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UK and Ireland Planning Faculty Citations

*** Update 4/10/2020 ***

Thanks to Alasdair Rae for providing updated faculty roster information for the University of Sheffield. I managed to miss several of their faculty and have added them to the table below.


I recently collected Google Scholar Citation Profile data for UK and Ireland planning faculty to make comparisons with U.S. and Canada planning faculty. As it turns out, of approximately 600 faculty from 22 schools (schools listed by the Royal Town Planning Institute), only around 40 UK faculty (6.7%) have GS profiles (compared to nearly 60% for U.S./Canada faculty). Due to the lack of comparable data I decided to only list what I could find, without analysis or comparison.

Anglia Ruskin University
Birmingham City University
David Higgins26512
Cardiff University
Andrew Flynn3,96727
Brian Webb1759
Neil Harris69114
Andrew Williams59311
Richard Gale2,86316
Robert Huggins7,02244
Roberta Sonnino4,42330
Dublin Institute of Technology
Heriot-Watt University
Peter McCallum2324
David Paul Jenkins2,15324
Sarah R Payne62612
Leeds Beckett University
London South Bank University
Newcastle University
Andrew Law1566
Carlos Calderon37111
Stephen Graham23,93562
Oxford Brookes University
Graham Wood49012
Christos Vidalakis3469
Plymouth University
David FL Jenkins71816
Queen's University Belfast
Linda Price47311
Philip Boland90215
Richard Waldron1546
Stephen McKay2149
Sheffield Hallam University
Rebecca Sharpe3647
University College Cork
University College Dublin
Mark Scott2,12425
Mick Lennon62713
Brendan Williams80715
University College London
Andrew Jones2,13121
Stephen Marshall3,19422
Susan Moore4779
Jo Williams1,55220
Ben Clifford2739
University of Birmingham
David Adams3839
John Round2,06325
Peter Lee1,12118
University of Liverpool
Chia-Lin Chen4458
University of Manchester
Nuno Pinto2257
Richard Kingston2,84520
Mark Baker1,32117
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
Philipp Horn1266
Sarah Payne957
Stephen Connelly1,25214
Tom Goodfellow1,08218
Rowland Atkinson12,92543
Malcolm Tait81215
Paul Meth90913
Liz Sharp1,05018
Ryan Powell1,07919
Alasdair Rae72116
University of West England
William (Billy) Clayton2038
Ben Clark45011
University of Westminster

It would be great to hear from those on the list (or not on the list) if you have corrections and additions. Please contact me at

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Age of Urban Planning Program Faculty and Citation Activity (cont.)

Bruce Stiftel commented, “Seeing this with Program as the unit of analysis is really interesting. It would also be of interest to see a similar analysis with the individual faculty as unit of analysis.” Below is the chart showing individual faculty data. The trajectory during the promotion and tenure period (< 20 years) is quite notable.

He also commented, “What would really be helpful to know are citation rates for a recent time period: say 5, 7 or ten years. And, especially recent citations to recent publications. I realize these numbers are a lot harder to determine, but they reflect the active impact of our colleagues better than aggregations that include citations made many years ago, and citations to research published many years ago.” This is a great idea and I’m planning to include it in my summer update. Stay tuned.

Thanks Bruce.

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Age of Urban Planning Program Faculty and Citation Activity

When I compare citation activity for urban planning faculties (i.e., departments), I usually use the median of total faculty citations. Faculties are generally small and there tends to be an outlier among them. A question that arises is whether more experienced faculties have higher citation levels because they have a larger base of publications which had a longer time to accumulate citations. Of the 120 urban planning programs that I track in North America, the average years of program faculty service is about 19 years and the median number of citations is 593 (ln(593) = 6.38). The cluster of planning programs averaging between 13.5 and 24.5 years of service represents nearly 85% of all programs. As shown on the graph below, there is virtually no change in the trend line for these programs. In other words, age does not appear to be a significant factor. As would be expected the youngest faculties do in fact have fewer citations, but the oldest do not show a marked increase.

Note: The Ohio State University (shown with the red square symbol) is actually one of the younger faculties but has a faculty-wide citation level near the average for all programs.

Your questions and comments are greatly appreciated.

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The Most Frequently Cited Topics in Urban Planning Scholarship


Analyses of faculty citation activity usually focus on counts as a function of author characteristics, such as rank, gender, previous citation levels, and other factors influencing productivity and career path. Citation analyses of publications consider aspects, such as the number of authors, author reputation, author order, length of the title, methodology, and impact factors of the publication. While publication topics or discipline are considered important factors, they are more difficult to analyze, and therefore, occur less frequently. This article attempts to do that for the field of urban planning. Urban planning is multi-disciplinary and includes consideration of social, economic, technological, environmental, and political systems that shape human settlement patterns. It has been suspected that some topics are more “popular” and have larger audiences, therefore, are cited more often. Using nearly 15,000 urban planning publications, this article presents an analysis of topics to assess which are cited most frequently. The classification of publications was performed using a Support Vector Machine (SVM), a machine learning (ML) approach to text classification, using citation data from Google Scholar. The citation levels for the resulting categories are analyzed and discussed. 

Keywords: urban planningbibliometricscitation analysis

See full text (click to view article).

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Citations by Publication Year for Urban Planning Faculty

The 659 urban planning faculty with Google Scholar Citation Profiles (as of 12/8/2019) list 29,398 publications, an average of about 45 publications per faculty member (publications were only counted once even though approximately 2,000 were co-authored with other planning faculty). All publications currently average 44 citations (median of 10) for a total of 1,295,160 citations. The chart below shows the interquartile range (IQR) of citations for these publications by year. For most years the 25th quartile averages about 3 and the 75th quartile averages about 34. The highest two years are for publications in 1997 and 2003 (average of 64). The most highly cited publication among these is Regional Advantage by AnnaLee Saxenian with 13,247.

IQR of Citation Totals for Publications by Year

See also the updated urban planning program citation analysis and searchable database. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated (

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Urban Planning Program Citation Metrics

The table below includes the most recent update of urban planning faculty citation activity. Also see the searchable database at:

Planning SchoolNo. FacultyCites: MedianCites: MeanH-Index: MedianH-Index: Mean
Alabama A&M University545967498
Arizona State University14114732461720
Auburn University52311333
Ball State University71820025
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo833460888
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona94726345
California State University, Northridge730133397
Clemson University1130352988
Cleveland State University104117321011
Columbia University66271523813
Cornell University1652721721114
Dalhousie University812754358
East Carolina University35311114711
Florida Atlantic University893115651215
Florida State University106937601310
Georgia Tech13108417601516
Harvard University11112050231419
Hunter College1015730357
Indiana University of Pennsylvania46726846
Iowa State University1219033167
Jackson State University68230046
Kansas State University4315023
McGill University791424031521
Miami University7409361108
Michigan State University116647271112
Minnesota State University, Mankato6317723
Missouri State University419316155
Morgan State University924031066
New Jersey Institute of Technology78528255
New York University8191021912119
Northern Arizona University619712644.59
Ohio State University13600736129
Portland State University1777212551313
Pratt Institute424322455
Queen's University77748721413
Rutgers University20140321441719
Rutgers University, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences9461049410
Ryerson University1027650588
Saint Louis University46116991212
San Diego State University38738111310
San Jose State University75035001110
Simon Fraser University15300636982224
State University of New York at Albany133931208812
Texas A&M University213791275812
Texas Southern University94322341813
The New School for Social Research7121412991615
Tufts University7116537931318
UC Berkeley15378069012428
UC Irvine2034821081013
Universite de Montreal1316963958
Universite Laval1367416531516
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York139379961513
University of Alberta1359017741314
University of Arizona72631757814
University of British Columbia14106845071422
University of Calgary1111934256
University of Cincinnati1322080669
University of Colorado, Denver681317181013
University of Delaware497010451514
University of Florida1014790759
University of Georgia74512544
University of Guelph913939367
University of Hawaii1026948079
University of Idaho85278531412
University of Illinois, Chicago1971118651213
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign1156512471112
University of Iowa87048471213
University of Kansas5420443119
University of Louisville12518786911
University of Manitoba510972266
University of Maryland7179619612117
University of Massachusetts-Amherst79689231310
University of Massachusetts-Boston1048980979
University of Memphis529031776
University of Michigan1872715931313
University of Minnesota12154937881921
University of Missouri-Kansas629557399
University of Nebraska519149357
University of New Mexico116016534
University of New Orleans622429076
University of Oklahoma5313732
University of Oregon1833075089
University of Pennsylvania14105619251417
University of Pittsburgh59562287914
University of Puerto Rico4211922
University of Saskatchewan12128427921821
University of South Florida427657289
University of Texas, Arlington8441696910
University of Texas, Austin145877141110
University of Texas, San Antonio37313355
University of Toledo9313845911
University of Toronto19133312801613
University of Utah857635781115
University of Virginia95371680913
University of Washington1499922721214
University of Waterloo, Ontario196859521112
University of Wisconsin, Madison13412784910
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee4335583810
Virginia Commonwealth University922227887
Virginia Tech1582312941012
Wayne State University6285999810
West Chester University88712344
Western Michigan University1423544967
Western Washington University514022066
Westfield State University82118734
York University1177817611316

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Urban Planning Faculty Using Twitter

Below is the list of faculty (as of May 2019) that were included in my analysis of Twitter use by urban planning faculty. The paper I presented at ACSP today can be downloaded here. I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Aaron Golub
Abhinav Alakshendra
Adrienne Greve
Ahmed Allahwala
Ahmed El-Geneidy
Alan Lew
Alan Wiig
Alec Gershberg
Alessandro Rigolon
Alexander Karner
Allie Thomas
Allison Lassiter
Amada Armenta
Amber Woodburn
Amy Glasmeier
Ananya Roy
Andre Sorensen
Andrea Roberts
Andrea Sarzynski
Andres Sevtsuk
Andrew Greenlee
Andrew Mondschein
Andrew Rumbach
Anette Freytag
Ann Forsyth
Anna Livia Brand
Anne Whiston Spirn
Antonio Raciti
Anuradha Mukherji
Ariel Bierbaum
Arlie Adkins
Arnab Chakraborty
Ashima Krishna
Atul Pokharel
Austin Troy
Barbara Wilson
Ben Clark
Benjamin Teresa
Berneece Herbert
Bethany Stich
Bev Wilson
Bishwapriya Sanyal
Bram Noble
Branden Born
Brenda Case Scheer
Brian Doucet
Brian Stone
Bruce Appleyard
Bruce Stiftel
Bryce Lowery
Bumjoon Kang
Burrell Montz
Carissa Slotterback
Carlton Basmajian
Carolina Reid
Carrie Makarewicz
Carrie Mitchell
Casey Dawkins
Catherine Ross
Charles Connerly
Cherie Westbrook
Clinton Andrews
Connie Ozawa
Courtney Knapp
Damian Pitt
Daniel Campo
Daniel Chatman
Daniele Spirandelli
Danya Rumore
Darrick Hamilton
David Bieri
David Gordon
David Hsu
David King
David Sloane
David Tulloch
David Varady
David Wachsmuth
Deden Rukmana
Dorothy Dewey
Dowell Myers
Dyana Mason
Elisabeth Hamin
Elizabeth Brabec
Ellen Douglas
Ellen Pader
Elora Raymond
Eran Kaplinsky
Eric Klopfer
Erica James
Eugenie Birch
Evelyn Blumenberg
Forster Ndubisi
Francesca Ammon
Frank Popper
Gabrielle Esperdy
Gary Coutu
Gary Painter
Genevieve Giuliano
George Dougherty
Gerrit Knaap
Gordon Douglas
Greg Schrock
Harley Etienne
Hashim Sarkis
Heather Khan
Henrik Minassians
Hiba Bou Akar
Hilary Nixon
Hun Kim
Huston Gibson
Ivis Zambrana
J. Phillip Thompson
Jaap Vos
Jacob Wagner
Jake Wegmann
James DeFilippis
James Wescoat
Janice Barry
Jason Cao
Jason Charalambides
Jason Corburn
Jason Hackworth
Jason Jackson
Jason Knouft
Jay Mittal
Jean-Philippe Meloche
Jennifer Clark
Jennifer Dean
Jennifer Dill
Jennifer Minner
Jennifer Roe
Jeremy Pittman
Jerry Zhao
Jesus Barajas
Jill Blakley
Joanna Ganning
John Gilderbloom
John McNutt
John Meligrana
John Pipkin
John Renne
Jonathan Moore
Jonn Axsen
Jordi Honey-Rosés
Jorge Roca
Julia Rubin
Julian Agyeman
Junfeng Jiao
Justin Hollander
K. Meghan Wieters
Kami Pothukuchi
Karen Frick
Karen Kohfeld
Karen Umemoto
Kate Nesse
Kathryn Howell
Kelcie Ralph
Kelly Kinahan
Ken Lertzman
Kenneth Genskow
Kenya Covington
Kheir Al-Kodmany
Kian Goh
Kimberley Kinder
Kristina Currans
Kyle Ezell
La Barbara Wigfall
Larry Beasley
Laura Saija
Laura Wolf-Powers
Laxmi Ramasubramanian
Leah Meisterlin
Leela Viswanathan
Leia Minaker
Leith Deacon
Lily Baum Pollans
Lindsay Braun
Lisa Schweitzer
Lisa Servon
Lorie Higgins
Luna Khirfan
Lyndsey Rolheiser
Lynn Mandarano
Maged Senbel
Maggie Cowell
Mai Nguyen
Malo Hutson
Manish Shirgaokar
Marc Schlossberg
Marccus Hendricks
Maria Martinez-Cosio
Marisa Zapata
Mark Jaccard
Mark Purcell
Mark Roseland
Markus Moos
Marlon Boarnet
Marta Gonzalez
Martine August
Max Stephenson
Maya Wiley
Megan Ryerson
Meghan Gough
Michael Boswell
Michael Drescher
Michael Frisch
Michael Kuby
Michael Larice
Michael Lens
Michael Smart
Michael Storper
Mickey Lauria
Minjee Kim
Misun Hur
Mitchell Moss
Moe Chowdhury
Moira Zellner
Natasha Iskander
Nathan McClintock
Nebiyou Tilahun
Nezar Alsayyad
Nicholas Klein
Nicola Ulibarri
Nihal Perera
Nik Theodore
Nina-Marie Lister
Niraj Verma
Nisha Botchwey
Noel Keough
Paavo Monkkonen
Pamela Robinson
Patricia Collins
Paul Galpern
Paul Waddell
Paula Negron
Peilei Fan
Penelope Gurstein
Perry Yang
Philip Stoker
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah
Rachel Kleit
Rachel Meltzer
Rachel Weber
Ragui Assaad
Raktim Mitra
Ralph Buehler
Ralph Hall
Raphael Bostic
Reid Ewing
Revel Sims
Richard Alomar
Richard Milgrom
Richard Peiser
Robert Bullard
Robert Goodspeed
Robert Schneider
Roger Keil
Rolf Pendall
Rosie Tighe
Ryan Gibson
Salo Coslovsky
Samina Raja
Sanda Kaufman
Sara Meerow
Sarah Coffin
Sarah Hinners
Sarah Williams
Saurabh Lall
Scott Bollens
Scott Spak
Scott Truex
Sébastien Lord
Shalini Misra
Shelagh McCartney
Sheri Longboat
Shima Hamidi
Siqi Zheng
Stephanie Frank
Stephanie Rolley
Stephanie Ryberg
Stephen Goldsmith
Steven Handel
Subhrajit Guhathakurta
Suzanne Charles
Suzanne Morse Moomaw
T.William Lester
Tara Goddard
Tawab Hlimi
Tenley Conway
Teresa Cordova
Theo Lim
Thomas Campanella
Thomas Sanchez
Thomas Skuzinski
Timothy Beatley
Timothy Borich
Timothy Chapin
Timothy LeDoux
Timothy Welch
Tobiah Horton
Todd BenDor
Todd Schenk
Toni Griffin
Trisalyn Nelson
Ute Lehrer
Uwe Brandes
V. Kelly Turner
Vincent Reina
Walter Nicholls
Ward Lyles
Wayne Caldwell
Wenwen Zhang
William Rohe
William Siembieda
Willow Lung-Amam
Yang Zhang
Yingling Fan
Yuseung Kim
Zhan Guo
Zhixi Zhuang
Zoe Hamstead
Zorica Nedovic-Budic

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Tweeting and Citation Activity for Urban Planning Faculty

Out of the approximately 1,100 planning faculty that I track, just over 300 have active Twitter accounts (about 100 users for each rank). Similar to my comparison of Google Scholar users and non-users (see:, I was interested in whether citation activity differs between Twitter users and non-users. Below are some initial results from this research which show there are differences between the two groups, with Twitter users having higher numbers of total citations as well as H-Indices.

Your comments are appreciated.

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Follow-up: The Google Scholar Citation Profile Advantage?

After my recent post comparing citation totals and H-Indices for planning faculty with and without Google Scholar Citation Profiles (GS), I was asked what the comparison would look like by years of experience (i.e., years after receiving PhD). While not everyone takes a tenure track position immediately upon completion of their PhD, it should still be a good indicator of years of academic experience. Below are figures showing mean citations (Figure 1) and mean H-Index (Figure 2) by years.

Figure 1. Mean citations

Figure 2. Mean H-Index

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