Bonnie J. Johnson, PhD, AICP is Associate Professor in the University of Kansas’ Urban Planning Department. She teaches planning theory, land use, and politics, planning, and administration courses. Research interests include: civic bureaucracy, staff reports, television and citizen participation, planners working with city managers, and competitive elections. Before returning to school for her doctorate, Johnson was a practicing city planner for eight years. While at the City of Liberty, Missouri, she was project manager for Liberty’s award winning Blueprint for Liberty: Land Use Plan. The plan was awarded the American Planning Association’s “Outstanding Planning Award” for the best plan in the country.
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kansas
M.U.P., Urban Planning, University of Kansas
M.A., Political Science, University of Kansas
B.A., Latin American Studies, University of Kansas
B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas
My approach to teaching and to the profession of city planning can be summed up with a quote from Tony Hiss about Baltimore’s Peabody Library reading room, of which he writes: “knowledge seems so abundantly available that you feel almost the same kind of gratitude you feel when you stoop to drink from a public fountain: The city doesn’t want me to go thirsty.” I want to instill in my students, who are future city planners, the commitment to caring about citizens and creating cities which provide for the needs of citizens as typified by the well-placed public drinking fountain. In my classes, I do not want my students “to go thirsty.”
- City planning and politics
- Land Use
- Site Planning
- History of planning
- Theory of planning
- Planning processes
My search for effective planning practices results in research projects drawing from my own experiences as a practicing planner and my educational background in the related fields of urban planning, political science, and public administration. All three fields seek to understand how elected officials, public servants, and citizens interact with each other, governmental structures, and bureaucratic agencies to pursue the common good. I am interested in the impact of institutions (elections, types of city government, organizations), culture (organizational cultures, professional cultures, social capital, and civic capital), and individuals (city planners, public administrators, elected officials, citizens) on public policy. This agenda results in research on civic bureaucracy, planning practice, media and planning, and public service.
- Civic bureaucracy
- Planning practice
- Media and planning
- Public service
- Competitive elections
Johnson, B. J., Peck, K. & Preston, S. (2017). City Managers have Ethics too? Comparing Planning and City Management Codes of Ethics. Journal of the American Planning Association, 83(2), 183-201. DOI:10.1080/01944363.2017.1289114 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2017.1289114
Johnson, B. J. (2017). The Better Staff Report. Planning, 83(3).
Johnson, B. J., & Gore, N. (2016). What do the Professions "Profess"? Comparing Architecture and Planning Codes of Ethics. Architectural Science Review, 59(6). DOI:10.1080/00038628.2016.1194255
Johnson, B. J., & Lyles, W. (2016). The Unexamined Staff Report: Results From an Evaluation of a National Sample. Journal of the American Planning Association, 82(1), 22-36. DOI:10.1080/01944363.2015.1109471 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2015.1109471
McClure, K. & Johnson, B. J. (2015). Housing Programs Fail to Deliver on Neighborhood Quality, Reexamined. Housing Policy Debate, 25(3), 463-496. DOI:10.1080/10511482.2014.944201 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511482.2014.944201
Johnson, B. J., & Haleouga, G. (2015). Can Social Media Save a Neighborhood Organization? Planning Practice & Research, 30(3), 248-269. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2015.1051319
Johnson, B. J. (2014). Codes of Ethics, Public Values, and What Public Servants Offer the Bureaucratic Compact. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 17(4), 459-497.
Johnson, B. J., & Haleouga, G. (2014). Potential and Challenges for Social Media in the Neighborhood Context. Journal of Urban Technology, 21(4), 51-75. DOI:10.1080/10630732.2014.971528 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10630732.2014.971528
Johnson, B. J., & Pierce, J. C. (2014). Is County Level of Social, Creative, and Human Capital Associated with Winning Humanities Grants in Kansas? Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 24(4), 503-520. DOI:10.1002/nml.21103 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nml.21103/pdf
Pierce, J. C., Johnson, B. J., & White, S. S. (2013). Social, Creative, Human, and Political Capital Effects on Sustainability Initiatives in Kansas Counties: A Research Note. Community Development, 44(2), 188-199. DOI:10.1080/15575330.2012.720581 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15575330.2012.720581#
Johnson, B. J., Goerdel, H. T., Lovrich, Jr., N. P., & Pierce, J. C. (2013). Social Capital and Emergency Management Planning: A Test of Community Context Effects on Formal and Informal Collaboration. American Review of Public Administration. DOI:10.1177/0275074013504127 http://arp.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/10/08/0275074013504127.full.pdf+html
Johnson, B. J. (2012). TV, Boon or Bane? Participation and a Televised Town Meeting. Planning Theory & Practice, 13(2), 275-293. DOI:10.1080/14649357.2012.649959 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14649357.2012.649959#
Johnson, B. J. (2012). Public Service Motivation and the Technical, Political, and Facilitator Roles of City Planners. International Journal of Public Administration, 35(1), 30-45. DOI:10.1080/01900692.2011.635454 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01900692.2011.635454#
Johnson, B. J., & Graves, M. (2011). Keeping It Real: What Planning Can Learn from Reality TV. Journal of the American Planning Association, 77(3), 214-231. DOI:10.1080/01944363.2011.592128 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01944363.2011.592128#
Johnson, B. J. (2011). Creating Civic Bureaucrats. International Public Management Journal, 14(2), 157-192. DOI:10.1080/10967494.2011.588887 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10967494.2011.588887#
Johnson, B. J., & Crum-Cano, B. D. (2011). Glass Walls in Urban Planning: An Examination of Policy Type and Gender Segregation within a Profession. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 31(4), 386-409. DOI:10.1177/0734371X11408702 http://rop.sagepub.com/content/31/4/386.full.pdf+html
Johnson, B. J., & White, S. S. (2010). Promoting Sustainability through Transportation Infrastructure? Innovation and Inertia in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 136(4), 303-313. DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000027 http://ascelibrary.org/doi/pdf/10.1061/%28ASCE%29UP.1943-5444.0000027
Johnson, B. J. (2010). City Planners and Public Service Motivation. Planning Practice & Research, 25(5), 563-586. DOI:10.1080/02697459.2010.522854 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02697459.2010.522854#
Johnson, B. J. (2009). Site Planning for Planners: The View from the Other Side. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, 4(1), 31-56. DOI:10.11120/jebe.2009.04010031 http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/jebe/pdf/BonnieJohnson4(1).pdf
Johnson, B. J. (2005). Identities of Competitive States in U.S. Presidential Elections: Electoral College Bias or Candidate-Centered Politics? Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 35(2), 337-355. DOI:10.1093/publius/pji017 http://publius.oxfordjournals.org/content/35/2/337.full.pdf+html
I am active in my neighborhood having been the Indian Hills Neighborhood Association Chair here in Lawrence.
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