1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of University-Community Partnerships in Planning Education

Edited By Megan E. Heim LaFrombois, Jay Mittal Copyright 2024
    526 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook explores two guiding questions – how can university-community partnerships in planning education work, and how can they be transformative? University-community partnerships – often referred to as service-learning or community-engaged teaching and learning – are traditionally based on a collaborative relationship between an academic partner and a community-based partner, in which students from the academic partner work within the community on a project. Transformational approaches to university-community partnerships are approaches that develop and sustain mutually beneficial collaborations where knowledge is co-created and new ways of knowing and doing are discovered.

    This edited volume examines a variety of university-community partnerships in planning education, from a number of different perspectives, with a focus on transformative models. The authors explore broader theoretical issues, including topics relating to pedagogy, planning theory, and curriculum; along with more practical topics relating to best practices, logistics, institutional support, outcome measures, and the various forms these partnerships can take – all through an array of case studies. The authors, which include academics, professional practitioners, academic practitioners, and students, bring an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge and experience from across the globe – Australia, Canada, Chile, Europe (including Germany, Spain, Slovakia, and Sweden), India, Jamaica, South Korea, and the United States.


    Megan E. Heim LaFrombois and Jay Mittal

    Theoretical Considerations: Planning Theory, Pedagogy, and Curriculum


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    1. Black Experiences with Planning in Canada: Expanding Anti-Racism Competencies through Community-Engaged Research and Digital Storytelling
    2. Adwoa Afful, Marjorie Johnstone, Veronica Marsman, Abigail Moriah, Itah Sadu, Magdalena Ugarte, Simone Weir, and Amina Yasin

    3. Building Capacity for Indigenous Planning
    4. Sarah Cooper

    5. An Architecture Studio Providing a Planning Education through Community-Engaged Models: A Detroit Case
    6. Joongsub Kim

    7. On the Coloniality of Planning in Jamaica: Transformation of the Classroom into a Site of Hopeful Resistance
    8. Tina M.F. Beale and Rochelle Channer

    9. Smashing Statues, Burning Churches, and Ransacking the Constitution: A Pedagogical Response, Chile 2019–2022
    10. Beatriz Maturana and Anthony McInneny

    11. Appreciative Inquiry: Theoretical and Practical Illustrations
    12. Ivis García

      The Big Picture: Best Practices, Logistics, Collaborations, and Outcomes


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    13. Best Practices from 28 Planning Program-Community Partnership Projects
    14. Craig T. Olwert, Zeynep Toker, and Henrik P. Minassians

    15. Incorporating Immersive International Learning in Graduate Planning Curriculum: Lessons from India Experience
    16. Ajay Agarwal

    17. The Role of Community-Based Projects in Enhancing Student Learning in a Planning Curriculum
    18. Susan L. Bradbury

    19. Learnings from Ten Years of Engagement with Communities in the Southeastern United States
    20. Jay Mittal

    21. Planning for the Transformation of a Diverse River Corridor amid Political Conflict: Reedy River Master Plan, Greenville, SC
    22. Barry Nocks

    23. Reflections on Community-Engaged Projects in the Rustbelt
    24. Robert Pfaff and Stephanie Ryberg-Webster

    25. The European Joint Doctorate "UrbanHist": Insights from an Innovative Training Network across Europe
    26. Federico Camerin

    27. University-Community Partnerships in Australia
    28. Neil G. Sipe

    29. Using Outreach and Engagement to Strengthen Teaching and Research: A Collaborative Framework at Iowa State University
    30. Biswa Das and Gary Taylor

      Tying it all Together in Practice: Case Studies


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    31. A Grant-Based Community Partnership Project Learning Experience
    32. Yunmi Park and Jung-Eun Lee

    33. Collaborative Local Food Resilience Planning in Logan, Australia
    34. Kimberley Reis, Gayle Brent, and Stacey Martin

    35. Community-Education Partnership for Fostering Sustainable Transport: The Case of Sydney, Australia
    36. Awais Piracha

    37. Community-Engaged Scholarship: Repurposing the Millsaps Hotel
    38. Joan Marshall Wesley and Daphine G. Hill

    39. Elevating Community Voice: Community Engagement in Planning Studio
    40. Lynn Mandarano

    41. Environmental Justice Leadership-In-Training (EJ-LIT): A University-Professional Organization Partnership for Preparing the Next Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders
    42. Kwame N. Owusu-Daaku, Bonita C. Johnson, and Stephen Kofi Diko

    43. Indian Village Planning through Community Engagement
    44. Anand Khatri

    45. Leveraging University and Metropolitan Planning Organization Partnerships to Support Environmental Planning in Greater Cincinnati Region
    46. Margaret Minzner and Kristy Hopfensperger

    47. Play Ames: Imagine Your City. A City-University Partnership in Engaging Underrepresented Residents with Playful Learning Activities
    48. Alenka Poplin, Stella Schroeder, Gloria Betcher, Vishnu Priya Sairamesh, Fatema Nourin, and Natalie Jacobson

    49. Promoting a Sustainable Future for and with the Community: University-Community Partnership through Immersive Learning
    50. Sanglim Yoo

    51. The Toronto Green Infrastructure Youth Hackathon
    52. Kate Nelischer, Sheila Boudreau, Angela Murphy, and Pat Cheung


    53. Transforming the Practice of Planning through the Collective Impact of University-Community Partnerships

    Megan E. Heim LaFrombois


    Megan E. Heim LaFrombois, PhD, AICP, is an Associate Professor in the Master of Community Planning program in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University, US. Her research focuses on community development, urban inequalities, participatory forms of planning, public policy, and feminist and qualitative methodologies. With over eight years of professional experience in community development and planning, an important aspect of her work, both as a practitioner and academic, is community engagement in addressing urban inequalities.

    Jay Mittal, PhD, MBA, is an Associate Professor in the Master of Community Planning program at Auburn University, US. With over 24 years of professional experience in private consulting, research, and academic settings, Jay teaches graduate courses in urban planning, real estate development, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has partnered with several local communities, public housing authorities, and economic development agencies in Alabama and Georgia, US, for collaborative community-engaged class projects. His research interests are university-community partnerships for local economic development, land value capture, land markets, real estate valuation, real estate market analysis, and plan-making in the United States and India.

    “The editors have included an excellent collection of examples and case studies of university-community partnerships in the planning field from across the world. This collection provides insights for university administrators and planning program leaders alike, highlighting the important role that planning programs play in university-community partnerships.”

    Jennifer S Cowley, University of Texas at Arlington, President

    "The Routledge Handbook of University-Community Partnerships in Planning Education reveals the often-transformative impact of urban planning school project work on professional education and on the communities served.  Comparisons among thirty-three universities in eleven countries contain a wealth of ideas about how best to leverage the enthusiasm and freshness of students to bring the latest urban planning practices into a wide-range of communities.  This book should be required reading for new academic staff and tenure committees."

    Bruce Stiftel, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; Founding Chair, Global Planning Education Association Network