Summer school in Stockholm: unpacking spatial planning as the governance of place

Deadline: 28 February 2016 - 12:00am

Dates: 25 - 27 August 2016


Where: Stockholm University

Venue: Stockholm University

Conveners: German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning; Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University

Young academics and experienced experts within the field of spatial planning and governance are invited to take part in the Stockholm University’s summer school: Unpacking Spatial Planning as the Governance of Place.

Besides six appointed “wild cards” for young academics from European Universities, the ARL is sponsoring six further young academics for the Summer School 2016 in Stockholm. This will cover accommodation and travel costs. A participation fee will not be charged.

As academic institutions, the ARL and Stockholm University encourage scientific publications. The organizers aim to compile a special issue of an academic journal on the theme of the Summer School. Participants should thus be willing and prepared to develop their papers into articles for academic journals. Contributions for such a special issue will be selected during the Summer School. Nonetheless, the organizers do not guarantee the publication of selected contributions.

Since the early 1990s, the concept of ’governance’ has been commonly used as a framework for describing the various types of interplay between the state, market actors and civil society and particularly the increased involvement of non-state actors promoting new interaction pathways. Similarly spatial planning is called to address a number of topical societal chal-lenges, such as climate change, regional economic development, spatial segregation, or the provisions of services of general interest, which are undoubtedly no longer solvable by the state itself. Consequently, in recent years, various types and characteristics of governance have been identified within spatial planning and development work. In this vein, most noteworthy is perhaps the concept of ‘territorial’ or ‘multi-level’ governance, which still appears rather blurred due to the prevailing confusion around various notions associated with the terms ‘territory’, ‘space’ and ‘place’. Be this as it may, we can still detect a number of gaps in the literature how and to what extent, for instance, various planning cultures, regional identities and place-based characteristics or sectoral interests factor into spatial planning work and governance practices.

Your application should include a convincing motivation letter, a short CV, and an abstract of not more than 600 words describing the project you are going to present and discuss. Please submit your application by 28 February 2016 to:

Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL), Dr. Lisa Marquardt Hohenzollernstraße 11 30161, Hannover Germany,
or via e-mail to .

You will receive notification of acceptance by April 2016. Applicants may not exceed the age of 35 years.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Marquardt (, +49 (0)511 34842 61) or Associate Professor Peter Schmitt (peter.schmitt@, +46 8 674 7853).

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