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The future of the planning profession

Parker, Gavin, Wargent, Matthew ORCID:, Linovski, Orly, Schoneboom, Abigail, Gunn, Susannah, Slade, Daniel, Odeleye, Nezhapi-Dellé, Maidment, Christopher, Shepherd, Edward ORCID:, Doak, Joe, Elliot, Trudi, Nicholls, Victor, Street, Emma, Dobson, Mark, Platts, Sarah and Tasan-Kok, Tuna 2020. The future of the planning profession. Planning Theory and Practice 21 (3) , pp. 453-480. 10.1080/14649357.2020.1776014

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This Interface emerged from a symposium on the future of the planning profession held at the University of Reading in September 2019. This reflected on present new challenges concerning the means, political standing, and substantive goals of planning across the globe. Some issues discussed are longer-run and continually shifting. The conditions and tasks faced by planning have morphed, as have the types of people and sectoral balance involved in planning. Renewed scrutiny over the environment, quality of development, and its accountability to the public it seeks to serve, are active topics in the UK. Pointedly, concerns over a public sector planning that has been weakened by a decade of austerity and destabilised by serial changes are in the forefront of peoples’ minds, with advocates of further deregulation and reform currently holding court (e.g., Airey & Doughty,). With such changes ongoing now is a good time to consider the future of the profession. The essays that follow largely address issues for the profession in the UK but are also more widely applicable.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1464-9357
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2022 15:02

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