Annual Conference Tracks
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Gerardo Sandoval, Chair
University of Oregon
Term: 2018-2020



The Analytical Methods and Computer Applications track presents innovative analysis methods or novel applications of technology to cities, urban studies and planning. Areas of continuing interest include but are not limited to: GIS mapping, spatial analysis, and planning support systems; statistical and computational modeling of urban and regional environment; and sensing techniques. Areas of growing interest include smart systems and infrastructure, mobile communications and sensing, open data, big data, data analysis, visualization, and representation of the built environment. We welcome any papers that demonstrate new applications, analyses, methods, or technology that assist all areas of planning practice, theory or concerns.

Track 1 Chairs

Jennifer Minner

Junfeng Jiao



The 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, people, amenities, and entrepreneurship. This track invites scholars, theoretic and pragmatic, to present their work in a manner that will help us to more deeply understand the forces that drive economic development and practically offer policy and takeaways to improve the quality of life of our citizens.

The three well-written abstracts from this track provide strong examples of different methodological approaches: Abstract ID 685 (strong mixed method), Abstract ID 735 (strong quant abstract), and Abstract ID 1457 (strong qualitative abstract). View the 2016 Book of Accepted Abstracts to see these abstracts.

ACSP EconDev Discussion Google Group
It is our pleasure to announce the creation of the "ACSP EconDev" discussion forum on Google Groups. We created it as a way to support communication and dialogue among economic development planning faculty, scholars, and graduate students about research, teaching and practice related to the field. Go to!forum/acsp-econdev and click "Apply for membership." Or email and we will send you an invite. Thanks - Greg and Nichola

Track 2 Chairs

Nichola Lowe

Greg Schrock



Environmental Planning and Resource Management presentations encompass a broad range of topics centered on or closely related to the natural environment. It includes research on the planning and management of fundamental resources (i.e., air, land, water, energy) across a variety of scales and from a variety of perspectives. Emerging research topic areas, both in practice and principle, include climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, sustainability, coastal and social-ecological resilience, green infrastructure, biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene, alternative energy sources, and novel resource policy and governance structures from the rural to the increasingly dense urban landscapes.

Track 3 Chairs

Ward Lyles

Adrienne Greve



The 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 speak to issues of justice, equity, and inclusion related to gender and diversity.

Track 4 Chairs

Jane Rongerude

Erualdo Gonzalez



The 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 5 Chairs

Andrew Greenlee

Deirdre Pfeiffer



The International and Comparative Development Planning track focuses on planning issues directly relevant to developing and transitional countries as they navigate an increasingly interconnected world. International development emerged as a specific planning concern in the post-war period following decolonization across Africa and Asia and in the wake of reconstruction and nation building efforts in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Many late developing countries continue to share demographic, social, economic and structural attributes that create challenges for planning: demographic shifts; uneven development; struggles over land and infrastructure; tensions between economic growth, equity and environmental degradation; and the difficulty of providing decent employment opportunities amidst rapid urbanization, technical change, new kinds of informality, migration and the risks of a changing climate. Significant differences also exist among developing countries (e.g., diverse planning cultures), which creates rich debates over governance and institution building as countries negotiate their positions in a volatile global economy. 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 6 Chairs

Paavo Monkkonen

Luis Santiago



Land Use Policy and Governance papers generally focuses on issues relating to and where land is developed, the impacts of state and local regulations on the use of land, and the role of different actors in the land development process. Additionally, papers in this track examine the impact of state and regional policies and plans on land use including growth management and smart growth programs. Land Use Policy and Governance papers usually employ a variety of methods such as statistical analyses, detailed case studies, and policy evaluations. The scale of analysis also varies widely, from jurisdiction-level studies, to regional or state analyses, and sometimes includes comparisons between cities or regions in different parts of the globe.

Track 7 Chairs

Evangeline "Van" Linkous

Nikhil Kaza



The Food Systems, Community Health, Safety track 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 8 Chairs

Nisha Botchwey

Christopher Coutts



The 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 9 Chair

Kami Pothukuchi

Anna Joo Kim



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.

Samples of well-written abstracts from this track at the 2016 Conference include Abstract ID 7, Abstract ID 575, Abstract ID 659 and Abstract ID 1298. View the 2016 Book of Accepted Abstracts to see these good examples.

Track 10 Chairs

Carlton Basmajian

Rachel Coutinho-Silva



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.

Samples of well-written abstracts from this track at the 2016 Conference include Abstract ID 451, Abstract ID 458, Abstract ID 461 and Abstract ID 462. View the 2016 Book of Accepted Abstracts to see these good examples.

Track 11 Chair

Dawn Jourdan

Bonnie Johnson



The 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.

Samples of well-written abstracts from this track at the 2016 Conference include Abstract ID 31, Abstract ID 171, Abstract ID 398 and Abstract ID 655. View the 2016 Book of Accepted Abstracts to see these good examples.

Track 12 Chairs

Libby Porter

Andy Inch



The 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 13 Chairs

Elsie Harper-Anderson

Stephan Schmidt



The 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 14 Chairs

Bhuiyan Alam

Gulsah Akar



The Urban Design track solicits papers that examine the planning, design and development of the urban environment. The track addresses diverse urban design practices (including design, strategy, governance, 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 15 Chairs

James White

Orly Linovski


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