Multiversity of the twenty-first century – examining opportunities for integrating community engagement in planning curricula

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-532
Journal / PublicationPlanning Practice and Research
Issue number5
Online published11 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


This paper examines student-community engagement activity in planning. This is a subset of university–community engagement, and is a point of overlap between such engagement and planning education. Community engagement activity enables students to learn in situ practical skills within live projects, while community partners may benefit from technical knowhow, and labour input. Based on a UK-wide survey and three in-depth case studies, the paper explores the pedagogical designs underpinning community engagement activities involving students, as well as the various capacities in which the different participants – students, instructors and community members – act. The analysis reveals considerable diversity in approaches. An alignment of student engagement activities in the planning curriculum with emerging transformative co-learning models of university-community engagement could offer novel opportunities for the discipline of planning and their impact on communities as well as the fields standing in today’s multiversities.

Research Area(s)

  • curriculum, design, impact, Student-community involvement, University-community engagement