Academic Writing Workshop

Writing for Success: Conducting Scholarly Literature Reviews for Research in English on Urban Contexts, Cities and Regions

DATE: May 8, 2021

TIME: To be announced



Positioning our scholarship within broader debates is essential for us to make an original contribution to knowledge. This session is intended to provide an overview of different methods to systematize and organize scholarly works to develop a coherent and cohesive literature review.


As this is a hands-on workshop, we very strongly encourage participants to bring draft materials to work. The way this workshop sessions are structured, instructors will give a talk on strategies to publish scholarly works in English.

The workshop is focused on books and articles, and book chapters. We do not expect that you will bring a full draft of a book, or even a book chapter or article, but we do want to ensure your experience is maximized and you get the most out of these sessions. Therefore, it will be imperative that you bring along as much of the material as possible (your notes, draft memorandums, analyzed dataset outputs, etc.)

My session (RPV) will focus on situating your work within the literature. I will be covering the following topics:

a)  Types of reviews (systematic, non-systematic)

b) Undertaking a literature review (using systematic principles)

c) Mapping the debates around a specific research topic

d) Organizing and synthesizing scholarship

e) Presenting scholarly works in an integrated manner (aka writing literature reviews)

Background materials

Expected outputs

From this workshop (and at least, from my session!) I do not expect you to leave with a finished product. I do hope, however, that you will have moved forward in your work, and one indicator of success would be how much writing you got done (or revising, as the case may be) within the time allocated to the workshop.

Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega