Blog posts of 2019

2019 - 2020 Plans

Published at: 18 July 2019

On behalf of Artur R. Pires and myself – as coordinators for the TG Planning education – a huge thank you for the keen interest and enthusiasm in regards to the Planning Education Thematic Group.

We had two short lunchtime meetings during the 2019 AESOP congress (9-13 July) which were filled with wonderfully lively dialogue and discussion. It was fantastic to feel the energy amongst the group members attending. 

Over the next year we want to progress the ideas proposed at the meetings.

Annual Report for 2018

Published at: 17 July 2019

Annual Report for 2018
Organized by Stefania Ragozino, Burcu Yigit Turan, and Mohamed Saleh, in collaboration with further TG members
During 2018, the group was coordinated by Gabriella Esposito De Vita and Ceren Sezer

18th meeting: Games for Cities

Published at: 24 April 2019

Games for Cities: Building synergies between games, complexity, simulation, planning and design
7-8 November, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The 18th meeting of our Thematic Group aspires to provide platform where interdisciplinary crossovers among policy-making, games, urban design, simulation, analytical models and other digital technologies can harness urban complexity by interlocking theory and practice in planning.

The diversity in city games is growing and we welcome it into the meeting. We encourage theoretical, methodological and case-study papers that:

  • showcase how games can promote future cities,
  • analyse critical conditions for successful application of games
  • evaluate how games can provide grip on the intrinsic complex nature of cities.

Prof. Juval Portugali, amongst others know from his books on Complexity, Cognition and Cities, will deliver a keynote speech. 

You are invited to joint this meeting and to submit an abstract. Abstract should be no longer than 500 words and address one of the above mentioned themes. Submission can be done here and the deadline 20th of July 2019

Do not hestitate to distribute this call for abstracts in your network.


-   Deadline for submitting abstracts: 20 of July 2019

-   Notification acceptance of abstracts: 15 of August 2019

-   Deadline submitting full papers: 15 of October 2019

Spatial Strategies at the Land-Sea Interface: Rethinking Maritime Spatial Planning - Call for papers is open!

Published at: 18 March 2019

Spatial Strategies at the Land-Sea Interface: Rethinking Maritime Spatial Planning

11-13th September 2019, University of Hamburg, Institute for Geography


To contribute a paper please a submit a proposed title and an abstract of max. 400 words to Dr. Cormac Walsh at by 15.07.2019. We intend to publish a selection of papers from this work in the form of a journal special issue. Further details will be provided at a later date.

To register for this workshop (required should you wish to present a paper or not), please email Sarah Topfstädt at with your name, affiliation and any special dietary requirements. The deadline for registration is 15.07.2019. Please note that places are limited and preference may be given to those who are actively engaged with the specific topic of the workshop in their own research / practice. There is no registration fee. We may be in a position to subsidise travel costs for early career researchers who will present a paper and do not have access travel funding. Do let us know if this applies to you.

Call for Papers AESOP 2019

Published at: 15 January 2019

Dear Colleagues,
Kind reminder that the deadline for abstract submission has been extended.
Join our track >> 8_Transition paths and urban futures

Peter Ache