Planning Theory Education: A Forty-Year Review

Atul Pokharel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This article analyzes the results of a survey of planning theory course outlines conducted in 2020 parallel to four similar surveys that together provide a forty-year review of a central component of planning education. The article begins by briefly reviewing the major trends in planning theory over the past forty years. It then examines the course topics and required readings, authors, and texts for sixty-two master’s-level courses offered during the 2019–2020 academic years. The article concludes by evaluating the survey findings and the picture they paint of contemporary planning theory education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • planning education
  • planning theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies


Dive into the research topics of 'Planning Theory Education: A Forty-Year Review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this