Bruce Stiftel

Bruce Stiftel, FAICP

Professor Emeritus, School of City & Regional Planning

Bruce Stiftel, FAICP

Professor Emeritus, School of City & Regional Planning

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Specialization Area: Environment and Health

Bruce Stiftel’s work concerns collaborative governance of environmental policy and international development. He is chair of UN-Habitat’s Research/Knowledge Working Group of Planners for Climate Action and co-chair of Habitat’s University Network Initiative steering committee. He is a member of the editorial boards of International Planning StudiesJournal of the American Planning AssociationJournal of Comparative Urban Law and PolicyPlanning Theoryand Town Planning Reviewand of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Global Planning Education Committee.

Stiftel was founding chair of the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech, and department chair and then associate dean of graduate studies at Florida State University [USA]. A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook [USA], and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [USA], Stiftel was president of ACSP, editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, member of the Planning Accreditation Board, founding chair of the Global Planning Education Association Network, and education chair of the American Planning Association, National Planning Conference Committee.

He was a member of UN-Habitat’s expert groups on the Global Report on Human Settlements 2009, International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning, and the World Cities Report 2016.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and received the Jay Chatterjee Award for Distinguished Service to Planning Education and the Martin Meyerson Award for Distinguished Higher Education Leadership from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

1986 - Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1981 - M.R.P. (Environmental Planning), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1975 - B.S. (Biology and Environmental Studies), State University of New York at Stony Brook

CP 6012: Planning Theory:  Introduction to the various subfields of planning through reading, discussion, and guest lectures by practicing planners. Course also covers professional ethics and career planning and development.

CP8200: Seminar in Planning Theory. Advanced seminar on planning theory, including philosophy of sciences, political philosophy, and ethical theory. The course explores the theoretical basis for planning as a social activity.

Stiftel worked to improve the effectiveness of environmental planners at building consensus among policymakers, publics and agencies. He examined citizen participation program design in water quality planning and in hazardous waste site remediation; mediation of disputes in environmental enforcement and in mobile home landland-tenant relations; negotiation of large-scale development permitting; and heuristic uses of environmental impact assessment methods. He has also done work investigating the institutional positioning of urban planning programs in universities, and global cooperation among planning educators.

Recently, Stiftel assessed changes in urban planning worldwide, post Habitat II, seeking to contribute to the development of the United Nations New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito in October 2016.  His assessment of the New Urban Agenda was the basis of a keynote address at World Planning Schools Congress IV in 2016, as well as the 2019 Abercrombie Lecture at the University of Liverpool [UK], and will appear in Town Planning Review.  

Stiftel continues to seek points of leverage to advance the position of urban planning education globally through my work with UN-Habitat, ACSP, and several journal editorial boards.

  • Martin Meyerson Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2015.
  • Jay Chatterjee Award for Distinguished Service to Planning Education, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2008
  • Editorial Board Member: International Planning Studies, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy, Planning Theory, Town Planning Review
  • Member, Planning Accreditation Board, 2009-2015
  • Fellow, American Institute of Certified Planners (inducted 2004).
  • Founding Chairperson (2002-3), Global Planning Education Association Network
  • President (1999-2001), Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • Co-editor (1991-6) Journal of Planning Education and Research


Leigh, N.G., French, S.P., Guhathakurta, S., and Stiftel, B., eds. International Handbook of Planning Education.  New York: Routledge, 2019.

Scholz, J. & Stiftel, B. (2012). Adaptive Governance and Water Conflict: New Institutions for Collaborative Planning. Resources for the Future Press, 2005. ISBN: 1-933-11518-1 (cloth); 1-933-11519-X (paper).

Stiftel, B., Watson, V., & Acselrad, H. (Eds.). (2007). Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning (Vol. 2). London and New York: Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 0-415-40285-9 (cloth); 0-203-96750-X  (e-book).   

Bruce Stiftel and Vanessa Watson, eds. Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning 1. London and New York: Routledge, 2005.  ISBN: 0-415-34693-2 (cloth); 0-203-63998-7 (e-book).

Eric L. Hyman and Bruce Stiftel. Combining Facts and Values in Environmental Impact Assessment: Theories and Techniques, Social impact Assessment series, no. 16. Boulder, CO and London: Westview Press, 1988. ISBN 0-8133-7162-7.

Selected Articles and Chapters

Bruce Stiftel. “Armed with knowledge of recent successes, we can rebuild our cities for health.” P. 486
in Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Well-being, Equity, and Sustainability, ed. Nisha Botchwey, Andrew L. Dannenberg, and Howard Frumkin. Island Press: Washington DC, 2022.

Bruce Stiftel. Planners and the New Urban Agenda: will we lead the agenda, or will the agenda lead us? Town Planning Review 92(4, 2021):421-41.

Bruce Stiftel. Are we kidding ourselves that research leads practice? Urban Planning, 6(1. 2021): 154-155.

Catherine Ross, Chisun Yoo and Bruce Stiftel. Transport systainability in the United States: leading from below. Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy. 4(1,2020): 622-653. 

Bruce Stiftel. With, not for: Dave Godschalk and citizen participation. Journal of the American Planning Association. 85(2018;1):19-21. DOI: 10.1080/01944363.2018.1521736

Stiftel, B. and Smith, S.M. "A city that plans: reinventing urban planning", in World Cities Report 2016.  Nairobi: UN Human Settlements Programme, 2016.

Stiftel, B. "An African voice in the planning schools movement."  Moving On: The Journey of the Association of African Planning Schools. Cape Town: Association of African Planning Schools, 2016.

Ross, C., Stiftel, B., Woo, M., and Rao, A. (Fall 2010/Winter 2011). Measuring Regional Transport Sustainability: An Exploration. The Urban Lawyer, Vol. 42(4)/43(1), pp. 67-89.

Stiftel, B. (2011). Of what meaning: journal prominence? Journal of Planning Education and Research. 31(1): 103-104.

Bruce Stiftel, Juan Demerutis, Andrea Frank, Thomas Harper, Daniel K.B. Inkoom, Lik-Meng Lee, Jose Julio Lima, Ali Memon, Terence Milstead, Izabela Mironowicz, Tumsifu Nnkya, Didier Paris, Hamish Rennie, Christopher Silver, and Neil Sipe. “Planning Education.”  Chapter 10 in Sustainable Cities: Global Report on Human Settlements 2009. Nairobi: United Nations, Human Settlements Programme, 2009. 

Stiftel, B. (2009). Planning the Paths of Planning Schools. Australian Planner, 46(1), 38-47

Stiftel, B., Forsyth, A., Dalton, L., & Steiner, F. (2009). Multiple Objectives in Planning School Performance Measurement: Can Planners Scholarship be Meaningfully Assessed at the National Level? Journal of Planning Education and Research, 28(3), 323-334. doi:10.1177/0739456X0832517

Stiftel, B. (2008). Remarks on Receiving the Jay Chatterjee Award. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 28, 265.

Stiftel, B. & Watson, V. (2008). Louis Albrechts: building an international community of planning scholars. In Van den Broech, J., Moulaert, F., & Oosterlynck, S. (Eds.), Empowering the Planning Fields: Ethics, Creativity and Action, (pp.211-214). Leuven, Belgium: Uitgeverij Acco.

Stiftel, B., & Mukhopadhyay, C. (2007). Thoughts on Anglo-American Hegemony in Planning Scholarship: Do we read each other’s work? Town Planning Review, 78(5), 545-572. doi:10.3828/tpr.78.5.2

Stiftel, B., & Mogg, R. (2007). A Planner’s Guide to the Digital Bibliographic Revolution. Journal of the American Planning Association, 73(1), 68-85. doi:10.1080/01944360708976137

Dissertations Supervised 

Camille Barchers. “The serious potential of fun games: a new model for public engagement.” 2020.  Dr. Barchers is Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Severine Mayere, PhD (Florida State University) 2007. "The influence of local political coalitions on the effectiveness of urban containment policies: empirical evidence from six U.S. states," available online. Dr. Mayere is Associate Professor, School of Urban Development, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Carissa Schively Slotterback, AICP. PhD (Florida State) 2004. "Risk Perception, Uncertainty, and Facility Siting: Lessons from Merchant Power in California," available online.  Dr. Schively is Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.

Neil G. Sipe. PhD (Florida State) 1996. "Mediating environmental enforcement disputes: an empirical analysis."  Dr. Sipe is Honorary Professor of Urban and Regional Planning (ret.), University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Omondi Odhiambo. PhD (Florida State) 1992. "Men and family planning in Kenya: alternative policy intervention strategies for reducing population growth." Dr. Odhiambo is a population and reproductive health consultant in Nairobi, Kenya.