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Dr Elizabeth Brooks,
Dr Zan Gunn
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Planning has struggled with its identity as a profession. This has made planning systems vulnerable in the face of attacks on their utility. Sue Hendler was a passionate advocate of planning and its claims to professional status. Building on her writing, I argue that planning’s claims to professional status and expertise have validity. Judged against other professions, planners’ claims are of equal status, grounded as they are in the generation and melding of knowledge and knowledge claims and in the exercising of non-routinised judgement in issues pertaining to place and space. Planning practice and education needs to recognise this reality more explicitly.
Author(s): Vigar G, Brooks E, Gunn S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Town and Country Planning
Issue: epub ahead of print
Print publication date: 22/03/2012
ISSN (print): 0040-9960
Publisher: Town and Country Planning Association
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