1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education

ISBN 9781138958777
Published July 31, 2019 by Routledge
370 Pages

USD $250.00

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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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Nancey Green Leigh is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Design and Professor of the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of more than 50 articles and three books, including Planning Local Economic Development (with E. J. Blakeley), now in its sixth edition, Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb (with J. Fitzgerald) and Stemming Middle Class Decline: The Challenge to Economic Development Planning. She previously served as Vice President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, President of the Faculty Women’s Interest Group, and was co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research from 2012 to 2016. She was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008. Her current research, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, focuses on the impacts of robotics and automation diffusion on industry and employment in urban and regional economies.

Steven P. French is Dean of the College of Design and Professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology. He previously served as Director of the City Planning program, Director of the Center for Geographic Information Systems at Georgia Tech, and Associate Dean of Research. French’s teaching and research activities focus on sustainable urban development, land use planning, GIS applications, and natural hazard risk assessment. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 refereed journal articles and four books, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, and Earthquake Spectra.

Subhrajit Guhathakurta is Professor and Chair in the School of City and Regional Planning as well as Director of the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (CSPAV) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously Associate Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (ASU) and among the founding faculty members of ASU's School of Sustainability. He is the immediate past co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research and is on the editorial board of the Journal of American Planning Association and several other urban planning journals. He is a member of technical advisory boards of the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Bruce Stiftel is Professor Emeritus at the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His most recent books are Adaptive Governance and Water Conflict (co-edited with John T. Scholz) and Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning, Volume 2 (co-edited with Vanessa Watson and Henri Ascelrad), and he served as consultant to UN-Habitat in production of the World Cities Report 2016. He previously served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, founding chairperson of the Global Planning Education Association Network, and member of the Planning Accreditation Board. He is a member of the editorial boards of Planning Theory, International Planning Studies, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy, and Town Planning Review, and represents the Global Planning Education Association Network to UN-Habitat's University Network Initiative.

Jessica L. H. Doyle received her doctorate from the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on metropolitan-level differences in rates of Latino entrepreneurship. She has previously published in Planning Forum, Carolina Planning Journal, and plaNext, and co-authored, with Catherine L. Ross, a chapter in Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness (Island Press, 2009). She is also a mother of two.

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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