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The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South

1st Edition

Edited by Gautam Bhan, Smita Srinivas, Vanessa Watson


396 pages | 29 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South offers an edited collection on planning in parts of the world which, more often than not, are unrecognised or unmarked in mainstream planning texts. In doing so, its intention is not to fill a ‘gap’ that leaves this ‘mainstream’ unquestioned but to re-theorise planning from a deep understanding of ‘place’ as well as a commitment to recognise the diverse modes of practice that come within it.

The chapters thus take the form not of generalised, ‘universal’ analyses and prescriptions, but instead are critical and located reflections in thinking about how to plan, act and intervene in highly complex city, regional and national contexts. Chapter authors in this Companion are not all planners, or are planners of very different kinds, and this diversity ensures a rich variety of insights, primarily based on cases, to emphasise the complexity of the world in which planning is expected to happen.

The book is divided into a framing Introduction followed by five sections: planning and the state; economy and economic actors; new drivers of urban change; landscapes of citizenship; and planning pedagogy. This volume will be of interest to all those wanting to explore the complexities of planning practice and the need for new theories of knowledge from which to draw insight to face the challenges of the 21st century.


"This collection reveals an incredible diversity in thought and practice in the urban planning field, across the rich range of sectors, planning issues, and geographies represented. Planning is always context dependent and this volume helps distill lessons across cases while appreciating differences. It highlights guidance for fast-growing cities in the global south that stems from their own experiences rather than discredited notions of universal "best practice." It is imperative reading for everyone focusing on research and practice in the global south." - Aniruddha Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, USA

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

List of tables

List of contributors


Introduction:Gautam Bhan, Smita Srinivas and Vanessa Watson

Section One: Planning and/as the state

  1. Spatial rationalities and the challenges for planners in the New Urban Agenda for Sustainable Development Clive Barnett and Susan Parnell
  2. Growth and inclusion in the mega-cities of India, South Africa and Brazil Patrick Heller
  3. Urban planning at a crossroads: A critical assessment of Brazil's City Statute, 15 years later Edesio Fernandes
  4. African urbanisation and democratisation: Public policy, planning and public administration dilemmas Dele Olowu
  5. Data on rapidly growing cities – Lessons from planning and public policies for housing precarity in Brazil Eduardo Marques
  6. A ‘peripheries’ view of planning failures in Kolkata and Hyderabad in India Sudeshna Mitra
  7. Section Two: Economy and economic actors

  8. Urbanisation and development: Reinforcing the foundations Ivan Turok
  9. Planning Special Economic Zones in China Qianqi Shen
  10. Planning in the midst of informality: An application to youth employment programmes in Egypt Ragui Assaad
  11. No Global South in economic development Smita Srinivas
  12. The informal economy in cities of the global south: Challenges to the planning lexicon Caroline Skinner and Vanessa Watson
  13. Urban finance: Strengthening an overlooked foundation of urban planning Paul Smoke
  14. Section Three: New drivers of change: Ecology, infrastructure and technology

  15. Urban climate adaptation in the global South: Justice and inclusive development in a new planning domain Eric Chu, Isabelle Anguelovski and Debra Roberts
  16. Social-environmental dilemmas of planning an ‘ecological civilisation’ in China Jia-Ching Chen
  17. Open space provision and environmental preservation strategies: A case study in Brazil Mônica A. Haddad
  18. Cities and urban food poverty in Africa Jane Battersby
  19. Technology and spatial governance in cities of the global South Nancy Odendaal
  20. Balancing accessibility with aspiration: Challenges in urban transport planning in the global South Anjali Mahendra
  21. Section Four: Landscapes of citizenship

  22. ‘Terra Nullius’ and planning: Land, law and identity in Israel/Palestine Oren Yiftachel
  23. The Intent to Reside: Residence in the auto-constructed city Gautam Bhan, Amlanjyoti Goswami and Aromar Revi
  24. Living as logistics: Tenuous struggles in the remaking of collective AbdouMaliq Simone
  25. Informal worker organising and mobilisation: Linking global with local advocacy Chris Bonner, Françoise Carré, Martha Alter Chen and Rhonda Douglas
  26. Is there a typical urban violence? Fernando M. Carrión and Alexandra Velasco
  27. Urban upgrading to reduce violence in informal settlements – The case of Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) in Monwabisi Park, Cape Town, South Africa Mercy Brown-Luthango and Elena Reyes
  28. Starting from here: Challenges in planning for better health care in Tanzania Maureen Mackintosh and Paula Tibandebage
  29. Section Five: Planning pedagogies

  30. Learning from the city: A politics of urban learning in planning Colin McFarlane
  31. Campus in camps: Knowledge production and urban interventions in refugee camps Alessandro Petti
  32. At the coalface, take 3: Re-imagining community-university engagements from here Tanja Winkler
  33. Co-learning the city – Towards a pedagogy of poly-learning and planning praxis Adriana Allen, Rita Lambert and Christopher Yap
  34. Learning to learn again: Restoring relevance to development experiments through a whole systems approach Jigar Bhatt


About the Editors

Gautam Bhanis Lead, Academics and Research, at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and is most recently the author of In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi (2016).

Smita Srinivas is an economic development scholar with a PhD from MIT. She is Visiting Professor of Economics and IKD Centre, Open University, UK, and Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her last book Market Menagerie (Stanford University Press 2012) won the EAEPE 2015 Myrdal Prize.

Vanessa Watson is professor of city planning at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and is a Fellow of this University. She holds degrees, including a PhD, from South African universities and the Architectural Association of London and is on the executive of the African Centre for Cities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries