Call for Papers
ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law
Tuesday, January 05, 2021 01:23 PM

ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law

Call for Papers

Housing in Rural Communities

Drafts due March 1, 2021

The Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (the Journal) invites articles and essays on issues related to affordable housing and community development in rural communities.  Rural housing issues are complicated and often involving multiple agencies and jurisdictions; they are also often overlooked in favor of the more obvious needs presented in urban areas.  But the housing issues facing rural areas can be daunting.  For instance, the USDA Section 515 program, once the leading source of rural housing funds, has been cut by 95% over the last few decades.  What should be done now to address housing issues in rural communities?  How do the policy needs of rural communities differ from urban areas?  How are specific rural communities, such as farm workers or those living on Native American reservations, affected by rural housing issues? 

For this issue, the Journal seeks wide participation and especially welcomes shorter essays (2,000–3,000 words).  In addition, the Journal will also continue to seek general essays (typically 2,500–6,200 words) or articles (typically 7,000–10,000 words) related to the Journal’s traditional subjects: affordable housing, fair housing and community/economic development.

The Journal is the nation’s only law journal dedicated to affordable housing and community development law.  The Journal educates readers and provides a forum for discussion and resolution of problems in these fields by publishing articles from distinguished law professors, policy advocates and practitioners.

Interested authors are encouraged to send an abstract describing their proposal as soon as possible.  Submissions of final articles and essays are due by March 1, 2021. Please email abstracts and final drafts to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Stephen R. Miller, at [email protected]. The Journal also accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Please do not hesitate to contact the Editor with any questions.

How Alternative is Alternative? The Role of Entrepreneurial Development, Form, and Function in the Emergence of Alternative Marketscapes
Friday, December 18, 2020 01:45 PM

Editors: Matthew Mars and Hope Schau, The University of Arizona

There is growing popular press interest in and emerging scholarly attention to alternative markets. While alternative markets are not clearly defined, the content under the broad “alternative” label centers on markets outside the mainstream. The outsider status of alternative markets range from benign substitution to radical ideological opposition. Often the alternative market is formed from entrepreneurial innovation. If successful these entrepreneurial innovations may become radical market disruptions, e.g., Uber as a substitute for both taxi services and personal transportation and Airbnb as an alternative to hotel accommodations. 

Call for Papers -- Special Issue of Social Sciences
Friday, December 04, 2020 01:13 PM

“Disasters of the 21st Century, Knowns and Unknowns:
Casualties, Costs and Resiliency”
Guest Editor: Francis O. Adeola, Ph.D.

Social Sciences is an international, open access journal with rapid peer-review, publishing scholarly articles from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, geography, history, law, linguistics, political science, psychology, social policy, social work, sociology and so on. Social Sciences is published monthly online by MDPI. See

Disasters and catastrophes are not new to societies. They have occurred in societies since ancient times with historic tales of their tolls on human life and the economy. However, in the first two decades of the 21st century, mega disasters and catastrophes triggered by natural hazards, technological accidents, socio-political hazards, other human activities, biological hazards, and a blend of these hazards, have increased in higher frequency and magnitude causing unprecedent number of casualties in terms of deaths, injuries, and economic losses across the globe. In the latest Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, the United Nations emphasized that at no point in human history have we been confronted with such an array of both known and unknown risks, often interacting in a hyperconnected, rapidly changing globalized world. We are faced with new risks with intricate linkages such as the pandemic COVID-19. Prior projections or predictions about climate change have come to pass even much sooner than anticipated. Among the major disaster events of the 21st century are high intensity hurricanes/tropical cyclones, massive flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, fires, dam failures, industrial technological disasters, aviation disasters, and terrorism. 

They are calling for papers whose theoretical, methodological, and substantive approaches address specific aspects of catastrophe or disaster of the 21st century within a country or in comparative cross-country setting. Potential contributions to this special issue might include, but not limited to: 

Recommended/Suggested Topics 

  • Trends in the frequency, magnitude, scale, geographical spread of weather-related disaster events in the 21st century; 
  • Trends in the social and geophysical vulnerability to natural and anthropogenic disasters in the past two decades; 
  • The impacts of Natural-Technological (NATECH) or Hybrid disasters in the 21st century; 
  • Climate change-induced disasters and their effects in terms of casualties, deaths, economic and other related impacts over the past two decades; 
  • The role of social capital in disaster mitigation, coping, adaptation and recovery; 
  • The cultural, economic, social, and psychological effects of a disaster; 
  • Disaster risk communication and community’s inclination to mitigation and evacuation; 
  • Novel theories of disaster behavior including coping, adaptation, and resiliency for different types of disasters.  
  • Race, class, and gender differences in disaster encounter, losses, coping and recovery in the 21st century; 
  • Environmental injustice and social injustice as incubators of natural and unnatural disasters.  
  • The public health effects of disasters; or disaster epidemiology; 
  • Assessing the cultural, economic, demographic, and socio-psychological effects of COVID-19 pandemic; 
  • Disaster management in the 21st century.