China's slowing growth and rising debts have sent tremors through global markets. Urbanisation has been integral to the near double digit annual growth over recent years, so what does the slow down mean for regional and local development within China, and in particular for the local authorities?
Around 8 million live in Afghanistan's cities today, but that number is expected to double by 2030.Yet, like many other rapidly urbanising countries, it has no national urban policy, no housing policy, and local planning is weak.
Local authorities and their partners can get research done on issues in their area, with the costs met from the EU's ESPON programme. Bids need to be in by 9 March 2015.
Here is a column I wrote in The Scottish Planner in 1997. It argued that there should be a tension between planning education and planning practice. What do you think today?
There will be another 2 billion people living in urban areas by 2030. With a billion people now living in slums,and over 100,000 homeless people in Delhi, for example, it is no exaggeration to say that this is a critical decade for cities and the practice of urban planning.
The pressure for migration into Europe will not go away, says a new report.
I was elected Convenor of the Scottish Branch of the RTPI for 1983. The picture shows how the Branch's magazine reported it.
ESPON is inviting bids for seven new applied research projects, including one on comparing the spatial planning systems across Europe.
The international agreement reached in COP21 in Paris should provoke a wide ranging review of planning policies around the world.