Urban Environment and Urbanization ASIA

Environment and Urbanization ASIA

Environment and Urbanization ASIA aims to support the exchange of ideas and information in the fields of human settlements and the environment across Asia. Its audience is researchers, academicians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), activists and students particularly in Asia. The journal hopes to stimulate conversation among this audience and international agency staff, students and researchers in the developed countries. Six core themes have been identified, based on recent trends in Asia: development, governance, poverty and pro-poor development, housing, finance and climate change. Environment and Urbanization ASIA publishes original research specific to Asian countries.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Environment and Urbanization ASIA journal aims at:

(i) Supporting the exchange of ideas, research outputs, intervention strategies and innovative solutions in the fields of urbanization, environment and human settlements across Asia, and

(ii) Informing and initiating dialogue and debate among researchers, policy makers and civil society on various subjects relevant to urbanization and environment in Asia.

The themes and topics covered in the journal include governance, finance, land, infrastructure, housing, migration, sprawl, climate change, green growth, inclusion and sustainability, and the inter-relationships between these aspects of urbanization and environment.

This bi-annual, interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal is prepared and supported by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and published by SAGE Publications, India, in New Delhi.


Environment and Urbanisation, Asia Journal
Editorial Board

Debolina Kundu,  Professor
 National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India


Emma Porio, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines


Atiq Kainan Ahmed, Programme Specialist, Climate Change and Climate Risk Management, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Bangkok, Thailand

R.B. Bhagat, Professor and Head Department of Migration and Urban Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India

Amita Bhide, Professor and Dean, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Daniel Biau, Civil Engineer, Urban Planner, Former Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat

Somsook Boonyabancha, Secretary General,  Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Thailand

G Shabbir Cheema, Senior Fellow, Research Program Director, Asia Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

C Michael Douglass, Professor, Asia Research Institute-Asian Urbanisms Cluster; Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Shreekant Gupta, Professor, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Nasir Javed, Chief Executive Officer,  The Urban Unit, Planning and Development Department, Government of Punjab, Pakistan, Chief Editor of ‘Pakistan Journal of Urban Affairs’, Pakistan

Darshini Mahadevia, Professor and Director, Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India 

André Mueller, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Berlin, Germany

Anjal Prakash, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) School of Advanced Studies, Hyderabad Campus, Telangana, India

Bo Qin, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Management, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China

Bishwapriya Sanyal, Professor of Urban Development and Planning and Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Remy Sietchiping, Leader, Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit Urban Planning and Design Branch, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Kenya

Ravi S. Srivastava, Chairperson, IDS,  Jaipur, Director, Centre for Employment Studies, IIHD, Former Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Yiti Wang, Associate Professor,  China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Beijing, China


Pragya Sharma, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India

Environment and Urbanization ASIA will consider original manuscripts not previously published or currently under consideration elsewhere. Contributions to conferences and workshops are welcome, as long as they are not published in the same form in conference proceedings or on the internet. The journal publishes articles under the following categories: research articles, policy analyses, regional and conference reports, and book reviews. Manuscripts must meet minimum standards in terms of relevance and clarity before they are sent for external peer review.

Authors will be notified of decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or revision of articles only after both the internal and the external peer review processes. The internal review will take 6 weeks and the peer review will take 6 to 8 additional weeks.

Manuscript Submission: Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed to - The Editor, Dr. Debolina Kundu , Environment and Urbanization ASIA, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi. Email:  journals@niua.org. Please mention "Manuscript for Submission" in the subject line.

  • Guidelines specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition; 2001) must be followed.
      - Contributors must provide their affiliation, complete postal and email addresses and fax and telephone numbers with their articles.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to disclose any potential conflict of interest regarding the manuscript.
  • Articles should be no longer than 8,000 words, inclusive of abstract, references, notes, tables and figures. Book reviews should be no longer than 1,575 words.
  • Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words.
  • The authors should provide four to seven keywords that reflect the important points of the articles (for example: urban planning; urban development; risk reduction; risk management).
  • All figures, i.e., diagrams, images and photographs, and tables should be provided separate from the text at the end and numbered in the order that they appear in text. Locations of tables and figures should be indicated in the text using callouts (e.g., insert Table 1 here) inserted after the respective paragraphs. Each figure and table should have a heading, an explanatory caption if necessary, and a source or reference in a separate file.
  • Images should be provided in TIFF/JPEG format. For line art, images must be at least 1,200 dots per inch (dpi); for grayscale, images must be at least 300 dpi.
  •  Notes should be numbered serially, the numbers embedded in the manuscript. The notes should be presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
  • Use British spellings rather than American spellings (‘labour’ not ‘labor’, ‘centre’ not ‘center’; universalize in ‘-ize’ and ‘-ization’ words).
  • Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes should only be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. uotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with a line space above and below.
  • Use ‘nineteenth century’, ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %). Use thousands and millions (instead of lakhs and crores).
  • Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized, but used consistently. Avoid excessive use of italics for emphasis, but use it for book titles, journal names, and foreign words.
  • Avoid the use of abbreviations in the text. Common abbreviations such as i.e. or e.g. can be used only in parentheses.
  • A consolidated alphabetical list of all books, articles, essays and theses referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) in the text should be provided at the end of the article. Sources for tables and figures should accompany the table or figure. If more than one publication by the same author is listed, the items should be given in chronological order.

Citation styles:

  1. One Work by One Author: (Walker, 2000)
  2. One Work by Multiple Authors: (Walker and Wasserstein, 2000)
  3. Two or More Works by Different Authors in One Citation: (Balda, 1980; Kamil, 1988; Pepperberg & Funk, 1990)
  4. Two or More Works by the Same Author(s) in One Citation: (Edeline & Weinberger, 1991, 1993)5. Two or More Works Published in the Same Year by the Same Author(s): (Johnson, 1991a, 1991b, 1991c)


 A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the paper.

 Inverted names: In each reference, authors’ names should be inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name  and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use ‘et al.’ after the sixth author’s name.

Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.

Chronological listing: When there are more than one work by the same author(s), list them in order by theyear of publication, starting with the earliest.

Reference styles:

  1. BookCalfee, R.C., & Valencia, R.R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  2. Article in an edited bookO’Neil, J.M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men’s and women’s gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B.R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107–23). New York: Springer.
  3. Conference ProceedingsSchnase, J.L., & Cunnius, E.L. (Eds). (1995). Proceedings from CSCL ‘95: The First International Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  4. Article from the webBernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149. Retrieved from http://www.alistapart.com/articles/writeliving
  5. Journal ArticleScruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(30), 5–13.
  6. Newspaper ArticleSchultz, S. (2005, December 28). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A.

Permissions and Releases: Material taken directly from a copyrighted source should be clearly identified, and the copyright holder’s written permission to reproduce it must be submitted in a separate file. Obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may request. Further information and a template Permission Request Letter is available on SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway (http://www.sagepub.com/authors/journal/permissions.sp).



Environment and Urbanization ASIA is a bi-annual journal published in March and September every year. We solicit unpublished articles on a regular basis. The themes and topics covered in the journal include governance, finance, land, infrastructure, housing, urban mobility, migration, sprawl, climate change, green growth, inclusion, sustainability and various other aspects of urbanization and environment.

The articles submitted between May to October will be considered for publication in the subsequent March issue and articles submitted between November to April will be considered for the next issue in the month of September.

Authors interested in contributing articles may refer to the guidelines for submitting manuscript at http://eua.sagepub.com/ or http://niua.org/environment-and-urbanization-asia/environment-and-urbanization-asia

The manuscript may be emailed in word format to the Editor at journals@niua.org

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Environment and Urbanization, ASIA is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal which publishes original and high-quality research related to Asia. The journal invites applications from eligible scholars and researchers who are experts in any of the fields in which the journal publishes articles and are willing to contribute to enhance the journal quality by providing their valuable reviewer comments.

Interested reviewers can send their CVs to journals@niua.org clearly stating their areas of expertise. Reviewers will be awarded a Certificate to acknowledge their contribution.


  • Qualification: The applicant must hold a doctoral degree or a faculty position in any university, or a research fellow or equivalent at any research institute
  • Publications: The applicant must have published at least three academic papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Area of expertise: The applicant must have good knowledge and research experience in any of the areas related to urbanization, urban development, urban governance, housing and infrastructure, inclusion, migration, municipal finance, environment, climate change, transport, application of GIS and remote sensing in urban areas or any other issues related to the urban sector.
  • Command of English language: The applicant must have a strong command of English language with verbal and written fluency.


  • Maintain absolute confidentiality about the content of the manuscripts and keep their identity hidden from authors.
  • Review submitted work in an objective, responsible, impartial and timely manner.
  • The reviewer should not have conflict of interest with the authors and the subject matter of the article.
  • Substantial similarities between submitted manuscripts and other published works of which the reviewer is aware, or any other suspected ethical misconduct to be reported to the editor.
  • Provide 'follow up' advice to the editor, if requested.

For detailed peer review guidelines refer https://niua.org/sites/default/files/Policy-for-Peer-Review.pdf