Planning for Local Economic Development: Research into Policymaking and Practice

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Planning for Local Economic Development: Research into Policymaking and Practice


  • Evan Cleave Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Godwin Arku Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada


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Abstract:  This thematic issue of Urban Planning brings together a collection of seven articles that explore and critically engage with contemporary issues with local economic development and connect with the broader fields of urban development and planning. The articles presented here provide a complementary mix of broader conceptualizations and research and narrower case-studies which draw from a range of geographies. Contributions include the development and application of a vulnerability and risk measures for economic prosperity; examinations of how urban planning and zoning are used as tools to address industrial decline and spur new forms of economic production; complementing investigations into the role of innovation within local economic development examining the role of public and private institutions as well as broad and targeted policy interventions; and the relationship between ‘big-tech,’ economic development and urban planning and governance.

Keywords:  local economic development; planning; policymaking; research and practice

Published:   29 September 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v5i3.3679


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