Excellence in Education Board

AESOP Excellence in Education Board (2021-2023)

The Excellence in Education Board (EEB)
is responsible for safeguarding the development of AESOP’s Quality Recognition (QR) Programme as defined on the QR website.

The new EEB was officially constituted in January 2021. It is comprised by the Chair (an AESOP Official elected by the Council of Representatives) and 10 members appointed by Chair and ratified by AESOP’s Executive Committee. EEB member responsibilities include: (i) evaluating incoming applications after every annual call; (ii) holding feedback meetings with applicants; (iii) drafting feedback reports, and (iv) contributing to advance quality criteria that ensure the transparency of the evaluation processes for awarding the AESOP Certificate of Quality.

Chair of the EEB - Daniel Galland

Daniel Galland is Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen. He has been Chair of AESOP’s Excellence in Education Board since 2017 (re-elected in 2020) and is responsible for AESOP’s Quality Recognition (QR) Programme. During his first term as EEB Chair (2017-2020), he led and managed the implementation of the QR Standard Phase alongside members of the previous EEB whilst developing the programme's mission and current processes. He has been actively involved in AESOP QR since the launching of the Pilot Phase in 2014, and has co-organised several tracks and workshops concerning quality in planning education at AESOP HoS meetings. Beyond AESOP, he has activiely contributed to the development of master’s course modules in spatial planning in both Norway and Denmark, and has been External Examiner for bachelor's and master's degrees in spatial planning at TU Dublin (2020-2024) and University College Cork (2013-2016). He has also published scholarly contributions on planning education and planning pedagogies.

Member of the EEB - Angelique Chettiparamb

Angelique Chettiparamb is Professor of Urban Planning and Governance at the University of Reading. She is currently a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, which is the organisation for advancing Higher Education in the UK.  She has been Programme Director in her Department and also a School Director for Academic Tutoring. She is External Examiner to the M.Sc. Spatial Planning and Urban Development programme at the University of Westminster, has been an assessor/ panel member for various levels of Fellowship applications to Advance HE; has been an internal Panel member of Periodic Review processes of other Schools and Departments in the University of Reading and has chaired scrutiny committees for new programme proposals at the University of Reading. She has also conducted teaching and learning related research and published from the same. Angelique has been a EEB member since its conception and was actively involved in shaping the QR process as implemented currently.

Member of the EEB – Tijana Dabovic

Tijana Dabović is Associate Professor in the Department of Spatial Planning at the University of Belgrade. She has been Head of the Department in Spatial Planning in the Faculty of Geography at the University of Belgrade (2015-2016) where she led undergraduate and graduate programmes in Spatial Planning as well as doctoral programmes in Geosciences. As a member of the Board for Accreditation at the Faculty of Geography (2019-2020) she has been involved in the preparation and  both Spatial Planning programmes. Tijana has also completed courses in Higher Education Didactics and Deisgning Higher Education Curricula. She has been involved in the AESOP QR Programme as board member since 2018 and has been actively engaged in developing the mission and process of the QR programme as well as in evaluation and in promoting excellence in education in the AESOP member schools.

Member of the EEB – Alenka Fikfak

Alenka Fikfak is Head Chair of Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana. She is the coordinator of Urban Studies at UL FA since 2012. She led the process of accreditation at UL FA – urbanism study program, 2010–2012 (Bachelor and Master), re-accreditation of architecture (Unified Master) study program, 2012–2013, leading the evaluation process of Bachelor studies in urbanism in 2019 (national level). Since 2008 member of the faculty Quality assurance committee. In the project KLABS, she was a leading member in the Committee for Quality Assurance (CQA) to support effective implementation of study programmes. Since 1999, she has mentored more than 40 student domestic and international research workshops and has been actively involved in international scientific and art committees.


Member of the EEB - Anna Kaczorowska

Anna Kaczorowska is a Researcher in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. She is specialised in sustainable urban design and planning, and engaged in organizing education (courses, workshops, conferences) promoting a continuous academic exchange between disciplines of the built environment within academia and practice. Anna contributes to development of educational programmes promoting innovative and cross-disciplinary learning and teaching environments (recently Chalmers Tracks). She is also active in the European training network for young researchers, teachers and practitioners led by the Hafencity University Hamburg, which aims to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in the Baltic Sea Region. She is currently involved in ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership in developing training events (Intensive Study Programmes) promoting innovative teaching approaches for shaping built environment in the digital age (project “BuildDigiCraft”2019-2022).  


Member of the EEB – Chris Maidment

Chris Maidment is a Lecturer in planning in Henley Business School at the University of Reading. He is Director of Planning Programmes at the University of Reading and has previously led the MSc Town Planning course at Anglia Ruskin University. This has included engaging with external examiners and the Royal Town Planning Institute as the accrediting body for UK planning schools, as well as getting involved with course development. Following experience as a panel member for the University of Sheffield’s Periodic Review process, he was accepted onto the Quality Assurance Agency’s register of student panel members for Higher Education Reviews (HER), to carry out learning and teaching quality reviews at other HE establishments. He has maintained a longstanding interest in curriculum development and innovation including developing a faculty-wide multi-disciplinary challenge format.

Member of the EEB – Ana Peric

Ana Peric is a Lecturer and Senior Researcher in the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development at ETH Zürich. During the last 12 years she has been involved in creating and evaluating the units and programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across different educational environments. She has been responsible for the creation of two courses in the Master Programme in Spatial Development and Infrastructural Systems at ETH Zurich, and has actively collaborated in preparing the Master Programme Integral Urbanism at the University of Serbia, where she has also been member of the accreditation committee for undergraduate studies. She has been involved in the AESOP QR Programme as board member since 2019.

Member of the EEB – Declan Redmond

Declan Redmond is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at University College Dublin (UCD) and a chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  He has twenty years' experience of teaching on professionally accredited planning programmes in UCD, whose planning degrees are accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Irish Planning Institute. He is currently the programme director for the BSc in City Planning and Environmental Policy degree and has in the past been programme director for the Masters of Regional and Urban planning degree, roles which involves quality control for continued accreditation. Outside of UCD, he has been External Examiner for the undergraduate and postgraduate planning degrees in Queen's University Belfast from 2016 to 2020.

Member of the EEB – Artur da Rosa Pires

Artur da Rosa Pires is Full Professor at the University of Aveiro in Spatial Planning and Innovation Policy. He was co-responsible for launching the first Portuguese undergraduate course in Urban and Regional Planning (1983) at the University of Aveiro. He is also one of the first members of the European Spatial Development Network (ESDP), which promoted several interinstitutional educational initiatives including the European Module in Spatial Development Planning (EMSDP). He was Pro-Rector of the University of Aveiro (2008–2012) with the mission of linking the University and the Region. More recently, he has been co-chairing the Planning Education track in several AESOP Congresses and was co-proponent of the AESOP Thematic Group on Planning Education (2018) with Andrea Frank, with whom he co-edited "Teaching Urban and Regional Planning. Innovative Pedagogies in Practice" published in February 2021. As a member of the Portuguese Academy he has also collaborated frequently with A3ES, the Portuguese Agency for Accreditation of Higher Education Courses.

Member of the EEB - Paulo Silva

Paulo Silva is Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences. He coordinated the Regional and Urban Master Programme in the last decade (2010-2015) and before he was actively involved in the adaptation of the curricula of the Bachelor Programme of Regional and Urban Planning (in the late 1990's) and later in the transition from BSc program to the MSc program as a consequence of the Bologna Process. He coordinated the accreditation of this master program in 2012/2013 by the A3ES agency and the submission of the same program to the AESOP Quality Recognition Pilot Phase. Recently he participated in the 2019/2020 AESOP Quality Recognition edition. Following his election as AESOP representative in GPEAN (Global Planning Education Associations Network) in 2019 he became member of the AESOP ExCo. In parallel with his academic career his activity as an urban planner contributes to a particular interest on ethics in planning.  

Member of the EEB – Roelof Verhage

Roelof Verhage is a lecturer in urban planning and development and Director of the Institut d’Urbanisme de Lyon – Université Lumière Lyon 2. He is in charge of the Masters’ Degree in Planning and Urban Development at the Institut d’Urbanisme de Lyon, and teaches in different degrees at bachelor and masters’ level. As junior vice-president of AESOP from 2006 to 2008, he was involved in AESOP’s activities in favour of professional recognition of planning. This work, reported in the first issue of the review Planning Education, “Towards a European recognition for the planning profession”, was at the basis of the involvement of AESOP in the quality recognition of planning education. In France, the quality control of urban planning curricula is being dealt with by the Association pour la Promotion de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche en Aménagement et Urbanisme (APERAU). As person in charge of the planning degree at Institut d’Urbanisme de Lyon, Roelof is closely involved in the activities of APERAU in this field.