Published at: 3 March 2013




Responses to global changes: new approaches to planning education


Teaching in the broad field of planning is one of the main activities of our member schools. Thus, in 2002, AESOP introduced a new prize which recognises and encourages Excellence in Teaching. Through this award, AESOP would like to celebrate and disseminate innovative practices in teaching to be found at our member schools. The broad aim of the prize is to stimulate the development of planning courses or groups of courses in order to better prepare students for their forthcoming practice and also to further educate practitioners.
European higher education is at a parlous moment in recent contemporary times, due to global changes at the economic, political and institutional level, and planning has to face several challenges for analogous reasons. These challenges can be considered a risk, a threat or an opportunity to rethink approaches to planning education. Consequently, this year the prize will look for planning courses which are distinguished for their responses to global changes in their pedagogy and new approaches to planning.
Global changes affect cities, regions, individuals and policies as well as education. The object of planning courses is influenced by the consequences of these global changes as well as the body of students and their universities. Migrations, plurality and differences, international cooperation or competition are at the base of contemporary city life as well as of higher education activities. Due to the nature of planning discipline, planning courses are affected by and consequently face these changes twice, as substantive themes as well as teaching processes themes.
The specific purpose of the prize is to promote and encourage planning schools to apply new pedagogy, theories and/or technologies/techniques in ways that enhance the pedagogy, knowledge and skills necessary for responding to new global changes in planning and in planning education. The award provides an important opportunity to disseminate effective practice and teaching quality amongst European schools.


The theme of 'Responses to Global Changes: New Approaches to Planning Education' is conceptualised broadly. The notion of globalisation is considered in a broad acceptation; responses to global changes in planning courses can be interpreted from different, plural perspectives either considering this issue a substantive theme or a teaching process theme. We expect that nominations represent an innovative, high quality, critical and constructive contribution to teaching, which inspires students and fosters curiosity, rigor, creativity, critical thinking.

Planning courses, or modules, or an integrated series of course or modules, of maximum length of two semesters can be nominated - BUT NOT A WHOLE PROGRAMME OF STUDY.
The nominated course(s) should:
  • Define the perspective which the course takes on the concept of 'responses to global changes in planning education';
  • Be taught in an innovative way and to high pedagogical standards;
  • Engage students in dealing innovatively with planning problems.

The criteria of innovation in assessing the courses has to be interpreted as the capacity of creating better or more effective products, processes, organizations, services, technologies or ideas in planning courses in order to face new global challenges.

Only AESOP member schools can be nominated for this prize. The course must have been successfully implemented for at least one year. Applicants can either be:
  • a planning school;
  • a planning department within a university; or
  • a group of teaching staff or an individual belonging to an AESOP Member school.
All the planning courses which face the issue of global changes as a substantivetheme as well as a teaching/learning process theme are eligible.
Young academics are warmly encouraged to apply.


Please, use the electronic application form available from the AESOP web site. All material must be submitted electronically.
Applications must be received by 10th of June 2013.
Applications must include a full description of the course or module, as it is described and structured in the 2013 application form.


A panel of six academics will judge the nominees. The panel will consist of AESOP members, including a representative from AESOP’s Young Academics Network.
The panel of judges will select and evaluate the applications, according to the following points:
  • How does the course face the challenge of global changes?
  • In what ways is the pedagogy of high quality?
  • Why and how is the nominated course/module and/or pedagogy innovative in developing new approaches to planning education?
  • How are students prepared in order to face global changes and challenges?
  • What difficulties were met in developing the course and/or pedagogy and how were they overcome?
  • How can the innovative elements of the course be reproduced and applied at other institutions?


A prize of €1000 will be presented to a representative of the winning programme during the annual AESOP congress.
The winner will be expected to make an audio-visual presentation of the programme at the subsequent year’s congress. He/she/they will also be expected to allow the programme to be presented on AESOP’s website. CEBE Transactions(http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/transactions/) and/or other journals will publish an article on the winning module(s).

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Applications start at: 03/03/2013
Applications end at: 11/06/2013