Preparing the Engaged Practitioner: Strengthening Graduate Competencies to Enhance the Sustainability of Metropolitan Ecosystems
(Planning and Public Participation and Inclusion)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
This roundtable brings together a dean, faculty, and social scientist practitioners to consider core competencies needed in these overlapping spheres, to meet sustainable development outcomes, as well as enhance urban sustainability. Nowhere is the challenge greater than in the mega-cities of the global South, where extreme poverty, dysfunctional bureaucracies, poor regulation, food security, migration, and exponential growth of informal settlements, to name but a few challenges, require expanding the bounds of traditional planning and policy formulation strategies to experiment with more participatory, cross-sectoral, and collaborative engagements.
This roundtable, composed of one dean driving curricular reform in the U.S.; two practitioner-social scientists (and graduates of U.S. public affairs schools); and two educators piloting an experimental classroom pedagogy, will consider the complex dilemmas inherent at the crossroads of planning and policymaking, academia and practice, and research and action. The rountable will conclude by juxtaposing emergent insights against current policy education models, concluding with collective recommendations for future action.