Conferences of year 2015

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