To avoid the risk of self-congratulatory or unselfaware contributions, the book is being developed through an inter-generational editorial dialogue. The book is edited by Beatrix Haselsberger, a mid-career researcher from Austria, who collaborates with an international and inter-generational Advisoray Board, composed of John Friedmann, Patsy Healey, Judith Innes, Michael Batty, Laura Saija, Paul Benneworth and Julie Knight.



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Portrait Photo: Beatrix Haselsberger

Dr., FWF Hertha Firnberg Research Grant Holder, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


Beatrix Haselsberger is Senior Researcher at the Department of Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. She is also Visiting Professor at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Architettura at the University of Cagliari, Italy.


Her current research focuses on the nature of borders (physical and invisible) and their impacts on space and people, cross-border interaction and cooperation, as well as planning cultures, their diversity and origin. With her research she seeks to bridge the gap between planning theory and practice.

Trixi is active in the Association of European Schools of Planning and the Regional Studies Association, where she has been a member of the executive committees, as well as on the editorial boards of a wide range of journals. Together with her partner, an ecologist, she will open a spatial research and planning consultancy in Austria, in the near future .




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Portrait Photo: John Friedmann

Em.Prof. of Community & Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA


Friedmann has taught at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil (1956-58), MIT (1961-65), the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (1966-69), and the University of California at Los Angeles (1969-96), where he founded the Urban Planning Department in 1969 under Dean Harvey S. Perloff.  After his official retirement from UCLA, he has served in honorary positions at the University of Melbourne, the National University of Taiwan, and since 2001, has held an honorary appointment at the School of Community and Regional Planning, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  Throughout his life, he has been an advisor to governments in Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Mozambique, and in China, where he was appointed Honorary Foreign Advisor to the China Academy of Planning and Urban Design (2007).  He is the author of 26 books, including 9 edited/co-edited collections, and about 200 articles on a wide range of topics, from regional planning to urbanization, social development, and planning theory. His writings have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Farsi.  He is best known for his early work on regional development planning with William Alonso, the core-periphery theory of regional development, the theory of transactive planning and social learning, and the world city hypothesis.  His current research interests are focused on urbanization processes in China. His most recent books include China’s Urban Transition  (2004) and Insurgencies: Essays in Planning Theory  (2011).  Among the many honours he has received are a Guggenheim Fellowship and Honorary doctorates from the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile (1969) and the University of Dortmund (1988).  He was honoured by the Chilean Government in 1969 receiving the Bernardo O’Higgins Order (in rank of Commander); was the first person to receive the prestigious Distinguished Planning Educator Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; and received the first UN-Habitat Lecture Award for lifetime achievement in the service of human settlements (2006).

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Portrait Photo: Patsy Healey

Em.Prof. of Town & Country Planning, Newcastle University, GB


Patsy Healey is professor emeritus in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, UK.  She holds degrees in geography and in planning from University College London, University of Westminster and the London School of Economics.  She is a specialist in planning theory and the practice of planning and urban regeneration policies.  She has undertaken research on how planning strategies work out in practice and on partnership forms of neighbourhood regeneration experiences.  In recent years, she has been developing approaches to collaborative planning practices, linked to an institutionalist analysis of urban socio-spatial dynamics and urban governance.  She has been involved in research consultancy work for the British Government, the European Union, and UN-Habitat.  She has received research awards from many funding bodies.  She has undertaken empirical research work in the UK, in other European countries and in Latin America.  Recent books include Collaborative Planning: shaping places in fragmented societies  (1997, 2nd edtn 2006).  Urban Complexity and Spatial Strategies  (2007), and Making Better Places  (2010).  She has co-edited with Jean Hillier the 3-Volume Ashgate collection of Critical Essays in Planning Theory  (2008), and the accompanying Companion to Planning Theory (2010).  She was Senior Editor of the Journal, Planning Theory and Practice,  until 2009.  She has also served on a number of organisations, including the British ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the Royal Town Planning Institute.  She was a founder member of AESOP, and was its President from 1993/4-1995/6.  She was awarded the OBE in 1999, became an Honorary Fellow of the Association of European Planners in 2004, and was awarded the RTPI Gold Medal in 2006.  She is currently chair of the Glendale Gateway Trust, a community development trust in the locality where she lives.

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Portrait Photo: Judith Innes

Em.Prof. of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, US


My undergraduate education was in English literature at Harvard, where I learned to write and tell stories.  At MIT in the late 1960s I learned practical skills and delved into social policy during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society urban poverty program, finally developing my intellectual project of understanding how and why information could actually influence decisions.  My dissertation on social indicators for public policy looked historically at the processes that produced information that changed policy.  That dissertation provided the foundation for my later work on collaboration, dialogue and governance.  After part-time teaching and publishing a book, Social Indicators and Public Policy: Interactive Processes of Design and Use,  in 1976 I landed in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley, where I taught until retirement in 2011.  My career path was very much framed by the expectations of the university, while I pursued my goal of finding a new model for practice.  After a 10-year stint as Director of Berkeley’s Institute of Urban and Regional Development and 20 years of research on collaborative planning and consensus building, I teamed up with practitioner and long-time writing collaborator, David Booher, to write Planning with Complexity: An Introduction to Collaborative Rationality for Public Policy  (2010), which outlines our model of practice for complex and controversial problems.

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Portrait Photo: Michael Batty

Prof. of Spatial Analysis & Planning, University College London, GB


Michael Batty was trained as an urban designer and town planner at the University of Manchester from 1962 to 1969.  During this period, he was heavily influenced by his mentors Brian McLoughlin and George Chadwick, who embarked on developing the systems approach to planning.  He worked then in planning processes and design methods but these were somewhat overtaken by the development of mathematical models of city systems which has constituted his main research area since those days.  He is now a Professor at the Bartlett School in University College London where he is Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), which he set up in 1995.  He held a joint appointment between the Department of Geography and the Bartlett School until 2003 when he became Bartlett Professor of Planning.  Prior to his current position, he was Professor, Head of Department of City and Regional Planning, and Dean at the University of Cardiff (1979 to 1990) and Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1990-1995).  He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity  (2005) and most recently The New Science of Cities  (2013).  His blog covers the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at  His research group is working on simulating long-term structural change and dynamics in cities.  Recently, he has been exploring the resilience of networks and population locations in cities to climate change particularly sea level rise as well as shorter term changes related to transport networks and their disruption.  He has been editor of the journal Environment and Planning B since 1981. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and the Royal Society (FRS) and was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004.

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Portrait Photo: Laura Saija

Dr., Research Fellow, University of Memphis, Tennessee, US


Dr. Laura Saija is a 2009 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow, Department of Architecture and Planning at the University of Catania, Italy, and a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Division of City and Regional Planning, University of Memphis, TN (USA).  Her main research interest is on the theory and the practice of engaged scholarship in the field of Community Environmental Planning.  In particular, her work focuses on the way Universities can play an active role in enhancing democracy in long-term lagging regions, characterised by long-term power inequalities.  In Catania, she has collaborated with the establishment of the First Center for University Engagement in Southern Italy and has worked with low-income communities and anti-Mafia organisations in the City of Catania, combining community-based planning with historic preservation and environmental planning.  In Memphis, she has collaborated over the past two years with engaged scholars and community organisations in a Participatory Action Research project aimed at revitalising one of the most historic and distressed inner-city African American neighbourhoods, threatened by the City's decision to convert it to a gentrified tourist district.

Portrait Photo: Paul Benneworth

Dr., Senior Researcher, University of Twente, The Netherlands


Paul Benneworth (North Shields, UK, 1974) is a senior researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.  Paul’s research is concerned with the nature of territorial uneven development in the context of the knowledge economy.  His Ph.D. (2002, Newcastle University, UK) explored processes of innovation and economic change in a declining industrial region, the North East of England.  Since then he has primarily focused on the roles played by universities in society related to these wider development processes, examining a range of different domains in which university communities and their knowledge interacts with wider socio-economic development processes, including university spin-off companies, formal platforms for university-regional development, knowledge community precincts / science parks and university-community engagement.  He has undertaken a wide range of research projects for a variety of clients including national and regional governments, research councils in the UK, Norway and the Netherlands, the OECD and European Commission, civil society groups and other organisations.  He has held Research Fellowships from both the UK Economic and Social Research Council (2002-03) and Research Councils UK (2005-09).  Paul has published a wide range of papers and book chapters on these topics in a wide range of outlets, including Urban Studies, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, Environment and Planning C, European Planning Studies and Progress in Planning.  His paper ‘Urban competitiveness in the knowledge economy: Universities as new planning animateurs’  (2007, Progress in Planning, together with Gert-Jan Hospers) was nominated to AESOP and ACSP for best published paper in planning.  He is editor of a number of volumes.  He is a fellow of the Regional Studies Association, was a board member from 2000-08, edited their magazines Regions (2004-2008), Regional Insights (2009-13) and is an Early Career Editor of their Open Access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science.

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Portrait Photo: Julie Knight

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Loyola University Maryland & Towson University, US


Dr. Julie Knight (Porter) currently holds the position of Research Manager at the Regional Economic Studies Institute of Towson University. She also holds lecturing positions in the Department of Sociology at Towson University and the Department of Sociology (Global Studies) at Loyola University Maryland. From 2006 to 2013, Julie was a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Geography in the School of Planning & Geography at Cardiff University. Her research focused on regional economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation. During this period, Julie also served as the Managing Editor of the journal European Planning Studies (2007-2013), as well as an Editor (2012-2013) and the Editor-in-Chief (2013-2014) of the Early Careers section of the journal Regional Studies, Regional Science. Simultaneously, Julie completed her MSc in Comparative Political Economy and her PhD in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Her PhD research focused on the labour market mobility of migrants in the United Kingdom. Julie’s current research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary, including the following: regional economic development strategies; the role of place and space in migration studies; and the cultural integration strategies of long-term migrants. Julie has disseminated her research at international conferences, through peer-reviewed journal articles and through two books (forthcoming).