This Companion presents a distinctive approach to environmental planning by: situating the debate in its social, cultural, political and institutional context; being attentive to depth and breadth of discussions; providing up-to-date accounts of the contemporary practices in environmental planning and their changes over time; adopting multiple theoretical and analytical lenses and different disciplinary approaches; and drawing on knowledge and expertise of a wide range of leading international scholars from across the social science disciplines and beyond.

It aims to provide critical reviews of the state-of-the-art theoretical and practical approaches as well as empirical knowledge and understandings of environmental planning; encourage dialogue across disciplines and national policy contexts about a wide range of environmental planning themes; and, engage with and reflect on politics, policies, practices and decision-making tools in environmental planning. The Companion provides a deeper understanding of the interdependencies between the themes in the four parts of the book (Understanding ‘the environment’, Environmental governance, Critical environmental pressures and responses, and Methods and approaches to environmental planning) and its 37 chapters. It presents critical perspectives on the role of meanings, values, governance, approaches and participations in environmental planning. Situating environmental planning debates in the wider ecological, political, ethical, institutional, social and cultural debates, it aims to shine light on some of the critical journeys that we have traversed and those that we are yet to navigate and their implications for environmental planning research and practice.

The Companion provides a reference point mapping out the terrain of environmental planning in an international and multidisciplinary context. The depth and breadth of discussions by leading international scholars make it relevant to and useful for those who are curious about, wish to learn more, want to make sense of, and care for the environment within the field of environmental planning and beyond.

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Environmental planning: meanings, governance, pressures, responses and approaches
Edited BySimin Davoudi, Richard Cowell, Iain White, Hilda Blanco

part Part 1|88 pages

Understanding ‘the environment’

chapter 1|11 pages

Perspectives on the nature of environmental planning

ByNoel Castree

chapter 2|11 pages

Discourses and meanings of ‘the environment’

ByTimothy W. Luke

chapter 3|9 pages

Visionary idealism in environmental planning

ByMichael Gunder

chapter 4|11 pages

Sustainable development

History and evolution of the concept 1
ByDelyse Springett, Michael Redclift

chapter 5|10 pages

Ecological modernisation

Achievements and limitations of densification
ByPetter Næss, Inger-Lise Saglie

chapter 6|10 pages


The challenge for environmental planning
ByMark Whitehead

chapter 7|10 pages

Understanding risk in environmental planning

ByEoin O’Neill

chapter 8|10 pages

Complexity, uncertainty and resilience

ByJon Coaffee

part Part 2|117 pages

Environmental governance

chapter 9|11 pages

Environmental justice and fairness

ByJuliana Maantay

chapter 10|10 pages

Planning in and for a post-growth and post-carbon economy

ByJohn Barry

chapter 11|11 pages

Enhancing anticipatory governance

Strategies for mitigating political myopia in environmental planning and policy making
ByJonathan Boston

chapter 12|9 pages

Knowledge, expertise and trust

ByJames Palmer

chapter 13|11 pages

Grassroots and environmental NGOs

ByNathalie Berny, Ellen Clarke

chapter 14|10 pages

Sustainable behaviour and environmental practices

ByErin Roberts

chapter 15|10 pages

Green citizenship

Towards spatial and lived perspectives
ByBronwyn E. Wood, Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

chapter 16|9 pages

Intermediaries and networks

ByRoss Beveridge

chapter 17|10 pages

A more-than-human approach to environmental planning

ByJonathan Metzger

chapter 18|9 pages

Cities leading

The pivotal role of local governance and planning for sustainable development
ByPatricia McCarney

chapter 19|11 pages

Anthropocene communications

Cultural politics and media representations of climate change 1
ByMarisa B. McNatt, Michael K. Goodman, Maxwell T. Boykoff

part Part 3|89 pages

Critical environmental pressures and responses

chapter 20|13 pages

Climate Resilient Land Governance in the Global South

ByDarryn McEvoy, David Mitchell

chapter 21|10 pages

Planning and disaster risk reduction

ByJohn R. Campbell

chapter 22|9 pages

Planning, infrastructure and low carbon energy

ByMatthew Cotton

chapter 23|11 pages

Waste and management of environmental resources

ByNick Hacking

chapter 24|9 pages

Biodiversity, ecosystem services and environmental planning 1

ByKimmo Lapintie, Mina Di Marino

chapter 25|12 pages

Grasping green infrastructure

An introduction to the theory and practice of a diverse environmental planning approach
ByMick Lennon

chapter 26|11 pages

Marine planning and coastal management

BySue Kidd

chapter 27|10 pages

Transport and air pollution

ByAnil Namdeo, Saad Almutairi

part Part 4|123 pages

Methods and approaches to environmental planning

chapter 29|17 pages

Indicator-based approaches to environmental planning 1

ByCecilia Wong, Wei Zheng

chapter 30|12 pages

Metabolic impact assessment

A review of approaches and methods
ByRobin Curry, Geraint Ellis

chapter 31|14 pages

Urban metabolic impact assessment

From concept to practice
ByPaulo Pinho, Ruben Fernandes

chapter 32|10 pages

Application of Life Cycle Assessment in buildings

An overview of theoretical and practical information
ByCarlo Ingrao, Antonio Messineo, Riccardo Beltramo, Tan Yigitcanlar, Giuseppe Ioppolo

chapter 33|12 pages

Environmental economics and cost–benefit analysis

ByKen Willis

chapter 34|12 pages

Natural capital and ecosystem services valuation

Assisting policy making
ByTomas Badura, Kerry Turner, Silvia Ferrini

chapter 35|14 pages

Suitability analysis

A fundamental environmental planning tool
ByRobert Paterson, Frederick Steiner