Urban Politics in the Global South

We are pleased to announce a first, online workshop designed to bring together the growing community of political scientists conducting research on urban politics in the Global South. This workshop, sponsored by the APSA Urban and Local Politics section and the Global Metropolitan Studies program at U.C. Berkeley, aims to facilitate exchange among those contributing to our understanding of cities in low- and middle-income countries in different world regions. We invite submissions from across a variety of thematic areas, such as social protest, law & order, campaigns and elections, and public service delivery in cities.

To capture the array of exciting work currently being conducted in the field, the workshop will include two types of discussion formats. It will include lightning talks (5-minute presentations), as well as discussions of full-length papers. Participants will be expected to read the papers in advance of the workshop and come prepared to discuss them; paper submissions should therefore be very polished, whereas lightning talk are appropriate for research projects that may be at earlier stages. The workshop will also include some networking sessions.

Junior scholars (graduate students, postdocs, untenured faculty) along with scholars at institutions outside of the United States are especially encouraged to apply and attend. All scholars working on any aspect of urban and regional politics in the Global South are welcome to apply, and we also seek work that draws on diverse methodological approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

Dates: October 27th and 28th, 2022 (Noon - 3pm, EST)

Format: Online

Submissions are now closed for 2022. Stayed tuned for the schedule and more updates.

Feel free to email Tanu Kumar with any questions.


Adam Auerbach

Veronica Herrera

Tanu Kumar

Jeffrey Paller

Eleonora Pasotti

Alison Post

Header photo: Adam Auerbach