Scott D. Campbell
Associate Professor of Urban Planning
Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows
Urban Planning Program
College of Architecture + Urban PlanningUniversity of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor MI 48109-2069 • office: 2352 Art & Architecture Bldg
(734) 763-2077
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updated: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Academic Resources
new MUP student FAQ
PhD Program -- Repository of Information for Current Students
writing, citations & academic integrity · How to write a strong conference abstract • How to be a discussant at a conference or lecture • Preparing for your Doctoral Comprehensive Exam / Writing a Field Statement
master's thesis / professional project guidelines
Formatting data tables and charts
finding data (both Census and other sources)
creating effective tables & graphs
Telling Stories with Numbers
planning history timeline & Remembrances & Obituaries of Planning Scholars





  Winter 2024

  up532 sustainable development    URP584 econ dev


Fall 2024

urp 489/589 tech clusters    URP700 Urban Theory 


other courses

URP500 Planning Theory  URP 525 Regional Planning   urp585  up504 quantitative planning methods  up835 Research Seminar

    (link to all planning courses)

Note: The Urban & Regional Planning Program updated its course numbering system in 2017: URP = new course numbers; UP = old course numbers.

Class blog sites (content/images provided by students)
First Nature, Second Nature, City
Visualizing the Global/National/Local
public spaces
Arts, Culture and Economic Development
the future of suburbia
arguments for/against planning

Selected Research

Hirt, S., & Campbell, S. (2023). The Planner’s Pentangle: A Proposal for a Twenty-First-Century Model of Planning. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 0739456X2311518.
Wicked Problems, Foolish Decisions: Promoting Sustainability Through Urban Governance in a Complex World, Vanderbilt Law Review 73 (2020), 1643-1685. (co-authored w/ Moira Zellner)
Planning with(in) Complexity: Pathways to Extend Collaborative Planning, Incremental Planning, and Big Data with Complex System Modeling, in HANDBOOK ON PLANNING AND COMPLEXITY (Gert de Roo, et al. eds., 2020). (co-authored w/ Moira Zellner)
The Planner's Triangle Revisited: Sustainability and the Evolution of a Planning Ideal That Can't Stand Still
, Journal of the American Planning Association, 82-4, 388-397, 2016.
Planning for deep-rooted problems: What can we learn from aligning complex systems and wicked problems? Planning Theory & Practice 16(4), 2015. (with Moira Zellner)
Peter Hall Tours the Gunbelt (and Other Side Trips to the Legacies of Ebenezer Howard) Built Environment 41.1., 2015. pp. 52-62. (with Sabina Deitrick)
Sustainable Development and Social Justice:  Conflicting Urgencies and the Search for Common Ground in Urban and Regional Planning (Michigan Journal of Sustainability, Vol 1, 2013)
"Free-marketers on the way up but planning interventionists on the way down? Economic crisis and planning’s rescue narrative from the Great Depression to the Crash of 2008-9" paper presented at 2009 ACSP conference.
Megaregions and Sustainability,” in Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness, Catherine Ross (ed), Island Press, 2009
"Case Studies in Planning: Comparative Advantages and the Problem of Generalization" .
"The Enduring Importance of National Capital Cities in the Global Era"
"Unpacking the Impetus for Regional Planning in the U.S.:  Cooperation, Coercion and Self-Interest" (co-authored with Phil D'Anieri)
"Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities?  Urban Planning and the Contradictions of Sustainable Development" .

also: view these urban photographs (taken by my daughter)


planning history timeline    PhD program    writing    FAQ for MUP students 2011   remembrances

Older Resources (not recently updated)

       Detroit resources    UP538 economic development handbook        data sources

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