2017 Urban Planning Citation Analysis

Updated: March 16, 2017

The following is the most recent update (as of 1/2017) and ranking of urban planning citation activity using Google Scholar Citations. These data are for urban planning programs and faculty in the U.S. and Canada, which currently includes 116 schools and 1,100 faculty. Faculty rosters were assembled from program websites, and attempted to include only “regular” (tenure track faculty) individuals at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and (Full) Professor.  The objective is to represent faculty who are full-time members of these programs – not an easy task given the wide range of faculty appointments and affiliations. For instance , Luc Anselin from the University of Arizona is now listed on their website as a “Research Professor” (previously “Professor”) which means he is no longer the most cited urban planning faculty member. The top position is now held by Michael Storper of UCLA (see Table 1 below). Previous year results are available for 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013. Columbia University remains the top ranked faculty based on median number of citations (see Table 2). More detail on the methodology is available in my recent article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER). In addition, the full, searchable database is available here.

Table 1 Top 25 Urban Planning Faculty Ranked by Google Scholar Citations

Table 2 Top 25 Urban Planning Programs Ranked by Median Google Scholar Citations

More analysis is forthcoming, stay tuned. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Please report any errors or omissions to: tom.sanchez@vt.edu.



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One Response to 2017 Urban Planning Citation Analysis

  1. Anselin is now at the University of Chicago (https://spatial.uchicago.edu/directory/luc-anselin-phd), technically now in “spatial data science” and sociology. Thanks for the re-freshed analysis! BTW, I was able to copy some of your methods in a recent mini-paper–appreciate the clarity.

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