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This booklet regards the role of engaged scholars and the innovation that a critical perspective can bring to the planning theories and practices. The perspective that comes from Global South, that Vanessa Watson contributed to define and promoted during her entire career path, provide the entire planning community new tools and frameworks to deal with the challenges of contemporary cities and regions. While there has been debate about internationality of international planning journals, both in terms of authors and editors, Vanessa Watson is one of the very few scholars who has extensively published in international planning journals, besides being the Global South Editor of Urban Studies. Her contribution is valuable not only to the planning community in the global South, but to the entire global planning community.


Battersby, J. and Watson, V. (eds) (2019) Urban Food Systems Governance and Poverty in African Cities. London: Routledge.

Bhan, G. (2019) ‘Notes on a Southern urban practice’, Environment and Urbanization, 31(2), pp. 639–654.

Bhan, G., Srinivas, S. and Watson, V. (eds) (2018) The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Glob-al South. London and New York: Routledge.

Borland, R., Morrell, R. and Watson, V. (2018) ‘Southern Agency: Navigating Local and Global Imper-atives in Climate Research’, Global Environmental Politics, 18(3), pp. 47–65.

Duminy, J. et al. (eds) (2014) Planning and the Case Study Method in Africa: The Planner in Dirty Shoes. UK: Palgrave Mc Millan.

Flyvbjerg, Bent & Richardson, Tim. (2002) Planning and Foucault: In Search of the Dark Side of Plan-ning Theory.

Gunder, M., Madanipour, A. and Watson, V. (eds) (2017) The Routledge Handbook of Planning The-ory.

Spiegel, A., Watson, V. and Wilkinson, P. (1996) ‘Domestic diversity and fluidity among some African households in Greater Cape Town’, Social Dynamics, 21(2), pp. 7–30.

UN Habitat (2009) Global Report on Human Settlements 2009- Planning Sustainable Cities. London, Sterling: Earthscan.

Watson, V. (2002a) Change and Continuity in Spatial Planning: metropolitan planning in Cape Town under political transformation. London and New York: Routledge.

Watson, V. (2002b) ‘Do We Learn from Planning Practice?: The Contribution of the Practice Move-ment to Planning Theory’, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 22(2), pp. 178–187.

Watson, V. (2002c) ‘The Usefulness of Normative Planning Theories in the Context of Sub-Saharan Africa’, Planning Theory, 1(1), pp. 27–52.

Watson, V. (2003) ‘Conflicting rationalities: implications for planning theory and ethics’, Planning Theory and Practice, 4(4), pp. 395–408.

Watson, V. (2006) ‘Deep Difference: Diversity, Planning and Ethics’, Planning Theory, 5(1), pp. 31–50.

Watson, V. (2009a) ‘“The planned city sweeps the poor away . . . ” : Urban planning and 21st century urbanisation’, Progress in Planning, 72(3), pp. 151–193.

Watson, V. (2009b) ‘Seeing from the South: Refocusing Urban Planning on the Globe’s Central Urban Issues’, Urban Studies, 46(11), pp. 2259–2275.

Watson, V. (2013) ‘Planning and the “stubborn realities” of Global South-east cities: Some emerging ideas’, Planning Theory, 12(1), pp. 81–100.Watson, V. (2014a) ‘African urban fantasies: Dreams or nightmares?’, Environment and Urbanization, 26(1), pp. 213–229.

Watson, V. (2014b) ‘Co-production and collaboration in planning – The difference’, Planning Theory & Practice. doi: 10.1080/14649357.2013.866266.

Watson, V. (2014c) ‘The Case for a Southern Perspective in Planning Theory’, International Journal of E-Planning Research, 3(1).

Watson, V. (2016) ‘Locating planning in the New Urban Agenda of the urban sustainable development goal’, Planning Theory, 15(4), pp. 435–448.

Watson, V. (2019) ‘The return of the city-region in the new urban agenda: is this relevant in the Global South?’, Regional Studies, pp. 1–10. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1664734.

Watson, V. and Odendaal, N. (2013) ‘Changing Planning Education in Africa: The Role of the Association of African Planning Schools’, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 33(1), pp. 96–107.

Yiftachel, O., and Yacobi, H. (2003) ‘Control, resistance and informality: Urban ethnocracy in Beer-She-va Israel’, In N. Al-Sayyad & A. Roy (Eds.), Urban informality: Transnational perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia. Boulder, CO: Lexington Books.

Yiftachel, O. (2006) ‘Re-engaging planning theory? Towards ‘south-eastern’ perspectives’, Planning Theory, 5(3), pp. 211–222.




Planning Theory, Vanessa Watson, Global South