LUNCHUP: Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan
Economic development is a relatively recent (late 1970s) and uneasy entrant to the formal planning curriculum, grudgingly accepted as a necessary component of contemporary urban development but mistrusted as too cozy with business interests and not loyal enough to core planning values/traditions. (Ironically, those within economic development often view their specialization as a welcome haven for progressive, critical urban political economy.). Paradoxically, in this era of high-tech innovation and back-to-the-city urban triumphalism, economic development scholarship has become increasingly marginalized and fragmented within the larger planning discipline. Spooked by neoliberalism and strangulated by austerity, why has planning largely failed to develop a coherent, progressive central Ideology for local economic development in this post-Marxist, post-Welfare State era? And how do we reinvigorate local & regional economic development thinking and education and thus reassert the vibrancy and centrality of economic development within planning?
These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship. Light lunch is provided, please bring a drink.