Academic journal article The Town Planning Review

The End of an Era for the TPR: David Massey Retires as an Editor

Academic journal article The Town Planning Review

The End of an Era for the TPR: David Massey Retires as an Editor

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With this issue of the TPR, David Massey steps down as a member of the team of editors, thus bringing to a close a period of more than forty years in which he has been centrally involved in editing the journal. After becoming Assistant Editor (to Josephine Reynolds) in 1971, David went on to serve as sole Editor from 1976 onwards and, apart from a short break in the mid 1980s, he has continued to work as sole, or co-, Editor ever since.

Throughout his time as an editor, David has sought to develop the TPR as a forum for academic and professional debate. In Editorial Notes he has used the journal to address topical matters of concern and to float ideas among the planning community. Nearly thirty years ago, for example, he was among the first to suggest that planning academics on this side of the Atlantic needed an equivalent organisation to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (Massey, 1984). Soon afterwards this idea was to become reality in the form of AESOP, the Association of European Schools of Planning. Other important innovations include the introduction of Viewpoints, in which invited authors are able to develop a line of argument about some particular aspect of planning, and Conference Reports, intended to capture the essence of a varied selection of research conferences. Added to this, he has used a range of features - including Review Symposia and Policy Forums - to encourage informed discussion about the most important research and policy topics of the day. There can be no doubt that the success of these features is due in large measure to David's excellent editorial judgement.

David brings to his editing a deep knowledge of history, not only of planning as an academic discipline and field of professional practice but, more importantly, of the TPR's role in reflecting that history. From time to time he has used this to good effect in providing the background to papers published in the Review. …

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