Call for papers: World Planning Schools Congress IV 2016

Rio de Janeiro, appartments

Deadline: 19 October 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 3 - 8 July 2016


Where: Rio de Janeiro


IV World Planning Schools Congress – Global crisis, planning & challenges to spatial justice in the North and in the South

The initiative to organize World Planning School Congresses came up with the formation of a global network by national and regional associations of planning schools and institutes around the world in 2001. Since then this network, the GLOBAL PLANNING EDUCATION NETWORK – GPEAN assigns the organization of each World Congress to one or more schools of one of its members. This event aims to bring together scholars and professionals from all continents to present experiences, discuss proposals and critical analysis and encourage a debate on the current planning problems in different parts of the world.

In 2016, the IV WPSC will be held in Rio de Janeiro. As responsible for this edition of WPSC, the GPEAN designated the Institute of Urban and Regional Research and Planning – IPPUR – at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ -, a member of the Brazilian Association of Research and Graduate Studies in Urban and Regional Planning – ANPUR with the collaboration of colleagues of the Graduate Programs in Geography of the Federal Universities Fluminense and Minas Gerais (UFF and UFMG), of the UFRJ Graduate Program in Urbanism and of the UFMG Centre of Regional Development and Planning (CEDEPLAR).

A GPEAN Steering Committee composed of three members from three different continents accompanies, guides and supports the work of the Local Organization Commission.


The 2008 financial crisis was born in the North, where itself seemed to manifest most acutely, but ended up having reflexes in the Global South. Caused, there as here, in the cities a growing malaise as shown by the different protest movements that have sprung in recent years in the squres of Taiwan, New York, Singapore, Athens, Rio de Janeiro, Tunis, Cairo, Geneva or Barcelona and many other cities worldwide.

The June of 2013 in Brazil and especially in Rio de Janeiro was a milestone for these insurgent mobilizations that took place in a completely unexpected way by politicians and planners. Concretely, at that time, the revolt of broad segments of the population was being caused by the poor conditions of transport and infrastructure in large cities. But, from a more general point of view, the dissatisfactions and insurgencies can be attributed to how it performs globalization, financialization and with the submission of the city to the logic and dynamics of a limitless market; and the disagreement with the destinations that was intended to impose on cities in the last 20 years.

The planners, those responsible for the formation of future planners are challenged to, in a decided, opened and brave manner, state these questions and ask their theories, their methods, their convictions and practices. How to (re)learn listening to the voices of the city – or of the space in general? How to listen to the “hums and noises”, as suggested by Michel De Certeau, who comes from the other side of the “planning frontiers”? To get there, certainly, we need retrospective critiques of what was thought and done in the last 20 years of the neoliberal city; but it is mainly about running the risk of inventing new perspectives that promote spatial justice in our cities and regions.

To this discussion we want to dedicate the IV WPSC. And invite our colleagues from over the world to live that creative experience, collectively and fraternally, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The goal is to create an opportunity to promote and stimulate a debate, recognizing similarities and especially differences in approaches and experiences of planning education and to identify possibilities for dialogues and disagreements between researchers, scientists and even professionals linked to planning with different backgrounds and experiences of their countries of origin.

The subject of these discussions will be the perception of researchers, academics and practitioners about issues that affect both cities and regions in the Global North and in the Global South, but who have different expressions and interpretations in different parts of the world. More specifically, the confrontation of ideas, visions, perspectives, proposals, solutions etc. will focus on themes of planning, its history, its different approaches and forms of education, its relationship with administration and right, of their scales, while local, regional, national and even multinational and cross-border planning, and different objects and forms in urban planning, rural development, ordering of land use, infrastructure, communications technology, transportation and other application areas. More general issues will be focused on governance, policy, ethics and conflict in planning, the planning agents and national agencies at different scales, multilateral agencies, the influence and benefits of international cooperation and the problems arising from the globalization/mundialization. In a more urban/metropolitan planning level – which has a worldwide presence – the attention will be drawn at issues such as housing and programs for its provision, community development, urban culture, commons, gender, heritage, identity and social equity, city marketing and the discussion of healthy cities, urgent issues like violence and insecurity and, last but not least, the challenges for planning to deal with climate change and the clamour for environmental justice.

Call for papers

All abstracts and papers presented must be written in English. Unfortunately, any other language will not be accepted. The extended abstracts submitted may not have less than 4,000, or more than 7,000 characters with spaces, not including bibliography and illustrations. It should be written in Word (.doc), with Times New Roman, size 12 with simple interline and justified margins.

All abstracts sent to the organizing committee which do not obey these limitations will not be considered for a presentation, without obligation of the organizing committee to send any notification to the authors that violate this requirement.  Abstracts should contain a clear statement of the problem, objectives, methodology and main results and contributions. In case of a submission of a Roundtable/Panel it is necessary to inform, in the text of the abstract, names of colleagues and their institutional linkages from those who will participate.

Each author is entitled to present a maximum of two works.

Source: IV WPSC

Photo Credit: Eduardo Fonseca Arraes


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