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The Pattis Family Foundation Global Cities Book Award aims to improve our collective knowledge of actors, communities, and/or institutions that significantly shape global cities.

Background

The winning book will enhance our understanding of issues affecting urban areas, carry substantial policy implications, and be accessible in terms of its content for the general reader, as well as applicable to policymakers and academics. This award, and the activities surrounding it, will recognize and elevate important books contributing to the understanding and analysis of cities and the many issues urban communities face. It will also expand global awareness and discussion about the ideas and policy recommendations in these books. The first award will be presented in June 2023.

Eligibility Criteria for 2023

The book must be:
  • An original work of nonfiction (no reprints, textbooks, edited compilations, or anthologies)
  • Accessible to the public as well as to academics and policymakers
  • Copyrighted from January 2021 to December 2022
  • Published in English (books judged on time they were published in English, not original publication date if first published in other language)
  • No self-published works or e-book-only titles
The book must:
  • Focus on cities–urban geographies, topics, and issues
  • Explore the actors, communities, and/or institutions that shape global cities
  • Improve collective knowledge of the dynamics and influence of global cities
  • Enhance understanding of policies and issues affecting urban areas
  • Address local and global actors, forces, and trends that shape neighborhoods, cities, or metropolitan areas, and that involve urban policy, planning, and/or governance
Publishing Requirements
  • Available to the public in hardcover or bound paperback form 
  • Published by a reputable academic or trade press 
  • Published edition in United States (books judged on time they were published in US, not original publication date if first published elsewhere)
  • Copyrighted between January 2021 and December 2022
Content
  • Must be public-facing
  • In terms of form and writing style, the book must be accessible to academics, policymakers, and the public.
  • In terms of content, the book must focus on urban geographies, topics, and issues pertaining to culture, technology, and society.
  • May be generalizable to other urban contexts and touch on sectors like business, civics, education, and the arts
  • Should explore actors, communities, and/or institutions that significantly shape global cities
  • Must be nonfiction
Impact

Must have policy potential:

  • The book improves our collective knowledge of actors, communities, and/or institutions that significantly shape global cities. 
  • The book enhances our understanding of significant policy and policy-adjacent issues affecting urban areas.
  • The book explores ideas that have the potential to shape contemporary policy-making.
Focus on 'Global City'

Must focus on topics related to global cities in one of two ways:

  • The book addresses policy or policy-adjacent issues that center on interactions among local and global actors, forces, and trends that shape neighborhoods, cities, or metropolitan regions.
  • The book explores any scale of policymaking processes that involve city or metropolitan governance.

How to Submit

Submissions will be accepted from June 6, 2022 to December 31, 2022. Please email the book as an attached PDF to GCbookaward@thechicagocouncil.org. In the email, provide:

  • Full title
  • Author's name and bio
  • Publisher/Imprint
  • Copyright date
  • Publication date (month and year)
  • Page count
  • Note if book is illustrated
  • Price
  • ISBN
  • A publicly shareable description of the book

For specific queries, contact:

Rachel Abrams

Global Cities Officer