Key Concepts in Planning forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Planning provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in Planning. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes: An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field; Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions and evolutions of the subject; Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading

Key Concepts in Planning is an ideal companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Planning and covers the expected staples of the sub-discipline in an accessible style. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, Key Concepts in Planning is an essential addition to any geography student's library.

Sustainability and Sustainable Development

Sustainability and sustainable development

Related terms: climate change; ecosystems; resource efficiency; greening development; natural capital; environmental impacts; eco-modernisation; carbon reduction


Many of the features constituting the broad notion of sustainability have been longstanding and central ideas in planning. The label itself has a relatively recent heritage and sustainability has become the touchstone or explicit primary aim for planning policy and practice in many countries over the past two decades. There has been much attention paid to how planning may aid the promotion of sustainability and sustainable development and vice versa (see Meadowcroft, 2000; Rydin, 2010b). This chapter focuses on providing an understanding of what the term has involved and why it is seen as so important in planning. Despite prolonged and widespread effort, ...

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