Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN)
AESOP is one of the nine planning schools associations that currently form the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN). GPEAN was established in the wake of the first World Planning Schools Congress in 2001 in Shanghai. Leaders of ten (The Indonesian Planning Association did sign the original Shanghai statement but did not ratify the GPEAN charter in 2003. The charter was only endorsed by 9 organisations) regionally operating planning schools association agreed to put in place structures that would help facilitate greater communication and cooperation amongst these organisations signing a statement now known as Shanghai Statement. This statement was subsequently endorsed by the following nine associations in a formal manner.
AESOP has had a leadership role in establishing the Network and throughout its 10 year history. For example, GPEAN first met as a network in Volos Greece in July 2002 in conjunction with the AESOP Congress and the networks charter was ratified in 2003 by the presidents of the nine member organisations.
Subsequently GPEAN has organised 2 further World Planning Schools Congresses (Mexico 2006; Perth 2011) and has initiated a number of international projects and activities that are aimed at improving planning education and the visibility of the planning profession.
One of GPEANs activities is the compilation of the Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning book series which features seminal articles published by members from the nine planning schools associations. The network is currently working on the fifth book of the series.
Another project was the development of a world-wide inventory of planning schools and courses which led to a chapter and evaluation of the status of planning education provision in the 2009 Global Report on Human Settlements by UN Habitat: Planning for Sustainable Cities (Earthscan, chapter 10).