July 27, 2018 | Journal of Planning Education and Research
CED Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Karen Trapenberg Frick was recently published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research for her research and analysis of agonism — a philosophical outlook emphasizing the importance of conflict to politics, seeing opponents as adversaries worthy of direct discourse — in planning decisions and planning culture.
Her article, "No Permanent Friends, No Permanent Enemies: Agonistic Ethos, Tactical Coalitions, and Sustainable Infrastructure" provides compelling evidence that polarized citizens connect in agonistic and deliberative ways outside of formal planning processes and have influence in decision making. In her article, Frick cites three U.S. cases of sustainable infrastructure and other scholarship to propose a typology of tactical coalitions based on their level of strategic interaction, duration, and transformation.
Trapenberg Frick is an expert on sustainable transport and community-based planning and major transportation infrastructure projects. Her current research focuses on conservative, Tea Party and property rights activists' perspectives on planning and planners' responses.