Writings, Presentations and Reports

Representative works are noted below. However, please see Professor Sanyal’s CV for a complete list.


Books and Edited Volumes

    1. Planning Ideas That Matter, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (2012). [Website]
    2. Comparative Planning Cultures, Ed. Routledge, New York, NY (2005). |PDF|
    3. The Profession of City Planning: Changes, Successes, Failures and Challenges (1950 – 2000), Eds. Lloyd Rodwin and Bish Sanyal, Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1999). |PDF|
    4. High Technology and Low-Income Communities: Prospects for the Positive Use of Advanced Information Technology, Eds. Don Schön, Bish Sanyal, and William Mitchell (1998), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. |PDF|
    5. Cooperative Autonomy: The Dialectic of State – NGO Relationship in Developing Countries (1994), International Institute of Labour Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. |PDF|
    6. Breaking the Boundaries: One World Approach to Planning Education, Ed. (1990) Plenum, Oxford, U.K. |Link|

 

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Journal Publications

    1.  “Peter Marris (1927-2007):  Planning in an International Context,” Planning Theory and Practice: Interface, Routledge, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2010
    2. “Social Norms and Formal Rules: How They Influence Housing Delivery for the Urban Poor,” Journal of Urban and Regional Planning, Tsinghua University and Commercial Press (2009)
    3. “Critical about Criticality,” Critical Planning: A Journal of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning, 15th Anniversary Issue (2008)|PDF|
    4. “What is New in Planning,” International Planning Studies, Routledge (2008) |PDF|
    5. “Planning a Planning School: Reflections from MIT,” Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pages 251-275 (2007) |PDF|
    6. “Déjà Vu,” Planning Theory, SAGE Publications, Vol. 6, Issue 3, pp. 327-331 (2007) |PDF|
    7. “Understanding Planning Cultures: Cultural Essentialism or Historical Hybridity?”, Sociologia Urban E Rurale, FrancoAngeli, a. XXIX, n. 82, pp. 99-110 (2007) |Abstract|
    8. “Planning As Anticipation of Resistance,” Planning Theory, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 225-245 (2005). |PDF|
    9. “Globalization, Ethical Compromise and Planning Theory,” Planning Theory, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 117-124, Sage Publications (2002). |PDF|
    10. “Institutional Pluralism and Housing Delivery: A Case of Unforeseen Conflicts in Mumbai, India,” coauthored with Vinit Mukhija, World Development, Vol. 29, No. 12, December (2001). |PDF|
    11. “The Virtues of Informal Market,” The Value of Land, Annual Review of Lincoln Land Institute, Cambridge, MA (1998). |Web|
    12. “The Autonomy Fetish: The NGOs’ Self-Defeating Quest for Autonomy,” The Annals of The American Academy of Political Science, November (1997).
    13. “Intentions and Outcome: Formalization and Its Consequences,” Regional Development Dialogue, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring (1996).
    14. “Ideas and Institutions: Why the Alternative Development Paradigm Withered Away,” Regional Development Dialogue, Vol. 15, No. 1, Summer (1994).
    15. “Organizações Não-Governamentais: os novos agentes do desenvolvimento,” Cadernos, IPPUR/UFRJ, Brazil, Ano VII No. 1, 105-120 (1993).
    16. “Organizing the Self-Employed: The Politics of the Urban Informal Sector” International Labor Review, Vol. 130, No. 1 (1991). |PDF|
    17. “Education for Developing Areas: A Proposal for a Global Approach,” Higher Education Policy Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1991).
    18. “Growing Pains or A Fruitless Endeavor? Notes on Global Approaches to Planning Education,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 11, No. 1 (1991).
    19. “Antagonistic Cooperation: A Case Study of Non-Governmental Organizations, Government and Donors’ Relationships in Income Generating Projects in Bangladesh,” World Development, Vol. 19, No. 10 (1991). |PDF|
    20. “A New Turn of Events: Knowledge Transfer From Poor to Rich Cities,” Cities: International Quarterly on Urban Policy, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1990).
    21. “Training and Markets: The Inverted Sequence,” Habitat International, Vol. 14, No. 3 (1991).
    22. “Poor Countries’ Students in Rich Countries’ Universities: Possibilities of Planning Education for the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 8, No. 3 (1989). |PDF|
    23. “The Urban Informal Sector Revisited: Some Notes on the Relevance of the Concept in the 1980′s,” Third World Planning, Vol. 10, No. 1 (1988).
    24. “Urban Cultivation Amidst Modernization: How Should We Interpret It?” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 6, No. 3 (1987).
    25. “Problems of Cost-Recovery in Development Projects: Experience of the Lusaka Upgrading and Site/Service Projects,” Urban Studies, Vol. 24 (1987).
    26. “Learning Before Doing: A Critical Analysis of the Privatization Concept in Shelter Policies of International Institutions,” Open House International, Vol. 11, No. 4 (1986).
    27. “Who Gets What, Where, Why and How: A Critical Analysis of the Housing Subsidies in Zambia,” Development and Change, Vol. 12, No. 3 (1981).

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Book Chapters

  1. “American Exceptionalism Revisited,” Practice of Local Government Planning, Gary Hack, et al. (Eds.), ICMA, Washington, D.C. (2008) |PDF|
  2. “The Transformation of an Olive Grove: An Institutional Perspective from Beirut, Lebanon,” with M. Fawaz, Planning and Institutions, N. Verma (Ed.), CUPR Press (2006).
  3. “Hybrid Planning Cultures,” in Comparative Planning Cultures; Bish Sanyal, Ed. Routledge, New York, NY (2005). |PDF|
  4. “From Dirt Road to Information Superhighway?,” J. Wheeler, Y. Aoyama, B. Warf (Eds.), Cities in the Telecommunications Age: The Fracturing of Geographies, Routledge, New York, NY (1999).
  5. “Beyond the Theory of Comparative Advantage: Political Imperatives of the Government-Nonprofit Relationship” C. Theodore Koebel (Ed) Shelter and Society, State University of New York Press (1998).
  6. “The Potential and Limits of the Social Economy: Lessons from the South,” Defourny, J., Develtere P. et al (Eds.), The Social Economy of the North and South, Belgium: De Boeck Universite (1998).
  7. “Public Sector Decentralization in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective on Success and Innovation,” (with Paul Smoke), AICP Press, Revolutionary Ideas in Planning: Proceedings of the 1998 National Planning Conference (1998).
  8. “Information Technology and Urban Poverty: The Role of Public Policy” in D. Schön et al (Eds.) High Technology and Low-Income Communities, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (1998). |PDF|
  9. “Meaning, Not Interest: Motivation for Progressive Planning” in S. J. Mandelbaum et al (Eds.) Explorations in Planning Theory, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Center for Urban Policy Research (1996).
  10. “Social Construction of Hope” in L. Rodwin and D. Schon (Eds.), Rethinking the Development Experience: Essays Provoked By The Work of A.O. Hirschman, Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution; Cambridge, MA: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (1994), pp. 131-146. Reprinted in The Administrator, Journal of the Lal Bhadhum Shastri National Academy of the Administration, Mussoorie, India, Vol. 27, No. 3, July – September (1993). |PDF|
  11. “Politics and Institutions in Urban Development – The Story of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority” (with Meenu Tewari), in The Urban Poor and Basic Infrastructure Services, a publication of the Asian Development Bank and Economic Development Institute of the World Bank (1991).
  12. “Does Development Trickle Up?” in Korean Development into the Twenty-First Century (Ed.) Gill-Chin Lim, Urbana: University of Illinois (1988), pp. 49-58. Reprinted in Trialog, 23/24 (1990). Special issue on Public-Private Initiative.
  13. “Shelter, Settlement and Development,” (With Lloyd Rodwin) in L. Rodwin (Ed.), Shelter, Settlement and Development. U.K.: Allen and Unwin (1987).
  14. “Rural Development and Economic Stabilization: Can They Be Attained Simultaneously?” S.Commins and M. Lofchie (Eds.), Africa’s Agrarian Crisis: The Roots of Famine, Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner (1986).
  15. “Urban Agriculture: Who Cultivates and Why? A Case Study of Lusaka, Zambia,” in Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 3 (1985).
  16. “How Revolutionary was India’s Green Revolution?”, South Asia Bulletin, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1983).

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Book Reviews

  1. Planning in the Public Domain by John Friedmann. In Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 9, No. 1 (1989). |PDF|
  2. Studies in Indian Urban Development by Edwin S. Mills and Charles M. Becker. In South Asia Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1987).
  3. Secondary Cities in Developing Countries by Dennis A. Rondinelli. In Journal of Regional Studies, Vol. 19, No. 3 (1985).

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Feature Articles

  1. “Deliberations Without Resolutions: Is it Time for a New Format for Faculty Meetings?” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XX, No. 3 (January/February 2008). |Web|
  2. “Faculty Representation? How?”, The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XX, No. 1 (September/October 2007). |Web|
  3. “Bish Sanyal New Faculty Chair” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XIX, No. 6 (May/June 2007). |Web|
  4. “What is the Future of India’s Teeming Cities,” India Today – India 30 Ahead, Special Anniversary Issue, Vol. XXXI, No. 50, pp. 100-102 (December 12-18 2006). |Web|
  5. “An Informal Rebellion: The Rise of New Workers’ Unions,” Harvard Asia Pacific Review, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (Summer 1999).
  6. “Special Program in Urban & Regional Planning: The Challenge for the Next 30 Years,” Department of Urban Studies and Planning Journal, MIT (Spring 1999).
  7. “Planning and Praxis,” Department of Urban Studies and Planning Journal, MIT, (Fall 1998).
  8. “Learning from Don Schön,” Journal of Planning Literature, Vol. 13, No. 1 (August 1998).
  9. “Pragmatic Idealism: The Key to the Construction of a Planning Sensibility,” Department of Urban Studies and Planning Journal, MIT (Fall 1997).
  10. “The State and Informal Economy: Motivation for Progressive Planning,” SPURS Newsletter, No. 35 (Spring 1994).
  11. “Religitimation of Development Planning; What Will it Take?”, Changing Cities, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, pp. 4-6 (Spring 1993).
  12. “Possibilities of Reshaping Planning Education for the 21st Century,” SPURS Newsletter, No. 27 (Fall 1989).
  13. “Does Development Trickle Up?” SPURS Newsletter, No. 25 (Fall 1988).
  14. “Calcutta’s Metro: Desperate Symbol of Middle-Class Hope,” The Statesman, p. 4 (July 12, 1987).

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Professional Reports

  1. Hidden Successes: Innovative Institutional Responses to India’s Urban Challenges, Background Paper for International Competition, jointly organized by Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai, India and SPURS Program, MIT (2007). |PDF|
  2. Social Norms and Formal Rules: How They Influence Housing Delivery for the Urban Poor, Report prepared for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2003). |PDF|
  3. Institutional Pluralism and Housing Delivery in Developing Countries (with Vinit Mukhija), Report prepared for the United Nations Development Program, Governance Division (2000).
  4. Poverty Alleviation and Employment Creation in Curacao, (with Judith Tendler), Report prepared for the Foundation for Work, Curacao: Netherlands, Antilles (1993).
  5. Interpretation of Students’ Comments on PhD Education in Planning, Mimeo prepared for the Report of the National Commission on the Doctorate in Planning, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (1992).
  6. An Institutional Approach to Urban Informal Sector Policies: Lessons From the Past; Directions for the Future, New York: United Nations Development Program, June (1991).
  7. Regional Urban Development in Thailand: Towards a Programme Approach to Technical Assistance (with Ralph Gakenheimer, et al.) New York: United Nations Development Program, July (1991).
  8. Politics and Institutions in Urban Development: The Story of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority,(with Meenu Tewari); Washington, D.C.: Economic Development Institute, World Bank, March (1990).
  9. The Politics of the Informal Sector in Asia, Washington, D.C.: United States Agency for International Development, January (1990).
  10. Does Development Trickle Up? Evaluation of Livelihood, Employment and Income Generation Projects in Bangladesh, New York: Ford Foundation (1987).
  11. The Urban Informal Sector and Small-Scale Enterprises (with Cynthia Ferrin) Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Foundation, Working Paper No. 1 (1986).
  12. Training Needs Assessment and Recommendations: The Shelter Sector in Jordan, Washington, D.C.: Planning and Development Collaborative (PADCO) (1986).
  13. Urban Cultivation: People’s Response to Urban Poverty in East Africa, Paris, France: The International Research Center on Environment and Development, Food and Energy Nexus Programme (1986).
  14. Evaluation of Sites and Service Projects: The Experience From Lusaka, Zambia (with Michael Bamberger), Washington, D.C.: World Bank, Working Paper No. 548 (1982).
  15. A Critical Overview of Low-Cost Housing Problems in Zambia (with Mary Turok), Geneva: International Labor Office, Working Paper No. 92 (1980).
  16. An Attempt at Assessment of Affordability in the Lusaka Housing Project, Urban and Regional Economics Division, World Bank (1979).
  17. Factors Affecting Product Life-Time (with David Conn), Washington D.C.: National Science Foundation (1978).

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Papers Presented At Professional Conferences

  1. “American Exceptionalism Revisited,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Milwaukee, MI, October 2007.
  2. “Hybrid Planning Cultures,” Association of European Schools of Planning Congress, Vienna, Austria, July 2005.
  3. “Planning As Anticipation of Resistance: Planning Theory for Institutional Reform,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Annual Conference, Portland, OR, October 2004.
  4. “Internationalizing Planning Education: The Challenge for the New Century,” ACSP-AESOP Joint Conference, Leuven, Belgium, July 2003.
  5. “Comparative Planning Cultures,” World Congress of City Planners, Association of European Schools of Planning’s Congress, Shanghai, China, July 2001.
  6. “Globalization and Comparative Planning Education,” American Planning Association, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2000.
  7. “Compromise and Planning,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2000.
  8. “The Myth of Development From Below,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, November 1998. |PDF|
  9. “Denial of the Self: Architect-Planners in Search of Social Science Theories,” Association of European Schools of Planning’s Congress, Aveiro, Portugal, July 1998.
  10. “Public Sector Decentralization in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective,” American Planning Association, Annual Conference, Boston, MA, April 1998.
  11. “Information Technology and Urban Poverty: What Role for Public Policy?” International Conference on Telecommunications and the City, Athens, GA, March 1998.
  12. “Globalization, Regional Restructuring and Planning Education,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, November 1997.
  13. “Cooperative Autonomy: State – NGO Relations in Development Projects,” International Conference on The Social Economy in the North and South, Ostend, Belgium, March 1997. |PDF|
  14. “Planning Education and Reinvention of Liberalism,” European Conference on Globalization and the New Inequality, Utrecht, Netherlands, November 1996.
  15. “Knowledge Transfer from Poor to Rich Societies: A New Turn of Events,” Joint International Congress of the Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning and Association of European Schools of Planning, Toronto, Canada, July 1996.
  16. “Formalization of the Informal Sector,” Conference on Preparation for the City Summit II, Center for the Study of Global South, The American University, Washington, D.C., April 1996.
  17. “Democracy, Development and Planning,” Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Detroit, MI, October 1995.
  18. “Neither Rent Seekers nor Handmaidens of the Dominant Class: Planners in Poor Countries,” Joint International Congress of the Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning and Association of European Schools of Planning, Oxford, U.K., July 1991.
  19. “Urban Cultivation in Africa,” International Congress on Sustainable Habitat, Berlin, West Germany, March 1990.
  20. “Anti-State Bias in Development Planning: The Unholy Alliance of the Left and the Right,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 1989.
  21. “Internationalization of Planning Education: The Third Opportunity,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Buffalo, NY, November 1988.
  22. “Breaking the Boundaries: One World Approach to Planning Education,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 1987.
  23. “Implications of City Jobs for Rural Hinterlands in Asia,” Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, Boston, MA, 1987.
  24. “New Initiatives in Urban and Regional Planning,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, 1986.
  25. “Learning From Anticipation: An Evaluation of the New Shift in Shelter Policies of International Institutions,” American Planning Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA 1986.
  26. “Beyond the Informal Sector: The Need for Income Supporting Activities,” International Conference of Regional Scientists and Planners, Kharagpur, India, 1986.
  27. “Rural Development and Economic Stabilization: Can They Be Attained Simultaneously?” North East Development Economists Conference, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1985.
  28. “Urban Agriculture: A Strategy for Survival,” International Development Research Council-World Bank. Seventh Conference on Evaluation of Shelter Programs, Washington, D.C., 1980.

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Other Invited Presentations

  1. “American Exceptionalism Revisited,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Milwaukee, MI, October 2007.
  2. “Hybrid Planning Cultures,” Association of European Schools of Planning Congress, Vienna, Austria, July 2005.
  3. “Planning As Anticipation of Resistance: Planning Theory for Institutional Reform,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Annual Conference, Portland, OR, October 2004.
  4. “Internationalizing Planning Education: The Challenge for the New Century,” ACSP-AESOP Joint Conference, Leuven, Belgium, July 2003.
  5. “Comparative Planning Cultures,” World Congress of City Planners, Association of European Schools of Planning’s Congress, Shanghai, China, July 2001.
  6. “Globalization and Comparative Planning Education,” American Planning Association, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2000.
  7. “Compromise and Planning,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2000.
  8. “The Myth of Development From Below,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, November 1998. |PDF|
  9. “Denial of the Self: Architect-Planners in Search of Social Science Theories,” Association of European Schools of Planning’s Congress, Aveiro, Portugal, July 1998.
  10. “Public Sector Decentralization in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective,” American Planning Association, Annual Conference, Boston, MA, April 1998.
  11. “Information Technology and Urban Poverty: What Role for Public Policy?” International Conference on Telecommunications and the City, Athens, GA, March 1998.
  12. “Globalization, Regional Restructuring and Planning Education,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, November 1997.
  13. “Cooperative Autonomy: State – NGO Relations in Development Projects,” International Conference on The Social Economy in the North and South, Ostend, Belgium, March 1997. |PDF|
  14. “Planning Education and Reinvention of Liberalism,” European Conference on Globalization and the New Inequality, Utrecht, Netherlands, November 1996.
  15. “Knowledge Transfer from Poor to Rich Societies: A New Turn of Events,” Joint International Congress of the Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning and Association of European Schools of Planning, Toronto, Canada, July 1996.
  16. “Formalization of the Informal Sector,” Conference on Preparation for the City Summit II, Center for the Study of Global South, The American University, Washington, D.C., April 1996.
  17. “Democracy, Development and Planning,” Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Detroit, MI, October 1995.
  18. “Neither Rent Seekers nor Handmaidens of the Dominant Class: Planners in Poor Countries,” Joint International Congress of the Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning and Association of European Schools of Planning, Oxford, U.K., July 1991.
  19. “Urban Cultivation in Africa,” International Congress on Sustainable Habitat, Berlin, West Germany, March 1990.
  20. “Anti-State Bias in Development Planning: The Unholy Alliance of the Left and the Right,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 1989.
  21. “Internationalization of Planning Education: The Third Opportunity,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Buffalo, NY, November 1988.
  22. “Breaking the Boundaries: One World Approach to Planning Education,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 1987.
  23. “Implications of City Jobs for Rural Hinterlands in Asia,” Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, Boston, MA, 1987.
  24. “New Initiatives in Urban and Regional Planning,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, 1986.
  25. “Learning From Anticipation: An Evaluation of the New Shift in Shelter Policies of International Institutions,” American Planning Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA 1986.
  26. “Beyond the Informal Sector: The Need for Income Supporting Activities,” International Conference of Regional Scientists and Planners, Kharagpur, India, 1986.
  27. “Rural Development and Economic Stabilization: Can They Be Attained Simultaneously?” North East Development Economists Conference, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1985.
  28. “Urban Agriculture: A Strategy for Survival,” International Development Research Council-World Bank. Seventh Conference on Evaluation of Shelter Programs, Washington, D.C., 1980.

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