The Global Pacific: Island and Coastal Human Habitats

Editor Special Issue:
Dr. Ian Fookes, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ekistics and the New Habitat  is a revitalized online version of the Ekistics journal, which was developed by C.A Doxiadis with the goal of creating livable cities and thriving urban environments. The journal has provided an interdisciplinary forum for the scientific study of human settlements since the 1950’s.

A special issue planned for May 2020, ‘The Global Pacific: Island and Coastal Human Habitats’, will examine how diverse Pacific epistemologies, sustainable development initiatives and urban design are informing responses to global issues such as climate change. 

In 1993, Tongan intellectual Epili Hau’ofa called for a reconceptualisation of the Pacific as a ‘Sea of Islands’. This call instigated a new approach for those working in the Pacific to treat it as a blue continent covering almost a third of the globe. The Pacific is home to dynamic arts, initiatives and fields of research that are driving renewed interest in the region, and providing new perspectives on global issues such as climate change, resilience building, migration, sustainable development, trade, security, ecology and health. 
In the age of the anthropocene, Pacific nations are at the forefront. Not only are they facing the effects of climate change sooner and in more severe forms than other regions, Pacific communities are negotiating global identities throughout their diasporas which span the globe. The networks and migration patterns, rural and urban challenges, health care initiatives and economic projects are potential models for other regions throughout the world.
This issue seeks papers from architecture, urban design and planning practitioners, academics, researchers and artists which posit and analyse the problems of human settlements and new habitats in the Pacific region.
Special attention will be paid to perspectives that explore global issues in a Pacific context, or Pacific perspectives on global issues. In this regard, the following topics are recommended to take into consideration:
  • Any aspect of the United Nations New Urban Agenda, in Habitat III,  including reference to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Critiques on local, regional and global policy of habitat development, design and planning, and urban transformation
  • Issues of architecture, urban design, spatial planning, housing, conservation, sustainability, livability, environmental planning and regeneration through a cross-disciplinary and/or global perspective.
We invite proposals engaged in the mentioned framework of topics in the form of a 250-word abstract by 31 July 2019 before the full paper on that proposal is submitted by considering the expectations below:

Scholarly articles/reviews (full papers, double-blind review): typically, with title, authors, institutional affiliations, abstract, keywords, body text (5000-7000 words), and APA 6th References at the end of the article. Body text typically includes:
  • an introduction to a problem or topic outlining the need for the research,
  • the key prior papers in Ekistics and other sources that relate to the topic,
  • the methodological or conceptual framework and methods used,
  • the summary of key results or findings,
  • a critical concluding discussion.
Please submit via the [REGISTER and SUBMIT PAPER HERE] button below.  

Direct enquiries for this Special Issue to: Dr. Ian Fookes, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Email:
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