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Books: The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South

The Routledge Companion
to Planning in the Global South

Gautam Bhan, Smita Srinivas, Vanessa Watson (Eds.)

Published by Routledge | pp. 396 | 29 B/W Illus., 2018

The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South offers an edited collection on planning in parts of the world that, 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 twenty-first century.


Gautam Bhan, Smita Srinivas and Vanessa Watson

Planning and / as the state
1 | Spatial rationalities and the possibilities for planning in the New Urban
Agenda for Sustainable Development
Clive Barnett and Susan Parnell
2 | Growth and inclusion in the mega-cities of India, South Africa and Brazil
Patrick Heller
3 | Urban planning at a crossroads: a critical assessment of Brazil’s City
Statute, 15 years later 
Edesio Fernandes
4 | African urbanisation and democratisation: public policy, planning and public administration dilemmas
Dele Olowu
5 | Data on rapidly growing cities: lessons from planning and public policies for housing precarity in Brazil
Eduardo Marques
6 | A ‘peripheries’ view of planning failures in Kolkata and Hyderabad in India
Sudeshna Mitra

PART II. Economy and economic actors
7 |
 Urbanisation and development: reinforcing the foundations
Ivan Turok
8 | Planning Special Economic Zones in China
Qianqi Shen
9 | Planning in the midst of informality: an application to youth employment
programmes in Egypt
Ragui Assaad
10 | No global South in economic development
Smita Srinivas
11 | The informal economy in cities of the global South: challenges to the
planning lexicon
Caroline Skinner and Vanessa Watson
12 | Urban finance: strengthening an overlooked foundation of urban planning
Paul Smoke

PART III. New drivers of change: ecology, infrastructure and technology
13 |
Urban climate adaptation in the global South: justice and inclusive
development in a new planning domain
Eric Chu, Isabelle Anguelovski and Debra Roberts
14 | Social-environmental dilemmas of planning an ‘ecological civilisation’ in
Jia-Ching Chen
15 | Open space provision and environmental preservation strategies: a case
study in Brazil
Mônica A. Haddad
16 | Cities, planning and urban food poverty in Africa
Jane Battersby
17 | Technology and spatial governance in cities of the global South
Nancy Odendaal
18 | Balancing accessibility with aspiration: challenges in urban transport
planning in the global South
Anjali Mahendra

PART IV. Landscapes of citizenship
19 |
‘Terra nullius’ and planning: land, law and identity in Israel/Palestine
Oren Yiftachel
20 | The intent to reside: residence in the auto-constructed city
Gautam Bhan, Amlanjyoti Goswami and Aromar Revi
21 | Living as logistics: tenuous struggles in the remaking
of collective urban life
AbdouMaliq Simone
22 | Informal worker organising and mobilisation: linking global with local
Chris Bonner, Françoise Carré, Martha Alter Chen and Rhonda Douglas
23 | Is there a typical urban violence?
Fernando M. Carrión and Alexandra Velasco
24 | Urban upgrading to reduce violence in informal settlements: the case of
violence prevention through urban upgrading (VPUU) in Monwabisi Park, Cape
Town, South Africa
Mercy Brown-Luthango and Elena Reyes
25 | Starting from here: challenges in planning for better health care
in Tanzania
Maureen Mackintosh and Paula Tibandebag

PART V. Planning pedagogies
26 |
Learning from the city: a politics of urban learning in planning
Colin McFarlane
27 | Campus in Camps: knowledge production and urban interventions in
refugee camps
Alessandro Petti
28 | At the coalface, take 3: re-imagining community–university
engagements from here
Tanja Winkler
29 | Co-learning the city: towards a pedagogy of poly-learning and planning
Adriana Allen, Rita Lambert and Christopher Yap
30 | Learning to learn again: restoring relevance to development experiments
through a whole systems approach
Jigar Bhatt



Gautam Bhan is Lead, Academics and Research, at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and is most recently the author of In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi (University of Georgia Press, 2016).
Smita Srinivas is an economic development scholar with a PhD from MIT. She is Visiting Professor, Economics Department and the Innovation, Knowledge, Development Centre (IKD), Open University, UK; Visiting Senior Fellow, International Development Department, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Honorary Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Her last book Market Menagerie (Stanford University Press, 2012) won the EAEPE 2015 Myrdal Prize.
Vanessa Watson is Professor of City Planning at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and is a Fellow of this University. She holds degrees, including a PhD, from South African universities and the Architectural Association of London and is on the executive committee of the African Centre for Cities.