AESOP Best Published Paper Award 2016

Published at: 13 July 2016

AESOP Best Published Paper Award 2016


14 papers were nominated by journal editors. Out of these, a shortlist of 5 papers was selected by the Award Committee.

The final short list comprises the following articles:

Andre Sorensen: Taking path dependence seriously: an historical institutionalist research agenda in planning history in: Planning Perspectives, 30 (1) 2015; 17–38

Mendel Giezen, Luca Bertolini & Willem Salet
: Adaptive Capacity Within a Mega Project: A Case Study on Planning and Decision-Making in the Face of Complexity in: European Planning Studies, 23 (5) 2015; 999–1018

Judith Innes & David Booher: A turning point for planning theory? Overcoming dividing discourses in: Planning Theory, 14 (2) 2015; 195–213

Howell Baum: Planning with half a mind: Why planners resist emotion in: Planning Theory & Practice, 16 (4) 2015; 498–516

Mihalis Kavaratsis & Greg Ashworth: Hijacking culture: the disconnection between place culture and place brands in Town Planning Review, 86 (2) 2015; 155–176


We are pleased to announce that this year's Best Published Paper Award went to

Andre Sorensen

for the paper

Taking path dependence seriously: an historical institutionalist research agenda in planning history

published in

Planning Perspectives


According to the Award Committee:

"Andre Sorensen’s paper

  • outlines an historical institutionalist research agenda for planning history;
  • highlights the pitfalls of planning history, in particular its weak theoretical grounding;
  • proposes an attentive analysis of the moments when new policies and approaches are established – the “critical junctures”;
  • recommends to investigate urban continuities and changes in a comparative examination including key actors, main policy choices and long-run impacts.

The Committee is certain that Andre Sorensen’s paper contributes to a richer understanding of Planning."


The link to the paper is kindly provided by the journal.

On behalf of the AESOP Community, we would like to congratulate the author and to thank Karina Pallagst (Chair) and the whole Award Committee for all their work and commitment in selecting the papers.

Categorized as : Best Published Paper Prize