Call for papers to Special Issue of Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

Wednesday 12 October 2016
Call for papers to Special Issue of Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

Urban Governance in Europe: Preparing for Diversity, Social Sustainability and Migration

The population in many European countries is increasingly moving to cities. In this context some cities face diverse challenges due to rapid growth, other cities may face challenges to population decline, and many cities struggle in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Examples of problems European cities face can be local pollution, congestion, lack of appropriate housing, inequality, and insecurity. Public administration needs to pay attention to governance processes in dealing with these types of challenges. By “governance” we mean better knowledge of organizational solutions, mechanisms and outcomes, both from a top-down and a bottom-up perspective. This type of knowledge is important in order to understand processes that shape the city, but also to stimulate a positive development and thereby preventing conflict.

The international symposium on “Urban Governance in Europe: Preparing for Diversity, Social Sustainability and Migration”, organized by the Department of Public Management, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, 28–30 September 2016, addressed these issues. In order to develop and disseminate issues for public administration research and practice, the journal will publish a special issue based on papers presented at this symposium, but other papers relevant for this theme are also welcome. Relevant topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Inequality and social cohesion 

  • Housing and the real estate market in cities and urban areas 

  • Public space 

  • Gentrification and segregation 

  • Area based initiatives 

  • Cultural entrepreneurship 

  • Political steering 

  • Questions of accountability and representation 

  • Democracy and participation 

  • Policy, planning and implementation to handle future challenges 


Papers addressing political strategies, instruments and solutions, and effects and assessments of policies, are in particular welcome.

Guest editors: Åge Johnsen/Monica Kjørstad (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Iveta Reinholde (University of Latvia, Riga), and Margarita Barañano (Complutense University of Madrid).

Deadline for submission: 1 December 2016

Submit your manuscript in accordance with the SJPA author guidelines, see sjpa.gu.se, mark your submission “Urban governance".

Questions/Information: For additional information regarding the special issue, please contact Åge Johnsen at:

The special issue welcomes papers prepared in the project EEZ/NFI/S/2015/024 „Mobility in political science and sociology”.

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