Using the Case Study Approach to Inform Planning Practice and Research in Africa

Authored by: James Duminy

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415727952
eBook ISBN: 9781315851884
Adobe ISBN: 9781317917038


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This chapter describes one attempt to influence planning practice in Anglophone sub-Saharan Africa through a project to promote case study research methodology in African planning education. The project was operated by the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) from 2009 to 2010 and was driven by the conviction that African planning occurs in a context characterized by a shortage of data on urbanization, outdated planning systems – often more or less unchanged from the systems put in place by colonial legislation – and a lack of political and professional will to deal with urbanization in any sort of sustained and progressive manner (Watson and Odendaal, 2012). In this context, AAPS identified the case study research methodology as a strategic approach to enhancing and shifting planning practice.

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