Authors meet Critics is an initiative of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR). It aims at establishing a closer link between readership and authors, supporting scholarly debate at an international level with new technologies. In particular, it wants to provide younger scholars with an opportunity to engage in a debate with IJURR authors.

The sixth edition of Authors meet Critics will take place on Monday, December 10 in the form of a webinar. During this online seminar, a selected group of participants will be able to critically engage with five leading urban scholars whose work has come out in recent editions of IJURR. Focusing on these recent essays, participants are invited to discuss these authors’ work and reflect on broader urban debates. Authors meet Critics provides an important opportunity for early career scholars worldwide to engage in an international scientific exchange on theoretical and empirical work in the field of urban studies.

Deniz YonucuUrban Vigilantism: A Study of Anti‐Terror Law, Politics and Policing in IstanbulIJURR 42(3)
Erik SwyngedouwTheorizing the Politicizing CityIJURR 41(1)
Sylvia CroeseGlobal Urban Policymaking in Africa: A View from Angola Through the Redevelopment of the Bay of LuandaIJURR 42(2)
Lisa Björkman and Andrew HarrisEngineering Cities: Mediating Materialities, Infrastructural Imaginaries and Shifting Regimes of Urban ExpertiseIJURR 42(2)

Authors meet Critics 2018 will take place on December 10th between 12.30pm and 5pm, Central European Time (UTC+1). A test chat will take place the week before the start.

Admission requirements

  • PhD candidates or PhDs in the early stages of their career in the fields of social or political sciences, humanities, liberal arts or economics, geography or planning, etc.
  • outstanding academic results and/or rich research experience;
  • evidence of a good working knowledge of English;
  • full internet access;
  • Strong motivation to participate in an International online seminar on the issues at stake.

Authors meet Critics 2018 has finished. Go to Authors meet Critics 2019.