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Planning, Sustainable Urbanisation, and the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth Association of Planners, Past, Present and Future

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ISBN 9781032414027
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

By 2050, an additional 2.5 billion people will be living in the world’s towns and cities, almost 50 percent of them in the 56 Commonwealth countries. To a significant extent, the future of the planet hangs on how cities and human settlements are managed. It is in our cities that the emissions creating climate catastrophe are stoked, and where change can – and must - make a difference at scale. Food security, water, basic services, migration, shelter, jobs, environment: sustainable urbanisation is about changing direction to strive for a fairer and less environmentally damaging future.

This well-illustrated book by authors from around the globe tells how the Commonwealth Association of Planners across five decades has campaigned to make a difference. It also looks ahead, scoping the urgent, practical action that is now required.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Messages and Introduction

Message from the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland, KC, Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Message from Anne Gallagher, Director-General, Commonwealth Foundation.

Message from Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat.

Messages from sponsors of the book.

1. Planning, Sustainable Urbanisation and the Work of CAP

Clive Harridge

Part 2: The First 50 Years

Introduction to Part 2

Ian Tant

2. Pointing a Path to Sustainable Urbanisation

Cliff Hague

3. 1970-1988 Laying the Foundations for a Commonwealth-wide Profession

Clive Harridge

4. 1988-2000 New Technologies and an Existential Crisis

Bill Robertson

5. 2000-2006 Reinventing Planning for Sustainable Urbanisation

Cliff Hague

6. 2006-2014 Towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda

Christine Platt

7. 2014-2020 Building Global Partnerships for Sustainable Urbanisation

Dyan Currie

8. 2020-2022 The Road to the Kigali Declaration on Sustainable Urbanisation and Beyond

Eleanor Mohammed and Kelley Moore

9. Gender and Sustainable Urbanisation – the work of the CAP Women in Planning Network

Jua Cilliers and Kristin Agnello

Part 3: The Next 50 Years

Introduction to Part 3

Ian Tant

10. Planning for Sustainable Urbanisation: Issues and challenges

Cliff Hague and Christine Platt

11. Planners will not be the Man in Horned Rimmed Glasses: The Future is Civil Not Civic

Vijay Krishnarayan

12. Young People Driving Sustainable Urbanisation

Olafiyin Taiwo

13. Education for Planning a Sustainable Future

Barbara Norman

14. Endpiece: Perspectives on the Past and Future of Planning in the Commonwealth

Cliff Hague, Clive Harridge, Bryce Julyan, Ruiz NIK and Ian Tant


Appendix 1 CAP Chronology

Appendix 2 Biographical details of Contributors to the book

Appendix 3 Details of Sponsors

Appendix 4 Glossary

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Cliff Hague, OBE, has been President of CAP and of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is Emeritus Professor in Planning and Spatial Development at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He has been Secretary General of CAP, and Chair of Built Environment Forum Scotland.

Clive Harridge was President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2006 and served as the Secretary-General of CAP between 2010 and 2021. He is a former Director and Head of Planning, Transport and Design at the international consultancy Wood.

Bryce Julyan is a Fellow of the New Zealand Planning Institute and an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. He leads the Planning & Engagement Practice at Beca, a New Zealand headquartered consultancy covering the Asia- Pacific region., Bryce has served on the CAP Executive Committee since 2014.

Ruiz Nik is a Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Planners and is the Principal Director of Rekarancang, a Malaysian planning consultancy established since 1977. He has served as Malaysia’s representative on CAP since 2018.

Ian Tant is a planning practitioner and a former Senior Partner of UK-based consultancy Barton Willmore (subsequently part of Stantec). He was the President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2019 and has been the UK’s Vice President of CAP since 2020.


"I welcome this text for educators and practitioners. It fills a gap in writing about urbanisation and planning focused on the Commonwealth, and particularly the historical realities of the Commonwealth. This book offers a wide range of materials by authors from varying Commonwealth countries and backgrounds that truly reflects the past, present, and future of Commonwealth urbanisation."

Dr Carol Archer, Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica 

"The book eloquently traces the development of sustainable urbanisation and lays out a futuristic vision from a transnational planning perspective. Its unique narrative style draws on an eclectic selection of papers ranging from environment, governance and representation. Tracing key milestones, the book stands out in its diverse spatio-temporal perspective and the pragmatic institutional approach towards sustainable urbanisation and planning."

Professor Debolina Kundu, National Institute for Urban Affairs, Delhi, India

"This unique book records first-hand accounts by activist planners of the progress of modern planning within the context of urban change over the last fifty years. It offers a holistic perspective on the future role of the planning profession for delivering sustainable urbanisation and development across the Commonwealth and beyond."

Dr. Shilpi Roy, Associate Professor of Urban and Rural Planning, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh

"Reflecting on 50 years of the Commonwealth Association of Planners, this book, written by past presidents and key activists, provides a rare insight into an international planning institution, its initiatives to assert how planning reinvented can contribute to sustainable urbanisation, and why it matters. It offers a rich, illuminating account of planning pasts and possible futures."

Professor Alison Todes, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa