Urban Geography Early Career Researcher Prize


Urban Geography has always been committed to supporting those at the beginning of their academic careers. The establishment of this prize is further evidence of this commitment. The purpose of the prize is to encourage submissions from new researchers and to reward and value excellent urban geographical research. The winner receives a cash prize of $500.


To be eligible for consideration, at the time of submitting their standard paper, authors should be engaged in full or part-time postgraduate research, or be within three years of the completion of their PhD, or of equivalent professional standing. This time limit excludes any periods of formal career breaks taken for family care responsibilities, health or other personal reasons, or periods spent working outside academia (e.g. in a business or policy environment). Only the lead author of multi-authored papers will be considered; all single authored papers will be considered.

The assessment process

Standard papers are subject to the normal Urban Geography refereeing process and, if accepted, are published. Towards the end of each calendar year the final list of all the papers published in that particular print volume number (i.e. Vol. 39 for 2018) will be known. At that stage, all of the standard papers eligible for the Urban Geography Prize will be collated. Authors will be contacted by email and asked to confirm their eligibility. If they do not respond within the time frame, their paper will not be considered. The Editor’s Committee will then decide to which paper to award the prize. The final decision will be made in relation to the journal’s mission to publish the very best of urban geographical research and scholarship across the field of the subject. The Editor’s decision is final.

Award of the Prize

The winner of the Urban Geography Prize will typically be announced to the recipient in April of the awarding year. Any questions should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief of Urban Geography, Professor Kevin Ward email


Urban Geography Workshop/Seminar Support Award

Urban Geography will award up to $2,000 to support a seminar series, workshop, or similar event which will bring together leading scholars to focus on a cutting-edge theme within Urban Geography. The expectation is that this award will be supported by the host department and institution either in-kind (e.g., staff time, event planning, space, scheduling, and other forms of administrative support) and/or in terms of more direct financial support. It is also hoped that the award will be used to leverage additional co-sponsors. Proposals are welcome from scholars and programs without regard to discipline, but a primary focus on Urban Geography is necessary. Funding decisions will be based upon the cohesiveness of the proposal, the support of the host department and institution, as well as funding partners, the academic reputation of the organizers, and the potential visibility of the program including its overall academic impact.

Proposals are due on October 1, 2019 and all material should be sent to Thomas Cooke, Co-Editor, Urban Geography by e-mail ( A decision will be made in early December, 2019. Please send the following as attachments (PDF is preferred): (1) a one-page proposal which outlines the broad themes of the project and their significance, a general plan for the project, the academic impact of the project, and any discrete outcomes, (2) abbreviated, one-page, CVs for all organizers, (3) letters of support from the home department, home institution, and co-sponsors which outline their roles, and (4) a one-page outline of the proposed schedule including potential participants. Questions can be directed to Thomas Cooke.