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.

Call for Abstracts: UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2017

Queen’s University is delighted to announce the 2017 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference. The theme of the conference, Transcending Boundaries: Global Flows and Spatial Justice, will provide an arena in which to discuss contemporary planning issues and the prospects of the planning profession in the 21st century.

Deadline for paper and posters: 28th April 2017

Roundtables and other special sessions: Deadline 26th May 2017

Early Registration – Greater and Greener 2017

Learn about the latest innovations and international trends in urban park development, revitalization, programming and funding from park leaders and practitioners in government, advocacy, and business sectors. Greater & Greener has more than 80 sessions offering a firsthand look at the power of city parks as critical infrastructure for their communities.

Further information

Deadline early Registration Rates: March 31st

EURA – LOGOPOL Summer School in Florence

EURA invites PhD candidates (EURA members) to submit papers and participate in the joined EURA – LOGOPOL Summer School that will take place in Florence in June 2017 (12 – 17). The local host is the University of Florence, Institute of Political Science (Prof. Annick Magnier, Prof. Andrea Lippi) with the kind support of the Municipality of Florence. The title is: Renaissance of Local Government.

Further information.

EURA president – Call for application

The European Urban Research Association (EURA) is seeking to elect a new president for the legislative period 2017 – 2021. The new president will be elected in the General Assembly meeting at the EURA conference 2017 in Warsaw (21-24 June).

More information and required skills.