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Planning Theory & Practice Journal

Planning Theory & Practice is an internationally regarded research journal, providing a focus for the development of theory and practice in spatial planning and encouraging the development of a spatial dimension in other areas of public policy. View the current issue.PTP

Reasons to become a reader

  • Improve your practice through critical reflection and review
  • Gain international perspectives from top theorists and practitioners
  • Impartial and robust peer reviewed research
  • Can count towards your continuing professional development
  • You will benefit from a massive discount to RTPI members - only £33 a year, saving you over £190 a year!

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Journal scope

Planning Theory & Practice provides an international focus for the development of theory and practice in spatial planning and a forum to promote the policy dimensions of space and place.  Planning Theory & Practice aims to challenge theory and change practice and is distinctive in its commitment to publishing content which combines intellectual rigour with practical impact.  The Editors invite theoretically informed and robustly researched papers which raise issues at the leading edge of planning theory and practice.  Papers on controversial subjects are welcomed and supported. Authors are requested to draw out the wider significance of their particular contribution and to write for a broad disciplinary and international audience.

The range of Planning Theory & Practice includes:

  • Developing the theoretical and methodological foundations of planning theory and practice, as well as urban studies more generally;
  • Developing the contribution of the planning field to social science, both analytically and normatively;
  • Exploring the relationship between theory and practice, including reviews which examine emergent practices and interpret them in the light of current intellectual debates;
  • Challenging the impact of intellectual ideas through critical reflection and review;
  • Examining policy development in particular fields such as housing, regeneration, transport, urban design, participatory practice, diversity and climate change.
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Interface section - linking theory and practice

The journal's innovative Interface section adopts an original approach to stimulating critical and challenging debate and promoting dialogue between the academic and practitioner communities. Find out what it can offer by downloading the issues below. 

Resilience: A Bridging Concept or a Dead End?

Simin Davoudi, Keith Shaw, L. Jamila Haider, Allyson E. Quinlan, Garry D. Peterson, Cathy Wilkinson, Hartmut Fünfgeld, Darryn McEvoy and Libby Porter (Volume 13, Issue 2)

Exploring the Challenges of Environmental Planning and Green Design: Cases from Europe and the USA

Andres Walliser, Nicholas B. Rajkovich, John Forester, Carley Friesen, Björn Malbert, Henrik Nolmark, Jo Williams, Stephen M. Wheeler, Robert B. Segar, Michael Utzinger, Steve Swenson, Ignacio Bisbal Grandal, Carlos Verdaguer, Larissa Larsen and Robert F. Young (Volume 13, Issue 1)

Rural Gentrification

Mark Scott, Darren P. Smith, Mark Shucksmith, Nick Gallent, Keith Halfacree, Sue Kilpatrick, Susan Johns, Peter Vitartas, Martin Homisan and Trevor Cherrett (Volume 12, Issue 4)

Subscription cycle and payment

Currently individual subscribers to the journal receive hard copies of the journal but do not have online access to articles, and we working towards extending online access to individual subcribers.

The subscription year for the journal is from January to December. Four issues are published each year and are generally mailed out in March, June, September and December. Members who subscribe to the journal part-way through the year will be sent any catch-up issues as applicable.

The subscription can be paid by:

  • card online
  • Direct Debit
  • cheque made payable to "Royal Town Planning Institute" and sent to the Subscriptions Team