Planning and Complexity

Keynote Speakers

16th meeting: Adaptive Planning for Spatial Transformation

Michael Batty

Prof. Micheal Batty

Michael Batty (1945) is Professor in The Bartlett at University College London. He is Chairman—of the Centre for Advanced Spatial AnalysisHis research and the work of CASA is focused on computer models of city systems. He was awarded several prizes, amongst others the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 2015 and in 2016, the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). He also received the Senior Scholar Award of the Complex Systems Society in September 2016.

Some of his most recent books are The New Science of Cities ( 2013) and Agent Based Models of Geographical Systems ( 2012). He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. The work of his group can be seen on the CASA website

Jean Hillier
Prof. Jean Hillier
Jean Hillier is Emeritus Professor of Sustainability and Urban Planning at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. Her research interests include post structural planning theory and methodology for strategic practice in conditions of uncertainty, planning with non-human animals, and problematisation of cultural heritage practices in spatial planning.

Recent co-authored books include Connections: exploring contemporary planning theory and practice (2015) Deleuze and Guattari for Planners (2013); Complexity and Spatial Planning: Systems, Assemblages and Simulations (2012), the Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory: Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning (2010), Critical Essays in Planning Theory (2008) three volumes.

Juval Portugali
Prof. Juval Portugali

Juval Portugali is Professor of Human Geography at the Department of Geography and the Human Environment Tel Aviv University. He is the Head of the Environmental SimulationLaboratory (ESLab) and of the Environment, Society and Planning Graduate Program of Tel Aviv University. 

His research integrates complexity and self-organization theories, environmental-spatial cognition, urban dynamics and planning in modern and ancient periods. Some of his publications include Complexity, Cognition and the City (2011), Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age (2012) and Information in Cognition (2015).

Gert de Roo
Prof. Gert de Roo

Gert de Roo (1963) is full professor in Spatial Planning, Head of Department of the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, Editor in Chief of InPlanning and Past President of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). 

In his research De Roo takes the stand the world develops non-linear, is dynamic and is to be seen as 'complex'. He is amongst others co-author of the edited volumes 'Complexity and Spatial Planning: Systems, Assemblages and Simulations' (2012) and 'A Planners' Encounter with Complexity' (2010). De Roo is one of the founding fathers of AESOP's Thematic Group on Planning and Complexity.