Since 1998 the Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG) has worked under the umbrella of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) to bring together planning educators and students from North America to share, shape, and incorporate global perspectives in planning education and research, and to connect with colleagues and partners in other regions of the world. Through its members and ACSP, GPEIG advocates a comparative perspective on planning and development based on a nuanced appreciation of, and respect for, cultural, economic, and socio-political dimensions of planning practices and processes taking shape around the world and influencing our profession worldwide. We work to ensure that local and regional planning contexts and issues from around the globe enter our comparative frameworks and are treated as critical foundations for effective international planning practice and scholarship. GPEIG also administers and celebrates the work of upcoming scholars through a number of awards including the Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation in International Planning and the Gill-Chin Lim Travel Awards.
GPEIG’s mission is to enable planning educators and students to collaboratively:
- share global perspectives in planning education and research; foster an understanding of the global perspectives in planning education and research;
- foster an understanding of the global context of local and regional issues;
- engender an appreciation of and respect for cultural, economic, and political dimensions of planning, and the recognition of the rich array of planning processes that can be fully appreciated only by learning about what is being done in other countries.
2016-2018 Ashok Das, University of Hawaii at Manoa, firstname.lastname@example.org
2017-2019 Emel Ganapati, Florida International University, email@example.com
Election and Nominations Committee
Task: Seeks nominations for GPEIG co-chair positions and administers the annual election process. To solicit nominations for various GPEIG wide representations.
2015-2016 Committee Members
Launched December 2016. GEPIG Ambassadors are members of an advisory and outreach committee that is composed of all past GPEIG co-chairs. The committee was launched in December 2016 to serve as a formal way to preserve institutional memory and actively draw on the experience and knowledge of GPEIG's past leadership to help current co-chairs build up GPEIG as a strong, vibrant and engaged organization.
Besides providing general advice-on-request to current co-chairs, the Ambassadors help would foster deeper substantive linkages between GPEIG and other parts of ACSP, and engage in outreach with other global institutions and international organizations involved in areas of interest to GPEIG as opportunities arise. These processes would help expand GPEIG’s engagement with planning institutions around the world (e.g., GPEAN, UN Habitat, and others). By helping GPEIG engaging actively with current debates and/or advocacy on policy and substantive issues related to global planning with actors and institutions both within and beyond ACSP, the Ambassadors would contribute centrally to GPEIG’s mission.
While all past-co-chairs are automatically members of the Ambassadors committee, the committee could pick 3-4 members for active service in any given year or for a given term.
Tasks: To help launch the new website and maintain it.
- Meenu Tewari, UNC Chapel Hill, (GPEIG Co-Chair, ex-officio)
- Deden Rukmana (GPEIG Co-Chair, ex-officio)
- Andrew Rumbach, University of Colorado Denver
- Sukumar Ganapati (Listserv manager)
- Johnathan Ahn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (student member)