The importance of reflexivity in planning and design education

R. Beunen, K.A.M. van Assche, M. Duineveld

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This is a special edition of a Wageningen University Working Papers in Evolutionary Governance Theory (EGT). EGT offers a new perspective on the way markets, institutions and societies evolve together. It can be of use to anyone interested in market and public sector reform, development, public administration, politics and law. Theoretically, the approach draws on a wide array of sources: institutional & development economics, systems theories, post- structuralism, actor- network theories, discourse theory, planning theory and legal studies. In this working paper we use the EGT perspective to make an argument for greater reflexivity in planning and design education. Reflexivity is understood as a sustained reflection on the positionality of knowledge and presented as an opportunity to strengthen the academic dimension of planning and design curricula. The planning and design curricula, we argue, cannot tackle these issues without a deeper and more systematic self-reflection, a reflection on the disciplines, their teaching, on the role of planners and designers in society. We will show how research and outreach can play a transformative role in the development and delivery of professional landscape architecture and planning curricula (see also
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen UR
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9789461737120
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • curriculum development
  • design
  • regional planning
  • landscape architecture
  • land use planning
  • governance

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