Coursework

PLAN 700 - Paradigms in Planning Theory
This course covered the various schools of though that have informed the cities and communities that  we see around us from Roman cities to the latest developments in our built forms.

PLAN 701 - Land Use Planning
There are many technical elements related to land use that planners have to understand and coordinate as they balance the host of interests that constitute our public and private interests - environment, bylaws, land use laws, social values, developers methods and many others.

PLAN 703 - Professional Planning Practice
Planners carry out their work amid a mix of other professionals with varying responsibilities. Case studies, guest speakers and a major planning team project provided an overview of what it takes to be a planner.

PLAN 710 - Research Design
Composing an original piece of research that is credible, feasible and meaningful is no easy task. Decisions must be made about whether qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods will be used. Sampling techniques and data presentation are major concerns. Research must pass ethical tests and reviews in addition to taking stock of the current state of the field. Planning is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in a constantly changing environment requiring significant research design capabilities.

PLAN 675 - Reading Course on Network Science
The core of this course was Mark Newman's new +700 page text Networks: An Introduction. The readings, discussions, and additional papers engaged with the state of the field as it pertained to social network mapping, data collection and analysis, and planning relevant themes. The new science of networks can help planners in their work at a number of levels, in particular the exploration of the social impacts and effects of planning. Here are three videos that are a great introduction - free on iTunes.


PLAN 801/802 - PhD Seminar
A smaller cohort allowed refinements of our proposals and ideas including academic article publishing, planning issue exploration, and guest speakers. My core work involved updating a review of social capital measurement techniques and evaluation of suitable control measures against which I can compare my more experimental spatial use/spatial pattern signatures as inferences of social cohesion and vitality in a given geographical area.

Winter 2013 Semester - Key Focus
I will be working on extending my capabilities in statistics, data analysis, and social network analysis as they relate to my research focus. I'll continue development of a functioning field device with the aim of identifying a prototype that can be reproduced - I will need between 50-60 for the formal data collection at the very least. 

I will also be working on publishing a paper on the role of academic planners, another one on how Christopher Alexander's approaches can inform planning theory and practice, and exploring the feasibility of organizing an expert panel on social capital/social impact measurement.

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