Environment and Planning

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Environment and Planning A-D  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Env. Plan.
Discipline Human geography, urban studies
Language English
Publication details
Sage Publications (Pion until 2015)
Publication history
Frequency Varies per journal

The Environment and Planning journals are four academic journals. They are described as "interdisciplinary", though they have a highly spatial focus, meaning that they are of most interest to human geographers and city planners. The journals are also of interest to the scholars of economics, sociology, political science, urban planning, architecture, ecology and cultural studies.

The four journals are:

  • Environment and Planning A: The original Environment and Planning journal, launched in 1969. It focuses on urban and regional issues.[1]
  • Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design: Introduced in 1974 to provide a focus on methodological urban issues, focusing again on the design and planning methods, built environment, planning and policy.[2]
  • Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy: Established in 1983, it again aims to focus on policy issues, but on a wider scale. It has particular focus on the interventions of civil society agents such as NGOs in policy-making.[3]
  • Environment and Planning D: Society and Space: Launched as Society and Space in 1979 and joined the Environment and Planning series in 1983. Initially devoted to human geography, the journal is now broadening its scope and welcomes submissions from geography, cultural studies, economics, anthropology, sociology, politics, international relations, literary studies, architecture, planning, history, women's studies, art history, and philosophy.[4]

In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise in the United Kingdom, the highest number of submissions from geographers were articles from Environment and Planning A, with Environment and Planning D fourth in the list.[5]

The journals were published by Pion, a small publisher, until 2015, when Pion was taken over by Sage,[6] one of the "big four" academic publishers.


  1. ^ "Environment and Planning A". SAGE Publications. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Environment and Planning B". Pion. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Environment and Planning C". Pion. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Environment and Planning D". Pion. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ Johnston, Ron (2003). "Geography: A different sort of discipline?". Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 28 (2): 133–141. doi:10.1111/1475-5661.00083. 
  6. ^ "SAGE strengthens geography and psychology portfolio with acquisition of Pion". Sage. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 

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