Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars


School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, January 8-16, 2021

中国 北京 清华大学公共管理学院



IACP Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars Preliminary Program

(Virtual + In-Person)

School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

January 8-16, 2021


The application window is now closed. Workshop participation is by invitation only. See Call for Application page for further information.


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Inaugural IACP Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars, co-hosted by the International Association for China Planning and the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, has been postponed to January 8-10, 2021. We seek to improve written scholarship among junior scholars of urban planning and related fields in mainland China. The workshop will include whole-group seminar sessions on academic writing, publication, and career development strategies, as well as intensive small-group discussion sessions on participants’ own manuscripts led by senior international scholars.

Depending on the COVID-19 situation in Beijing, the workshop will be virtual with the possibility of in-person meetings for domestic participants already in Mainland China.

  1. All editors and participants outside mainland China will participate virtually via Zoom or Tencent/VooV. If in-person meetings are allowed in Beijing in January 2021, participants already in mainland China will meet in person at Tsinghua University for the activities during January 8-10, 2021.
  2. The workshop includes whole-group lectures and small group discussions. The whole-group lectures by the invited editors will be broadcast to the public audience, but only invited workshop participants will be able to join via the online meeting platform. Small-group discussions are only available for invited participants.

Preliminary Workshop Program:





Jan 8

6:00 – 7:30pm

 Registration and pre-workshop gathering (Only When In-person meetings are allowed, Domestic participants only)

  • Participants sharing their expectations about the workshop

Jan 9


Domestic participants registration

8:30 – 9:30am

Introduction and Overview

  • Welcome by Chair – Introduction, workshop agenda and assignments
  • Journal introduction by editors

9:30 – 12:00am

Whole-Group Lecture I: Academic Writing Strategy

  • What are journals looking for? Targeting and knowing your audience
  • How should Chinese urban scholars approach writing for international academic journals?
  • Titles, Abstracts, and Outlines


Lunch Break


Group Discussion (in-person; without editors participating)

  • Breakout sessions, participants sharing papers and comments
  • 1:30-3:20pm:Concurrent Session I
  • 3:40-5:30pm:Concurrent Session II


Individual Assignment: Making Revision Plans

Jan 10

8:30 – 10:30am

Whole-Group Lecture II: Techniques for Success

  • How to choose a journal?
  • What makes a successful manuscript? Mistakes to avoid
  • How to respond to reviews and decision letters

10:30 -12:30am

Group Discussion (in-person; without editors participating)

  • Group members introduction paper revision plan

Jan 11 – Jan 15


Individual assignment: continue working on paper revision

Group meeting with editors (Online; meeting time and schedule decided by each editor)

  • Present what progress you made in the workshop: Discuss revised titles, abstracts, problem statements, and outlines; summarize revision plan for feedbacks and discussion.
  • Editors give feedbacks

Jan 16


Whole-group Lecture III: Publishing and Promotion for Your Career

  • What makes a successful academic, research, or writing career? Finding mentors and collaborators
  • What are effective publication strategies for achieving promoting? Publishing timelines and work-life balance

10:30 – 11:30am

Summary and Path Forward

  • Participants share what they’ve learned and what they plan to do next.
  • Question and comments; workshop evaluation forms.

Invited Editors

Yingling FAN, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. 

  • North-American Editor, Urban Studies; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Transportation and Land Use

Ann FORSYTH, Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.  

  • Editor, Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA).

Cathy Yang LIU, Professor and Chair, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.  

  • Managing Editor, Journal of Urban Affairs; Associate Editor, Economic Development Quarterly.

Kathe NEWMAN, Associate Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.

  • Associate Editor, Environment and Planning A.

Haifeng QIAN, Associate Professor, School of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Iowa. 

  • Editor, Small Business Economics; Associate Editor, Economic Development Quarterly

Tom SANCHEZ, Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech.

  • Editor, Housing Policy Debate.

Michael SMART, Associate Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

  • Co-Editor, Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER)

Weiping WU, Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.

  • Former Editor, Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER); Former President, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).