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Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)

GPEIG Mission Statement
To work together as planning educators and students to create, integrate and share global perspectives in planning education and research. To foster an understanding of the global perspectives in planning education and research. To foster an understanding of the global context of local and regional issues; an appreciation of and respect for cultural, economic, and political dimensions of planning; and the recognition of the rich array of planning processes that can be fully appreciated only by learning about what is being done in other countries.

These pages are provided as a resource for GPEIG and the Global Planning Educators Association Network (GPEAN), plus any others interested in improving the quality and visibility of planning and planning education worldwide.

World's major national and international associations of planning schools
Asian Planning Schools Association ( APSA) The French International Association of Planning Schools (APERAU)
Association of Canadian University of Planning Programs (ACUPP) Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools (ANZAPS)
Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) Latin American Association of Schools of Urbanism and Planning (ALEUP)
National Association of Urban and Regional Post-graduate and Research Programs, Brazil (ANPUR)

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GPEIG archives:

GPEIG Fall 2000 Newsletter (pdf file)
Spring 2001 Newsletter (pdf file)
Spring 2002 Newsletter (pdf file)
Spring 2003 Newsletter 2003 Newsletter (pdf file)
GPEIG Interest Group Report, October 12, 2003 (pdf file
GPEIG By-Laws, draft dated October 12, 2003 (pdf file
Planning Globally Task Force, October 3, 2003, ACSP Officers Report (pdf file)
Planning Globally Task Force, Curriculum Committee Report, Draft January 1, 2003 (pdf file)

1st World Planning Schools Congress, Shanghai, China

In July 2001 the First World Planning Schools Congress was held in Shanghai, China, under the joint sponsorship of the Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), and the Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools (ANZAPS). Meetings held among the participating Associations’ leadership led to the Shanghai Statement, which calls for the development of a Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN) and for the preparation of a second World Planning Schools Congress to be held in 2006.

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Click image for an overview of GPEAN by Bruce Stiftel. Professor Stiftel (past president of the ACSP) serves as the Chair of GPEAN, along with Basil Dimitriou of AESOP-Oxford Brooks Univ (UK) (Co-chair), and Angus Witherby of ANZAPS-Univ of New England (Australia) (Secretary).

Additional information below/ Contents:

Global Planning and Education Network (GPEAN)
Planning Pegagogy and Globalization: A content analysis of syllabi
Global City-Regions
Networks and Associations of Planning Schools: RNIU, APSA, AESOP, ACSP
Other Networks/ Links

GPEAN (Global Planning Education Association Network)
Shanghai Statement, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
On July 14, 2001, representatives of national and international planning education associations gathered at Tongji University (Shanghai, China) and signed the Shanghai Statement
The Shanghai Statement is a collective agreement to improve the quality and visibility of planning and planning education.

Awards: (click here for a description of these awards on the ACSP web site)
Dr. Gill-Chin Lim offered to provide a GPEIG Doctoral Dissertation Award and Student Travel Grants. The first of these will be awarded at the next GPEIG meeting at Portland. The details are as follows:

1. GPEIG-POHG Doctoral Dissertation Award:
POHG (Program on Humanistic Globalization, ), of which Gill-Chin Lim is the Director, will provide the fund. POHG will allocate one $1,000 award each year for the best dissertation in the area of global planning. GPEIG will compose a "GPEIG-POHG Doctoral Dissertation Award" Committee which will establish the selection process and administer the award selection. POHG, will send the check to the recipient. The announcement of the Award will be made through ACSP, PLANET, Globeplan listservs. The Award will be presented at the ACSP meeting.

2. GPEIG-CODS Student Travel Grant:
CODS (Consortium on Development Studies,, of which Gill-Chin Lim is the Chair of the Board, will provide the fund. CODS will offer a $250 travel grants each year to attend the GPEIG (ACSP) conference. GPEIG will set up "GPEIG-CODS Student Travel Grant" Committee which will establish selection process and administer the award selection. CODS will send the check to the recipients. The announcement of the Award will be made through ACSP, PLANET, Globeplan listservs. The Grants will be awarded at the GPEIG (ACSP) meeting.

Planning pedagogy and globalization: A content analysis of syllabi
Keith Pezzoli and Deborah Howe (2001) “Planning Pedagogy and Globalization: A Content Analysis of Syllabi.” Special Issue, Globalization and Planning, edited by Farokh Afshar and Keith Pezzoli. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Vol. 20 (3).

Global mega-trends including economic restructuring, migration, and environmental degradation have profoundly transformed planning practice; this reality needs to be reflected in planning education. To this end, a content analysis of 69 planning syllabi was conducted to identify how and to what extent global themes are being included. The analysis highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of globalized planning pedagogy and the greater emphasis on planning theory and history and economic development. The courses were clustered according to common themes and these are discussed as they relate to planning practice. Noteworthy pedagogical approaches are highlighted. Course descriptions and required texts are provided in more detail on a World Wide Web Site.

Click here for a bibliography of all the texts listed as required in courses with full emphasis on globalization: List of Required Texts.

Click here for a brief description of the courses used in the content analysis (numbers ascribed to the syllabi corespond to numbers used in the article).
List of Syllabi, including a one paragraph description, and author information

For an unedited list of texts from the University of California library system containing the key term "globalization," click here.

The Curriculum Committee of the ACSP Planning Globally Taskforce is developing methods to improve knowledge networking and shared learning among planning educators. Click here for an outline of recommendations under consideration.

Global City-Regions and other links

Global City-Regions
Explores the role of city-regions as substate spheres of politics in the context of contemporary globalization processes.

Global City-Regions Conference in Los Angeles on October 21 - 23, 1999.

City-Region Research and Performance indicators available on-line:

State of the Region: Performance Indicators for the Buffalo-Niagara Region in the 21st Century, Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth. Project Directors: Kathryn Foster and Barry B. Boyer (2000)

City Region 2020: Integrated Planning for a Sustainable Environment Joe Ravetz (2000)

The Global Cities Dialogue is a worldwide network of cities interested in creating an information society free of digital divide and based on sustainable development.

Metropolis is an international association of 77 global cities. It works towards developing solutions to issues affecting large cities, such as urban planning and development, the environment, transport, infrastructure, communications, and various economic issues.

The World Associations of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination (WACLAC) is the world alliance of international associations of cities and local authorities committed to responsible and effective local self-government for sustainable development. Its mission is to represent the local government sector in the international arena and in particular at the United Nations.

The World Federation of United Cities (FMCU-UTO), active for the past forty years, is an association of 1,500 local and regional authorities. Today it is present in over 80 countries.

Networks and Associations of Planning Schools


ACSP - Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. The ACSP promotes education, research, service, and outreach in the United States and throughout the world. It is committed to recognizing the diverse needs and interests in planning.

Latin America--Mexico

The Red Nacional de Investigacion Urbana in Mexico This National Network of Urban Investigation (RNIU) promotes research and the linkage of research to policy and action. Emphasis is placed on open debate, interdisciplinary collaboration, comparative regional analysis, and information sharing. The RNIU publishes the excellent journal, CIUDADES. They have been in the forefront of planning education in Mexico. (site seems to be having technical difficulties).


APSA - Asian Planning Schools Association is a non-profit and non-political association that aims at providing opportunities for scholars and planners to discuss issues related to planning, to exchange opinions and understand problems of planning in Asian countries, and to foster new generations of academics and professional planners in Asia.


AESOP - Association of European Schools of Planning. AESOP is a network of universities and university departments that teach and conduct research within the field of urban and regional planning. The network exists to promote the development of the teach ing curricula and research within the Member Schools through regular dialogue, exchange visits and the dissemination of research and best practice.

Other Networks/ Links

On-line Resources for Film and Video (including coverage of globalization and cities)

Bibliographic Guide for "Doing Critical Research for Sustainable City-Regions" compiled by Keith Pezzoli with input from Planet List members and others.

The World-Systems Electronic Conferencing Network

WSN is an electronic conferencing network and information source for scholars and researchers who are studying world-systems. The purpose of WSN is to facilitate the sharing of information about research, data, publications, announcements, meetings, syllabi, commentary, book reviews, scuttlebut and etc. WSN is part of CSF, Communications for a Sustainable Future, a collection of progressive electronic networks and archives at the University of Colorado-Boulder. WSN is linked with the World-Systems Archive. The World-Systems Archive contains valuable information for scholars engaged in research on world-systems. Working papers, bibliographies, announcements and many other kinds of information are available. In addition all the conversations and announcements that are posted on WSN are saved in the Mail Archive.






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