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The Geo-biographies of Spatial Knowledge: Regional Planning from Israel to Sierra Leone and Back

Yacobi, H; Misgav, C; (2018) The Geo-biographies of Spatial Knowledge: Regional Planning from Israel to Sierra Leone and Back. GeoJournal 10.1007/s10708-018-9924-x. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines the flow of spatial knowledge in different locations and territorial scales, focusing on the geographies of regional planning and its transplantation in the work of two Israeli planners, Arie and Ursula Oelsner. We argue that too often, researchers focus on the movement of spatial knowledge from Western countries to developing countries. We shed light on alternative ways in which this traffic follows different models, that are related to specific political and national constellations. Based on historical study and a thick description of two projects in Israel and Africa planned by these two Israeli planners, we show that spatial knowledge is not only the generator of discourse and of the professional community partaking in it, but also traverses space, crossing national borders and geographies. This dynamic, we suggest, has a politics of its own, as part of its movement and development within the global space, particularly in the movement between first and third worlds.

Type: Article
Title: The Geo-biographies of Spatial Knowledge: Regional Planning from Israel to Sierra Leone and Back
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10708-018-9924-x
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-018-9924-x
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Israeli planning, Regional planning, Spatial knowledge, Geo-biographies
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10049972
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