Subsidiary Collection Development Policy: Urban Studies

Subject Librarian Contact Information

Chris Tang
Telephone: 6601-3492


Collections support the Urban Studies Major and Minor within the Division of Social Sciences.

Course offerings include Adelaide to Zhuhai: Cities in a Comparative Perspective, Urban Theory, Geospatial & Demographic Methods in Urban and Social Studies, Urban Spatial Analysis and Representation, Methods in the Social Sciences.  [1]

Topical electives include Key Debates in Urban Planning and Policy, Global and Transnational Urbanism, Healthy and Resilient Cities, Cities of the Global South, Creative Cities, Cityscapes and Urban Form, Architecture and Society, Urban Political Ecology,  “Green” Cities and Urban Natures, Water and Waste in Urban Environments, Community Development: In Search of the Kampung Spirit, Urban Heritage: Place, Memory, Identity.

The research carried out by faculty in Urban Studies includes the social and cultural aspects of cities and urban life, urban identity and difference, heritage and memory, tourism and the culture industries, housing and home, architecture in society, the production and consumption of urban built environments and high-rise living, the politics of heritage, critical colonial and postcolonial urbanisms, professional cultures of city building (including architecture, planning, and engineering), neighbourhood and community development, heritage and place-making, the political economy of cities, comparative political economy of Southeast Asia, the political agendas and consequences of rapid urbanisation in the Global South, the politics of development and change in African cities, the interplay of economic development, technological disruption, and urban form in East and Southeast Asia, the socio-spatial implications of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines, transnational urbanism including the processes by which Brazilian forms of urbanism have been travelling across the Southern Atlantic, the urban effects of oil economies, landscape, political geography, urban geography, religious and spiritual geographies, contested spaces, public space, making cities more liveable and sustainable (especially for the poor), water and sanitation planning and policies, informality, slum upgrading and sustainable urban service provision in developing countries, transport and land use, rural-to-urban migrants’ political orientations and collective action in China, and cultural studies in Asia.  [2]

Description of Materials Collected

  • The materials collected are scholarly.
  • The materials collected are in English; materials in other languages will be purchased if necessary.
  • There are no limitations on geographic range or chronological spans.

The range of call numbers under consideration is:

G 70.2-70.9 Geographical information systems. Geographical databases. Statistical methods. Geographical methodologies.
GF 1-900 Human ecology. Anthropogeography. Settlements. Cities. Urban geography. Rural settlements. Rural geography.
HB 2161-2370 Urban population.
HE 305-311 Urban transportation.
HT 1-100 Communities. Human settlements.
HT 101-160 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology.
HT 161-165 Garden cities. “The city beautiful”.
HT 165.5-169.9 City planning.
HT 170-178 Urban renewal. Urban redevelopment.
HT 201-221 City population.
HT 231 Effect of city life.
HT 251-265 Mental and moral life.
HT 281 Recreation. Amusements.
HT 321-325 The city as an economic factor. City promotion.
HT 330-334 Metropolitan areas.
HT 351-352 Suburban cities and towns.
HT 361-384 Urbanisation. City and country.
HT 388 Regional economics. Space in economics.
HT 390-395 Regional planning.
HT 401-485 Rural groups. Rural sociology.
NA 4100-8999 Architecture (special classes of buildings) e.g. government buildings, public buildings, religious buildings, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, etc.
NA 9000-9428 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying.


The collections include monographs in both print and electronic formats. Online databases of journals or Urban Studies statistics and datasets, are also considered and acquired.

Formats that are not collected:

  • Textbooks
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Microfilmed items
  • Print serials
  • Study guides

Collecting Priorities

Areas of concentration are:

  • Cities and urban forms
  • Urban policy and planning
  • Spatial reasoning, geographical data gathering, analysis, and visualisation
  • Urbanisation and urban society
  • Urbanisation and the environment
  • Urbanisation and architecture
  • Urbanisation and political economy
  • Urbanisation and culture
  • Urbanisation and heritage
  • Urbanisation and tourism
  • International development
  • Community development
  • Human geography

Related Local Collections

  • Collections at National University of Singapore (NUS) Libraries
    • NUS Libraries collects Urban Studies materials at undergraduate and graduate levels. The relevant materials are:
      • Print monographs.
      • Core electronic resources including databases, e.g. Urban Studies Abstracts, Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, etc.
      • Print and electronic journal subscriptions, e.g. International journal of urban and regional research, CITY: Analysis of urban change, theory, action, etc.
      • The Master and Ph.D. thesis collections from the Department of Geography (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) and the Department of Real Estate (School of Design and Environment).
      • The Historical Maps of Singapore (, digitised by the Department of Geography.
    • Collections at National Library Board (NLB) Libraries
      • The National Reference Library collects materials on local and regional aspects of Cities and Urbanisation in Southeast Asia, from the 19th century onwards, including Singapore maps and street directories.
      • NLB also collects Cities and Urbanisation materials for general readers.
    • Collections at the National Archives of Singapore (NAS)
      • The Archives Online database ( is searchable for the NAS’s collection of Singapore maps and building plans, the bulk of which were transferred from government bodies to the NAS. These maps, including topographic maps, survey maps, general maps, aviation maps and hydrographic charts, record the changing Singapore landscapes over the years.


[1] Yale-NUS College, “Urban Studies: Programme Description,” accessed May 1, 2021,

[2] Yale-NUS College, “Urban Studies:  Our Faculty,” accessed May 1, 2021,