16th meeting: Adaptive Planning for Spatial Transformation

16th meeting: Adaptive Planning for Spatial Transformation image
  • October 30, 2017
  • CfP

Supporting cities and regions in being responsive to opportunities and threats that are yet unknown is a key challenge for the discipline of planning. Planners look for ways to guide urban transformations on the one hand, and on the other to strengthen the adaptive capacity of cities and regions to unforeseen effects, consequences, and events. While planners and governance experts often indicate the importance of this tension, this conference contributes to the still rudimentary debate on how planning strategies can effectively assist in resolving this tension.

Framed within a Complexity Science perspective, academics and professionals are invited to:

  • DEVELOP analytical models and methods for mapping, comparing, simulating and evaluating, interactions between deliberate planning interventions and self-organised processes of change.
  • ANALYSE non-linear urban and regional transformations and emergent socio-spatial configurations.
  • IDENTIFY innovative and experimental planning strategies and projects that enable and constrain urban and regional adaptive evolution.
  • PROPOSE ways to resolve the tensions in urban and regional development frameworks between allowing for experimentation and securing equality, seizing opportunities and avoiding risks, and strengthening responsiveness and promoting desired change.

Contributions that are empirically grounded, whether based on qualitative methods, quantitative methods or mixed-methods, are particularly welcomed.

Set up of the conference

The workshop is hosted by the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The workshop will take place on May 23th-25th, 2018.

Next to a keynote, session presentations, and debates, it will also include a workshop on adaptive planning in Dutch planning practice. The conference will be free of charge.

Important dates

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 1st of November 2017
Date of notification of acceptance: 31st of November 2017
Deadline for submitting full papers: 15th of April 2018

Abstract submissions (see guidelines) can be emailed to