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.

Call for papers – Smart Cities and Mobility as a Service

In the first stage, contributions to the Conference will include:

  • Abstracts, up to 250 words, for independent review.

Conference languages:  English, Greek.

Abstract submissions will be received electronically via EasyChair The Conference System until May 23, 2017. More information here.

In order to proceed with the submission of your abstract, please follow the link

PlaNext – AESOP Young Academics Network

Please send your full manuscript to, titled with “Open Call 2017”. All manuscripts are to be submitted in English and should not exceed 8.000 words, including references, footnotes and endnotes.

Deadline: Contributions for this open call should be submitted by 30th May 2017.

Further information and guidelines for authors.

Deadline International Metropolis Conference 2017

The International Metropolis Conference 2017 is happy to be able to extend the deadline for proposals for workshops and individual papers for the next International Metropolis conference 2017 which will take place in the City of The Hague from September 18-22.

New deadline: 20th May 2017 by using the conference website:

Call for papers – Planet

Please send your full manuscript to, titled with “Open Call 2017”. All manuscripts are to be submitted in English and should not exceed 8.000 words, including references, footnotes and endnotes. Please download the full author guidelines from our website (

Contributions for this open call should be submitted by 30th May 2017

Mad City – International happening of urban planning

This is an event for urban planners by urban planners.

Main themes of the happening:

  • Shared mobility and driverless cars: preparing the infrastructure for upcoming technologies
  • Public madness: how to build meaningful engagement of society in development processes
  • Impacts of recreational marijuana legalization: adjustment to ambiguous waves of change
  • The tools of future planner: technological tools and legal document creation for future technologies

Further information and registration here.