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Roundtable: The New Urban Agenda and Global Planning Education

Thursday, October 12 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Speakers: Bruce Shiftel,; Georgia Technical University; Eugenie L. Birch,, University of Pennsylvania

The New Urban Agenda (NUA) was presented and adopted at the UN-HABITAT III Conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The document sets a new global standards of achievement for sustainable urban development for the next twenty years. The need for meaningful urban interventions is emphasized in the document including the role of urban planning.     The main idea of the panel is to discuss the following questions: What are the challenges and opportunities from the NUA to global planning education?  How should global planning education respond to those challenges and opportunities? What are some new and emerging questions and conundrums from the NUA that global planning education confronts and that students need to be prepared to engage with?   The panel will begin with brief remarks of the NUA and the ACSP/GPEAN roles and then go round the room and hear from each panelist on their thoughts on any of the questions outlined above.


Bruce Stiftel is professor and chair of the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.  He represents the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN) to UN-Habitat’s University Network Initiative.   His research concerns collaborative governance of environmental/water policy, global movement of planning ideas, and international responses to urbanization.

Eugenie L. Birch holds the Lawrence C. Nusssdorf Chair in Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania where she is Professor of City and Regional Planning, School of Design and the founding co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research. She is currently president, General Assembly of Partners (GAP), an engagement platform for the implementation of the UN’s New Urban Agenda and associated global agreements. Her research interests include global urbanization, planning history and urban revitalization.  


APA's New Research Agenda: Opportunities for Collaboration

Thursday, October 13 10:15 am – 11:45 am

Speaker: David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA

APA conducts sponsored research through the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. APA recently developed a new organizational research agenda in which partnering with collegiate schools of planning was identified as a priority. David Rouse, FAICP, APA's Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services, will provide an overview of APA's current research programs, the new research agenda, and opportunities for collaboration linking academic research and practice.

David Rouse is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning and design. Since 2013 he has served as Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. In this capacity he leads APA’s applied research programs, including Planning Advisory Services and the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. David co-authored APA publications on green infrastructure and comprehensive planning and is managing APA’s Sustaining Places Initiative to integrate sustainability into local governmental comprehensive plans.


Being Heard—and Agreed with—in the Policymaking Environment

Friday, October 13 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Speakers: Stephanie Vance, Advocacy Associates

From environmental regulations to infrastructure to social justice to community development, what happens in Washington, DC doesn’t stay there. Every day legislators and staff make decisions that dramatically impact the planning community.  ACSP members can influence those decisions--we just need to know how! Join us in this interactive session to learn the four specific things you can do to ensure your legislators and their staff listen up and take notice.  We'll also go over what legislators are looking for from academic interests, the most important things to know about your legislators, and how to develop a winning message. Participants will come away with a specific plan for engaging effectively in the policymaking process. If you want to make a difference for communities across the country, this is the session for you.

Stephanie D. Vance, also known as the “Advocacy Guru”, is the author of five books including Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and the recently released The Influence Game. She’s a 25-year veteran of Washington, D.C. political scene and has held positions as a lobbyist, grassroots consultant and Congressional aide. Stephanie’s experiences as a legislative director and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill led her to found Advocacy Associates, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations be both heard and agreed with in the legislative environment. Ms. Vance holds a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington D.C.



The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.