Suitable as a PhD or Honours Project (can be adjusted to suit either)

Authoritarian regimes are characterized by limited political pluralism; constraints on civil society; social engineering; political apathy; and suppression of dissenting voices. Many countries around the world are emerging from an authoritarian past. Questions to explore in relation to urban planning include: (a) what is the legacy of a history of authoritarianism on planning institutions and practices, and the culture of public participation, (b) what is the level of public participation in authoritarian and post-authoritarian regimes and (c) what planning outcomes are produced by authoritarianism or a former history of authoritarianism, and how do they compare with outcomes produced through democratic processes?

Contact: Dr Dorina Pojani