[NOTIFICATION] Third Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars

Third Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars

School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

July 5, 2024

Call for Application

Extended Deadline: February 19, 2024

The International Association for China Planning and the School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, will host the Third Academic Writing Workshop for Junior Urban Scholars on July 5, 2024, in Hangzhou, China. This is a pre-conference event of the 18th IACP Annual Conference, to be held on July 5-8, 2024, hosted by the School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University.

We seek to assist early-career Chinese scholars in urban planning, urban governance, and related fields to enhance their academic writing skills for scholarly publications. The workshop will be held in person, featuring whole-group seminar sessions on academic writing, publication, and career development strategies. Additionally, there will be intensive small-group discussion sessions, led by invited editors and senior scholars, where participants can work directly on their own manuscripts.

Who Are the Experts?

The following editors (in alphabetical order) of leading SSCI journals in the fields of urban studies and planning will provide feedback on individual manuscripts and lead the workshop sessions.

Dr. 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


Dr. Bernadette Hanlon, Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning, Ohio State University

  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Urban Affairs (Journal of the Urban Affairs Association)
  • Expertise: community development; housing policy and planning; suburbanization; race and class equity

Dr. Lingqian Hu, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Associate Director, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Florida

  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER; effective of January 1, 2024); Associate Editor, Transportation Research Part D (TRD)
  • Expertise: transport equity, integrated transportation and land use planning, urban and regional development

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

  • Senior Associate 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: urban policy, migration and mobility, employment and labor market changes, entrepreneurship, economic development

Dr. Haifeng Qian, Associate Professor, School Director, School of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Iowa

  • Editor, Regional Studies; 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

Dr. Jie Shen, Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University

  • Editor, Regional Studies; Corresponding Editor, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • Expertise: urban and regional studies, urban governance, suburbanization, segregation, financialization

* More editors will be confirmed. Please stay tuned.

Who Can Apply?

The workshop is intended for junior Chinese scholars who focus on urban planning and governance in China. The intended cohort size is 25-30 participants, depending on the 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 a specialty in urban affairs, and similar fields. Doctoral candidates who expect to graduate by December 2024 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 an Asian* university or research institute,
  2. Received their doctoral degrees within five years (2019-2023),
  3. Registered as a valid member of IACP before February 2024.

*Early-career Chinese scholars based outside of Asia, whose research is centered on urban issues in China, are also encouraged to apply. Acceptance will be subject to the number of applications received and the availability of slots.

When and How to Apply?

Applications are due on February 19, 2024 (Extended). Please submit to IACPwriting@outlook.com 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-2024”. For your convenience an application checklist is provided below:

  • Cover letter on research interests and scholarly goals (ONE page)
  • Application form (http://www.china-planning.org/alpha/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/IACPwriting-workshop-2024-announcement.pdf)
  • Abstract (500-700 words):

    (Please include the title of the paper; author(s); keywords (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)

Please combine all documents (except the recommendation letter) into ONE file (in WORD or pdf format) and submit to IACPwriting@outlook.com 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 February 29, 2024 (Extended), 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 April 22, 2024, 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 March 25, 2024. 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 does not make any profit from organizing the workshop.

The registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. If the payment is not received by March 25, 2024, the participant’s name will be removed from the program and replaced by other applicants on the waiting list.

Participants are responsible for travel to/from Hangzhou and cover their own local accommodations.

Timeline and Key Dates:

  • February 19, 2024:     Application (with Paper Abstract) Due (Extended)
  • February 29, 2024:     Acceptance Announcement (Extended)
  • March 25, 2024:     Registration Fee Payment by Accepted Applicants
  • April 22, 2024:     Full Manuscript Submission Due
  • June 24, 2024:     Feedbacks on Full Manuscripts from Mock Review Process
  • July 05, 2024:         Workshop

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

Please direct questions on the workshop program and paper requirements to IACPwriting@outlook.com.