Monthly Archives: January 2018

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: Planning Knowledge and Research

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication:

Karsten Zimmermann, Robin Chang, and Andreas Putlitz (2018) Planning Culture: Research Heuristics and Explanatory Value, in: Planning Knowledge and Research

Abstract: The field of urban planning is far-reaching in breadth and depth. This is due to the complex nature of cities, regions, and development processes. The knowledge domain of planning includes social, economic, technological, environmental, and political systems that continue to evolve and expand rapidly. Understanding these systems is an inter-disciplinary endeavor at the scale of several academic fields. The wide range of topics considered by planning educators and practitioners are often based on varying definitions of “planning” and modes of planning practice. This unique book discusses various elements and contributions to urban planning research to show that seemingly disparate topics do in fact intersect and together, contribute to ways of understanding urban planning. The objective is not to discuss how to “do” research, but rather, to explore the context of urban planning scholarship with implications for the planning academy and planning practice.

This edited volume includes chapters contributed by a diverse range of planning scholars who consider the corpus of planning scholarship both historically and critically in their area of expertise. It is essential reading for students of planning research and planning theory from around the world. (further information)

Edited by Thomas W. Sanchez

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: Relevanz, Wandel und Anforderungen wissenschaftlicher Politikberatung in der Raumplanung

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: Relevanz, Wandel und Anforderungen wissenschaftlicher Politikberatung in der Raumplanung

Abstract: Evidenced-based planning is a salient issue and evokes questions about the role of expertise and scientific policy advice in spatial planning. This paper considers recent trends in the debate on scientific policy advice – crises of expertise, privatization/democratization of expertise, blurring of boundaries bet ween science and policy – and reflects upon these trends against the background of the particular situation of scientific policy advice in spatial planning in Germany. Many insights from the wider debate on policy advice also hold true for spatial planning. However, spatial planning, at least in Germany, reveals some particularities. The scientific foundation of spatial planning is interdisciplinary and the gap between science and practice is probably less visible compared to other scientific disciplines. This makes dualistic approaches (science–policy boundaries) questionable. At the same time, recent trends towards Gesellschaftsberatung (advice for society), transformative science and transdisciplinarity are attractive directions in spatial planning. (further information)

English title: Relevance, Change and Demands in Scientific Policy Advice in Spatial Planning

Edited by: Karsten Zimmermann (2017)