The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South offers an edited collection on planning in parts of the world which, more often than not, are unrecognised or unmarked in mainstream planning texts. In doing so, its intention is not to fill a ‘gap’ that leaves this ‘mainstream’ unquestioned but to re-theorise planning from a deep understanding of ‘place’ as well as a commitment to recognise the diverse modes of practice that come within it.

The chapters thus take the form not of generalised, ‘universal’ analyses and prescriptions, but instead are critical and located reflections in thinking about how to plan, act and intervene in highly complex city, regional and national contexts. Chapter authors in this Companion are not all planners, or are planners of very different kinds, and this diversity ensures a rich variety of insights, primarily based on cases, to emphasise the complexity of the world in which planning is expected to happen.

The book is divided into a framing Introduction followed by five sections: planning and the state; economy and economic actors; new drivers of urban change; landscapes of citizenship; and planning pedagogy. This volume will be of interest to all those wanting to explore the complexities of planning practice and the need for new theories of knowledge from which to draw insight to face the challenges of the 21st century.

chapter |22 pages


ByGautam Bhan, Smita Srinivas, Vanessa Watson

part I|68 pages

Planning and/as the state

chapter 3|11 pages

Urban planning at a crossroads

A critical assessment of Brazil’s City Statute, 15 years later
ByEdesio Fernandes

chapter 4|11 pages

African urbanisation and democratisation

Public policy, planning and public administration dilemmas
ByDele Olowu

chapter 5|9 pages

Data on rapidly growing cities

Lessons from planning and public policies for housing precarity in Brazil
ByEduardo Marques

part II|76 pages

Economy and economic actors

chapter 7|11 pages

Urbanisation and development

Reinforcing the foundations
ByIvan Turok

chapter 8|11 pages

Planning Special Economic Zones in China

ByQianqi Shen

chapter 9|12 pages

Planning in the midst of informality

An application to youth employment programmes in Egypt
ByRagui Assaad

chapter 10|13 pages

No global South in economic development

BySmita Srinivas

chapter 11|13 pages

The informal economy in cities of the global South

Challenges to the planning lexicon
ByCaroline Skinner, Vanessa Watson

chapter 12|14 pages

Urban finance

Strengthening an overlooked foundation of urban planning
ByPaul Smoke

part III|74 pages

New drivers of change

chapter 13|11 pages

Urban climate adaptation in the global South

Justice and inclusive development in a new planning domain
ByEric Chu, Isabelle Anguelovski, Debra Roberts

chapter 15|12 pages

Open space provision and environmental preservation strategies

A case study in Brazil
ByMônica A. Haddad

chapter 16|11 pages

Cities, planning and urban food poverty in Africa

ByJane Battersby

chapter 17|10 pages

Technology and spatial governance in cities of the global South

ByNancy Odendaal

chapter 18|16 pages

Balancing accessibility with aspiration

Challenges in urban transport planning in the global South
ByAnjali Mahendra

part IV|80 pages

Landscapes of citizenship

chapter 19|12 pages

‘Terra nullius’ and planning

Land, law and identity in Israel/Palestine
ByOren Yiftachel

chapter 20|9 pages

The intent to reside

Residence in the auto-constructed city 1
ByGautam Bhan, Amlanjyoti Goswami, Aromar Revi

chapter 21|11 pages

Living as logistics

Tenuous struggles in the remaking of collective urban life
ByAbdouMaliq Simone

chapter 22|12 pages

Informal worker organising and mobilisation

Linking global with local advocacy
ByChris Bonner, Françoise Carré, Martha Alter Chen, Rhonda Douglas

chapter 23|11 pages

Is there a typical urban violence?

ByFernando M. Carrión, Alexandra Velasco

chapter 24|12 pages

Urban upgrading to reduce violence in informal settlements

The case of violence prevention through urban upgrading (VPUU) in Monwabisi Park, Cape Town, South Africa
ByMercy Brown-Luthango, Elena Reyes

chapter 25|11 pages

Starting from here

Challenges in planning for better health care in Tanzania
ByMaureen Mackintosh, Paula Tibandebage

part V|59 pages

Planning pedagogies

chapter 26|11 pages

Learning from the city

A politics of urban learning in planning
ByColin McFarlane

chapter 27|11 pages

Campus in Camps

Knowledge production and urban interventions in refugee camps
ByAlessandro Petti

chapter 28|10 pages

At the coalface, take 3 1

Re-imagining community–university engagements from here
ByTanja Winkler

chapter 29|13 pages

Co-learning the city

Towards a pedagogy of poly-learning and planning praxis
ByAdriana Allen, Rita Lambert, Christopher Yap

chapter 30|12 pages

Learning to learn again

Restoring relevance to development experiments through a whole systems approach
ByJigar Bhatt