused on how city governments support the rent-maximisation strategies of landowners, thereby reinforcing ‘the increasing tendency to treat land as a financial asset’ (Harvey, [1982]2006). However, this perspective paradoxically understates the importance of market finance actors, neglecting to demonstrate how, in practice, such financial investors, who have been shown to adopt selective investment practices, shape urban redevelopment projects. In this article, the role of financial investors is analysed through a case study of a large-scale redevelopment project on the outskirts of the Paris city-region (city of Saint-Ouen). The analysis of negotiations over urban design and economic development issues - raised by property developers seeking to fashion commercial properties as investment assets - reveals the unevenness of a local authority’s ability to implement an agenda that potentially diverges from the expectations of financial investors. Accordingly, given the growing importance of investors in the ownership of the built environment, the article considers urban redevelopment as the outcome of power relations that originate in the circulation of investors’ expectations. These expectations are met through translating market finance categories (risk, return and liquidity) into elements of the urban fabric. This bears substantial consequences for policy-making, given the current context of austerity, as municipal authorities are increasingly constrained to rely on property markets. Urban redevelopment projects are thereby increasingly shaped to provide investment assets for financial investors.
    Urban Studies 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/0042098015576474
  • Urban Studies 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/0042098015580754
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    ABSTRACT: This article analyses the influence of both contextual and individual urban characteristics on violence victimisation in Brazilian cities. A multilevel approach is used to capture the effects of the urban contextual variables with respect to the probability of becoming a robbery victim in Brazilian urban centres. The results demonstrate that factors associated with social context, such as proportions of cities’ recent migrants or female-headed households, affect victimisation, as do individual characteristics. Furthermore, based on an analysis of the intra-class correlation coefficients, the context produces a non-negligible amount of variability.
    Urban Studies 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/0042098015580899
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    ABSTRACT: This paper investigates the heterogeneity of housing-tenure choice in the city of Guangzhou based on a household survey. Using methods of finite mixture regression, we identified three groups with distinct housing-tenure choice subprocesses, which we labelled as the ‘urban elites’, the ‘native plebeians’ and the ‘lower masses’, accordingly. The urban elites group includes affluent local urban residents, migrants from other cities and privileged citizens such as state employees and Communist Party members. Housing-tenure choice among the urban elites positively correlates with marital status, age and education. The native plebeians group is comprised of less affluent local residents, including those with rural Hukou status. They have the highest homeownership rate among the three groups and their housing-tenure choice positively correlates with household size and income. The majority of the lower masses are migrants from rural areas. They are mostly renters, although household size was found to be a significant predictor of homeownership. Institutional factors such as Hukou status, Party membership and state employment affect tenure outcomes for both the urban elites and the lower masses, but not for the native plebeians. These findings show the correspondence between housing-tenure choice subprocesses and socioeconomic differentiation, and suggest a need to create housing policies tailored for specific housing groups.
    Urban Studies 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/0042098015571822
  • Urban Studies 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/0042098014563031