The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional planners. It was founded in 1965 in a bid to bring together recognised and highly-qualified planners in an international network.



Global Network

The ISOCARP network brings together individual and institutional members from more than 80 countries worldwide. Members are planners and other stakeholders involved in the development and maintenance of the built environment. As a non-governmental organisation ISOCARP is recognized by the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHCS/UN-HABITAT), and the Council of Europe. The Society also has a formal consultative status with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Although ISOCARP members work in many different fields they share a common interest in the spatial and  environmental dimensions of urbanisation. They advise key decision-makers, proposing and supporting projects for intervention in a spatial context through general or specific actions.


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.

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


What we do

Objectives and Activities

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Board and Executive Committee

ExCo Members and their short bios

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ISOCARP Membership

Join ISOCARP – Lists of members

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ISOCARP Members throughout the World

Each green star signifies an ISOCARP member.

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2017 Strategic Plan

Read the ISOCARP 2017 Strategic Plan.

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Scientific Committee

ISOCARP’s Scientific Committee keeps the Society at the forefront of professional thinking in planning.

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ISOCARP – ExCo Organisation Chart

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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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Download the ISOCARP Logo

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Ways of Payment to ISOCARP

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

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