Our Mission Statement

Planning Theory and Practice
is a leading international spatial planning journal.  

It publishes original peer-reviewed articles at the cutting edge of research and theoretical developments in the field, and explores the radical and transformative implications of this research for practice and policy-making.

The aim of the journal is to deliver intellectually robust, yet practically relevant, insights that will challenge the future of planning, and shape debate within the social sciences.  

Published four times a year in conjunction with the Royal Town Planning Institute, Planning Theory and Practice encourages both quantitative and qualitative papers, as well as contributions on controversial subjects and rejoinders to previously published items.  While the journal promotes an eclectic interest in space and place, its central theoretical and practical concerns are complexity, epistemology, ethics, mobility, participation, power, professionalism, social justice, spatiality and spatial scales, sustainability and the implications of technology for planning. 

The journal’s innovative and unique Interface section is based on dialogue between the academic and practitioner communities, encouraging analytical reflection on practice and practical engagement with theory.  Each issue of Interface offers a multifaceted investigation of a topical theme, in the form of a series of contributions that bring diverse perspectives to an issue of current or coming relevance.

The journal also publishes a comment and review section called Debates and Reflections, comprising comments, book reviews and policy & planning briefs, which analyse spatial plans and provide critical insights into key policy developments.  Finally, the journal carries more polemical, impassioned, and contentious contributions in the form of editorials and comments.  

Planning Theory and Practice research articles undergo double-blind peer review by a minimum of three independent reviewers. Interface articles are commissioned by the Editors on specific themes, and all commissions are subject to rigorous editorial review and revision prior to a decision about publication.  Debates and Reflections (formally Comments and Reviews) are commissioned by the Editors, and all commissions are subject to rigorous editorial review and revision before publication.

Subpages (1): Meet Our Editorial Team