The 2009 Annual Ph.D. Symposium:
Bridging Academia and Practice in Planning Research

presented by the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington


April 20th, 2009
Peterson Room, Allen Library
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Research in urban planning is quite distinct not only in its breadth and linkages with multiple disciplines, but also with its implicit and explicit connections to the practice of planning. However, planning research is still disconnected from practice and the role of academic knowledge in applied planning problems is limited. At the same time, while planning practice can be the source of both knowledge and directions of inquiry for researchers in academia, it does not always influence academic research. In this year's symposium, we will reflect on the opportunities and challenges in linking academic research and practice in the field of planning. This symposium will be structured around a panel discussion featuring key scholars and practitioners in the field of planning, and a session presenting the current dissertation research from the students of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Urban Design and Planning and the Ph.D. Program in the Built Environment. 

John Landis

Professor and Chair of City and Regional Planning
University of Pennsylvania

Hilda Blanco
Professor Emeritus of Urban Design and Planning
University of Washington

Matthew Kitchen
Program Manager for Development
Puget Sound Regional Council

John Carruthers
US Department of Housing and Urban Development


11:00 - 11:05 am    Welcome - Prof. Marina Alberti
11:05 - 11:15 am    Introduction - Andrew Bjorn
11:15 am - 12:00 pm    Opening remarks by panelists
12:00 - 12:45 pm    Panel discussion: "Bridging Academia and Practice in Planning Research"
12:45 - 1:30 pm    Poster session on Ph.D. research projects
1:30 - 2:50 pm    Presentations on Ph.D. research in the program
2:50 - 3:00 pm    Closing remarks - Prof. Christine Bae