New AESOP President: Prof. Dr. Gert de Roo

Published at: 3 July 2011

Professor Gert de Roo (1963) is full professor in Spatial Planning and Head of the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is responsible for a Bachelor programme on Technical Planning, the Master Environmental & Infrastructure Planning and the Master Spatial Planning at the University of Groningen. The main parts of his research focuses on the development of decision-making models supporting choices concerning interventions within the physical environment, on relating complexity thinking and planning theory, and on managing transitions of space. His latest book is on complexity and planning, titled A Planner’s Encounter with Complexity. De Roo is also responsible for three programmes in Spatial Planning (one Bachelor and two Masters) at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. De Roo participates in various national and international associations and organisations, all of them having in common the physical environment, quality of life, sustainability and urban development. Among others, he has been Secretary General of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), and still is the coordinator of the AESOP Thematic Group on Complexity & Planning. His also was co-chair of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association (UPE). De Roo is editor of the Ashgate Publishing Series on Urban Planning and Environment, the Ashgate Publishing Series on Planning Theory, and is the founder of the SDU series on spatial planning.

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