Bruce Stiftel

Professor and Chair
School of City and Regional Planning

Areas of expertise

  • Planning theory
  • Collaborative governance
  • International responses to urbanization

Core research

  • Public service, leadership, and policy

Bruce Stiftel's research concerns collaborative governance of environmental/water policy, global movement of planning ideas, and international responses to urbanization. His most recent books are Adaptive Governance and Water Conflict (co-edited with John T. Scholz; Resources for the Future Press), and Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning, volume 2 (co-edited with Vanessa Watson and Henri Ascelrad; Routledge), and he served as consultant to UN-Habitat in production of the World Cities Report 2016.  He regularly teaches courses in planning theory, environmental analysis, and citizen participation.  A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stiftel is former president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, founding chairperson of the Global Planning Education Association Network, and member of the Planning Accreditation Board.  He is a member of the editorial boards of Planning TheoryInternational Planning StudiesJournal of the American Planning Association, and Town Planning Review. and represents the Global Planning Education Association Network to UN-Habitat's University Network Initiative.

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