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11th AESOP Young Academics Conference 2017: Planning and Entrepreneurship


PLANNING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Planning and Public Policy at the Intersection of Top-down and Bottom-up Action


11th AESOP Young Academics Conference
Technical University of Munich
Chair of Urban Development
10 - 13 April 2017

Introduction

Between 10 and 13 April 2017, The Chair of Urban Development at the Architecture Department of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will host this year's edition of the international AESOP Young Academics Conference in Munich. AESOP is the Association of European Schools of Planning, and the Young Academics conference is the largest gathering of young scholars – PhD students and PostDocs – from urban planning and other related fields in Europe, which attracts researchers from all European countries and beyond.

We encourage inter-/multi-disciplinary contributions on the conference theme that present empirical research and/or theoretical discussions. We invite PhD students, post-docs, early-stage career researchers but also young activists or practitioners to submit their contributions to the YA Conference.

The conference is a four-day event around the successful frame developed by the YA: four keynote talks, two parallel tracks for presentation of 40-50 papers by young academics, as well as workshops and roundtables.

The conference is free of charge for participants whose abstract was accepted. The track chairs will decide on a best paper prize to be awarded, which has the chance to be published in DISP - The Planning Review.



Theme: “Planning and Entrepreneurship”

Widespread scepticism towards planning and technocratic government interventions on behalf of businesses and the public has led the discipline in crisis, from which it has not fully recovered. Entrepreneurs, in the form of commercial and civil initiatives are sometimes filling the void that planning leaves - hence, we embrace a 'wide' definition of 'entrepreneurship'. At the same time, technological innovations are accelerating social change. It is time for new planning theories and practices. The Young Academics community is a particularly suitable forum to discuss these trends.

Europe has left the years of rapid economic growth and large city expansions long behind, and its cities are facing new challenges of urban quality improvement, the management of economic stagnation, increasing social inequality and environmental change under the condition of a shift of power from governments to local stakeholders and global players. Also outside of Europe, the focus of action is increasingly changing from developing the new to transforming the existing. While most planners are aware of these new challenges, their response suffers from inadequate instruments and concepts. Many planning systems have been established to respond to the challenges of rapid modern urban development. In the case of Europe, planning had its heyday after the destruction of its cities during the Second World War, with the aim to create healthier, lighter, more efficient cities on the rubble of the old. Planning has often strived for desirable end-states, neglecting the fact that what appears to be worthwhile today, may not be desirable for future generations. And indeed, large parts of the public haven’t been thankful for the planning efforts of the past, instead planning has been penalised and marginalised.

Avoiding the mistakes of the past requires a new paradigm of focussing on the transforming, the fluid, and the temporary. Perhaps, planning must embrace a new entrepreneurial spirit? The conference invites young planners, who try to push forward the discipline of urban planning. Is there a Silicon Valley for planning? Can there be a new generation of urban pioneers? Are economists really “the enemy” for planners (Kunzmann, 2015)? Of course, abstracts that are critical of the term 'entrepreneurship' and what is commonly associated with it are very welcome!


See you in Munich!

The Young Academics Network

10th YA Conference 2016 Ghent

Spatial Governance

Bridging Theory and Practice

X Young Academics conference, 2016. Ghent. March 21-24, 2016.

 

Organised by the Centre for Mobility and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the Ghent University, Belgium.

 

The AESOP Young Academics Network is proud to announce the 10th annual AESOP YA Conference in Ghent, Belgium, March 21-24. This conference is hosted by Ghent University, Centre for Mobility and Spatial Planning and focuses on Spatial Governance - Bridging Theory and Practice. The conference theme addresses the relation between academia and practice; how theory and knowledge are implemented. Planning increasingly encounters uncertainty in dealing with environmental change, social justice, citizen empowerment, etc. within a context of declining (central) power of governments and financial limits. Consequently, transitions towards adaptive planning, the integration of resilience thinking and the increasing interest in self-organisation and bottom-up planning are topics that ask for a new definition and legitimation for academic research to contribute to these transitions. Therefore, the central aim of the conference is to explore new types of governance and to discuss how spatial planning insights are brought into practice. The conference will bring together these innovative action-research ideas, reflect on their role and try to reveal ways for both governmental and non-governmental actors to benefit from this knowledge.

We encourage inter-/multi-disciplinary contributions on the conference theme Spatial Governance, that present empirical research and/or theoretical discussions. These contributions can explore the impact of universal theories of spatial governance on shaping planning approaches worldwide, or reflect on bridging the gap between theory and practice in planning in different contexts in the European or global planning arenas. We invite PhD students, post-docs, early-stage career researchers but also young activists or practitioners to submit their contributions to the YA Conference.

The conference is a four day event around the successful frame developed by the YA: five keynote talks, two parallel tracks for presentation of 40-50 papers by young academics, a workshop and a field trip.

 

 

 

A warm welcome!

The Young Academics Network

Differences and Connections: Beyond Universal Theories in Planning, Urban, and Heritage Studies

Differences and Connections:

Beyond Universal Theories in Planning, Urban, and Heritage Studies

IX YA conference, 2015. Palermo. March 23-26, 2015.

 

Co-organised by the Department of Architecture at the University of Palermo and the Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Gothenburg.

 

AESOP Young Academics Network is proud to announce the 9th annual Conference in Palermo, Italy in March 2015: Differences and Connections: Beyond Universal Theories in Planning, Urban Studies, and Heritage Studies will be hosted by the University of Palermo, Polytechnic School, Department of Architecture.

 The conference is a four day event around the successful frame developed by the YA: five keynote talks, two parallel tracks for presentation of 40 papers by young academics, a methodological workshop, a field trip. We are also happy to highlight that Palermo will be the very first Southern European city where a YA event is held.


The confernce is free of charge for Young Academics.

Warmly welcome!

CITIES THAT TALK

CITIES THAT TALK

8th AESOP-YA Conference 10-13 March 2014

AESOP Young Academics Network is proud to announce the 8th annual Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, 10 – 13th March, 2014: Cities that Talk. The conference theme responds to the contemporary phenomena of urban resistances that have significantly challenged traditional practices of urban planning worldwide. Urban resistances range from everyday life insurgencies, through protests and riots, to urban social movements. These resistances request planning systems to stop the invention and authorization of particular traditions, histories, meanings, identities, landscapes, and lifestyles in their cities. Instead, planning systems ought to work through new kinds of institutional arrangements and urban policies that are not only sensitive to the local context but also responsive to the diverse cultural and social identities in a city based on social and environmental justice, wellbeing and quality of life, and coexistence and equal representation. 

This year the conference will be hosted by the Urban Heritage Cluster of Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 10-13 March 2014. Young scholars - PhDs, Postdoctors and early career researchers - are invited to submit their contributions to Cities that Talk.

The confernce is free of charge for Young Academics.

Warmly welcome!

AESOP Young Academics Network is proud to announce the 8th annual Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, 10 – 13th March, 2014: Cities that Talk. The conference theme responds to the contemporary phenomena of urban resistances that have significantly challenged traditional practices of urban planning worldwide. Urban resistances range from everyday life insurgencies, through protests and riots, to urban social movements. These resistances request planning systems to stop the invention and authorization of particular traditions, histories, meanings, identities, landscapes, and lifestyles in their cities. Instead, planning systems ought to work through new kinds of institutional arrangements and urban policies that are not only sensitive to the local context but also responsive to the diverse cultural and social identities in a city based on social and environmental justice, wellbeing and quality of life, and coexistence and equal representation. 
  • March 10, 2014 - March 13, 2014