From 2013 the IJURR editorial board have been awarding an annual prize for the article that makes the most original and outstanding contribution to our understanding of cities and urbanization. The nominations are decided on by the editorial board at their annual meeting. In the third year of the annual IJURR prize, covering the year 2017, we are delighted to announce that the prize winner is:

Urban Fortunes and Skeleton Cityscapes: Real Estate and Late Urbanization in Kigali and Addis Ababa

Tom Goodfellow

A pathbreaking study of property development in Africa, this paper investigates through the perspective of capital circuit in an African context and finds the impacts and consequence of speculative investment in real estate.

Previous Winners

2016

The Structural Origins of Territorial Stigma: Water and Racial Politics in Metropolitan Detroit, 1950s–2010s

Dana Kornberg

In this richly detailed and carefully argued paper, Dana Kornberg expands our understanding of territorial stigma by taking us inside Detroit’s regional institutions of governance. Her analysis of the water system is an important look at the racialized politics of suburban entitlement and urban crisis, relevant to many cities around the world.

2015
Doreen_Lee Absolute Traffic

Absolute Traffic: Infrastructural Aptitude in Urban Indonesia

Doreen Lee

In this highly original article Doreen Lee takes the problematic of traffic congestion, or what she terms “absolute traffic”, far beyond the confines of technocratic discourse or existing conceptual frameworks. Using Jakarta as her starting point Lee explores the phenomenon of traffic as a fundamental determinant of contemporary urban life.

2014
Best Article 2014

Gentrification in Spain and Latin America – A Critical Dialogue

Michael Janoschka, Jorge Sequera, Luis Salinas

This innovative essay presents a state-of-the-art reflection on the international applicability of the gentrification concept in a comparative context for Spain and Latin America, drawing on a rich range of sources to reconnect with the critical political promise of earlier studies.

2013
Best Article Schafran

Origins of an Urban Crisis: The Restructuring of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Geography of Foreclosure

Alex Schafran, University of Leeds, UK

Alex Schafran offers an incisive and path-breaking account of the geographical and political dynamics of US foreclosures that combines a wealth of original data with a sophisticated analytical framework. The article is set to become a classic account of the urban effects of the financial crisis in North America.

Best Article Turam

The Primacy of Space in Politics: Bargaining Rights, Freedom and Power in an Istanbul Neighborhood

Berna Turam, Northeastern University, USA

Berna Turam presents a dazzlingly original and superbly written account of contemporary social and cultural change in Istanbul that unsettles the conceptual utility of the “Islamist-secularist axis”. The article exemplifies a new wave of innovative scholarship on space and society in modern Turkey.

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