Reimaging socio-spatial planning: towards a synthesis between sense of place and social sustainability approaches

Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael Odei and Basson, Marita (2017) Reimaging socio-spatial planning: towards a synthesis between sense of place and social sustainability approaches. Planning Theory. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1473-0952

Abstract

Socio-spatial planning forums are shedding light on how people embrace, contest or reject social changes. These understandings are now being used to explore sense of place and social sustainability approaches in spatial studies, and provide input into the formulation of socio-spatial planning interventions. Research evidence, however, suggests that the integration of elements from each approach into a unified working model can help overcome existing conceptual confusions and revitalise socio-spatial planning processes. Our research therefore seeks to identify these confusions, as well as the supplementary elements in each approach, resulting in the creation of a conceptual framework that reimages socio-spatial planning. We argue that there are elements conceptually linked in each approach that could be re-conceptualised into a more robust framework for socio-spatial planning. The article further proposes that the synthesis will not only negate the shortcomings inherent in each approach but will also provide a more responsive medium for the current dynamic societal context of socio-spatial planning. Our findings advance socio-spatial planning theory and contribute to a foundation for the future research aimed at improving the understanding of background theories.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 4 Nov 2017. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 02:28
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2018 00:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: sense of place, social sustainability, socio-spatial planning, synthesis framework
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1473095217736793
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33328

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