Best Paper Prizes : AESOP YA Best Paper Prizes

The YA Network awards two best paper prizes in collaboration with international journals annually: 
i) the YA conference Best Paper Prize (launched in 2009) and
ii) the YA Best Paper Prize at the AESOP congress (launched in 2013).

YA Conference Best Paper Prize

YA Conference Best Paper Prize
2019, Urban Design and Planning
Chan, Elton “Public Space as Commodity Social Production of the Hong Kong Waterfront”
Caramaschi, Sara “Reclaiming Organizing and Maintaining Temporary Places in San Francisco, California. Commoning in the Midst of Changing Urban Environments.”
Eligue, John Ceffrey “Meanings of Home and Sense of Community among Smokey Mountain Development and Resettlement Project (SMDRP) Residents”

2018, disP – The Planning Review & PlaNext
Delphine “MEGAPROJECTS - AN ANATOMY OF PERCEPTION Residents' Perceptions of Megaprojects: The Case of Suramadu, Indonesia”
Matoga, Agnes “Deconstructing temporary use. A tool between bottom up and top down urbanism within a changing planning culture?”

2017, DiSP - The Planning Review & PlaNext
Matoga, Agnes , How media shape the perception of temporary uses. A qualitative media analysis on vacancy and temporary uses in Vienna
Chen, Xueying, Deconstructing Chinese entrepreneurialism in urban regeneration programmes: A case study in Shanghai and Hangzhou
Luque-Martin, Irene & Izquierdo-Cubero, Jorge, Developing a planning support system towards a collaborative planning practice 
Guadalupi, Camilla, Professionals of the unplanned - An emerging expertise

2016, Journal of European Planning Studies
Babelon, Ian, "Engaging with the Virtual City: PPGIS, 3D Models and Spatial Governance".

2015, Urban Research and Practice
Ludwig, Carol, "From Bricks and Mortar to Social Meanings: Epistemology and Heritage Designation in England".
Melgaço, Lorena Silva Marques, "Spatial Practices in Socio-technological Peripheries: The Case of Rurban Communities in Brazil".

2014, Urban Research and Practice

Garcia Lamarca, Melissa, “From Occupying Plazas to Recuperating Housing: Insurgent Practices in Spain”.

2013, Journal of Rural Studies

Wang, Zheng, “Exploring the Social Resilience of Chinese Cities through the Case of Integrating Rural Migrants into the Urban Society”.


2012, Urban Research and Practice

Hammami, Feras, “Legitimation of Interventions in Historic City Areas: The case of the Well–preserved Ystad”, (published ahead of print 27 May 2015).


2010, Planning Theory and Practice

Hammami, Feras, “Cultural Conservation Under Occupation Conflictual Powers and Meanings” (published on vol. 13, n. 2, 2012);


2009, Town Planning Review

Hopkins, Diane, “The Emancipatory Limits of Participation in Planning: Equity and Power in Deliberative Plan-making in Perth, Western Australia” (published on vol. 81, n. 1, 2010).


AESOP Congress YA Best Paper Prize

Sponsored by the Journal of Urban Design and Planning


Machiels, Thomas “The role of uncertainties in the decision-making process of the ‘New Sea Lock’ megaproject in the port of Zeebrugge” (Best Paper Prize)

Sept, Ariane “Digitalization and social innovation: side by side in rural areas” (runner-up)


Matoga, Agnes “Governance of Temporary Use” (Best Paper Prize) 

Delphine “RUN IN PLACE. Conflicting Images in the Place Making of Tangerang LIVE 2020” 

Li Zhuo “Effects of Collecting Social Stock as Public Housing: An Empirical Study in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province” 


Doyle, Aoife, "Urban Resilience in a Post-Crisis Context - The Regeneration of the Dublin Docklands" (Best Paper Prize, published ahead of print).

Xue, Jin, "Eco-city Planning Conditioned by Growth Ideology: The Case of Copenhagen" (runner-up).

Jones, Edward, "Planning for the Tech City: Economic Imaginaries in Post-recession London" (runner-up).

Sanli, Tugce, Crafting Tools of Planning Practice and Pseudo-participation: Hegemonic Power Relations in Decision Making Process of Urban Development in Turkey" (mention).


Katapidi, Ioanna, “Perceiving Heritage: The case of Greek Traditional Settlements” (Best Paper prize, published on vol. 168, n. 5, 2015).

Shevah, Dana, “Planning and Community in a Complex/Involved/Tangled Space” (first runner-up, published on vol. 168, n. 5, 2015).

Durrant, Daniel, “‘Why does it have to go so bloody fast?’ Speed as a problematic feature of High Speed Rail” (second runner up, published on vol. 168, n. 5, 2015).

Khoshnood, Sahar, “A Discussion on the Share of Intangible Qualities in City's Transformation” (special mention for short paper).



 De Boer, Jessica and Zuidema, Christian, “Towards an Integrated Energy Landscape” (Best Paper prize, published on vol. 168, n. 5, 2015).

Smith, Kari, “The information imperative: exploring information’s role in urban and community resilience” (runner-up).