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The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education

1st Edition

Edited by Nancey Green Leigh, Steven P French, Subhrajit Guhathakurta, Bruce Stiftel


336 pages

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Hardback: 9781138958777
pub: 2019-08-09
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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, 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 cover 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.


"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 Babalik, 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

Table of Contents


The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education

Edited by Nancey Green Leigh, Bruce Stiftel, Subhrajit Guhathakurta, and Steven P. French

Chapter 1: Introduction

By Nancey Green Leigh and Bruce Stiftel

Chapter 2: Education and Demonstration of Professional Competence

By Andrea I. Frank

Chapter 3: Teaching Planning Theory

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

Chapter 4: Planning History

By Robert Freestone

Chapter 5: Planning Law

By Richard K. Norton

Chapter 6: Designing Core Curricula

By Jessica L. H. Doyle and Bruce Stiftel

Chapter 7: Technological Aids for Planning Education

By Jennifer Minner, Jennifer Evans-Cowley, and Nader Afzalan

Chapter 8: Role of Studios and Workshops

By Judith Grant Long

Chapter 9: Gender

By Dory Reeves

Chapter 10: Written, Oral, and Graphic Communication

By Hema C. Dandekar

Chapter 11: Research Design and Data

By David Hsu

Chapter 12: Quantitative Methods

By William J. Drummond

Chapter 13: Qualitative Methods

By Sai Balakrishnan and Ann Forsyth

Chapter 14: Spatial Analysis

By Subhrajit Guhathakurta

Chapter 15: Leadership

By Michael Neuman

Chapter 16: Local Economic Development Planning

By Nancey Green Leigh and Lynn M. Patterson

Chapter 17: Regional Economic Development Planning

By Edward M. Bergman and Edward J. Feser

Chapter 18: Planning at the National Level

By Daniel Galland and Frank Othengrafen

Chapter 19: International Comparative Planning

By Frank Othengrafen and Daniel Galland

Chapter 20: Land Use Planning

By Nicole Gurran

Chapter 21: Environmental Planning

By Christian Zuidema and Gert de Roo

Chapter 22: Transportation

By Andrea Broaddus and Robert Cervero

Chapter 23: Housing and Real Estate Planning

By Katrin B. Anacker

Chapter 24: Urban Design

By Barbara Faga

Chapter 25: Climate Change

By Mark Stevens and Ward Lyles

Chapter 26: Water Resources

By Caitlin Dyckman

Chapter 27: Planning the Just City

By Rachel Kleit and Rebecca Kempner

Chapter 28: Food Systems

By Alfonso Morales and Rosalind Greenstein

About the Editors

Nancey Green Leigh is the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Design and Professor at 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 was co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research from 2012 to 2016, and was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008.

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 S. Stiftel is Professor 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, and Town Planning Review, and represents the Global Planning Education Association Network to UN-Habitat's University Network Initiative.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning