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12th AESOP Young Academics Conference Groningen 2018: Navigating Change

Published at: 19 September 2017

“Within a changing and increasingly complex society, how can we ‘make sense’ 
of what is happening and plan for the future”? (Allmendinger, 2002)

Navigating Change
Planning for societal and spatial transformations
12th AESOP YA Conference – Groningen, The Netherlands – 26-29th March 2018

AESOP Annual Congress 2018 – Call for Early Career Co-Chairs

Published at: 18 September 2017

The next AESOP Annual Congress will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden from 10-14 July 2018, with an overarching theme of ‘Making Space for Hope’.  We are happy to announce that this year an early career scholar will be appointed as a Co-Chair within each of the various tracks. 

Call for Editor in Chief of YA Blog

Published at: 29 August 2017

We are happy to announce your opportunity to become the editor in chief of our Young Academics blog. The YA Coordination Team is seeking to appoint a new editor starting 1 November 2017 for a duration of 2 years. Please apply until 30 September by e-mailing your documents to yamail@aesop-youngacademics.net. We kindly ask you for providing a CV and a letter of motivation. Preference will be given to candidates, who have been involved in YA activities in recent years and/or have previous experience in managing and/or writing a blog.   

MAPS LED research project

Published at: 9 September 2016

Full message: http://www.salford.ac.uk/built-environment/research/postgraduate-research/phd-opportunities/maps-led-research-project 
Opportunity for supporting field work in the USA for SoBE PhD students on the MAPS LED research project  

The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) at the University of Salford is offering financial support to PhD students in order to allow them to carry out field work in the USA (Boston, Massachusetts, San Diego, California) associated with theMultidisciplinary Approach to Planning of Specialization Strategies (S3) to enhance Local Economic Development (MAPS-LED) research programme (for further details click here) .

PhD students can either be already enrolled in a SoBE PhD programme for no longer than 1 year as at 1st April 2017, or in the process of applying for a position as a PhD student at the SoBE through the ordinary process, latest entry point 1st October 2016. Guidance on how to apply can be found here

Priority in the selection of successful candidates will be given to new applicants, provided that the research topic meets the requirements of this call.  

AESOP Young Academics


The AESOP YA network is an AESOP working group in particular addressed at planners who have only recently entered the academic world: PhD students, postdocs, people starting in academic positions. The activities of the AESOP YA network are complementary to other activities that are being deployed within AESOP as a whole.

Make AESOP a challenging environment for young academics

Form a network of young academics within AESOP

Initiate activities for young academics

Make the AESOP congress more attractive for young academics

Open up the structure of AESOP to better encourage young academic involvement

Ensure that attention is paid to the particular wishes and needs of young academics in the activities of AESOP

Use the opportunities offered by the Internet to make the organization more accessible and interactive, and to disseminate useful information.

The YA Network is organized by a Coordination Team (CT) of five elected members. One person from the CT represents the YA network in the AESOP Executive Committee.

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plaNext–Next Generation Planning is an international peer-reviewed open access e-journal.

The young academics network of AESOP founded plaNext to provide prospective authors an opportunity to engage their ideas in international planning debates as well as make their research available to the wider planning audience.