Unpacking social learning in planning: who learns what from whom?

Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld (First author), Wendy Tan, Carina Wiekens, Leonie Janssen-Jansen

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Social learning is the process of exchanging and developing knowledge (including skills and experiences) through human interaction. This key planning process needs to be better understood, given the increase and variety of non-planners influencing planning processes. This article explores who learns what from whom through social learning in planning. We unpack social learning theoretically to be able to map it, and employ empirically-based storytelling to discuss its relevance to planning practice. We conclude that social learning can lead to positive and negative outcomes and provides a useful analytical lens to understand planning practices at the level of individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-433
JournalUrban research & practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2020


  • social learning
  • knowledge
  • planning practice
  • storytelling
  • individuals


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