Tracks

Track Descriptions

1 - Analytical Methods and Computer Applications presentations encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods for urban studies and planning; GIS mapping, spatial analysis, and planning support system; statistical and computational modeling of urban and regional environment; and information technologies and cities. Track Chair: Jeff Brown, jrbrown3@fsu.edu.

2 - Economic Development track solicits papers that help tell the economic development story as it evolves in the 21st century. We focus on issues of land, labor, capital, business acumen and entrepreneurship. This track invites scholars, theoretic and pragmatic, to present their work in a manner that will help us to improve the quality of life of our citizens. Track Chair: Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, currid@price.usc.edu.

3 - Environmental Planning and Resource Management presentations encompass a broad range of topics loosely centered on the natural environment. It includes research related to the planning and management of air, land, and water resources across a variety of scales and from a variety of perspectives. Research on sustainability, both in practice and principle, is another component of this track. Track Chairs: Carissa Slotterback, cschively@umn.edu; and Caitlin Dyckman, cdyckma@clemson.edu.

4 - Gender and Diversity in Planning track explores the variety of methods, issues, and topics addressed when groups of difference analyze, develop and implement plans and planning activities. All aspects of diversity are encouraged in this track from race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation to geography, physical or cognitive disability, and class. We encourage papers and discussions on planning research and pedagogy that seek to identify and/or redress these differences. Track Chair: Stacy Harwood, sharwood@illinois.edu.

5 - Housing and Community Development track accepts papers broadly addressing any aspect of housing and community development. In the housing area, papers routinely address issues of housing policy and programs designed to correct market failures in the provision of affordable housing. In the community development area, papers examine issue of neighborhood change whether it is revitalization, stabilization, gentrification, growth or decline. Track Chairs: Avis Vidal, a.vidal@wayne.edu; and Lan Deng, landeng@umich.edu.

6 - International Development Planning track focuses on planning and related issues directly relevant to developing countries. Many developing countries share attributes that create unique challenges for planning, such as their recent independence and nation-building efforts, their position vis á vis other developed countries in the global economy, similar demographic profiles and rates of urbanization, inadequate infrastructure, large indigenous populations and systems of land tenure, and their relationships with the large international institutions. There are also significant differences among developing countries (e.g., diverse planning cultures). The track supports comparative scholarship as well as in-depth analysis of specific countries, regions, rural contexts, cities and networks. By encouraging such work the track aims to foster bi-directional flows of knowledge, science and culture between the global north and south. Track Chair: Neema Kudva, kudva@cornell.edu.

7 - Land Use Policy and Governance papers generally focus upon issues such as how and where land is developed, the impacts of state and local regulations upon the use of land, and the role of different actors in the land development process. Land Use Track papers usually employ a variety of methods, including, but not limited to, statistical analyses, detailed case studies, and policy evaluations. The scale of analysis also varies widely, from jurisdiction-level studies, to regional analyses, even as far comparisons between cities or regions on different parts of the globe. Track Chair: Carolyn Loh, cm9329@wayne.edu.

8 - Food Systems, Community Health, Safety focuses on the burgeoning research and community-based practice of planning scholars and practitioners on community food systems, community health, community well-being, or community safety in both urban and rural settings. The track welcomes submissions focused on: assessments of the health impacts of environmental change or land use plans; disparities in food access and health outcomes; the impacts of the built or food environments on community health, community well-being and/or food security; community safety; refining concepts and/or measures for use in these fields; linkages between community food systems, health, and well-being and economic development; and the effects of disasters or assessing the impact of disasters on community food systems, community health, or community well-being. Track Chair: Ellen Bassett, emb7d@eservices.virginia.edu.

9 - Planning Education and Pedagogy accepts papers that illuminate and help improve understanding of the purposes of planning education and the uses of curriculum and pedagogy as strategies for serving these purposes. Papers should refer to and build on literature on education, teaching, learning, and planning. Reflective accounts or evaluations of educational practice, critiques of contemporary educational practices, and proposals for more focused and influential educational practices are welcome. Track Chair: Charles Hoch, chashoch@uic.edu.

10 - Planning History presentations aim to shed light on the emergence and evolution of modern planning at various geographic scales (from the local to the global), in a variety of sub-fields (land-use planning and regulation, housing, transportation, etc.) and in various modes (community action, professional practice, theoretical debates, etc.). Case studies of very recent planning events should be submitted to tracks according to the issue at hand. Papers dealing with the themes of this year's conference will be given priority. Track Chair: Sonia Hirt, shirt@vt.edu.

11 - The Planning Process, Administration, Law and Dispute Resolution track focuses on the nature, design and management of decision making processes; plan administration; the development, content, implementation, and effects of laws and regulations; and, approaches to conflict management and dispute resolution. Track Chair: Bruce Goldstein, bruce.goldstein@colorado.edu.

12 - Planning Theory track focuses on the role of planning theory in understanding and informing planning scholarship and practice. We encourage papers that make connections between theoretical and substantive knowledge in planning. Of particular interest are theoretical papers that shed light on current social movements or contemporary planning phenomena related to environment or economy that links theory with planning practice. Track Chairs: Niraj Verma, nverma2@vcu.edu; and Meghan Gough, mzgough@vcu.edu.

13 - Regional Planning track encompasses a range of topics central to regional planning scholars and practitioners, including governance, inter- and intra-metropolitan relations, regional economic development, international comparisons of regional policy, and applications relevant to land use, growth, transportation, environmental and social systems at the regional scale. All methodologies, including quantitative analyses, theoretical work, detailed case studies and comparative analyses, are welcome. Track Chairs: David Lewis, dalewis@albany.edu; and Laura Wolf-Powers, lwpowers@design.upenn.edu.

14 - Transportation and Infrastructure track encompasses research on the processes by which transportation and other infrastructure is planned, designed, and developed; the performance of transportation and infrastructure systems and the policies that guide them; the nature of the demand for transportation and other services provided via public infrastructure. Of interest are passenger and freight transport by all possible modes, as well as other public infrastructure such as water systems, power utilities, and community facilities. Track Chairs: Noreen McDonald, noreen@unc.edu; and Zhan Guo, zg11@nyu.edu.

15 - Urban Design solicits papers that examine the planning, design and development of the urban environment. The track addresses diverse urban design practices (including design, strategy, visioning, regulation, and development) and concerns (including livability, walkability, health, resilience, heritage, regeneration, informality and place making). The track encompasses a variety of forms of research that contribute to our understanding of the design of the urban environment. Innovative papers that make connections across disciplines, scales, and substantive concerns are particularly encouraged. Track Chair: Jason Brody, jbrody@ksu.edu.