Welcome to the new Society & Space! This site replaces societyandspace.com, which was founded in 2011 by the editors of the international and interdisciplinary academic journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space as an open access companion to the print publication.
Our editorial aims for this new site—and for the print journal—remain the same. That is, we still aim to publish critical writing that examines the contingent and possible relations between the social and the spatial, and that maintains a commitment to considering the political and social justice imperatives of research and theory. But, since the companion website has grown tremendously over the last five years to include hundreds of book reviews, interviews, essays, virtual theme issues, and more, we have extensively redesigned the site away from its previous blog-like format and towards more of a magazine format that is (we hope) more visually appealing and easily searchable.
We invite readers new and old to explore the featured pieces on our front page, and to dive into the archives. In the ‘About’ section of the site, readers can find a list of all contributors. Clicking on any name leads to a list of contributions by that author. Or, click on ‘Essays and Features’, ‘Book reviews’, ‘Interviews’ on the front page and you’ll be taken to all pages on the site under each category. Or, as another way in, click on the Menu icon in the top right corner and find entry points to various sections of the site.
I want to express my considerable thanks to our review editor Bobby Benedicto, who spearheaded the redesign project, as well as to web designer David Loughran. They both put in an extraordinary effort to give us a new look and feel that very well showcases the site’s contents. Thanks are also due to Cher Campbell for designing our new logo, to review editor Lauren Martin and editorial assistant Kai Kenttamaa Squires for hours of proofing work as we migrated our contents to the new site, and to our publisher SAGE for supporting this open access initiative. Finally, I thank all of the contributors to Society & Space over the years for sending us their excellent work. We look forward to continuing to work with a fabulous group of authors for many years to come!
Last, but certainly not least, I also want to take this opportunity to announce an addition to our editorial team, as Kate Derickson joins us today as a new Editor! Kate is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society. Her work engages political economy, critical race theory and feminist epistemology to explore the politics of knowledge production and the relationship between scholarly knowledge and emancipatory social change. She has published widely on the practice of engaged scholarship, race and neoliberalism, and urban theory informed in large part by her ongoing collaborations with communities of color in the American South and working class communities in the UK. Her work has appeared in a range of journals, including Society & Space, The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, and Urban Studies.
—Natalie Oswin, Managing Editor (on behalf of the editorial team)