The Society’s open access journal Geo: Geography and Environment, has just launched a new open collection on urban ecologies.
The collection, which has been organised by a team from the University of Cambridge and the National Institute for Advanced Studies in India and is led by Dr Catherine Oliver (University of Cambridge), seeks to publish papers that help us to better understand the role that animals play in shaping cities and how we might research this. The collection will focus on three areas: methods, ethics and politics, and planning and design, and is seeking papers that cover a broad range of topics and geographical locations. Alongside this, the organising team are keen to draw on Geo’s enhanced and online capabilities by including papers that use multimedia, video, and audio, to capture a fuller sense of these animal worlds.
Dr Oliver said of the collection: “I am really excited to be organising this open collection with Geo, which will showcase amazing research from across the world, exploring urban geographies beyond the human, and producing innovative insights into geographical methods, ethics and practices.”
Open collections are an innovative format for academic publishing where papers can be submitted by any author for consideration over an extended period of time. This allows the collection to grow organically and be more responsive to the other papers within it than a traditionally curated special issue of a journal might be. The Urban Ecologies Open Collection will be accepting submissions until early 2023.
If you would like to know more about the open collection, please read the introductory paper, Introduction to the urban ecologies open collection: A call for contributions on methods, ethics, and design in geographical research with urban animals.
You can also watch the video abstract for the collection below.