Keynote speakers and track chairs Differences and Connections: Beyond Universal Theories in Planning, Urban, and Heritage Studies

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Patsy Healey
is professor emeritus at Global Urban Research Unit in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. She has developed approaches to collaborative planning practices, linked to an institutionalist analysis of urban socio-spatial dynamics and urban governance. She is author of Collaborative planning: Shaping places in fragmented societies (2006) and co-editor of Crossing borders: International exchange and planning practices (2010).

Jean Hillier is professor emeritus of Sustainability and Urban Planning at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is particularly interested in questions of social justice, social exclusion and ethics, citizen participation in government decision-making. She is co-editor of Social innovation and territorial development (2011) and The Ashgate research companion to planning theory (2010).

Leonie Sandercock is full professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia. Her research interests include immigration, cultural diversity and integration; democracy, fear and the city, the importance of stories and storytelling in planning practice. She is author of Cosmopolis II: Mongrel Cities in the 21st Century (2003) and co-author of Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning (2010).

Laura Saija
is Marie Curie fellow at the Department of Architecture and Planning, University of Catania, and visiting professor, Graduate Division of City and Regional Planning, University of Memphis. Her work focuses on the way universities can play an active roles in enhancing democracy in long-term lagging regions, characterized by long-term power inequalities. In Catania she has collaborated with the establishment of the first Center for University Engagement in Southern Italy; in Memphis she has collaborated in a Participatory Action Research project aimed at revitalizing one of the most historic and distressed inner-city African American neighbourhoods.

Cornelius Holtorf is Professor of Archaeology and director of the programme in Heritage Studies at the Department of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Kalmar. He is interested in heritage values, communities, and issues of authenticity and materiality. He is co-author of The Oxford Companion to Archaeology (2012) and author of Archaeology is a Brand! The Meaning of Archaeology in Contemporary Popular Culture (2007).


Trach chairs, in addition to the five keynote speakers are:

Phillip Allmendinger is Professor of Land Economy and Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Cambridge.

John Friedmann is Honorary Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, and Professor Emeritus in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at UCLA.

Jonathan Metzger is Lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Studies of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Marco Picone is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Section City, Landscape, Territory of the University of Palermo.