CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Issue

Volume 2, Issue 1: Special Issue on Student Housing in Global City Regions
The Toronto Urban Journal and StudentDwellTO
Submission Deadline: March 29, 2019


Project Overview

The Toronto Urban Journal and StudentDwellTO are partnering on a special issue on student housing. StudentDwellTO is a joint initiative by OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and York University examining affordable housing access for post-secondary students.

There is a growing crisis of housing affordability in global city regions (Rolnik, 2014; Marcuse & Madden, 2016; Cox, 2017). This crisis is linked to several factors, including the accelerated urbanization of capital and people, wide access to cheap credit, and growing income inequality in the context of neoliberal globalization (Wetzstein, 2017; Slater, 2017). In North America and Europe, the housing affordability crisis has unfolded in the context of growing university enrollments in the knowledge economy (Moos et. al., 2018). While a large body of research documents the negative implications of this global crisis on the urban poor, low-income university students participating in local rental markets are typically left out of these analyses (Sotomayor, forthcoming). In turn, housing has been recognized as a key factor influencing students’ perceived security, university engagement, drop-out rates, and academic success. A lack of a clear understanding of the housing needs of student populations in college towns and cities restricts our understanding of contemporary housing markets while hampering meaningful policy dialogue and the development of improved housing alternatives for students (Pillai & Vieta, forthcoming).

Submission Criteria

This issue will be interdisciplinary in scope, inviting papers and creative production from students in urban and environmental studies, sociology, political science, architecture, fine arts, urban design, economics, real estate, education, public policy, and other relevant fields. We are interested in papers that can speak to current issues, trends, experiences in student housing in North America and Europe, but also in other regions of the world (Africa Asia and Latin America).

Manuscripts are ideally:

  • Between 3,500 and 7,000 words (excl. notes, references, etc.);
  • Composed of original empirical or conceptual work written in the form of an article, or written in the form of a reports; and
  • At least one author of co-author must be an undergraduate or recent graduate student (open to students globally).

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  • Cox, K. R. (2017). Revisiting ‘the city as a growth machine’. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 10(3), 391-405.
  • Marcuse, P., and Madden, D. J. (2016). In defense of housing: The politics of crisis. London: Verso Books.
  • Moos, M., Revington, N., Wilkin, T., and Andrey, J. (2018). The knowledge economy city: Gentrification, studentification and youthification, and their connections to universities. Urban Studies, 0042098017745235.
  • Rolnik, R. (2014). Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context: Guiding Principles on security of tenure for the urban poor. Geneva: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.
  • Pillai, A. and Vieta, M. (forthcoming). The Neoliberalization of Student Housing and Social Economy Alternatives.
  • Sotomayor, L. (forthcoming). Higher education restructuring and the politics of informal student housing in Toronto.
  • Wetzstein, S. (2017). The global urban housing affordability crisis. Urban Studies, 54(14), 3159-3177.

The Toronto Urban Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis, with successful submissions queued for the next annual standard issue

The annual deadline for submissions for the next standard issue annually falls on May 1. To submit, please email with the following:

  • Format subject line as “Submission – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME”.
  • In your email, attach ONE file containing your paper in a MS Word file format.
  • Note your school, program and expected (or actual) graduation date.
  • Tell us a bit about yourself!

Criteria for submission are as follows:

  • Submissions must be between 3,000 and 6,000 words, excluding notes, references, tables and figures;
  • Submissions must be wholly original research conducted by the author, however work sponsored or supervised by faculty members is acceptable;
  • Submissions must be work conducted by an individual during the course of a university undergraduate program;
  • If submitted by a graduate student, the work must be submitted no more than one (1) year after author’s graduation from their undergraduate program;
  • Submissions may be in any consistent style however will be published in the APA style;
  • Submissions must be in English.

Following submission, you will be notified by the incumbent Managing Editor if your paper is suitable for publication.