Call for proposals

We are looking for original contributions from capable researchers and practitioners all over the world.
This is an initial call for expressions of interest to contribute to this publication. We would kindly ask you to submit a short 2-page proposal (not exceeding 1000 words) explaining the possible contents of your chapter including. Please, keep in mind the final chapters will have around 5 to 6 thousand words:
1.     A brief introduction/summary
2.     A brief description of the insurgent planner you intend to interview (all chapters
must be developed around a particular person or group of people working as formal or informal planners )
3.     How you intend to approach the person/group and how this approach caters
for the objectives of the book (please read the other sections of this website for a complete overview of the rationale of the book)
4.     Your main research questions (what is it that you wish to explain, uncover or discuss)
5.     A brief indication of the methodology (maybe only in-depth interviews are enough, but other methods could include action research, participant observation and other ethnographic methods).
6.     A list of possible references and the theoretical framework you could use.


Initial proposals will be judged on the base of the following general criteria :

  1. Academic excellence,
  2. Adherence to the objectives and rationale of the book,
  3. Relevance of the case to the intended coverage of the book (persons in different socio-economic and cultural areas),
  4. Clarity, conciseness, structure of the argument.

These are the specific criteria used to review abstracts:

  1. Is insurgent planning described as a multi-dimensional practice, embedded in a specific planning culture? [What is “planning” in that specific context?]
  2. Is insurgent planning connected to local or national political processes? Does the abstract investigate insurgency in relation to politics, governance, democratisation, the state, discourse of rights, or the rule of law?
  3. Is the abstract well written? Structure of the argument, spelling and grammar, adherence to academic conventions (quotations, sources, etc). Please use APA citation style.
  4. Specific insurgent planners? The chapter must have a person or persons being described, who can be interviewed and whose actions can be documented for this project
  5. Overall impression of the abstract? A more subjective valuation of the abstract and whether it fits the objectives of the book.
This initial proposal should be simple and to the point. The editors will analyse your proposal before submitting it to a pool of senior reviewers. Editors expect to get back to possible contributors soon with an assessment of their proposal, indicating whether it has been accepted, accepted with amendments or rejected. Rejection is not a sign of poor scholarship, but rather an indication that your focus does not fit the purposes of the book. For accepted proposals, editors expect to work with authors very closely in order to support them in the writing process, providing reviews and guidance about the development of the text.


We strongly encourage authors to seek co-authorship. Co-authoring a text is extremely fruitful and exciting and generally accelerates the process of crafting a good text. This is especially advisable for PhD candidates working on this theme and who would like to publish with us. We are looking for alternative views and interpretations that may challenge the existing literature. Female contributors will be sought, in order to increase diversity.  We hope to give the opportunity to a group of vigorous writers to be heard.


Please, submit your proposal  to mentioning “Submission Book Insurgent Planners” in the subject line. 
Please, do let us know if you need supplementary information.