Fear: An Underexplored Motivation for Planners’ Behaviour?

John Sturzaker, Alex Lord

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This paper contributes to the small but growing body of literature on the factors that influence the behavioural nature of planning practice. In this contribution, we specifically focus on fear and fearfulness as emotions that can be seen as having a significant bearing on the emergence of norms of practice. Using case-study evidence from England, we draw upon work in behavioural psychology to argue that in some contexts fear can become a natural reaction for planners; and that helping to create a more positive atmosphere for planning decisions—a space for hope—is something we should all consider important.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-371
Number of pages13
JournalPlanning Practice & Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • England
  • Fear
  • hope
  • risk


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