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RTPI Library Series

Library Series

The RTPI Library Series examines all aspects of spatial planning theory and practice from a comparative and international perspective.

The series aims to:

  • Explore the dimensions of spatial planning and urbanism in relation to people, place, space and environment.
  • Develop the theoretical and methodological foundations of planning.
  • Investigate the relationship between theory and practice.
  • Examine the contribution of planners to resolving social, economic and environmental concerns.

See the Routledge website for details of all titles in the series. Recent books published in the series include:


A Future for Planningby Mike Harris considers how planning practice and policy have been constrained by short-termism, as well as by a familiar lack of spatial thinking in policy, in response to major social, economic and environmental challenges. It suggests that failures in planning often represent failures to anticipate and shape the future which go well beyond planning systems and practices; rather our failure to plan for the longer-term relates to wider issues in policy-making and governance.

Instruments of Planning edited by Rebecca Leshinsky and Crystal Legacy explores planning's instrumentality to deliver important social and environmental outcomes in neoliberal planning landscapes. It features case studies from urban regions in Australia, Canada, the United States and Europe, providing readers with a collection that critically challenges the role and potential of planning instruments across a range of contexts.

Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China by Fulong Wu provides an overview of the changes in China's planning system, policy, and practices under the process of transition from a centrally planned socialist economy to an emerging market in the world.

Reconsidering Localism, edited by Simin Davoudi and Ali Madanipour examines localism and similar shifts in planning policy throughout Europe, and features essays on localism and place-making, sustainability, social cohesion, and citizen participation in community institutions. It explores how debates over localism and citizen control play out at the neighborhood, institutional and city level, and has come to effect the urban landscape throughout Europe. 

The Craft of Collaborative Planning by Jeff Bishop tracks a path through the challenging task of process design and working with various groups and individuals. Taking into account the great need for coherent organizational approaches, the book outlines evaluation and learning from the collaborative process for the future.

Planning and Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments edited by Enrico Gualini discusses the reasons for conflicts around urban developments and analyzes their shape in contemporary cities. It offers an interdisciplinary framework for scholars to engage with the issue of planning conflicts, focusing on both empirical and theoretical inquiry.

Conflict, Improvisation, Governance: Street Level Practices for Urban Democracy by David Laws and John Forrester presents a collection of first hand accounts of diverse public sector and non-profit urban practitioners facing the practical challenges of "doing democracy" in the global/local context of the interconnected major European city of Amsterdam and its region.

'English Regional Planning 2000-2010', edited by Corinne Swain, Tim Marshall and Tony Baden, chronicles UK planning activity during the period of the Blair and Brown governments up to 2010. It focuses particularly on the regional scale, where large steps forward were made, but where policy making often proved controversial.

'Strategic Spatial Projects: Catalysts for Change' presents four years of case study research and theoretical discussions on strategic spatial projects in Europe and North America. It takes the position that planning is not well equipped to take on its current challenges if it is considered as only a regulatory and administrative activity.

'Cohesion, Coherence, Cooperation: European Spatial Planning Coming of Age?' by Andreas Faludi, traces the development of spatial planning at European level and argues that spatial  planning can become a vehicle, not only for territorial cohesion, but for EU policy generally.


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