Handbook of Planning Support Science
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Handbook of Planning Support Science

Edited by Stan Geertman and John Stillwell

Encompassing a broad range of innovative studies on planning support science, this timely Handbook examines how the consequences of pressing societal challenges can be addressed using computer-based systems. Chapters explore the use of new streams of big and open data as well as data from traditional sources, offering significant critical insights into the field.
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Chapter 18: Limitations and potential of planning support systems application in planning in southern Spain: bridging academia and practice

Irene Luque-Martín and Karin Pfeffer


Applying geographic information (GI) technologies to facilitate managerial and operational processes in urban management is a widely known approach. However, planning practice seems to lag behind in their incorporation. While the academic world has embraced planning support systems (PSS), their use in planning practice remains sporadic and limited. This disconnect creates a gap between the PSS knowledge produced in academic settings, with regard to collaborative planning and decision-making, and the unrealized potential of applying PSS in planning cultures that lack collaborative approaches. This chapter aims to address the gap between academia and planning practice by incorporating the practitioner discussions regarding the utility of PSS in a planning process. It elaborates a real-life case application that explored the usability of PSS in a collaborative planning approach. Through this contribution, we aim to strengthen the relationship and foster interaction between academia and practice.

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