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Urban Research & Practice

Aims and scope

Urban Research & Practice is a well-established and exciting journal that publishes a wide range of original academic research articles along with innovative articles on policy and practice. The journal is published in association with EURA (European Urban Research Association), is a cross-disciplinary journal, with a focus on urban studies.

Urban Research & Practice seeks to reflect and further enhance the rich diversity of thought, approach and research that currently characterises the study of urban areas in Europe and elsewhere. As such it aims to be a key part of the renaissance of Urban Studies currently taking place, making contributions to academic research and policy development. The journal publishes research of the highest quality relating to the challenges facing urban environments today. Another key aim of the journal is to seek to bridge the intellectual and geographical 'divides' that currently exist in the field of urban affairs - specifically the North/South divide and the East/West divide and also divides between distinct academic disciplines.

The journal includes papers that:

  • provide a systematic description of :
  • urban issues
  • urban developments
  • urban policies or
  • urban policy-making and policy implementation
  • seek to explain variations in urban policies or urban governance cross-sectorally or cross-nationally or that seek to explain such variations over time
  • analyse and/or evaluate the effects of urban policies or process of urban governance
  • analyse European and International factors that impact on urban areas, urban policies and urban governance
  • urban sustainability (environmental, economic and social dimensions)

Policy articles, practice articles and book reviews

As well as traditional academic papers, the journal also publishes policy reviews, practice and project reports and book reviews. The policy section focuses on new policies launched at the European, national and regional levels that are of relevance to a wider audience. The practice and project report section focuses on innovative projects, conferences and events being carried out at a local level (in cities or regions).

Peer Review Statement

All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by two independent, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double blind.


"With the renewed world-wide interest in cities, Urban Research & Practice  fills an important gap and provides a valuable forum for high quality, interdisciplinary urban research and policy analysis."
Professor Ivan Turok
University of Glasgow, UK

"International in scope and multi-disciplinary in ambition, Urban Research & Practice provides an important forum for the latest thinking from the worlds of academia and the urban professions. It is unmatched by any other journal of its kind."
Professor Paul Kantor
Department of Political Science, Fordham University, New York, USA


Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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