International Development and Regional Planning Concentration

Faculty Advisers

Briavel Holcomb, Meredeth Turshen and Hal Salzman (coordinators), Hooshang Amirahmadi, Michael Lahr, Radha Jagannathan, Mi Shih, Sai Balakrishan



This concentration prepares students to effectively frame and engage with the dynamic challenges of designing and implementing plans and public policies in regional and international settings, with particular focus on urbanization and human settlement systems. Specific topics include the interplay of development and the presence or absence of political stability, social cohesion and social movements, economic equity, environmental sustainability, the spatial concentration of economic activity, inter-industry linkages, technology transfer, sustainable development, green economic growth, Millennium Development Goals, and cross-boundary movement of people, trade, capital, and information. Students must take two of the required courses and at least four within the concentration. A graduate planning studio in regional or international planning is strongly recommended.


Required Courses (you must take at least two of the following courses)

34:970:609 Social Policy in Developing Nations
34:970:644 International Economic Development
34:970:645 Regional Development
34:970:660 Major Debates in International Development
34:970:xxx Comparative Land Use Planning
34:970:xxx International Urbanization and Housing Issues


Recommended Courses (choose an additional two courses to bring the total to four)

34:970:557 International Transport Policy and Planning
34:970:581 Gender and International Development
34:970:585 Tourism Planning
34:970:608 Health and Human Rights
34:970:646 Global Restructuring
34:970:652 Regional Economic Analysis
34:970:522 International Historic Preservation
34:970:633 Population Tools and Policy


Substitutable Electives (One of these courses may be substituted for any of the recommended courses listed above)

34:832:514 Culture and Health
16:450:508 Environmental Problems in Developing Countries
16:450:509 Uneven Development
16:220:606 Seminar in International Economics
16:790:561 Political Economy of Latin America
16:450:508 Environment and Development


Note that since graduate course offerings throughout the University change annually, there may be relevant courses in cognate fields (or at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton) which could be approved by one of the faculty coordinators for inclusion in the concentration. Students may also take a Directed Study relevant to their specific interests as one of the recommended courses.


Related Student Groups

The International Development Interest Group (IDIG), was established in early 2009 and in 2010 was recognized as a Graduate Student Association. IDIG functions as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, as well as a platform for collaborative work around various themes and geographies of relevance in planning and policy work in low- and middle-income countries. See the website at the Bloustein School site.


New Gaia International Center at Rutgers: See the website for the new center for resources and programming.


The Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society aims to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research on the human and social dimensions of global climate change. Our ultimate aim is to contribute to effective and equitable courses of action that advance both mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.


Other Areas of Concentration:

Environmental and Physical Planning
Housing and Real Estate
International Development and Regional Planning
Transportation Policy and Planning
Urban and Community Development