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International Planning Studies

An Introduction

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  • Provides a unique comprehensive perspective on the evolving field of international planning studies
  • Considers historical and contemporary dimensions of planning as an international practice and academic discipline
  • Situates planning within multi-scalar context of the wider international sustainability agenda

Part of the book series: Planning, Environment, Cities (PEC)

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the evolving field of international planning studies. It is an essential resource that situates planning as an international discipline and practice with an important role to play in delivering sustainable development across different scales in diverse global contexts. A series of chapters covers past episodes of international influence and exchange in planning, key concepts, research strategies, methods in contemporary international planning studies, as well as ways of characterising and comparing planning systems.

The authors explore the emergence of a global agenda for planning, through the activities and goal setting of international organisations, and professional and civil society networks. Transnational and cross-border contexts and initiatives in different global regions, and their relevance to planning, are investigated. An invaluable resource for students and researchers in planning studies, this book offers an important reflection on the internationalisation of planning practice, education, and scholarship, and the future prospects for planning and planning studies from an international perspective.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

    Olivier Sykes, David Shaw

  • School of Geography and Planning/Ysgol Daearyddiaeth a Chynllunio, Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd, Cardiff/Caerdydd, UK

    Brian Webb

About the authors

Dr. Olivier Sykes is Senior Lecturer in European Spatial Planning at the University of Liverpool and Editor in Chief of Transactions of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). At Liverpool, he leads the module International Planning Studies which received the 2014 AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Professor David Shaw is Professor of Planning at the University of Liverpool. He has considerable experience of international planning practice having previously worked in Africa, extensively on European spatial planning, and in Asia.


Dr. Brian Webb is Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning at Prifysgol Caerdydd/Cardiff University. He has worked in the field of planning in three countries and engaged in comparative urban and regional planning research across Europe, North America, Japan, and South Korea.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: International Planning Studies

  • Book Subtitle: An Introduction

  • Authors: Olivier Sykes, David Shaw, Brian Webb

  • Series Title: Planning, Environment, Cities

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-5406-1Published: 29 March 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-5407-8Published: 27 March 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2946-9589

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-9597

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 279

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Urban Studies/Sociology, Public Policy

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