Working in the Public Interest: what must planners do differently?
21 July 2020, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Planning is at a crossroads. The combined impact of Covid and the potential for further far-reaching changes to planning in England mean that it is unlikely that we will return to 'business as usual'. This free online event, draws on the results of a 3 year study by academics at the Universities of Sheffield, Newcastle and UCL, including BSP's Dr Ben Clifford, into the nature of work in planning, to present a series of questions and challenges for the profession at this critical juncture. Drawing on insights from in-depth studies of public and private sector work, the event will pose questions on a range of topics:
- Professionalism: what does it mean to be a professional in planning today?
- Work-life balance: how is planning being affected by work intensification and why does it matter?
- Commercialisation: how are pressures to generate fee income transforming public sector planning?
- Careers in planning: how can young planners navigate the job market to find the right organisational fit?
- Planning ethics: what does it mean to act ethically in planning today?
- Planners’ agency: how do planners find ways of making a difference in practice?
- The public interest: what does all of this mean for the ways planners’ work in the public interest?
Further details of the Working in the Public Interest project can be found at: https://witpi.group.shef.ac.uk/