Planning and Complexity

Blog posts of 2016

15th meeting: Crossing over with Complexity: Co-evolution in Planning

Published at: 19 June 2016

Inspiring 2017 meeting at Ghent University!
April 12th-14th, 2017, city of Ghent, Belgium

Spatial planners and governance experts find inspiration in the Complexity Sciences for understanding the increasingly fuzzy and dynamic world in which they operate. During this meeting we explored in what way complexity enables planners to act in co-evolution with this ever-evolving world.

With co-evolution we refer to the continuous reconfiguration of actor-networks and/or systems as a consequence of continuous interactions between multiple actor-networks and/or systems. As became clear during the meeting, such co-evolutionary processes may involve spatio-functional configurations, actor-coalitions as well as institutional arrangements. Participants presented their ideas on strenthening the ability of planners to act in co-evolution with a multitude of domains and milieus as well as the opportunities to generate productive co-evolution between planning theory and practice.

A special contribution was made by keynote speaker prof. Robert Geyer. He gave a very enthousiastic and interdisciplinary talk on the potentials of the Complexity Sciences for organizational leaderschip and public management. Our sincere thanks goes to the  Department of Mobility and Spatial Planning (AMRP) at Ghent University, Belgium, and in particular to Dr. Beitske Boonstra and Dr. Barbara Tempels for organizing this interactive and inspiring event.