Interrogating Inclusivity in Contemporary cities
Achieving inclusivity in contemporary cities is an elusive fit which has relegated most vulnerable households to the edge of destitution. Migrants, children, women, the elderly and those living with disabilities are being forced to fend themselves in an inhuman manner as existing supportive mechanisms are failing dismally to respond to their needs. While the magnitude of exclusivity differs significantly across global cities, the reality of the matter is that there is consistent evidence to suggest that most governments are negating their responsibility in this regard. What is even more worrying is the inability of some of these governments to provide systematic policy frameworks that are responsive to the plight of vulnerable groups. More so, while there are a plethora of policies (and other intervention measures) that have been in put in place in this respect, there are equally a myriad of competing factors that affect their successful implementation. This is a worrying scenario which is prevailing in the face of international policy frameworks that have been inaugurated to liberate humanity from all societal ills. The situation has been complicated by the ravaging effect of covid-19 which is debilitating governments’ financial situations to respond to such pressing needs. Hence most cities around the world remain trapped in this quandary.
This inaugural call for papers intends to investigate the living evidence of existing trends of inclusivity in global cities. It provides a platform for exploring a broad spectrum of issues in cities with the intention of defining and/or proposing how they facilitate, perpetuate or militate against inclusivity. Therefore, this call is open (but not limited) to papers which will articulate issues of inclusivity in cities around the following areas:
• Challenges vulnerable households are experiencing.
• Policies that governments have employed to respond to the needs of the poor.

• Survival strategies put in place by vulnerable groups to fend themselves.
• Innovative remedial measures that can be employed to counter exclusivity.
• Questioning the relevance of theoretical underpinnings that interrogate inclusivity in cities.
• Lessons from developed and developing countries in dealing with exclusivity/inclusivity.
• The role of the planning system in addressing spatial inequality in cities.
• The role infrastructure plays in trying to achieve inclusivity.
• Participatory mechanisms in housing as tools for achieving inclusivity.
• Mapping vulnerable spots within cities.
• Responsive design and inclusive cities.
• The role of various actors in addressing the plight of vulnerable households.
We are hereby inviting both scholarly articles as well as review articles (papers that have a strong practical implementation aspect) on the mentioned topics.

Provisional Timelines for Writing and Publishing

Draft papers: 30 November 2020
Papers under review: December 2020 to January 2021
Comments send to authors: February 2021
Author revisions of peer-reviewed papers:  March 2021
Special issue published: April to May 2021

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