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A Short Q&A with our Editors Ali Modarres and Yasminah Beebeejaun

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We sat down with Ali Modarres and Yasminah Beebeejaun, Editors of Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City to better understand the journal, the kind of research the journal publishes, how the journal can help authors to make an impact with their research, and what direction  the  journal will take in the coming years.

Here is what they had to say:


Firstly, can you give us a bit of background to the journal and the kind of research Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City publishes?

Our journal is multidisciplinary in nature. We invite articles that improve our collective knowledge about race and ethnicity and their impact on the socio-spatial fabric of cities. We welcome both theoretical and applied articles that contribute to this knowledge production. As editors, we are less obsessed about a particular methodology, but more intrigued by new advances in our understandings of the racialized nature of urbanism across the globe.  

And why did you launch the journal? What need did you feel there was in the community for the journal?

We could not find a journal that operated at the nexus of race, ethnicity, and the city. There are a number of journals that deal with race and ethnicity, and others that focus on urban studies, policy, and planning. However, there were no obvious journal outlets for scholarship that sits at the intersection of these topical areas.   Having a journal dedicated to the deep connections and interaction between race, ethnicity, and the city allows us to explore how the majority of the world’s population experiences everyday life and how racial and ethnic differences shape and are shaped by the spaces through which humans move and live. The conflicts that arise from these dynamics are being played out on a global scale as seen in contemporary social justice movements, political power struggles, and public policy debates

Where do you see Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City in five years’ time? Is there anything you want to achieve?

We strongly believe that this journal will become a popular publication outlet for scholarship, and exciting discussions and debates on the most compelling issues of our time. Ideally, the journal will be the first place that researchers think of for their work on race and ethnicity. We also think that a number of our colleagues will find a welcoming home for their community-engaged scholarship. Knowledge co-produced with communities has gained significant recognition in urban scholarship. We hope that urbanists, inside and outside academia, will consider our journal the preferred place for their publications. 

Absolutely. This is the value that we believe our journal can offer. It will be a place where every article will have wide readership and high levels of visibility. The topics in the journal are extremely timely and important across the globe. The journal will provide content that is relevant to public policy debates, and accessible to advocates and decision-makers.

How will you support authors to make this kind of impact?

This will be done through various social media deployed by the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) and our collective outreach to various professional networks. In addition, UAA will offer workshops to authors on how to promote their work.

Does the journal support any of the UN’s sustainability goals? If so how and why?

Yes. Our journal can potentially support:Goals 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequality), 16 (peace and justice), and 17 (partnerships).

Finally, how can authors contribute their research to Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City?

Should an author want to find out more about Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City they can review our Aims and Scopes and Instructions for Authors page on our Journal website. To prepare and contribute a paper, they can go to our submissions portal which can also be found at the top of the website.


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Ali Modarres,  University of Washington, Tacoma 
Yasminah Beebeejaun,  University College London