1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning

Edited By Simin Davoudi, Richard Cowell, Iain White, Hilda Blanco Copyright 2020
    470 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    470 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Companion presents a distinctive approach to environmental planning by: situating the debate in its social, cultural, political and institutional context; being attentive to depth and breadth of discussions; providing up-to-date accounts of the contemporary practices in environmental planning and their changes over time; adopting multiple theoretical and analytical lenses and different disciplinary approaches; and drawing on knowledge and expertise of a wide range of leading international scholars from across the social science disciplines and beyond.

    It aims to provide critical reviews of the state-of-the-art theoretical and practical approaches as well as empirical knowledge and understandings of environmental planning; encourage dialogue across disciplines and national policy contexts about a wide range of environmental planning themes; and, engage with and reflect on politics, policies, practices and decision-making tools in environmental planning. The Companion provides a deeper understanding of the interdependencies between the themes in the four parts of the book (Understanding ‘the environment’, Environmental governance, Critical environmental pressures and responses, and Methods and approaches to environmental planning) and its 37 chapters. It presents critical perspectives on the role of meanings, values, governance, approaches and participations in environmental planning. Situating environmental planning debates in the wider ecological, political, ethical, institutional, social and cultural debates, it aims to shine light on some of the critical journeys that we have traversed and those that we are yet to navigate and their implications for environmental planning research and practice.

    The Companion provides a reference point mapping out the terrain of environmental planning in an international and multidisciplinary context. The depth and breadth of discussions by leading international scholars make it relevant to and useful for those who are curious about, wish to learn more, want to make sense of, and care for the environment within the field of environmental planning and beyond.

    Introduction: Environmental planning: meanings, governance, pressures, responses and approaches Part 1 1.0 Introduction: Understanding ‘the environment’ 1.1 Perspectives on the nature of environmental planning 1.2 Discourses and meanings of ‘the environment’ 1.3 Visionary idealism in environmental planning 1.4 Sustainable development: history and evolution of the concept 1.5 Ecological modernisation: achievements and limitations of densification 1.6 Anthropocene: the challenge for environmental planning 1.7 Understanding risk in environmental planning 1.8 Complexity, uncertainty and resilience Part 2 2.0 Introduction: Environmental governance 2.1 Environmental justice and fairness 2.2 Planning in and for a post-growth and post-carbon economy 2.3 Enhancing anticipatory governance: strategies for mitigating political myopia in environmental planning and policy making 2.4 Knowledge, expertise and trust 2.5 Grassroots and environmental NGOs 2.6 Sustainable behaviour and environmental practices 2.7 Green citizenship: towards spatial and lived perspectives 2.8 Intermediaries and networks 2.9 A more-than-human approach to environmental planning 2.10 Cities leading: the pivotal role of local governance and planning for sustainable development 2.11 Anthropocene communications: cultural politics and media representations of climate change Part 3 3.0 Introduction: Critical environmental pressures and responses 3.1 Climate Resilient Land Governance in the Global South 3.2 Planning and disaster risk reduction 3.3 Planning, infrastructure and low carbon energy 3.4 Waste and management of environmental resources 3.5 Biodiversity, ecosystem services and environmental planning 3.6 Grasping green infrastructure: an introduction to the theory and practice of a diverse environmental planning approach 3.7 Marine planning and coastal management 3.8 Transport and air pollution Part 4 4.0 Introduction: Methods and approaches to environmental planning 4.1 Addressing sustainability issues through land use regulation and zoning 4.2 Indicator-based approaches to environmental planning 4.3 Material flow analysis 4.4 Urban metabolic impact assessment: from concept to practice 4.5 Application of Life Cycle Assessment in buildings: an overview of theoretical and practical information 4.6 Environmental economics and cost-benefit analysis 4.7 Natural capital and ecosystem services valuation: assisting policy making 4.8 Suitability analysis: a fundamental environmental planning tool 4.9 Mainstreaming the environment in planning policy and decision making


    Simin Davoudi is Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning and Director of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK.

    Richard Cowell is Professor of Environmental Planning at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK.

    Iain White is Professor of Environmental Planning, the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

    Hilda Blanco is Emeritus Professor and Project Director at Centre for Sustainable Cities at Sol Price School of Public Policy, the University of Southern California, USA.