The Debates section of IJURR presents shorter, sometimes contentious papers on recent developments in the field — policy, practice and theory — and occasional coverage of truly groundbreaking convocations, mobilizations and reports. This section aims to create a space for provocation, critical reflection, heuristic propositions and initial reports on the use of new methodologies. It also features debates centered on articles published in this journal that have prompted controversy, conceptual breakthroughs and strong opinion among IJURR’s readership.

Volume 40.1

Detail from scale model of Shanghai, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre (photo © Ananya Roy)

Global Urbanisms and the Nature of Urban Theory
By Ananya Roy and Jennifer Robinson

Comparative Urbanism: New Geographies and Cultures of Theorizing the Urban  by Jennifer Robinson

Who’s Afraid of Postcolonial Theory? 
By Ananya Roy

It’s Just the City After All!
AbdouMaliq Simone

The Twenty-First-Century Quest for Feminism and the Global Urban
Linda Peake

Translational Global Praxis: Rethinking Methods and Modes of African Urban Research
Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse

Provincializing Critical Urban Theory: Extending the Ecosystem of Possibilities
Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard

Previously published interventions

Cities and theories

Urban Marginality, Citizenship, and Class

Cities and regions

Politics, movements, and culture

Urban Political Economy: Capital, Production, and Crisis

Housing, Segregation, and Space

Urban Infrastructure, Networks, and Matter