The International Journal of Urban & Regional Planning (IJURP) aims to publish research addressing challenges and opportunities in urban development in the global south, focusing on South Asia. The rapid pace of urbanization in the global south has presented planning professionals with unique challenges. Often, local governments lack adequate own source revenue that limits their ability to plan and deliver municipal infrastructure and services. IJURP aspires to become a valuable resource of scholarly and professional knowledge for engineers, economists, planners, and policymakers committed to improving development outcomes in the global south.

IJURP welcomes new scholarship addressing the challenges and innovative solutions, at times advanced by communities, to meet the demands of rapid urbanization. IJURP welcomes submissions in various formats such as academic papers (3000 – 7000 words), development briefs by practitioners about current or recently completed urban development projects (up to 2,000 words),  book reviews, assessment of new or unique sources of planning related open data or software. In addition, the IJURP also welcomes submissions for an urban development blog (500 – 1,500 words) to disseminate knowledge to a broader readership. The urban development blog encourages advanced data visualization techniques to demonstrate changes over time and space.

The editorial board of IJURP is committed to fast review cycles with 15 to 20 days of decision time for manuscripts conducted by a distinguished editorial board.

IJURP publishes double-blind peer-reviewed articles. IJURP is committed to providing unrestricted and open access to all published articles. No publication fees are charged.


Ahmad Omer Murad, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan 


Muhammad Aslam, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan

Editor In Chief

Dr. Murtaza Haider


Ms. Sadiqa Nasir


Publication Frequency: Bi-annual
Parallel Title: IJURP

Areas of scholarship: Urban planning, urban economics, regional planning and development, infrastructure development and finance, spatial planning, urban systems, urban housing, urban transportation, municipal infrastructure, and service provision.

Thematic Areas:

  • Urban growth
  • Urban regeneration
  • Regional planning
  • Housing policies
  • Urban policy
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Urban sociology
  • Urban economics
  • Urban transport planning
  • Land use planning and modelling
  • Smart cities
  • Urban economic development
  • Low-income housing
  • Municipal finance and governance

Distinctive Features

  • Guaranteed open access for a broader outreach
  • Publishing decision within 2-3 weeks of submission
  • Peer review by two or more reviews
  • Frequent updates on submission status
  • No processing or publication charges

Submission Scope:

  • Research papers
  • Field (practitioners’) notes on urban development projects
  • Reviews of new urban development data
  • A review of tools and techniques in urban planning
  • Book reviews
  • Urban development blog