Global Urban Book Series


Sponsored by

Global Urban Studies Program
Michigan State University

Published by

Ashgate Publishing

New Book Series on Global Urban Studies
Sponsored by the Global Urban Studies Program
Michigan State University
Ashgate Publishing
Series Editor, Laura A. Reese

Overall Focus/Theme

This book series provides cutting edge interdisciplinary research on political, spatial, cultural and economic processes and issues in urban areas across the US and the world, and on the global processes that impact and unite urban areas.  The organizing theme of the series is the reality that behavior within and between cities and urban regions must be understood in a larger domestic and international context.  An explicitly comparative approach to understanding urban issues and problems allows scholars and students to consider and analyze new ways in which urban areas across different societies and within the same society interact with each other and address a common set of challenges or issues.

The volumes in the Global Urban Studies book series explore urban issues at three levels, i) urban areas individually in the US and abroad, ii) urban areas in comparative context across regions, nationally, and internationally, and iii) how the forces of globalization change urban areas.  Each book in the series will focus on a common and/or emerging issue in cities across the globe.

The individual books in the series will focus on such topics as:

  • Methods for creating economically and environmentally sustainable urban regions based on sustainability efforts across the world;
  • Green and Brownfield redevelopment processes and the impacts on both health and economic development;
  • Evaluating the competing demands for, and goals of, mass transit in urban areas across the world to explore how lessons learned in such cities as Toronto, Mexico City, and Moscow can be applied in US cities and in other urban areas across the globe;
  • Comparison and assessment of urban governance and administrative structures with particular emphasis on lessons US cities can learn from cities abroad and how western models can be applied (or not) in developing Eastern European local governments;
  • The nexus between cities and national security, focusing on urban areas as the front line of defense through their roles in immigration, transportation, border sites, and as symbols of national identity;
  • Economic development in a global context focusing on how culture, the arts, tourism, and amenities are developed and enhanced in cities across the globe (a comparison of global creative class approaches).

What these topics have in common is that they address cutting edge issues—environment/brownfields, sustainability, health, economic development, culture, governance, national security—common to urban areas globally, yet illustrate the similarities and differences in conditions, approaches, and solutions across the world.  In short, the Global Urban Studies book series takes an interdisciplinary approach to emergent urban issues using a global or comparative perspective.

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