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Welcome from the Congress Chair

In my role as Chair for WPSC2011 and on behalf of The University of Western Australia, as the host institution, my colleagues from ANZAPS as the host planning schools region, and GPEAN as the overall convenors of the WPSC conference series we all look forward to welcoming you to Perth, Western Australia.

The 2011 World Planning Schools Congress marks the 10th anniversary of this major international academic event which was first held in Shanghai in 2001 and Mexico City in 2006. This year’s WPSC also marks the 10th anniversary since the signing of the Shanghai Statement and the establishment of the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN), the organisation that oversees the WPSC and the Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning book series published by Routledge.
GPEAN is a virtual and voluntary academic organisation that seeks to promote urban and regional planning education and research and foster international links between and across its member organisations. These organisations currently include:

  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) [USA]
  • Association of Canadian University Planning Programs (ACUPP)
  • Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)
  • Latin American Association of Schools of Urbanism and Planning (ALEUP)
  • National Association of Urban and Regional Post-graduate and Research Programs (ANPUR) [Brazil]
  • Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools (ANZAPS)
  • Association for the Development of Planning Education and Research (APERAU) [Francophone Nations]
  • Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA)
  • Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS)

As with previous WPSC events this year’s congress incorporates the annual academic conferences held by AESOP and ANZAPS and as result of this there will be a large turnout of delegates from across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. We also have a large number of delegates from across all the other planning schools regions.
WPSC2011 will feature papers/presentations across 20 different tracks. Abstracts submitted to the conference were subject to review by the 40-plus Track Co-Chairs drawn from across the member associations of GPEAN. In addition, a large number of papers have gone out to external reviewers.

All submitted full papers, peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed, will feature on an official WPSC2011 CD-Rom which will have an ISBN number. Registered delegates will received a free copy of the CD-Rom. Colleagues unable to attend WPSC2011 and anyone else interested in the WPSC2011 CD-Rom of papers/presentations will also be able to obtain copies from the Congress Chair for a small fee to help cover administration and postage costs – full details will appear on the conference website in due course.

Paul J. Maginn, PhD MPIA
Associate Professor/Programme Coordinator
Urban & Regional Planning
The University of Western Australia
School of Earth and Environment

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