Call for Papers – 2017 Global Cities Forum

To better promote the idea of sustainable and innovative on development, to deliver and achieve the shared goal of “Better City, Better Life”, and to build an international platform of urban governance studies, the Development Research Center of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and the World Bank will jointly host the 2017 Global Cities Forum between October 28–30, 2017, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University with the theme of “Global City, Smart Governance”.

Further conference information, topics, important information concerning the proposal and all important dates.

Deadline Abstract: 30th of July

Deadline full paper submission: 15th of October

EURA General Assembly elected the new EURA president

The new President of EURA is Valeria Fedeli from the Milan Polytecnic. Valeria Fedeli is Associate Professor at DASTU at Milan Polytecnic and Jean Monnet Professor for EU Urban Policy. She served as a board member for six years and was part oft he organizing team of the EURA conference 2008 in Milan.

Winner of the Young Scholar Award

The committee decided to award two papers authored by emerging scholars. The highest award was given to Victor Osei Kwadwoa and Tatiana Skripka from the Maastricht School of Governance. The title of the paper is „Metropolitan Governance Cooperation and CO2 Transport Emission: A Three-Level Hierarchical Linear Model Analysis“

The recipient of the Young Scholar Award receives a € 1.000 travel grant.

Another young scholar award is given to Adrian Favero, a PhD candidate of the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. The title of the paper is: Political Attitudes among the urban Polish Youth: Assessing the role of the city on support for the European Union. The recipient receives a € 500 travel grant.

The travel grants will allow the winners to participate at the next UAA conference (April 2018 in Toronto) or the next EURA conference in Tilburg in 2018. Warm thanks to the award committee (Kristof Steyers, University of Ghent; Katarzyna Smigiel-Rawska, University of Warsaw; Karsten Zimmermann, TU Dortmund University).

Acknowledgement to the University of Warsaw

The EURA governing board would like thank our colleagues from the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies for hosting the EURA conference 2017. The conference was carefully organized and a great success. We also thank for the warm hospitality.

Supplement for Eura conference 2017

Dear Participants, Dear EURA-ers,

thank you very much for participating in our EURA Conference to Warsaw. We hope that
you had a good time here, on both academic and social dimension (special thanks for
those who joined us on a dance floor on Friday evening). We miss you already!

Personally, I was able to participate in some panels only (obviously, we had six
panels running in paralel, so it was impossbile to see them all) and I have to say
that I have liked most of the papers very much. So I have been very much satified
with an academic level of the Conference.

It was a hard job for us, but we also had a lot of fun and satisfaction related to
beeing with you during those few days.

And we really hope meeting you soon again on various occasions, and especially
during the next EURA meetings. Please do not forget about Tilburg 2018! And those
who have not done it yet, please consider joining EURA as institutional or
individual member (see

We had Warsaw EURA conference in 2006 and now in 2017. Perhaps it is time to think
about Warsaw 2028 conference? Please feel invited already!

With the best regards from Warsaw,

Pawel Swianiewicz and the whole organizing team.

P.S. Let me use this occasion to thank publicly once again to the organizing team
from my Department, which was coordinated by Kasia Szmigiel.

Acknowledgement to the University of Florence

Last week the annual Summer School was held in Florence in the wonderful Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The more than 20 participants from various European countries experienced an intense training week with lectures from distinguished scholars such as Hubert Heinelt, Luigi Bobbio and Sabine Kuhlmann. Our acknowledgement goes to Prof. Annick Magnier and Prof. Andrea Lippi from the Department of Political Science and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Florence. In addition the support of the Municipality of Florence and the Tuscan Unit of the Italian National Municipal Association is greatly appreciated. As in the last years, the Joint PhD Training School is a result of the cooperation between EURA and ECPR/LOGOPOL.

Coffee-Break Chats (EURA Conference 2017)

This year we have something new at the EURA Conference: Coffee-Break Chats.

Building on previous conference activities, the opportunity to explore publishing will be through coffee-break chats with experts.

Check out more information.


Extended deadline for the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2017

Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts to the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2017 has been extended to the 9th June.

The conference takes place in Belfast on 11th-13th September 2017, with keynote addresses by Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), Tore Sager (NTNU) and Fintan O’Toole (The Irish Times).

Further information.

Dortmund Conference on Spatial Planning and Planning Research 2018

The School of Spatial Planning and the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning cordially invite you to contribute to the next Dortmund Conference on the 5th and 6th of February 2018. The overall theme of the conference is:

              ‘The Great Transformation – Challenge and Opportunity for Spatial Planning‘.

The focus of the conference is for example on the following questions:

• How can urban neighbourhoods, cities and regions become engines of a socio-ecological transformation?

• Which structures, actors and processes does the Great Transformation require? And which are hindering this transformation?

• What could be entry points for initiating processes towards a more sustainable development?

• …and others…

Deadline: Please submit your abstract (max. 3,500 characters) until 30 June 2017 in the web portal, accessible on the conference website:

Please send proposals or concepts for the roundtables via e-mail to the following address:



Working Group Planning & Governing the Metropolis had a second successful meeting in Milan on 15th and 16th May

Since December 2016, the German Academy for Spatial Planning and Spatial Reserach (ARL) supports a Working Group on Planning & Governing the Metropolis. The initiative to launch this working group was taken by Karsten Zimmermann and Panos Getimis for two reasons. Firstly, it is characteristic that although several books have been produced during the last years on metropolitan governance issues presenting collections of case studies, there is no systematic comparison of factors that influence the institutional form of metropolitan governance, the success factors and the performance of metropolitan governance and especially the role of metropolitan planning. Secondly, there are new developments going on, at least in some of the EU countries. One example is Italy where a new type of jurisdiction (città metropolitana) has been introduced by a national law in 2014. Another example is France where the métropole as a new layer in the institutional fabric of the French state has been established. In both cases metropolitan regions are created as strategic sites for economic development, but also make the public sector more efficient in times of austerity policies.  There is a variety of institutional forms, planning practices and episodes manifested and experimented recently in the metropolitan regions of Europe, while there is a gap of knowledge about these, both in the scholarly debate and in the world of practitioners (policy makers, planers, politicians).
Members of the Working Group are: Christophe Demazière (University of Tours), John Harrison (Loughborough University), Valeria Fedeli (Milan Polytechnic), Daniel Galland (Aalborg University), Gina Giannakourou (University of Athens), Mark Tewdwr-Jones (University of Newcastle), Mariona Tomas (University of Barcelona), Peter Schmitt (Stockholm University), Zafer Sahin (Atilim University Ankara), Evelyn Gustedt (Academy of Spatial Planning and Spatial Research / ARL), Patricia Feiertag (TU Dortmund).
The hospitality of DASTU Milan Polytechnic is appreciated very much. The group also thanks ARL for generous support.