plaNext–Next Generation Planning, Planning Theories from the Global South, Volume 11, July 2021

Volume 11,  ISSN 2468-0648, DOI 10.24306/plnxt.2021.vol11



Julia Wesely and Adriana Allen and Lorena Zárate and María Silvia Emanuelli

Generative pedagogies from and for the social production of habitat: Learning from HIC-AL School of grassroots urbanism

Re-thinking dominant epistemological assumptions of the urban in the global South implies recognising the role of grassroots networks in challenging epistemic injustices through the coproduction of multiple saberes and haceres for more just and inclusive cities. This paper examines the pedagogies of such networks by focusing on the experiences nurtured ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South


Geraldo Costa and Heloisa Costa and Roberto Monte-Mór

Rooting metropolitan planning in critical theory and participatory practices: A university planning experience in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The paper aims at contributing to the discussion about planning theory and participatory practices in the Global South by focusing on a planning experience for the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, led by faculty, researchers and students at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, between 2009 and ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South


Mohsen Mohammadzadeh

A Lacanian understanding of the southern planning theorists’ identification under the hegemony of western philosophy

As a planning theorist who has studied and taught planning theory in the Global South and North, I grapple with the question – “What does planning theory mean in the Global South?” To answer this question, I ontologically investigate the meaning of Southern planning theory based on a Lacanian approach. ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South


Charrlotte Adelina and Diane Archer and Oliver Johnson and Romanus Otieno Opiyo

Inclusion in urban environmental governance of small and intermediary cities of the global South

Urban sustainability is governed beyond the urban scale through trans-local networks and assemblages of actors and institutions. There is an emerging field of interest that aims to understand the outcomes of urban sustainability interventions, both from the environmental and social equity perspectives. This paper contributes to the literature on governing ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South


Gabriella Y. Carolini and Sara Lynn Hess

Legacies of mistrust: Why colonial imprints on the implementation of fiscal reforms in Mozambique and Mexico matter

National authorities across Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa have implemented various forms of fiscal decentralization over the past three decades with equivocal results. The design of such reforms has long rested on theories based on the experiences of high-income countries’ efforts at increasing local autonomy, accountability, and basic service efficiencies. ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South


Kristine Stiphany

Infrastructural insurgency: Constructing situated data at Brazil’s urban periphery

This paper focuses on how insurgencies are continually recast in parallel to State-led redevelopment or ‘upgrading’. It brings attention to communities that shape and are reshaped by inclusion of data in processes through which citizens participate in city-making. Drawing on a comparative case study of intensively upgraded informal settlements in ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South


Liza Rose Cirolia and Nobukhosi Ngwenya and Barry Christianson and Suraya Scheba

Retrofitting, repurposing and re-placing: A multi-media exploration of occupation in Cape Town, South Africa

The vast majority of city planning literature on informal occupations has focused on how residents occupy vacant and peripheral land, developing informal structures to address their basic needs. A smaller body of work, but one with much purchase in South Africa, explores the informal occupation of existing formal structures and ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South


Alireza Vaziri Zadeh and Frank Moulaert and Stuart Cameron

Housing systems in the Global South: The relevance of the ‘social housing’ approach in meeting housing needs

This paper addresses the problem of accessing decent and affordable housing in the Global South, where the housing need is, in general, more problematic than in the Global North. The paper first identifies five distinctive characteristics of housing systems in the Global South as compared to those in the Global ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South


Marina Toneli Siqueira

Gentrifying the Brazilian city? Convergences and divergences in urban studies

There is a growing number of processes in Brazilian cities that have been identified as gentrification. However, the classic definition of gentrification as a process of transformation of existing urban housing stocks by new homeowners with a higher socio-economic profile poses challenges to understand recent empirical data coming from Brazil ...

Type: Other Special Issue: Planning Theories from the Global South