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#ACSP2019: Community Development Track Highlights

Monday, July 15, 2019  
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As we prepare for #ACSP2019, we want to introduce you to our conference track chairs and familiarize you with what will be covered in each of these areas.


We begin with our Community Development Track, chaired by Yanmei Li, Florida Atlantic University (pictured left),




Patricia Wilson, The University of Texas at Austin (pictured left).



Track Description: This track welcomes papers examining community development praxis. The track mandate is to provide voice to scholars researching community development approaches that empower low-income communities. We encourage papers that identify systematic structural inequalities of oppression related to economic class, ethnicity, race, sexuality, gender, immigration status, and other forms of marginalization that relate to community development issues. In particular, the track will highlight community-based strategies that empower marginalized communities to ameliorate the structural barriers they face. This includes examining public engagement beyond formal government, understanding the role community-led efforts play in urban planning, developing or strengthening neighborhood-based community organizations, and other topics related to community development. It also includes analyses of global and transnational flows of labor, capital, knowledge systems and technologies that impact community development efforts as well as solidarities across geographies and scales. The track is particularly interested in social justice action projects that focus on equity outcomes.

A word from our chairs:

“It is so gratifying to see the outpouring of interest in the Community Development track, a testimony to the planning field’s deep engagement with change processes at the grassroots level. The 20 pre-organized and individual-paper sessions are sequenced so that you can follow one of three threads in community development—1. Social justice, 2. Public policy, programs, and projects, or 3. Development, land use, and historic preservation issues. The capstone will be a special Authors’ Roundtable on current controversies and emerging trends in community development.”  -- Yanmei & Pat

Click here for more on all of the tracks for #ACSP2019.


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.


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