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Aromar Revi Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India

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is a response to a particular historical moment of global urbanisation within an increasingly re-arranged North-South world. The drivers and locations of contemporary urbanisation are, once again after a long historical gap, in the ‘Global South’, i.e., the countries of South and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. The ‘urban turn’—a phrase evocatively used by Gyan Prakash to describe the rising importance of the urban question in India—is undeniable and it raises a new set of questions and challenges for which we possess neither effective knowledge nor adequate practice.

Urbanisation seeks to:
 - Promote theorisation of urban processes from the perspective of wide range of practices that shape the urban life. 
 - Publish comparative as well as collaborative scholarship that will illuminate the global urban condition beginning with a firm footprint in the Global South.
 - Provide a platform that brings together and puts into conversation inter-disciplinary scholarship on the urban.
 - Provide a platform that allows critical and reflexive discussion from and on diverse forms and sectors of urban practice.
 - Enable diverse forms of knowledge and knowledge production, particularly those that bridge the theory-practice divide as well as disciplinary and methodological boundaries.
 - Learn from and inform urban policy and practice across a range of domains and sectors.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Urbanisation is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish comparative as well as collaborative scholarship that will illuminate the global urban condition beginning with a firm footprint in the Global South. A platform that brings together inter-disciplinary scholarship on the urban, it is equally interested in critical and reflexive discussions on diverse forms and sectors of urban practice. It seeks to do so not just to inform urban theory, policy and practice but also to enable the construction of diverse forms of knowledge and knowledge production needed to enable us to understand contemporary urban life.

Editorial Board
Om Mathur Senior Fellow and Head Urban Studies, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, India
Rahul Mehrotra Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
David Satterthwaite Editor, Environment and Urbanization and Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK
Editorial Collective
Amir Bashir Bazaz Lead - Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Gautam Bhan Lead - Academics & Research, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Amlanjyoti Goswami Head, Legal & Regulation, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Neha Sami Senior Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Prasad Shetty Urbanist, School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai, India
Jayaraj Sundaresan Senior Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Kavita Wankhade Senior Lead – Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Advisory Board
Junaid Ahmad Country Director, World Bank India, India
Adriana Allen Professor, Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK
Xuemei Bai Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Eugenie Birch Professor of Urban Research, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Michael Cohen Director, Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, Professor of International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, The new School, New York, USA
Bert de Vries Professor, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Netherlands
David Dodman Acting Head, Human Settlements Group; team leader, cities and climate change: International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK
Arif Hasan Chairperson, Urban Resource Centre, Karachi, Pakistan
Devesh Kapur Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India, Professor of Political Science; Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Tarun Khanna Jorge Paulo Lehmann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, South Asia Institute, Harvard University, MA, USA
Sander van der Leeuw Professor, Co-Chair, Complex Adaptive Systems, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA
Brian McGrath Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, USA
Peter Newman Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, Australia
Susan Parnell University of Cape Town, South Africa
Sheela Patel Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), Mumbai, India
Sanjay Prakash Principal Consultant, Studio for Habitat Futures, New Delhi, India
Srinath Reddy President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi, India
Debra Roberts Environmental Management Department, Ethekwini Minicipality, Durban, South Africa
Jennifer Robinson Professor, Department of Geography, University College London, UK
Ananya Roy Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
Rathin Roy Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India
Bish Sanyal Professor, Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA
Jessica Seddon Founder & Managing Director, Okapi, Chennai, India
Somnath Sen Chief-Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Karen Seto Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Geography and Urbanisation, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, USA
Awadhendra Sharan Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India
Abdoumaliq Simone Urbanist and Research Professor at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany
Rafael Tuts Chief, Urban Environmental Planning Branch, UN Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya
Associate Editor
Nishtha Vadehra Senior Associate - Word Lab, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
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