Jean Hillier

Jean Hillier is Emeritus Professor of Sustainability and Urban Plannning at RMIT University, Australia. Her research interests include poststructural urban planning theory and methodology for adaptive strategic practice in conditions of uncertainty. Her recent books include Deleuze and Guattari for Planners (2nd ed. 2014), The Planning Theory Tradition (forthcoming 2015) with Patsy Healey, Complexity & the Planning of the Built Environment (2012) edited with Gert de Roo and Joris Van Wezemael, Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory : Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning (2010) edited with Patsy Healey, Critical Essays in Planning Theory (2008) 3 vols, edited with Patsy Healey.

Strategic Navigation.

A multiplanar methodology for strategic spatial planning.

Jean Hillier | 23.02.2015

I regard strategic spatial planning as an adaptive practice concerned with what can be done in the face of uncertainty. Inspired by Deleuze and Guattari, I present a multiplanar theorisation of strategic spatial planning as strategic navigation, involving both the broad charting out of a trajectory of the longer-term future and also for shorter-term, detailed plans and projects with collaboratively determined goals. I develop a methodology for translating the theory into strategic practice, which incorporates a critical engagement with [...]