STUDY PROG MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies. London School of Economics, London, UK.

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The MSc Regional & Urban Planning Studies is a strongly focused and internationally based planning programme that has a long tradition in training both people seeking careers in urban and regional planning policy and mid-career professionals.  Founded in 1966 by the departments of Economics, Geography and Government, the programme (now housed solely in the department of Geography & Environment) continues a strong interdisciplinary focus challenging students to understand cities and regions from an economic, social and environmental perspective. The MSc aims to provide a common understanding of the various influences affecting the planning process, and to teach a set of research skills that will help planners in practice. These skills include urban and regional economic analysis, the evaluation of environmental and regional policies and the study of institutional and political factors that impact city and regional development. These perspectives will be applied to London and to a wide range of countries and cities through lectures and seminar debate.

Students join the course from many countries and from many different backgrounds in the social sciences and the design, planning and property professions. Most graduates go on to work in city, regional or environmental planning, particularly on the research and consultancy side of practice.

A strong sense of identity is generated in the student body, and the alumni keep in regular contact with each other through an annual newsletter. A number of walks are conducted early in the first term to help students orient to London and a fieldtrip is held during the Easter vacation, the destination is chosen by the students. This is held in various British regions or cities or on continental Europe. Recent student cohorts have chosen Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow, Dublin and Amsterdam. The students also run a Planning Society, which organises speakers, shorter trips and social events.

SEMINAR: Dialogues in Development: African perspectives on urban development planning, 21.2.12, London

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Dialogues in Development: African perspectives on urban development planning.
A three part seminar series run by the Development Planning Unit, UCL.
In the next decade two-thirds of Africa’s population growth will be urban. Although Africa has the lowest proportion of continental urbanization, with about 38% of its population living in urban areas, after Asia, it is “expected to have the largest urban population growth of any region, with about 200 million urban dwellers.” (McGranahan et al, 2009). In this unique series of three dialogues, Susan Parnell addresses ways of understanding the enormous changes to cities occurring in sub-saharan African countries. Elaborating on the theoretical and ethical challenges posed by unprecedented urbanisms in Africa, and working at the interface of theory and practice in the global South, she reflects on how equipped we are to face the urban planning futures.
Part 3. Urban planning futures in dialogue. A panel discussion.
The final seminar will be a panel discussion addressing issues in African urban research and management that emerge from the previous two seminars.
Date: 21 Feb 17h30-19h00 Venue: 118 Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF
Prof Susan Parnell is visiting Leverhulme Professor at UCL. She is Professor of Geography at the University of Cape Town. She has published extensively and sits on the board of many urban studies journals. She holds many professional and advisory appointments and works at the interface of theory and practice. She is a founder member of the African Centre for Cities, UCT.