This proposed contribution deals with integrated socio-spatial theoretical and methodological research frameworks for planning for urban disaster recovery and is aimed at conference theme 2. (Planning, Design and Evaluation in Human Environments) and sub-theme 2.4. (Methodological innovations in environment-behaviour studies). Natural disasters that impact cities represent a particularly critical example of human experience in the built environment, and rebuilding cities after disaster comprises complex tasks of policy and planning. However, there is a general lack of long-term research on urban disasters and disaster recovery, and a recent prominent example is Hurricane Katrina's impact on New Orleans in 2005, resulting in an ongoing and uneven recovery process. Yet, integrated socio-spatial approaches may not only facilitate innovative theoretical and methodological frameworks to research such cases, but also contribute to corresponding planning recommendations. The author intends to discuss his long-term research on social, spatial, and institutional aspects of planning for urban disaster recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which incorporates case study data of the city's Lower Ninth Ward area and formulates resulting planning recommendations. This research is based on an integrated socio-spatial framework that addresses knowledge gaps in both the urbanist and disaster research literature and employs a mixed-method case study methodology with theory-based triangulation of social, spatial, and institutional aspects of urban disaster recovery. It was conducted from 2007 to 2011 and features empirical data from two field visits in 2007 and 2009, while comprising a novel approach for comparative research of impacted and receptor communities. The research perspective is planning-oriented, and socio-spatial constellations of inequality/vulnerability emerge as significant influences on the effectiveness of applied and ongoing planning strategies. Such integrated approaches may benefit research-based policy and planning for urban disaster recovery in the future.