Global Planning Educator's Interest Group (GPEIG)
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Welcome to GPEIG


Mission & History






Since 1998 the Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG) has worked under the umbrella of the Association of 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.


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Current Leadership


Nominations & Election Committee

Task: Seeks nominations for GPEIG co-chair positions and administers the annual election process. To solicit nominations for various GPEIG wide representations.

Current Committee Members 

  • Shelagh McCartney, Assistant Prof., Ryerson University ( (Co-Chair)
  • John Felkner, Assistant Professor, Florida State University ( (Co-Chair)
  • Enrique Silva, Director of International and Institute-Wide Initiatives, Lincoln Institute (

GPEIG Ambassadors

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.


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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