Peer reviewed journal articles


Acuto, M., Kosovac A., Pejic D., & Louise Jones T. (2023).  The city as actor in UN frameworks: formalizing 'urban agency' in the international system?.  TERRITORY  POLITICS GOVERNANCE, 11(3), pp. 519-536.

Bush, J., Oke C., Dickey A., Humphrey J., Harrison L., Amati M, Fornari G., Soanes K., Callow D., & Van der Ree. R. (2023). A Decade of Nature: Evolving Approaches to Melbourne’s ‘Nature in the City’. Landscape and Urban Planning 235: 104754.


Cocina, C., Frediani, A. A., Butcher, S., Levy, C. & Acuto, M. (2022). Editorial: Addressing urban inequalities: co-creating pathways through research and practice. ENVIRONMENT AND URBANIZATION, 34(2), pp. 269-277.

Dickey, A., Kosovac, A., Fastenrath, S., Acuto, M. & Gleeson, B. (2022). Fragmentation and urban knowledge: An analysis of urban knowledge exchange institutions. CITIES, 131 pp. 10-.

Pejic, D., & Acuto, M. (2022). City diplomacy back home: Central–local tensions in a time of global urban governance. Journal of International Affairs, 74(1).

Frantzeskaki, N., Oke, C., Barnett, G., Bekessy, S., Bush, J., Fitzsimons, J., ... Ossola, A. (2022). A transformative mission for prioritising nature in Australian cities. AMBIO, 51(6), pp. 1433-1445.

Leavesley, A., Trundle, A. & Oke, C. (2022). Cities and the SDGs: Realities and possibilities of local engagement in global frameworks. AMBIO, 51(6), pp. 1416-1432.

Kemp, P., Acuto, M., Larcom, S., Lumbroso, D. & Owen, M. (2022). Exorcising Malthusian ghosts: Vaccinating the Nexus to advance integrated water, energy and food resource resilience. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 4.

Tzachor, A., Sabri, S., Richards, C. E., Rajabifard, A. & Acuto, M. (2022). Potential and limitations of digital twins to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. NATURE SUSTAINABILITY, 5(10), pp. 822-829.

Acuto, M. (2022). Research handbook on international law and cities. International Affairs, 98(1), pp. 323-324.

Butcher, S., Cociña, C., Frediani, A., Acuto, M., Pérez‐castro, B., Peña‐díaz, J., ... Macarthy, J. (2022). “Emancipatory Circuits of Knowledge” for Urban Equality: Experiences From Havana, Freetown, and Asia. Urban Planning, 7(3), pp. 206-218.


Butcher, S., Acuto, M. & Trundle, A. (2021). Leaving no urban citizens behind: An urban equality framework for deploying the sustainable development goals. ONE EARTH, 4(11), pp. 1548-1556.

Jon, I. (2021). Lake-ian pragmatism and the path to engaged practice. Urban Geography, pp.1-5.

Butcher, S. (2021). Differentiated citizenship: The everyday politics of the urban poor in Kathmandu, Nepal. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Pejic, D. (2021) 'The power of cities in migration governance: Pilot project report', University of Melbourne, online resource,  25 August 2021.

Fuentenebro, P., & Acuto, M. (2021) ‘The gifted city: Setting a research agenda for philanthropy and urban governance’, Urban Studies. 16 July 2021.

Acuto, M., Kosovac, A., Pejic, D., & Jones, T. L. (2021). “The city as actor in UN frameworks: Formalizing ‘urban agency’ in the international system?” Territory, Politics, Governance, 1–18.

Mokhles, S. and Davidson, K., 2021. A framework for understanding the key drivers of cities' climate actions in city networksUrban Climate, vol.38.

Acuto, M., Pejic, D. and Briggs, J. (2021), Whose City Benchmarks? The Role of the Critical Urbanist in Comparative Urban Measuring. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 45: 389-392.

Acuto, M., Pejic, D. and Briggs, J. (2021), Taking City Rankings Seriously: Engaging with Benchmarking Practices in Global Urbanism. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 45: 363-377.

Acuto, M, Pejic, D. (2021) Shaping a global comparative imagination? Assessing the role of city rankings in the “global city” discourseArea 53: 247– 256.

Oke, C., Bekessy, S.A., Frantzeskaki, N., Bush, J., Fitzsimons, J. A., Garrard, G. E., Grenfell, M., Harrison, L., Hartigan, M., Callow, D., Cotter, B. & Gawler, S. (2021) Cities should respond to the biodiversity extinction crisisnpj Urban Sustainability 1(11).

Acuto, M., & Leffel, B. (2021). “Understanding the global ecosystem of city networks”Urban Studies58(9).


Trundle, A. (2020). Resilient cities in a Sea of Islands: Informality and climate change in the South Pacific. Cities, 97, 102496.

Acuto, M. (2020). Engaging with global urban governance in the midst of a crisis. Dialogues in Human Geography 10(2): 221-224.

Rogers, D., Herbert, M., Murray, K. et al. (2020). The city under COVID: Podcasting as a digital methodology. Journal of Economic and Social Geography, 111: 434-450.

Acuto, M. (2020). COVID-19: Lessons for an Urban (izing) World. One Earth, 2(4), 317-319.

Jon, I. (2020). Scales of Political Action in the Anthropocene: Gaia, Networks, and Cities as Frontiers of Doing Earthly Politics. Global Society, 1-23.

Hensley, M., Mateo-Babiano, D., Minnery, J., & Pojani, D. (2020). How diverging interests in public health and urban planning can lead to less healthy cities. Journal of Planning History, 19(2), 71-89.

Jon, I. (2020). Deciphering posthumanism: Why and how it matters to urban planning in the AnthropocenePlanning Theory.

Butcher, S. (2020). Research solidarity? Navigating feminist ethics in participatory action-research in Kathmandu, NepalGender, Place & Culture, 1.

Kosovac, A. & Davidson, B. (2020). Is too much personal dread stifling alternative pathways to improving urban water security? Journal of Environmental Management, 265.

Trundle, A. (2020). Resilient cities in a Sea of Islands: Informality and climate change in the South PacificCities, 97.

Kosovac, A., Acuto, M. & Jones, T. (2020). Acknowledging Urbanization: A Survey of the Role of Cities in UN FrameworksGlobal Policy.


Davidson, K., Coenen, L., Acuto, M., & Gleeson, B. (2019). Reconfiguring urban governance in an age of rising city networks: A research agenda. Urban Studies, 56(16), 3540-3555.

Jon, I. (2019). Resilience and ‘technicity’: challenges and opportunities for new knowledge practices in disaster planning. Resilience, 7(2), 107-125.

McGrane, S. J., Acuto, M., Artioli, F., Chen, P. Y., Comber, R., Cottee, J., ... & McCann, J. A. (2019). Scaling the nexus: Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food. The Geographical Journal, 185(4), 419-431.

Jon, I. (2019). Reframing postmodern planning with feminist social theory: Toward “anti-essentialist norms”. Planning Theory, 1473095219851214.

Cociña, C., Frediani, A. A., Acuto, M., & Levy, C. (2019). Knowledge translation in global urban agendas: A history of research-practice encounters in the Habitat conferences. World Development, 122, 130-141.

Jon, I., & Reghezza-Zitt, M. (2019). Late Modernity to Postmodern? The Rise of Global Resilience and its Progressive Potentials for Local Disaster Planning (Seattle and Paris). Planning Theory & Practice, 1-29

Kosovac, A., Davidson, B., & Malano, H. (2019). Are We Objective? A Study into the Effectiveness of Risk Measurement in the Water Industry. Sustainability, 11(5), 1279.

Zenkteler, M., Darchen, S., Mateo-Babiano, I., & Baffour, B. (2019). Home-based work in cities: In search of an appropriate urban planning response. Futures, 102494.

Carrero, R., Acuto, M., Tzachor, A., Subedi, N., Campbell, B., & To, L. S. (2019). Tacit networks, crucial care: Informal networks and disaster response in Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha earthquake. Urban Studies, 56(3), 561-577.

Acuto, M., Steenmans, K., Iwaszuk, E., & Ortega-Garza, L. (2019). Informing urban governance? Boundary-spanning organisations and the ecosystem of urban data. Area, 51(1), 94-103.

Acuto, M., & Ghojeh, M. (2019). C40 Cities Inside Out. Global Policy, 10(4), 709-711.

Washbourne, C. L., Culwick, C., Acuto, M., Blackstock, J. J., & Moore, R. (2019). Mobilising knowledge for urban governance: the case of the Gauteng City-region observatory. Urban Research & Practice, 1-23.

Robin, E., Chazal, C., Acuto, M., & Carrero, R. (2019). (Un) learning the city through crisis: lessons from Cape Town. Oxford Review of Education, 45(2), 242-257.

Robin, E., Steenmans, K., & Acuto, M. (2019). Harnessing inclusive urban knowledge for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Urban Research & Practice, 12(2), 137-155.

Gholamhosseini, R., Pojani, D., Mateo Babiano, I., Johnson, L., & Minnery, J. (2019). The place of public space in the lives of Middle Eastern women migrants in Australia. Journal of Urban Design, 24(2), 269-289.

Curtis, S., & Acuto, M. The Foreign Policy of Cities. RUSI Journal, 28 January 2019

Pineo, H., Zimmermann, N., Cosgrave, E., Aldridge, R. W., Acuto, M., & Rutter, H. (2018). Promoting a healthy cities agenda through indicators: development of a global urban environment and health index. Cities & Health, 2(1), 27-45.

Leffel, B., & Acuto, M. (2018). Economic Power Foundations of Cities in Global Governance. Global Society, 32(3), 281-301.

Jon, I., Huang, S. K., & Lindell, M. K. (2018). Perceptions and reactions to tornado warning polygons: Would a gradient polygon be useful?. International journal of disaster risk reduction, 30, 132-144.

Kaltofen, C., & Acuto, M. (2018). Rebalancing the Encounter between Science Diplomacy and International Relations Theory. Global Policy, 9, 15-22.

Acuto, M. (2018). Bydiplomatiet skal studeres i en politisk kontekst. Okonomi & Politik, 91(3).

Kaltofen, C., & Acuto, M. (2018). Science diplomacy: introduction to a boundary problem. Global Policy, 9, 8-14.

Robin, E., & Acuto, M. (2018). Global urban policy and the geopolitics of urban data. Political Geography, 66, 76-87.

Smeds, E. and Acuto, M. (2018). Networking Cities after Paris: Weighing the Ambition of Urban Climate Change Experimentation. Global Policy, 9: 549-559.

Acuto, M., Parnell, S. & Seto, K.C. (2018). Building a global urban science. Nature Sustainability 1, 2–4.

Schafran, A., McDonald, C., Lopez Morales, E., Akyelken, N. & Acuto, M. (2018). Replacing the services sector and three-sector theory: urbanization and control as economic sectors. Regional Studies, 52:12, 1708-1719.


Acuto, M. (2018). Global science for city policy. Science, 359(6372), 165-166.