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The RTPI Library Series examines various aspects of planning practice, professional behaviours and theory 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, and investigate the relationship between theory and practice.
  • Examine the contribution of planners to resolving social, economic and environmental concerns.

RTPI Members receive a 20% discount on all books in the series.

Recent books published in the series include:

A Future for Planning by Michael Harris
This book traces the rise and fall of long-term planning over the past 80 years or so, but also sets out how planning can take responsibility for twenty-first century challenges. It provides examples of successes and failures of longer-term planning from around the world. In short, the book argues that we need to put time back into planning, and develop forms of planning which serve to promote the sustainability and wellbeing of future generations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

View the full back catalogue of the RTPI Library Series here


Take advantage of a 20% RTPI member discount on all books in the series.