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Call for YA-Author: Series C in collaboration with Prof. A. Balducci

Call for YA-Author: Series C in collaboration with Prof. A. Balducci
Conversations In Planning Editorial is pleased to invite young academics, PhD students, post-docs and early career researchers to submit proposals for a

series C booklet which is titled 'Place Matters in Planning Practice'. The booklet will be developed in collaboration with Prof. Alessandro Balducci

Series C aims to discuss urban planning projects and case  studies through conversations with researchers, planners and practitioners. In elaborating on their  experiences, focus is placed on the process of institutional design through which spatial interventions have taken place, exploring the practicalities, as well as societal and physical impacts  of the respective project(s). This series thus reflects on relevant issues for contemporary development  and the role that planning fulfills in practice, covering a broad range of topics including the provision of  housing, basic services and infrastructure, and engaging with empirical experiences of inclusive  development, civic engagement, and the promotion of well-being and sustainability. Furthermore, this  series reflects on the actors involved, both governmental and non-governmental, and seeks to explore the  impact of planning policy and local contextual specificities on the realization of interventions.

Descriptive proposals of 1-2 pages should be submitted for consideration to the series editors, Giusy Pappalardo ( and Nicholas Kasang ( Proposals that demonstrate the relationship between planning theory and its application in practice, as well as a comprehensive appraisal of the complex interaction between diverse sectors and actors, are encouraged to apply. Proposals will be selected based on their contemporary relevance and their capacity to advance the understanding of planning theory in practice.

Deadline: February 28th, 2017

Proposals for the Series are to be delivered to series co-editors Giusy Pappalardo and Nicholas Kasang at ( by February 28th, 2017, 00:00 Central European Time. Delivery of the first script is scheduled for September 30th, 2017. Authors are required to follow the stipulations of AESOP’s review policy and cooperate with the editors to refine a final manuscript for publication. Further questions or requests for information concerning Conversations in Planning Practice can be directed to the series editors.

Editor-in Chief: 
Mona Abdelwahab: 
Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Egypt; Newcastle University, UK; 
Email: (

Series C Co-editors:
Giusy Pappalardo: University of Catania, Italy; 
Nicholas Kasang: SUM Consult, Wiesbaden, Germany;

We look forward to receiving your proposals! 
On behalf of AESOP YA Conversations in Planning Team

  • February 23, 2017

AESOP Young Academics sessions at the Urban Thinker Campus 2015, Palermo, October 08-10

AESOP Young Academics sessions at the Urban Thinker Campus 2015, Palermo, October 08-10
Dear YA members,
we are really happy to announce our participation to the Urban Thinker Campus (an initiative of UN-Habitat) that will be held in Palermo during October 2015, and organised by the no-profit civic start-up PUSH (

Please check the event’s website for all details at

The YA network will organise 2 tracks for critical debate around the overarching theme ‘City as a service’, and especiallyt he technological dimension of urban governance, management, and cohabitation. Proposals for presentation, in the form of abstracts shall be submitted to by July 31, 2015.

Please find attached the full call.

All the best,

the YA Coordination Team

  • July 1, 2015

plaNext #2 - open call for papers

plaNext #2 - open call for papers

The international journal plaNext is proud to launch an open call for full paper contributions from researchers and practitioners in planning and other related fields of research.


plaNext ( is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal publishing high-quality and original research, managed by AESOP’s Young Academics Network. The fundamental approach taken by plaNext is to provide prospective authors with an opportunity to engage their ideas in international debates through a guided peer-review process that encourages a supportive environment to authors, ensuring constructive feedback for the improvement of papers. Furthermore, plaNext fully promotes open-access academia, which includes a fully open review system where reviewers receive full credit for the work that they do and are thus also fully accountable for all feedback provided to authors.

As an interdisciplinary publication, plaNext invites authors to submit original materials that include empirical research, theoretical discussions, innovative methodologies, case studies or book reviews on selected books, textbooks, or specific topics related to planning.

All manuscripts published in plaNext are published open access and are thus freely and permanently available on the InPlanning digital platform ( via which all plaNext volumes are digitally published. Published manuscripts are thus freely and permanently available to the general public for comments and discussions.


Please send your full manuscript to All manuscripts are to be submitted in English and should not exceed 8.000 words, including references, footnotes and endnotes. Please find the author guidelines attached from our website (


Contributions for this open call should be submitted by 30th April 2015.


Once received, your paper will be forwarded by the plaNext editorial board to 2-3 independent referees for review. We encourage authors to suggest referees to review their manuscripts, as this can significantly speed up the review process. Please include the fully names, current position and contact details for suggested referees with your submission. It is not appropriate to nominate individuals that have had any input into your submitted manuscript or any recent collaboration with the primary author(s) of the manuscript.

This open call is for the second volume of plaNext. The first special edition of plaNext “Cities that Talk” includes selected manuscripts from the 8th AESOP-YA Conference, which took place at the University of Gothenburg 10-13th March 2014. This first edition will be launched at the 9th YA Conference to be held in Palermo in March 2015.


We look forward to receiving your manuscript.

plaNext Editorial Board



  • February 5, 2015

CfP: AESOP YA IX Conference, March 23-26, 2015

CfP: AESOP YA IX Conference, March 23-26, 2015
Dear YA members,
the CfP for the IX conference of the YA network, Differences is Connection is out!
Please find it below or attached.
Best wishes,
the YA Coordination Team

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.


Conference website


For further information, please mail the organizers at

 AESOP Young Academics Network is proud to announce the 9th annual Conference in Palermo, Italy, March 23-26, 2015: Differences and Connections: Beyond Universal Theories in Planning, Urban Studies, and Heritage Studies will be hosted by the University of Palermo, Polytechnic School.

 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. The conference will also host the presentation of the Festschrift for Patsy Healey edited by Jean Hillier and Jonathan Metzger. The creation of a joint event will create the room for a lively debate between the participants to the conference and one of the most emblematic figures of contemporary planning.


Keynote speakers

 Patsy Healey (Newcastle University).

Jean Hillier (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

Cornelius Holtorf (Linnaeus University, Kalmar).

Laura Saija (University of Catania).

Leonie Sandercock (University of British Columbia).


Theme of the conference


The conference invites inter-/multi-disciplinary contributions that present empirical research and/or theoretical discussions and building that explore the ways universal theories in Planning, Urban and Heritage Studies have shaped planning approaches worldwide as well as advance discussions on how to go beyond such universality by exploring dimensions of differences and connections in-between different (geographic, theoretical, institutional, mental) contexts in the European and global arena of cities.

(More details here).


The conference will offer four thematic areas (more details here). 

  1. . Dialogues between planning theory and research, critical urban theories, human and cultural geography, critical heritage studies, and beyond.

 Contributors are invited to explore the borders of disciplines, and going beyond them, offering methodological, epistemological, and empirical reflections on how different theoretical foundations may collaborate for renovating scholarship and practice. 

  1. . Comparative studies, de-parochialising theories.

 Papers on this thematic area are invited to explore horizontal connections between urban contexts, planning systems and cultures, and vertical relations between global trends and local responses, and go beyond, looking at the connections between planning, governance, institutional arrangements, grass-root action. Especially welcome are comparative contributions able to put into debate historical divides at the global, regional, national, local level, and question mainstream theories’ Western-centric gist. 

  1. Heritage and the politics of local-global divide

 In this session, contributions are invited to advance dialogues on how planning and heritage ought to promote a more democratic approach that goes beyond Western-centricity of heritage and the continuously expanding local-global divide. 

  1. Local effects and answers, making sense of European differences and connections.

 We invite contributors to look at the space of local effects of, and answer to, the crisis, both within and outside Europe, and actual (or potential) fruitful contaminations that international networks of local action may generate.


Important dates


  • November 1, 2014: abstract submission deadline;
  • December 15, 2014: notification of acceptance;
  • January 31, 2015: full paper submission deadline.


Submission guidelines and registration

 The conference is free of charge and open to Members of the AESOP Young Academics Network. Register today to the network, it is free.

 About forty abstracts will be selected for presentation in the conference. The selection will be based on the topics covered and the general quality of the written abstract. Although priority will be given to students enrolled in AESOP’s member schools of planning during the selection process, seats will be reserved for papers from countries outside the European Union.  A wide geographical distribution and equality of gender through participants will be guaranteed.

 PLEASE NOTE: multi-authored papers are welcome, but all authors must be young academics – i.e. students, PhD students, post-docs, early-stage career researchers with no permanent position –, young activists or practitioners.



- Length: 500 words max (plus references).

- Content: outline the aim of research, problem, methodology, expected contribution and key references (max 5).

- Formats: the abstracts shall be submitted on .doc/.docx/.rtf format, without embedded images (if you wish to add an image, please upload it on an image hosting service and add a link).

- Submission: mail your abstract to

 Please submit your Abstract before 1st November 2014. Response on abstract submissions will be provided by 15th December 2013. The successful contributors will be asked to provide a full version of their paper (around 6.000 words) by 31st January 2015.


Best Conference Paper Prize

 As a tradition in AESOP Young Academics Network conferences, each year one paper is awarded the conference best paper prize by an international journal.


 For further information:

Conference website

YA website

Mail the organizers at

  • October 8, 2014