What Town Planners Do

Exploring Planning Practices and the Public Interest through Workplace Ethnographies

By Abigail Schoneboom, Jason Slade, Malcolm Tait and Geoff Vigar

Published

Nov 28, 2022

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447365976

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 28, 2022

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447365990

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
What Town Planners Do

Presenting the complexities of doing planning work, with all its attendant moral and practical dilemmas, this rich ethnographic study analyses how places are made through stories of four diverse public and private sector working environments.

The book provides a unique insight for educators, students and researchers into the everyday lives of planners and those in associated built environment occupations. This exceptional account of the micro-politics of a knowledge-intensive profession also provides an excellent resource for sociologists of contemporary work. The authors use team ethnography to push the methodological frontiers of planning research and to advance organisational ethnography into new areas.

Abigail Schoneboom is a Lecturer in Urban Planning at Newcastle University.

Jason Slade is a Lecturer in Planning at the University of Sheffield.

Malcolm Tait is Professor of Planning at the University of Sheffield.

Geoff Vigar is Professor of Urban Planning at Newcastle University.

1. Introducing Contemporary Planning Practice

2. Southwell — the Privatised Local Authority

3. Simpsons — the Values-Driven Global Consultancy

4. Bakerdale — a ‘Traditional’ Local Authority Commercialising Under Austerity Politics

5. OIP — the ‘regular’ planning consultancy

6. So, Just What Are Planners Doing?