The YA blog: call for contributors and moderators

The YA blog: call for contributors and moderators image

At the 8th AESOP-YA conference Cities that Talk that will take place in Gothenburg, 10-13 March 2014, we will launch a collaborative blog open to contributions from members of the network and people interested in planning research and practice in the broader sense: early-stage researchers, students, activists, practitioners. The blog will be a “quasi-academic” tool, a platform for exchange of “ideas” and debate on thematic areas within the field of planning and other related disciplines.


The idea of the blog was born around YA’s concern to work towards new outreach and dissemination approaches, which would be able to expand the “impact” of research outside the academia.


The YA is looking forward for building a team of collaborators willing to contribute on a regular basis (i.e. weekly/bimonthly posts) and/or to support the administration and moderation of the blog.


If you are an early-stage researcher, PhD student, practitioner, or activist, if you consider that joining the YA network could be both a contribution towards an academia more connected with the “real world out there” and an opportunity for you to engage in academic debates, don’t hesitate to contact Simone Tulumello (a Coordination Team member of the YA) at


Looking forward for hearing from you!


Main thematic areas of the blog will be: (open list subject to debate and integration):

  • Methodology and ethics: innovative methodological developments and tools; debates about methodological burdens;
  • Dissemination, outreach, communication: considerations on the instruments used by academics and practitioners for disseminating their work; potentialities of web-based tools for outreach; debates about research evaluation and impact;
  • Planning, city, and society: covering of urban social movements or protests; reflections on the role of planner in the “real world”; …
  • Sustainability: debates about the role of planning and planner in building sustainable cities/communities; covering of situations of environmental threat;
  • Heritage and Planning: issues that link heritage with planning include identity politics, sense of place, exclusion-inclusion of views and desires, debates on new knowledge and interpretations of the past in planning process in the future.