Second Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars

Second Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars


School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

January 13-16, 2023

Call for Application

The International Association for China Planning and the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, will host the Second Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars on January 13-16, 2023, in Beijing, China.

We seek to assist early career scholars in urban planning and related fields in mainland China to improve written communication of their scholarship. 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.

The workshop will be held in hybrid format: editors and participants outside of mainland China will participate virtually, and participants in mainland China can participate in the in-person meetings hosted at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University.

Who Are the Experts?

The following eight editors and associate editors (in alphabetical order) of leading SSCI journals in the fields of urban studies and planning will lead the whole-group sessions and/or small-group sessions.

Jason CAO, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

  • Editor-in-Chief, Transportation Research Part D (TRD)
  • Expertise: sustainable development; land use and transportation planning; planning for quality of life

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

  • Editor-in-Chief, Urban Studies; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Transport and Land Use (JTLU)
  • Expertise: public health; sustainable development; transportation planning; urban and regional planning; land use planning; income inequality and poverty

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

  • Editor, Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA)
  • Expertise: social aspects of physical planning, urban design, and urban development

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

  • Managing Editor, Journal of Urban Affairs (journal of the Urban Affairs Association); Associate Editor, Economic Development Quarterly; Associate Editor, Regional Studies, Regional Science (journal of the Regional Studies Association)
  • Expertise: immigration, residential mobility, employment and labor market changes, the creative economy, and entrepreneurship

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

  • Editor, Small Business Economics; Associate Editor, Economic Development Quarterly; Associate editor, Regional Studies, Regional Science (journal of the Regional Studies Association)
  • Expertise: entrepreneurship, innovation, urban economic development, and science & technology policy

Shannon VAN ZANDT, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Texas A&M University

  • Editor, Journal of Planning Education and Research
  • Expertise: Dr. Van Zandt’s research addresses equity issues related to the spatial distribution of housing opportunities for low-income and minority populations.

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)
  • Expertise: Global urbanization, migration, housing, and infrastructure of Chinese cities

Xinyue YE, Harold L. Adams Endowed Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University

  • Associated Editor, Journal of Planning Education and Research
    (JPER); Editor-in-Chief, Computational Urban Science
  • Expertise: geospatial artificial intelligence, big data, smart cities, and urban computing

Who Can Apply?

The workshop is intended for junior urban scholars who focus on urban planning and governance in China. The intended cohort size is 40 participants, depending on quality of applications.

We welcome applications from untenured assistant or associate professors, and post-doctoral research fellows, who are currently employed in departments/institutes of urban planning, urban geography, public policy with specialty in urban affairs, and similar fields. Doctoral candidates who expect to graduate by the summer of 2023 may also apply, but the applications need to include a supporting letter from their Ph.D. advisors.

Priority will be given to junior urban scholars who

  1. Currently work or study in a mainland Chinese university or research institute,
  2. Received their doctoral degrees within five years.

Note that we encourage all junior scholars that fulfill criteria 1 & 2 to apply.

When and How to Apply?

Applications are due on September 15, 2022. Please submit to electronically in word or pdf files. The email subject line and the application file name need to be labeled with “Last Name-First Name-IACPworkshop-2023“. For your convenience an application checklist is provided below:

  • Cover letter on research interests and scholarly goals (ONE page)
  • Application form (see attached below)
  • Abstract (500-700 words):

    Please include the title of the paper; author(s); key words (3-6 words); research question(s), theoretical framework, key literature that will be addressed, hypothesis and methodology (if applicable), principal data sources, expected/preliminary findings, and contributions to the field.

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A recommendation letter from the dissertation advisor:

    REQUIRED for doctoral candidates; other applicants may also submit a recommendation letter either from their department chair or supervisor.

Please combine all documents (except the recommendation letter), into ONE file
(in WORD or pdf format) and submit to electronically.

All documents, except the recommendation letter, should be written in English ONLY. The recommendation letter can be a separate document, but must be included in the same email with the application file. The file name for the recommendation letter should be labeled with “Last Name-First Name-recommendation“.

We will notify successful applicants by September 30, 2022 and provide more detailed information about the workshop at that time.

Selected participants must submit an article-length paper, about 25-30 double-spaced pages, by November 30, 2022, for a mock peer review process by 2-3 referees prior to the workshop. The reviews and feedback from faculty and other workshop participants will help form the basis for small-group discussions during the workshop.

Fees and Costs

The workshop will charge NO application fee. However, each accepted participant will need to register and pay a nominal registration fee (200 US dollars) via Paypal to the IACP account by November 30, 2022. Doctoral students, if accepted, are exempt from paying the registration fee. The registration fees will cover part of the workshop organization costs and honorariums paid to invited editors. IACP is a non-profit academic organization and do not make profit from organizing the workshop.

The registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. If the payment is not received by November 30, 2022, the participant’s name will be removed from the program and replaced by other applicants on the waiting list.

Should in-person meetings take place in Beijing, participants are responsible for travel to/from Beijing, and cover their own local accommodations. The workshop organizers will provide coffee breaks, lunches, and an evening social event.

Timeline and Key Dates:

  • September 15, 2022:     Application (with Paper Abstract) Due
  • September 30, 2022:     Acceptance Announcement
  • October 30, 2022:     Registration Fee Payment by Accepted Applicants
  • November 30, 2022:     Full Manuscript Submission Due
  • January 10, 2023:     Feedbacks on Full Manuscripts from Mock Review Process
  • January 13-16, 2023:     Workshop

Please note that the working language for the workshop is English.

Please direct questions on the workshop program and paper requirement to