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The need to explore questions related to cities and urbanism is becoming increasingly precarious, for several reasons. First, as a consequence of rapid centralization and the development of the knowledge society, a growing number of people are being educated, work and live in cities. Second, handling the contemporary climate crisis requires collective, new practices, as societal and economic transitions are needed to curb the emissions. Cities are considered to have a pivotal role here, as important emitters and innovative actors, and by currently taking the lead in pursuing goals of resilient, low-carbon urban development. Third, cities face challenges of segregation, livability, access to affordable housing, economic marginalization and social inequality, and are seen as key actors in contending such issues.

As a response, cities and sustainable urban development have become highly discussed research themes internationally in the later decades. ‘Urban studies’ has emerged as a broad research field, embracing studies within several disciplines, perhaps most notably human geography, planning- and development studies, sociology, environmental sciences and political sciences. Research here broadly centers on exploring structures, expansion and transformation of cities, urban processes of inclusion, exclusion, marginalization and emancipation, as well as economic and political processes.

The research community has largely embraced the importance of engaging in cross-disciplinary arenas for dialogue on such issues. Today, several international journals highlight the broad disciplinary perspectives dealing with cities and attempt to create arenas where scholars can meet across disciplinary fields to engage in dialogue on this topic.

The Nordic Journal of Urban Studies addresses the need for having a Nordic academic arena for interdisciplinary urban studies. Many of the discussions in within urban research in the Nordic countries are now taking place either in disciplinary national journals or in interdisciplinary international journals. It should, however, be a key focus for the Nordic scholarly environment on cities to create a platform which is both interdisciplinary and of higher contextual importance to the Nordic region, and that will enhance more actionable knowledge. Hence, the primary aims of introducing a new journal is to establish an interdisciplinary “common ground” for researchers in urban studies in Nordic countries. Authors are asked to submit articles that convey a strong sense of urban place.

The journal is open access and published twice a year by Scandinavian University Press.


All research articles considered relevant for publication are evaluated by at least two anonymous peers as well as the editors before the final decision on publication is made by the editor-in-chief. The journal practices "double-blind" peer review.


From the first issue onwards, the journal will be indexed and searchable in the following bases:

Google Scholar
Primo Central Index (Ex Libris) / Oria
The Summon Service (ProQuest)
Ebsco Discovery Service
WorldCat Local (OCLC)
Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, Senior researcher, NIBR, OsloMet and professor II, NMBU
Marikken Wullf-Wathne, Doctoral student, Division of Urban and Regional Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and NIBR, OsloMet
Bengt Andersen, Senior researcher, AFI, OsloMet
Per Gunnar Røe, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, UiO
Jørn Ljunggren, Senior Research Manager, Ipsos
Håvard Haarstad, Professor, Department of Geography, UiB
Tarje Iversen Wanvik, Senior researcher, NORCE
Lisbet Harboe, Professor, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Anders Lund Hansen, Senior lecturer, Department of Human Geography, Lund University
Anders Tønnesen, Senior researcher, CICERO
Anders Trumberg, Affiliated researcher, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University
Andrew Karvonen, Associate Professor, Division of Urban and Regional Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Anette Stenslund, Postdoc, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Anna Granath Hansson, University lecturer, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Annika Agger, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University
Anniken Førde, Professor, Department of Social Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Cecilie Sachs Olsen, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for the GeoHumanities, Royal Holloway University of London
Daniel Galland, Associate Professor, Department of Planning, Aalborg University Copenhagen
David Jordhus-Lier, Professor, Institutt for sosiologi og samfunnsgeografi, Universitetet i Oslo
Elin Børrud, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, NMBU
Erling Dokk Holm, Associate Professor, Department of Property and Law, NMBU
Even Smith Wergeland, Associate Professor, Institute of Form, Theory and History, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Geir Heierstad, Institute director, NIBR, OsloMet 
Halvor Weider Ellefsen, Associate Professor, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Hege Hofstad, Researcher, NIBR, OsloMet
Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Senior lecturer at Department of Human Geography, Lund University
Jin Xue, Associate professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, NMBU
Joar Skrede, Researcher, NIKU
Johann Nicholas Sagan, Associate Professor, Department of design, University of Bergen
Jonathan Metzger, Professor, Division of Urban and Regional Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Karin Bradley, Associate professor, Division of Urban and Regional Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Kirsten Simonsen; Professor, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Knut Hidle, Professor, Institute of Geography, University of Bergen
Konstantinos Mouratidis, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, NMBU
Kristian Nagel Delica, Associate professor, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Kristin Kjærås, Doctoral student, Institute of Geography, University of Bergen
Lars Bøcker, Researcher, Department of Mobility, TØI
Lena-Magnusson Turner, Professor, NOVA, OsloMet
Lukas Smas, Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University
Manne Gerell, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Malmö University
Maren Toft, Post doctor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, UiO
Mari Vaattovaara, Professor, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki
Petter Næss, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, NMBU
Raine Mäntysalo, Professor, Department of Built Environment, Aalto university
Roberta Cucca, Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, NMBU
Ryan Centner, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE
Sofia Cele, senior lecturer and associate professor, Department of Social and Economic Geography, University of Uppsala
Ståle Holgersen, Researcher at Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University
Tanu Priya Uteng, Senior Research Planner, Department of Mobility, TØI
Terje Wessel, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo
Terje Holsen, Associate Professor, Department of Property and Law, NMBU
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
Tone Huse, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Toril Ringholm, Professor, Department of Social Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

E-mail: marikken@oslomet.no
Nordic Journal of Urban Studies is a scholarly journal with open access, with no subscription charges or registration restrictions. All content is freely available online. As an author for this journal, you retain copyright and publishing rights to your own article without restrictions, and you grant any third party the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of your article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. The third party may not use the material for commercial purposes.

About the journal

Nordic Journal of Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary scientific journal. The journal publishes research-based articles based on empirical and/or theoretical analyses of high scientific quality. All articles are published electronically on the internet, open access. The journal publishes two open issues per year. The journal also publishes issues with thematic themes. Upcoming themes are then announced on the webpage.

The journal welcomes manuscripts in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. Manuscripts in these languages are assessed equally. Only manuscripts which follow the guidelines below will be assessed for publication.

Manuscript standard

Before you submit your manuscript, we ask you to read the guidelines closely, and ensure:
  • all info about the author is included
  • the number of characters does not exceed the limits stated underneath
  • notes and references complies with the authors guidelines
  • abstract and keywords in English and Norwegian/Swedish/Danish are included
The manuscript text should not be longer than maximum 8000 words, including footnotes, tables, figures and references.

A new paragraph is marked by an open line between each text part. Text may have a maximum of two heading levels.

Submitting a manuscript

The manuscript must be the author's original work. The journal cannot accept it if it has been published before, or is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts must be submitted via ScholarOne: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/uf-njus

Submitted manuscripts should contain the following:
  • Title and name of the author(s)
  • Summary (maximum 300 words)
  • 3–5 keywords
  • The manuscript
  • Footnotes should be numerical and organized as footnotes
  • Literature references in alphabetical order
In separate documents:
  • Numbered figures and table (each one at a separate side)
  • Name, institutional affiliation and email to authors
Reference system

The journal uses APA 7th edition style guide for references.

An introduction to this style can found here: DOI-references
The references should always include DOI-references, when possible (DOU: digital object identifier.) The DOI-reference should be accessible by clicking at the URL. If you are not sure about the DOI-code of a reference you may search for it here (title or author name): http://search.crossref.org/

The DOI-reference should be placed at the end of each reference, as in this example:

Aas, K. F. and Gundhus, H. (2015). Policing Humanitarian Borderlands: Frontex, Human Rights and the Precariousness of Life. The British Journal of Criminology, 55(1), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azu086

Tables, figures and illustrations
All figures and tables in the manuscript must be allowed published online, open access. If someone other than the author has made a figure or table, the name of the source should be stated in the text. The author is responsible for obtaining the permission to use earlier published illustrations. Placing of figures and tables in the text should be marked in the manuscript: [table / figure 1 about here].

Notes in the manuscript should be organized as footnotes, when using regular text processing software.

The journal uses double blind reviewing of manuscripts. Manuscripts must therefore be anonymized by the author(s). The front page and information about the author(s) must be given in a separate document. All explicit self-references should be anonymized.

Manuscripts submitted to Nordic Journal of Urban Studies must not be under consideration at other journals at the same time. Authors submitting their work accept that the article is published open access, under the Creative commons-license CC-BY-NC. As author, you retain all the rights to the article.

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