Florida State University

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Petra Doan

Professor & PhD Program Director

Areas of Interest: Planning for Developing Areas, Housing and Community Development, Planning for LGBTQ Communities

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I am interested in planning for marginal communities in less developed areas and have worked in Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Botswana, Egypt, and Jordan. Recent research projects have examined the effects of tourism on local planning capacities, explored patterns of peri-urban development in rapidly growing cities, and described the development of new towns in Africa. I am also involved in ongoing research on planning for non-normative populations and the development and demise of queer space (LGBT neighborhoods).


B.A. (Philosophy) Haverford College , 1977.

M.R.P. (City and Regional Planning) Cornell University , 1984.

Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning) Cornell University , 1988.

Selected Publications

Edited Books and Chapters

Doan, P.L. (Ed.) (2015). Planning and LGBTQ Communities: The Need for Inclusive Queer Space. London: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138798151/

Doan, P. L. (Ed.). (2011). Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning Practice. Farnham: Ashgate. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409428152

Akinyemi, A., Doan, P. L., & Slautterback, L. (2018). Housing in Africa. In Katrin Anacker, Andrew T. Carswell, Sarah D. Kirby, Kenneth T. Tremblay. (Ed.), Introduction to Housing. University of Georgia Press.

Doan, P. L. (2018). Non-normative Sexualities and Gentrification. In Loretta Lees and Martin Phillips (Ed.), Handbook of Gentrification. Edward Elgar.

Doan, P. L. (2018). Queerying Development Planning: Recognizing Needs and Identifying Vulnerable Populations in Africa. In Corinne Mason (Ed.), Queer Development Studies Reader. Routledge.

Doan, P. L. (2016). You’ve come a long way baby: Unpacking the metaphor of transgender mobility. In Kath Browne, & Gavin Brown (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities (pp. 237-246). Farnham: Ashgate.

Doan, P.L. (2015) Planning for Gender and Sexual Minorities in M. Burayidi (Ed.) Cities & the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Doan, P.L. (2014). Regulating Adult Business to Make Spaces Safe for Heterosexual Families in Atlanta. In Paul Maginn and Christine Steinmetz (Eds.) (Sub)Urban Sexscapes Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry. London: Routledge.

Refereed Publications:

Abubakar, I. R., & Doan, P. L. (2017). Building new capital cities in Africa: Lessons for new satellite towns in developing countries. African Studies, 76(4), 546-565.

Doan, P. L. (2017). Coming out of darkness and into activism. Gender, Place, and Culture, 1-6. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369x.2017.13

Doan, P. L. (2016). To Count or Not to Count: Queering Measurement and the Transgender Community. Women’s Studies Quarterly, 44, 89-110.

Doan, P. L. (2016). Is there a Place in the Progressive City for the LGBTQ Community? Progressive Planning, 1, 1-7. Retrieved from http://www.progressivecity.net/single-post/2016/10/05/IS-THERE-A-PLACE-IN-THE-PROGRESSIVE-CITY-FOR-THE-LGBTQ-COMMUNITY

Harris, J., Doan, P. L., & Wilson, K. (2012). Local Development Planning and the Tourism Sector: Prospects for Reducing Volatility in Tourism Impacts in Kenya. International Development Planning Review, 34, 2: 1-23.

Doan, P. L., & Oduro, C.Y. (2012). Patterns of Population Growth and Access to Infrastructure in Peri-urban Accra. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 36, 6: 1306-1325.

Doan, P. L., & Higgins, H. (2011). The Demise of Queer Space? Resurgent Gentrification and LGBT Neighborhoods. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 31, 6-25.

Doan, P. L. (2010). The Tyranny of Gendered Spaces: Living Beyond the Gender Dichotomy. Gender, Place and Culture, 17, 635-654.