Cross National Lesson Drawing

Robin Hambleton has wide experience of cross-national lesson drawing.

• He led the organization of a major international conference on City Futures held in Chicago in July 2004. This attracted over 250 participants from 36 countries and many of the cross-national papers are available on the CUPPA website. For a clickable report summarizing lessons from the conference visit:

• A summary of his approach to cross-national lesson drawing is ‘Idea exchange finds favour’, Planning, 26 January 2007.

• A more detailed statement of his approach is set out in Cross-national Lesson Drawing for Planning – Taking Advantage of Globalization, a paper to the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), Naples, July 2007.

• His latest book, co-edited with Jill Simone Gross, Governing Cities in a Global Era, published in 2007 by Palgrave, brings together contributions from 20 scholars covering all continents.

• He has led and managed several cross-national research projects including a major study of participation and city leadership in 18 cities in nine countries:

• He helped to create the European Urban Research Association (EURA) – an international network of urban scholars with members in over twenty countries:

• He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1988 and studied at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley. This led to his book ‘Urban Government in the 1990s. Lessons from the USA’ (Policy Press, 1990) and, subsequently, to his book (with Marilyn Taylor) on ‘People in Cities. A Transatlantic Exchange’ (Policy Press, 1993)

• His first contribution to cross-national lesson drawing was his comparative book on US and UK approaches to neighbourhood management and urban planning – ‘Policy Planning and Local Government’ (Hutchinson, 1978)