ACSP-AESOP Special Session: Morsels of hope: Migration and urban planning

Published at: 14 November 2018

ACSP-AESOP Special Session

Morsels of hope: Migration and urban planning

Co-Chairs: Gerardo F. Sandoval (Conference Chair, ACSP), Weiping Wu (President, ACSP) and Ben Davy (President, AESOP)

Venice (Italy) and Greenville (South Carolina, U.S.A.)

Migration is drastically changing the demographic make-up of cities in Europe and North America. These rapid changes are increasing the ideological divide shaping national migration policy as the fear of “the other” ferments the emergence of right-wing parties (France, Germany) and governments (Austria, Poland, Hungary, Italy, United States). The aim of this special session is to engage in a ground-breaking discussion on migration and urban planning in a European and North American comparative perspective. The session will examine emerging academic scholarship, identify gaps in the literature, and explore future research directions pertaining to how migration is shaping urban planning.

This call for a comparative session seeks scholars who are interesting in sharing innovative, emerging research in the following topical areas: the ideological influences on migration policy and planning’s response, models of migrant integration within the planning field; migration and housing challenges, unauthorized migration and its effects on planning, and other topics pertaining to migration and urban planning.

The session will also explore morsels of hope in our planning communities that contribute to inclusive approaches to integrate migrants. We aim to identify planning efforts that support a multicultural society, encourage tolerance, and create equity in this increasingly hostile migration environment. This special session will ultimately explore innovative planning scholarship emerging in this critical area of importance to our discipline.

Since this is an ACSP-AESOP Special Session:
(a) the same topic will lead to innovative discussions in Venice, Italy (AESOP) and in Greenville, South Carolina U.S.A. (ACSP),
(b) participation in the special session does not count against the usual limits (participants will still be allowed to present a paper and join one round-table), but all participants must be registered for the conference,
(c) ACSP and AESOP leadership will be present during the special session, emphasizing the great significance of a strengthened relationship between ACSP and AESOP.

All interested in participating in this special session should send a short (maximum of 500 words, including 5 bibliographical references) abstract to Gerardo Sandoval (

Although speakers, who can attend and contribute to both events, are most welcome, it is not a prerequisite for submission. Please tell us, however, if you plan to come to both events!

If you have questions, contact the Co-Chairs:

• Associate Professor Gerardo Sandoval (University of Oregon;,
• Professor Weiping Wu (Columbia University; and
• Professor Ben Davy (University of Dortmund;

The call for the AESOP Congress ends 15 January 2019.

The time for the ACSP call will be announced later.