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The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education

ISBN 9781138958777
Published July 31, 2019 by Routledge
370 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education is the first comprehensive handbook with a unique focus on planning education. Comparing approaches to the delivery of planning education by three major planning education accreditation bodies in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and reflecting concerns from other national planning systems, this handbook will help to meet the strong interest and need for understanding how planning education is developed and delivered in different international contexts.

The handbook is divided into five major sections, including coverage of general planning knowledge, planning skills, traditional and emerging planning specializations, and pedagogy. An international cohort of contributors covers each subject’s role in educating planners, its theory and methods, key literature contributions, and course design.

Higher education’s response to globalization has included growth in planning educational exchanges across international boundaries; The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education is an essential resource for planners and planning educators, informing the dialogue on the mobility of planners educated under different national schema.

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

1 Introduction

Nancey Green Leigh and Bruce Stiftel

2 Education and Demonstration of Professional Competence

Andrea I. Frank


Pillars of Planning Education

3 Planning History

Robert Freestone

4 Teaching Planning Theory in China

Kang Cao, Qinshi Li, Xiaolan Li, and Li Zheng

5 Planning Law

Richard K. Norton



6 Designing Core Curricula

Jessica L. H. Doyle and Bruce Stiftel

7 Planning Technology

Jennifer Minner, Jennifer Evans-Cowley, and Nader Afzalan

8 Role of Studios and Workshops

Judith Grant Long

9 Gender

Dory Reeves


Planning Skills

10 Written, Oral, and Graphic Communication

Hemalata C. Dandekar

11 Research Design and Practice

David Hsu

12 Quantitative Methods

William J. Drummond

13 Qualitative Methods

Sai Balakrishnan and Ann Forsyth

14 Spatial Analysis

Subhrajit Guhathakurta

15 Leadership

Michael Neuman


Traditional Subjects of Specialization

16 Local Economic Development Planning

Nancey Green Leigh and Lynn M. Patterson

17 Regional Economic Development Planning

Edward M. Bergman and Edward Feser

18 Planning at the National Level

Daniel Galland and Frank Othengrafen

19 International Comparative Planning

Frank Othengrafen and Daniel Galland

20 Land Use Planning

Nicole Gurran

21 Environmental Planning

Christian Zuidema and Gert de Roo

22 Transportation Planning

Andrea Broaddus and Robert Cervero

23 Housing and Real Estate Planning

Katrin B. Anacker

24 Urban Design

Barbara Faga


Essential Subjects of Planning Sustainable Places

25 Climate Change

Ward Lyles and Mark Stevens

26 Water Resources Planning

Caitlin Dyckman

27 Planning the Just City

Rachel Garshick Kleit and Rebecca F. Kemper

28 Food Systems

Alfonso Morales and Rosalind Greenstein


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"After the start of planning education at Liverpool University (1907), the planning teaching exploded in post-war societies and recently in the awaking of new economies in the south. This first international handbook offers a unique insight in the common grounds, enabling a cross fertilization of experiences over the world."
Willem Salet, University of Amsterdam


"This insightful book is timely at the start of modern urban planning’s second century. I predict that reviewers of the 50-year anniversary edition, writing in 2070, will find that planning education is even more highly valued by society and that the emerging normative themes reviewed in the current edition dominate the curriculum."
Chris Webster, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong


"I appreciate the authors for this wonderful and unique compilation on pedagogy of Planning Education
and highly recommend it to educators as this book bridges the gap between various schools of planning
from different parts of the world. This book paves the way for a global discussion on this very important
subject concerning planning education. Hopefully additional pedagogical approaches will be added to this
book over a period time."
Utpal Sharma, Director, Institute of Architecture & Planning, Nirma University, Ahmedabad


"Bringing together informative chapters on the essence of planning and its pedagogy, on core components, specialisation subjects and emerging topics in planning education, and on approaches to professional competency assessment, The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education is a must-read for those who teach planning and research in planning. I found it an enjoyable and informative read, as well as a valuable sourcebook on how planning education is evolving and being delivered in different international contexts."
Prof.Dr. Ela Babalık, METU, Ankara


The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education promises to be the most influential and widely used guide to the how, what and why of planning education.  The perspectives and advice tendered by this distinguished and diverse assemblage of planning educators will ensure that all of us do what we do more effectively. It has no equal.”
Christopher Silver, PhD, FAICP, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida


“The ongoing conversation on how planning training travels across international borders is more relevant than ever. This volume provides a conceptually astute and carefully curated range of papers that considers the geographic and sectoral dimensions of this. It is a rich resource for planning educators as well as those in related disciplines.”
Nancy Odendaal, University of Cape Town; Chair: Association of African Planning Schools


"This handbook is a great compendium of theories and practices that celebrate planning education. At the same time, it catapults planning as a dynamic contemporary disciplinary field taught in universities. A must read reference for planning educators throughout the world."
Juan Ángel Demerutis Arenas, Professor/ researcher at the University of Guadalajara and President of the Association of Latin American Schools of Planning and Urbanism (ALEUP- Asociación Latinoamericana de Escuelas de Urbanismo y Planificación)


"Providing broad and diverse contributions to planning education coming from English-language scholarship, from methodologies to emerging and traditional areas of analyses and practice, this handbook provides a powerful opportunity to share common knowledges, creative experiences and practices related to planning in different contexts, emphasizing solidarity and empowerment of social groups over competition."
Heloisa Costa, Federal University of Minas Gerais and ANPUR