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Overlooked cities: Shifting the gaze in research and practice in global urban studies

Nugraha, Erwin and Wesely, Julia and Ruszczyk, Hanna A. and de Villiers, Isolde and Zhao, Yimin (2023) 'Overlooked cities: Shifting the gaze in research and practice in global urban studies.', Cities, 133 . p. 104044.


There is growing scholarly attention to secondary and intermediary cities as their relevance for global urban development is increasingly recognised. We call urban academics, scholars, policymakers and practitioners to situate debates on these cities critically with the notion of “overlooked cities” to understand how knowledge from such cities is produced, circulated and negotiated in urban research and practice. This commentary aims to foreground the value, urgency and disruptive agency of individual and collective “overlooked cities” vis-à-vis the historical and contemporary debates to pave the way for alternative agendas for global urban studies.

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Publisher statement:© 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Date accepted:15 October 2022
Date deposited:20 December 2022
Date of first online publication:05 December 2022
Date first made open access:20 December 2022

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