Session 22

22. Studying Urban Planning and Governance Through Qualitative Approaches: Perspectives from Various Spatial Contexts

This session creates a space for discourse among researchers who study issues of planning and governing cities from the perspective of qualitative research. What are the possibilities and limits of different methods (ethnographies, interviews, mappings, group discussions, etc.) when studying cities from perspectives of spatial planning, land use and zoning, public administration, local governance etc.? Papers might deal with, but are not limited to questions of the formulation and implementation of policies or plans, as well as power struggles within local authorities and planning bodies. They also focus on the roles of different actors (such as public officials, planners and citizens) across multiple scales. Moreover, they include the nuances of technical and physical planning, decision-making processes and bureaucracy, as well as the political economy of urban governance in the global era. The session seeks to reach out to researchers as well as practitioners. Expected papers should be based on empirical research, but may also deal with theoretical, methodological, as well as hands-on practical questions of doing research in these environments. We encourage papers from various spatial contexts as a way of enriching existing discourse. Thus, case studies from both the Global North and South, as well as different national, regional and local contexts are welcome.