For many young planners, the noble intentions with going to planning school seem starkly out of place in the neoliberal worlds they have come to inhabit. For some, the huge gap between the power they thought they would have and what they actually do is not only worrying, but also deeply discouraging. But for some others, practice means finding practical and creative solutions to overcome challenges and complexities.

How do young planners in different settings respond to seemingly similar situations like these? What do they do – give up, adjust, or fight back? What role did their planning education play, and could it have helped in preparing and assisting them to respond to the world they are encountering?

In this edited volume, stories of young planners from sixteen countries that engage these questions are presented. The sixteen cases range from settings with older, established planning systems (e.g., USA, the Netherlands, and the UK) to settings where the system is less set (e.g., Brazil), being remodeled (e.g., South Africa and Bosnia Herzegovina), and under stress (e.g., Turkey and Poland). Each chapter explores what might be done differently to prepare young planners for the complexities and challenges of their ‘real worlds’. This book not only points out what is absent, but also offers planning educators an alternative vision.

The editors and esteemed contributors provide reflections and suggestions as to how this new generation of young planners can be supported to survive in, embrace, and change the world they are encountering, and, in the spirit of planning, endeavor to ‘change it for the better’.

part I|29 pages

Education, Reality, and Ethical Challenges

chapter 2|18 pages

Mismatch Between Planning Education and Practice

Contemporary Educational Challenges and Conflicts Confronting Young Planners

chapter 3|9 pages

Challenges of Planning Practice and Profession

To What Extent Are Young Planners Able to Intervene?

part II|242 pages

Lost, Oblivious, or Boundary Pushing? Responses from Practicing Planners

chapter 4|15 pages

A Spider in the Web or a Puppet on a String?

Swedish Planning Students’ Reflections on their Future Professional Role

chapter 5|14 pages

Lost in Transition

Fledgling Planners in Bosnia and Herzegovina

chapter 6|14 pages

Good Intentions, Deep Frustrations, and Upward Mobility

Just Another Young Planner’s Day in South Africa

chapter 7|19 pages

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Young Planners Mobilising Against the Planning of Towers in Tel Aviv

chapter 8|19 pages

Confronted and Disappointed?

Struggle of Turkish Planners against Authoritarian State-Regulated Urban Development

chapter 9|11 pages

In Search of a Place

Young Planners’ Reflections on Planning and Practice

chapter 10|15 pages

“Things Can Only Get Better”?

Transitioning from Planning Student to Planner in the England of the 1990s and 2000s

chapter 11|16 pages

“The Door Is Now Half Open”

How Work Placement Experiences Better Prepare Planning Graduates for Practice – An Australian Case Study

chapter 12|14 pages

Planning for Rights

Bewildered Young Planners in Brazil

chapter 13|16 pages

Facing up to Finnish Planning Pathologies

A Contextual Interpretation of Planner Capabilities and a Call for Change

chapter 15|13 pages

“I Shall Survive”

Planners’ Strategies in the Face of the Strong Asymmetry of Illegal Powers in Italy

chapter 17|15 pages

A New Role for Young Planners in the Netherlands

Still a Planners’ Paradise?

chapter 19|16 pages

Planning Pedagogy and Practices in Transition

Taiwan’s Young Planners and Their Challenges of Finding Purpose in Planning

part III|26 pages

Recommendations, Reflections, and Conclusions

chapter |5 pages


Notes on the Critical Study of Planning Practices