Founded in 1965, the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of professional city and regional planners. Our network brings together individual and institutional members from 85+ countries with the vision to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through integrative participatory urban and territorial planning. In 2016, the Society initiated the ISOCARP Institute as a research spin-off for generating and disseminating knowledge for better cities and territories.


Our mission and objectives

Our mission is to mobilise professional urban and regional planners to co-implement the vision enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda by:

  • creating a global network of practitioners
  • fostering planning research, training, and education
  • encouraging the professional exchange of knowledge
  • promoting the planning profession and excellence in practice in all its forms
  • developing and maintaining altruistic relations between members
  • enhancing public awareness and understanding of major planning issues at the global level
  • supporting and protecting planning interest and professional planners

Our activities

Activate knowledge

The objectives of ISOCARP include the improvement of planning practice through the creation of a global and active network of practitioners. ISOCARP encourages the exchange of professional knowledge between planners, promotes the planning profession in all its forms, stimulates and improves planning research, training and education and enhances public awareness and understanding of major planning issues at a global level.

World Congress

The Society’s main event is the annual World Congress, which focuses on a globally-significant planning theme and which takes place in a different country each year. Prior to the congress Young Planning Professional Workshops are organized. This YPP programme seeks to bring together emerging young planning professionals from all over the world to tackle ‘real-world’ planning projects. Smaller-scale events such as seminars and working groups are also organized.

Publications and Awards

All ISOCARP activities are covered in publications such as the ISOCARP Review, the International Manual of Planning Practice (IMPP), Congress proceedings and special project reports.
ISOCARP recognises excellence through the Society’s award programme.

Urban Planning Advisory Teams

ISOCARP Urban Planning Advisory teams (UPATs) assist sponsor organizations by offering the extensive experience and expertise of ISOCARP members to work on important local or international planning projects, programs and policy initiatives.

Young Planning Professionals’ Programme

A particular focus and commitment of ISOCARP is on young generations through facilitating knowledge for better cities with the youth. The Young Planning Professionals’ Programme is a crucial component of ISOCARP’s dedication to promote and enhance the planning profession. The objective is to contribute to the knowledge base and improve skills of young professionals, the future leaders of our profession.

More details on further ISOCARP activities and the way how to join us are provided in the following ISOCARP brochure:


Board and Executive Committee

Board Members and their short bios

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Reform, restructuring and renewal

This has been a year of positive change for the International Society of City and Regional Planners. Please read the Board’s report to the Members — Progress, achievements and challenges Report from the ISOCARP Board to Members for the year 2018-2019 At the Special General Meeting during the World Planning Congress in Norway in 2018,…

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Scientific Committee

ISOCARP’s Scientific Committee plays a critical role in enabling the Society to represent the city and regional planners in internal and international debates and policymaking, on some of the greatest challenges of our times. The Scientific Committee advises the Board, the Executive Committee (ExCom), the World Planning Congress teams, and other working bodies in the…

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States of the Profession by ISOCARP Presidents

At the end of a presidential term (three years), the leaving President holds a State of the Profession speech which reflects on the professional role of the planner at the time of his/her presidency.

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Ways of Payment to ISOCARP

Bank transfer; Paypal; Credit Card; Bank cheque; Western Union & MoneyGram;

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Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling / General Benefit Institution

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