Scenario planning for the Edinburgh city region

Docherty, Iain and McKiernan, Peter (2008) Scenario planning for the Edinburgh city region. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26 (5). pp. 982-997. ISSN 1472-3425 (

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We examine the application of scenario-planning techniques to the detailed and daunting challenge of city repositioning when policy makers are faced with a heavy history and a complex future context. We review a process of scenario planning undertaken in the Edinburgh city region, exploring the scenario process and its contribution to strategies and policies for city repositioning. Strongly rooted in the recent literature on urban and regional economic development, the text outlines how key individuals and organisations involved in the process participated in far-reaching analyses of the possible future worlds in which the Edinburgh city region might find itself.