Planning Thought Award for Early Career Planning Researchers

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The Editors of The Evolution of Planning Thought Project

with the support of the Vienna University of Technology(Austria)

and in collaboration with the Journal Planning Theory and Practice

are pleased to announce the

PLANNING THOUGHT AWARD dedicated to early career planning scholars

The Evolution of Planning Thought Project

Beatrix Haselsberger is leading a team currently assembling a new volume entitled

“The Future of Planning: Personal Stories in the Evolution of Planning Thought”.

The book provides a comprehensive overview of the transformation of the planning discipline from its early days in the 1960s until the current period, drawing from personal accounts of various academic planning pioneers, whose thinking and writings have provided the intellectual ferment for the development of the academic discipline of planning around the globe. Beyond mere retrospective, the book seeks to setting out a challenging agenda for planning theory, research and institutional practice into the future. Therefore, individual stories of internationally known planning scholars are used as the base for an inter-generational dialogue focusing on current and future generations needs and interests, and how they relate key past lessons. The book is edited by early career academics who are representing the voice and interests of future planning generations in this dialogue, and who challenge their authors to come up with messages that have a resonance, interest and value for the future.

The book authors are (in alphabetical order): Louis Albrechts, Rachelle Alterman, Michael Batty, Andreas Faludi, John Forester, John Friedmann, Cliff Hague, Peter Hall, Patsy Healey, Charles Hoch, Judith Innes, Klaus Kunzmann, Peter Marcuse, Luigi Mazza, Barrie Needham, Gerhard Schimak.

The Planning Thought Award

Four early career planning scholars are sought for the Planning Thought Award.  These Award Winners will be invited to participate in the main event of the “The Evolution of Planning Thought” Project.

As recipient of the award, you will actively participate in a week‑long intensive symposium involving project participants in Vienna (May 19-24, 2014). Recipients will:

-        (before the Vienna event) read and review four book chapters;

-        (at the Vienna event) conduct face-to-face interviews with the respective authors

(time slots are provided);

-        (after the Vienna event) contribute to an Interface article to be published in the journal Planning Theory and Practice.

Reimbursement for travel and accommodation costs will be provided to a maximum of €750 for each award winner (reimbursement criteria apply). Further information will be available via our website: (from March 1st 2014).

The award also includes:

-        a 1 year free journal subscription of the journal Planning Theory and Practice;

-        a personal copy of the book “The Future of Planning: Personal Stories in the Evolution of Planning Thought”.

How to apply

The following three documents should be submitted to Laura Saija (via: by March 10th, 2014:

A) Motivation letter (max. 500 words in length) highlighting:

-         Why you think your participation is valuable for “The Evolution of Planning Thought”Project;

-         Why the award fits your personal interests and how it will contribute to your career plans.

B) Academic curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages):

-         Personal information, address(es) and website

-         Main areas of research

-         Description of academic career and positions held to date (including brief explanations of career breaks)

-         (if applicable) Activity and esteem indicators (max 5 per category):

-         invitations to present at scientific conferences;

-         academic prizes/awards received;

-         peer review activities, editorships and/or memberships in academic organisations

-         (where applicable) Names and institutions of key international cooperation partners in the last 5 years.

C) Publication list:

-         List of all scientific publications of the last 5 years

-         Separate listing of the 10 most important scientific publications in the researcher's entire career to date.



Submission Deadline: March, 10th, 2014(10pm CET)

Notification of Award Winners: March, 31st, 2014


For further information or for queries, contact Laura Saija ( or

Beatrix Haselsberger (


The Editors of The Evolution of Planning Thought Project

Beatrix Haselsberger, Laura Saija, Paul Benneworth, Julie Porter