Call for Papers: Reducing Urban Poverty Student Paper Competition

Deadline: 15 May 2015 - 12:00am


Conveners: Woodrow Wilson Center

CALL FOR PAPERS for the REDUCING URBAN POVERTY 2015 Graduate Student Paper Competition, Policy Workshop, and Publication

To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, the Wilson Center, and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring the sixth annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in January, 2016. The grand prize winner will also receive $1000. Papers must be linked to one of the following sub-topics:

  • Metropolitan Approaches for the Urban Poor
  • Making Smart Cities Inclusive
  • Innovation in Urban Water and Sanitation
  • Cities Through a Gender Lens

Process and Timeline

♦ Eligibility
This call for papers is directed at PhD students and advanced Masters students. To be eligible, applicants should be currently enrolled in a degree program as of May 15, 2015. Papers can be co-authored, as long as each author is a graduate student. In this case, only one author will present at the policy workshop.

♦ Abstract Submissions
o Abstracts (max 500 words) and a brief CV should be submitted to the selection committee by May 15, 2015. Submissions should be sent [email protected]
o Abstracts should contain a title, paper description, author name and affiliation, and specify which of the sub-topics listed above the paper will most directly address.

♦ Criteria for Selection
o Abstracts should present a clear, compelling research question.
o Preference will be given to the presentation of original, field-based research that builds upon existing scholarship as opposed to desk or literature reviews.
o Paper proposals should be policy-based and solutions-oriented and should critically examine existing projects and/or propose new strategies for tackling issues related to urban poverty in the developing world.
o Abstracts should be clearly linked to one or more of the sub-topics outlined above.

♦ Request for Full Papers
o A panel composed of members of the sponsoring organizations will review submitted abstracts and request full papers from finalists.
o Applicants will be notified in mid-June whether they will be asked to write a full paper, which will be due by August 17, 2015.
o Completed papers should be a maximum of 20 pages in length including appendixes (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font) and utilize the guidelines used by the Chicago Manual of Style.

♦ Publication
o Roughly eight of the full papers will be compiled in a book and published by the Woodrow Wilson Center.
o Publication of each selected paper is subject to review and will be contingent upon completion of suggested revisions by the authors, should they be requested by the selection committee.

♦ Policy Workshop:
o Three or four authors whose papers are selected for publication will be invited to Washington, DC in January 2016 to take part in a unique “policy workshop” that will bring together academics, policymakers and students for an interactive discussion of international urban development topics. The session will focus on bridging gaps between policy and academia, theory and practice. Workshop invitees will be provided with a travel stipend to help cover transportation and accommodation costs.
o At the workshop, students will be paired with an experienced urban development expert who will serve as a discussant for their paper.

Papers from a variety of perspectives are appropriate, including (but not limited to) urban planning, economics, political science, geography, public policy, law, sociology, environment, anthropology, housing policy, governance, emergency services, and public health.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

For more information on last year’s competition, please visit: … -inclusion

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