Call for Author(s) for John Forester’s Booklet - Exploring the Abstractions within the Planning Debate

Call for Author(s) for John Forester’s Booklet - Exploring the Abstractions within the Planning Debate image
We are happy to announce this great opportunity for all Young Academics members!

This is a Call for Young Academic (YA) Author(s) to work in collaboration with distinguished Prof John Forester, reflecting on his research into planning theory and practices. The author(s) will get to work on the booklet with direct guidance from Prof John Forester himself. 

The series presents conversations with influential planners (PP) in theory to reflect on the path of their career and discuss how they inspired and addressed the development of planning theory. It aims to provide an introduction to their theories and ideas: what and how they contributed to the field of planning; what and who influenced the development of these theories; and how this implicated/ reflected on planning debate in theory and/ or practice. Accordingly, it focuses on their contribution to academic literature. At the same time, it considers significant people and events that have influenced the evolution of the PP’s ideas and themes.

The suitable candidate should have an interest in sociology, theories of action, and philosophy including pragmatism. The approximate word count for the booklet is 20,000 words (developed in two parts: first part consisted of a draft prepared by YA author; second part interviews with PP’s peers, followers and critics). Most of the booklets were co-authored by more than one YA members - one being the lead author or coordinator. However, we welcome candidates interested in both single-authoring and co-authoring. The timeline and deadlines are planned with authors and series B editors. Prof John Forester and the editorial board of Conversations in Planning YABooklet series will select the candidate.

Please submit a brief CV and a short write up (maximum 500 words) on your interest in the project by 31st August 2016. If you have any queries, please send us an email to the series editors: conversations@aesop‐
We look forward hearing from you.

You can access our already published booklets at 
Contact Editors:
Chandrima Mukhopadhyay. Email:
Chiara Belingardi. Email:

Best regards, 
On behalf of both
The Editorial Board of Conversations in Planning Theory and Practice & The Coordination Team of Young Academics of AESOP