The International Planning Case Studies (IPCS) project is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and University of Colorado Denver to address one of the key challenges for international development planning educators: connecting classroom learning to the realities of professional practice.

The objective of the IPCS  is to provide real-world, detailed case studies for use in international planning classes, with the ultimate goal of producing more reflective (and effective) practitioners. The cases on this site were developed with professionals and action researchers working across the planning and development arena. The cases cover the diverse sectors where international development planning practitioners work – from housing to transportation, basic services, infrastructure, waste collection, food systems, economic development, environmental planning, public health, disaster and climate change – and come from every region of the Global South. The scenarios are based on real-life situations representative of the kinds of professional decisions or actions common to development planning.

Each case study in our library includes learning objectives, suggested readings, instructor notes, and summary slides.


This project was made possible with funding from the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching and the UM Provost’s Learning and Transforming Learning for Third Century Quick Wins grant program.