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Participate in the International Digital Planning Survey

by on April 14, 2022

Claire Daniel, Scientia PhDScholar at UNSW is undertaking an International Digital Planning Survey to inform how the planning profession should respond to predictions of digital change. The research is supported by the professional planning institutes and associations of Australia, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

We are pleased to support Claire in this research and are calling for all planners to be please take part. Claire has written an article with more information below, or you can access the survey here:

International digital planning survey

A new wave of interest in urban planning and technology is starting to swell. This survey hopes to capture the views and aspirations of planners to inform how we should respond.
Planning organisations around the world are embarking on substantial digitisation efforts that promise far reaching change to the way planning is undertaken, processes commonly referred to as the “digital disruption” or “digital transformation” of the industry.
History shows that too often non-tech professions are often left out of the design and implementation processes of technology that shape the way we live, resulting in costly unintended consequences. We think it is important to give planners a voice and over the past few months we have been running a survey that asks planners about their use of tech and views on future change.

The survey is comprehensive and represents an excellent opportunity to build a picture of views on tech across the profession. This research will help inform how the profession should respond to predictions of digital change and is supported by the professional planning institutes and associations of Australia, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. It is being undertaken as part of my PhD project with an international advisory team including Professor Michael Batty, Dr Wei Yang, Professor Chris Pettit, Professor Elizabeth Wentz and Dr Petra Hurtado.

We are now entering the final month of the survey which will close on the 30th of April. We have had an excellent response from planners in Australia and New Zealand but we are still seeking more responses from planners in the United States, Canada and the UK. As well as providing a picture for each individual country, this research will offer invaluable comparative insights into how tech interacts with different types of planning systems. We want to make the most of this opportunity and we hope to gather enough responses to draw sound conclusions.
If you are a planner based in the UK, Canada or United States, or if you know one, please consider contributing a response and/or sharing it with others.
No specialist expertise is required as we want to hear from planners with a wide range of experiences. Participation is voluntary and anonymous, and as such will have no impact on your membership or relationship with individuals on the research team or supporting organisations. It takes on average between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. You can access the survey through the links on the project page here, and follow to keep up with progress:
The results will be published openly in a peer reviewed paper and made available in various friendly summary formats. We will also be working closely with the supporting institutes and associations to help them translate the findings into action.

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