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Planning Theory

eISSN: 17413052 | ISSN: 14730952 | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

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"Planning Theory provides an invaluable outlet for the increasing number of scholars in planning who are interested in theoretical issues, whether they be debates around sustainability, or justice, or difference, or ethics, or power and knowledge. Most of the major names in the field (Patsy Healey, James Throgmorton, John Forester, Heather Campbell, Stanley Stein and Thomas Harper for example) have been publishing in this journal in recent years, indicating its respectability and status". Leonie Sandercock, Professor and Director, SCARP, University of British Columbia

"Since its launch in 2002, Planning Theory has attracted a set of highly regarded editors and an eminent editorial board representing 'the fine fleur' of planning theory. The editors and editorial board guarantee a continuous high quality of articles. Leading theorists choose Planning Theory for their best theoretical papers." Louis Albrechts, Professor of Planning, University of Leuven

"Planning Theory provides a unique and much-needed forum for interchange of concepts and theories of planning. It will be an invaluable source of state-of-the-art thinking in the field for scholars, students, and practitioners alike." Bent Flyvbjerg

"Planning Theory is excellent news... I am delighted to see that Planning Theory intends to expand and deepen both the internationalism and the critical debate." Beth Moore Milroy

"Planning Theory will assume a central place in debates about planning issues and concepts. I very much welcome the renewal of this most important forum for debate of planning ideas and concepts." Brendan Gleeson

Planning Theory is an international peer-reviewed forum for the critical exploration of planning theory. The journal publishes the very best research covering the latest debates and developments within the field. A core publication for planning theorists, the journal will also be of considerable interest to scholars of human geography, public administration, administrative science, sociology and anthropology.

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Planning Theory is an international ISI-indexed, peer-reviewed forum for exploring ideas concerned with a broad conception of spatial planning. The Editors welcome intellectually diverse contributions that advance planning theory understanding and debate.


There exists a broad range of views about what planning theory is and could, or should, be. This reflects an equally diverse range of views about the processes and products of planning as practised in different parts of the world. One of the roles of Planning Theory as a journal is to work through the agreements and tensions between views by publishing quality papers presenting, for instance, strong theoretical arguments, innovative ways of thinking, new ways of applying theory and so on.


At the core of planning is a concern with space and with ethical judgments that may affect immediate as well as trans-generational temporal scales. Sources of planning theories are eclectic and diverse, drawing on disciplines and concerns that range from philosophy, architecture, post-colonial studies and law to the social sciences and design practices. The journal encourages a critical exploration of planning paradigms and ideas that reflect on major planning issues such as social conflict, urbanisation, notions of informality and environmental change. Especially welcome are contributions that clarify or critique current planning theories or introduce disciplinary, cultural, moral or methodological concepts that advance theoretical debates about planning.


Planning Theory publishes:


Peer-reviewed articles


Book reviews and review essays

Managing Editor
Angelique Chettiparamb The University of Reading, UK
North American Editor
Charles Hoch University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Associate Managing Editor
Jean Hillier RMIT School of Global Studies, Australia
Comments Editor
Stefano Moroni Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Special Issue Editor
Stephen Wood University of New England, Australia
Podcast Editors
Mona Fawaz American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Yvonne Rydin Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK
Essay Editor
Bishwapriya Sanyal Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Reviews Editor
Jabareen Yosef Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Book Review Editor
Ihnji Jon University of Melbourne, Australia
Editorial Administrator
JingHeng Huang University of Reading, UK
Editorial Board
Henri Acselrad Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
E.R. Alexander University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Nurit Alfasi Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Claudia Basta Department of Spatial Planning and Quality of the Environment, Netherlands
Kang Cao Zhejiang University, China
John Forester Cornell University, USA
Kristina Grange Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Enrico Gualini University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Andy Inch University of Sheffield, UK
Nikhil Kaza University of North Carolina, USA
Neema Kudva Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, USA
Mickey Lauria Clemson University, USA
Crystal Legacy University of Melbourne, Australia
Raine Mantysalo Aalto University, Finland
Jonathan Metzger KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Nihal Perera Ball State University, USA
Libby Porter RMIT University, Australia
Ward Rauws University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Tore Sager Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Federico Savini University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lisa Schweitzer University of Southern California, USA
Aleksander D. Slaev Free Varna University, Bulgaria
Bruce Stiftel Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Karen Umemoto UCLA, USA
Kristof van Assche University of Alberta, Canada
Niraj Verma Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Lawrence Wai-Chung Lai University of Hong Kong, China
Tanja Winkler University of Cape Town, South Africa
Arata Yamamoto Independent Researcher
Oren Yiftachel Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Former Managing Editors
Michael Gunder University of Auckland, New Zealand
Jean Hillier RMIT School of Global Studies, Australia
Huw Thomas Cardiff University, UK
Founding Editor
Luigi Mazza Polytechnico di Milano, Italy
Former Editorial Board
Simone Abram Durham University, UK
Judith Allen University of Westminster
Philip Allmendinger Clare College, Cambridge University, UK
Howell S. Baum University of Maryland, USA
Andreas Faludi Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Bent Flyvbjerg Said Business School, Oxford University, UK
John Friedmann University of British Colombia, Canada
Patsy Healey University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Nicholas Low University of Melbourne, Australia
Beth Moore Milroy Ryerson University, Canada
Ananya Roy UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, USA
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