Theme 1: Urban and Extraurban Spaces

On the changing nature of the urban, and its relations to the ‘extraurban’.

  • Urban modernity: its forms and dynamics
  • Property costs and the mortgage crisis
  • Edge-urban spaces and ‘sprawl’
  • De-urban spaces: processes and consequences of urban decay and ‘hollowing out’
  • Micro-urban spaces: the changing role and dynamics of small urban communities
  • Greenfield spaces and regional development
  • Off-the grid spaces and development in formerly remote places
  • Globalization and its local effects
  • Economic development dynamics: changing sites of production and employment
  • Local and global labor markets
  • Socio-economic inequalities: proximities and distances
  • Ethnic and racial separation, juxtaposition and integration

Theme 2: Human Environments and Ecosystemic Effects

On the ecosystemic dynamics of different human socio-spatial configurations.

  • Environmental effects: urban, edge-urban, de-urban, micro-urban, greenfield, off-the-grid.
  • Human and environmental sustainability
  • Place and identity
  • Neighborhood in practice and imagination
  • Green dynamics: old and new energy systems
  • Land as resource
  • Agricultural dynamics: old and new food systems
  • Water dynamics: old and new sources and modes of access
  • Waste dynamics: old and new garbage, sewerage and disposal/recycling dynamics

Theme 3: Material and Immaterial Flows

On the flows of objects and knowledge/culture and the socio-spatial dynamics of contemporary life.

  • Transportation infrastructures and patterns
  • Local-global production flows
  • Grid-nodality versus distributed grid structures
  • Dispersed versus centralized governance
  • Demographic and other data: measuring spaces in relation to flows
  • The spatiality of the internet
  • Commuting and telecommuting
  • Migration and diaspora
  • Shopping centers and shopping online
  • Learning sites and learning online
  • Culture in person and culture online
  • Old communications and information media and new
  • Planning processes: the practices of (re)configuring spaces and flows
  • Research agendas for spaces and flows