Ken Reardon on scholarships of engagement with distressed communities

Today’s post is a TRP seminar given by Professor Ken Reardon, titled ‘Scholarships of Engagement with Distressed Communities’, recorded in late 2013 as part of his visit to the department.

Below is a short biography of Professor Reardon:

Ken Reardon, currently Professor and Director of the graduate program in City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis, is an internationally renowned expert in community-organising, participatory action research and university-community partnerships. His research interests focus on community-based planning in severely distressed urban neighbourhoods, alternative approaches to community development, urban social movements and municipal government reform.

As a professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received the American Institute of Certified Planners President’s Award for his role in establishing and directing the long-running and highly-regarded East St. Louis Action Research Project.  At Cornell University, he was involved in post-Katrina recovery planning for New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and, in his current post, he has supervised students in a range of collaborative planning projects in Memphis. At the time he was soon to take up a new position at Wayne State University in Detroit.