AESOP 2012 Annual Conference

By News Editor / Updated: 15 Oct 2014
Wednesday 11 July 2012 at 01:01
Sunday 15 July 2012 at 01:01
Ankara, Turkey
Past event
The Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) will hold its next Annual Conference in Ankara, Turkey, from 11 to 15 July 2012. As 2012 will also mark the 25th Anniversary of AESOP our aim is to celebrate the occasion with the participation of many distinguished guests and keynote speakers, along with a number of special sessions and activities. The Conference will also provide the setting for stimulating workshops, round-table discussions, and exciting excursions, during which issues of spatial planning and development specific to Ankara may also be explored.

We believe that the conference motto Planning to Achieve, Planning to Avoid is an umbrella for a wide spectrum of planning concerns, and explicitly expresses the variety of functions planning has to accommodate in the face of the material conditions of the modern world. Global warming, environmental and ecological degradation, depletion of natural resources, natural and man-made hazards, and economic crises affect our modes of production, consumption, and mobility patterns, resulting in a demand for new strategies in socio-spatial organization and conduct.

It is our belief that the contributions of the conference participants will go some way to responding to the contemporary dilemmas of growth/de-growth, vulnerabilities/resilience, and the contemporary relevance of planning in theoretical and practical terms, while also pointing to the strengths and weaknesses of educational systems, and problems of local and regional geographies.

We welcome our colleagues to an environment of vibrant and sociable discussion.

The conference and call for papers focus on the following tracks:
  • Planning Theory and Methods
  • Planning History
  • Planning Law, Instruments, Practice
  • Planning Education
  • Growth, Degrowth and Shrinkage
  • Urban Change: Plans, Visions and Policies
  • Regional Change and Resilience: Plans, Institutions and Concepts
  • European Territorial Cooperation and Policies
  • Heritage, Urban Cultures, Urban Design
  • Transport and Infrastructure Planning
  • Housing, Regeneration and Community Development
  • Vulnerabilities, Risks and Mitigation Planning
  • Sustainable Resource Management, Energy and Planning
  • Demography, Multi-Culturality and Social Cohesion
  • Urban Politics, Democracy, Governance, and Participation

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 January 2012
Notification of Acceptance of Papers: 29 February 2012
Deadline for Submission of Full Papers : 30 April 2012
Early Bird Deadline: 30 April 2012
Deadline for Authors Registration : 31 May 2012
Conference Sessions: 11 July 2012 - 14 July 2012
One-day tour and the start of other post-conference tours: 15 July 2012

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ela Babalk-Sutcliffe
Department of City and Regional Planning
Faculty of Architecture METU
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