Upcoming Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South

Economics has been critiqued repeatedly for its inability to grapple with reality. A new book The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South (Eds. Bhan, Srinivas, Watson, 2018) embraces the complexity of economic planning and policy processes. Smita Srinivas edited the Section Two “Economy and Economic Actors”. Thinkers with practical experience in economic policy analysis and planning politics in S. Africa, India, Egypt, China, Indonesia, and other countries have contributed strong chapters.

“The book is divided into a framing Introduction followed by five sections: planning and the state; economy and economic actors; new drivers of urban change; landscapes of citizenship; and planning pedagogy. This volume will be of interest to all those wanting to explore the complexities of planning practice and the need for new theories of knowledge from which to draw insight to face the challenges of the 21st century.”

If you want to understand economics’ realities and the reality of economies, this is the book for you. Six (6) chapter authors in the Economy section of The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South:

  1. Ivan Turok: Urbanisation and development: Reinforcing the foundations

Professor Ivan Turok is Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. He is Editor-in-Chief of ‘Regional Studies’ and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow. He is also Chairman of the City Planning Commission for Durban, and an adviser to the United Nations, OECD and national governments. He has authored over 120 academic publications on city and regional development, urban transformation and national urban policies.

2. Qianqi Shen: Planning Special Economic Zones in China

Qianqi Shen got her Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and master’s in Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University. Currently, she is doing field research in China, focusing on intergovernmental negotiations in land development and governance.

3. Ragui Assaad: Planning in the midst of informality: An application to youth employment programmes in Egypt

Ragui Assaad is professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where he chairs the Global Policy area and co-chairs the Master of Development Practice program. His current research focuses on youth and gender issues in the labor market in the Arab World.

4. Smita Srinivas: No Global South in economic development

Smita Srinivas is an economic development specialist with two decades of professional and scholarly work. Her areas of work include technological change, industrial policies, economic governance, urban-regional plans, work and social policies. She holds a Ph.D. from MIT. Srinivas is a frequently invited plenary speaker, expert, advisor, and reviewer to several organizations. She has held full-time professorial and academic appointments, including at Columbia University where she directed the Technological Change Lab, and several Fellowships at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is currently Visiting Professor of Economics and at the IKD Centre at the Open University, UK, and Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her book Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States (2012, Stanford University Press Economics and Finance) was awarded the 2015 EAEPE biennial Myrdal Prize.

5. Caroline Skinner and Vanessa Watson: The informal economy in cities of the global south: Challenges to the planning lexicon

Caroline Skinner is a Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town and Urban Research Director for the global research and policy network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).  For nearly two decades, Skinner’s work has interrogated the nature of the urban informal economy with a focus on informing advocacy processes and livelihood-centred policy and planning responses.

Vanessa Watson is professor of city planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town (South Africa). She holds degrees, including a PhD, from South African universities and the Architectural Association of London, and is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town. She chaired the Global Planning Education Association Network, is a founder of the Association of African Planning Schools and is a founder and on the executive of the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. She is currently PI on an ESRC/Dfid project on African urban food security. She is on the editorial boards of several planning journals and was recently appointed Global South editor for Urban Studies and co-editor of the European Journal of Development Research. Two new books on planning theory are in press with Routledge and Palgrave.  

6. Paul Smoke: Urban finance: Strengthening an overlooked foundation of urban planning

Paul Smoke is Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs at the New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research and policy interests include the political economy of public sector reform, especially decentralization, intergovernmental fiscal relations and service delivery, as well as urban development planning. He has published in numerous journals and authored or edited several books on decentralization.  Smoke has worked in many countries, especially in Africa and Asia, and with a wide range of international development partners.

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About the Book

The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South offers an edited collection on planning in parts of the world which, more often than not, are unrecognised or unmarked in mainstream planning texts. In doing so, its intention is not to fill a ‘gap’ that leaves this ‘mainstream’ unquestioned but to re-theorise planning from a deep understanding of ‘place’ as well as a commitment to recognise the diverse modes of practice that come within it.