AESOP 2021 Heads of Schools meeting
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10th March 2021 | ExCo meeting

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11th March 2021 | CoRep meeting

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12th March 2021 | HoS meeting: “Planning education for Europe and beyond”

The AESOP 2021 Heads of Schools (HoS) meeting is planned as an open online event. The aim is to have a broad discussion about the future of spatial planning education with all interested parties. Register now!

Location: Zoom (online)

Find the Programme as pdf here!



Maros FINKA (President of AESOP)

Kurt MATYAS (Vice Rector for Academic Affairs)

Rudolf SCHEUVENS (Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning)


Keynotes (Presenter: Thomas DILLINGER)


Regional imaginaries and 'the idea of Europe'

Simin DAVOUDI (Newcastle University)

In this talk, I’ll draw on the concepts of ‘spatial imaginary’ and ‘scalar fix’ to show the limited success of ‘Europe of the regions’ and suggest that it has remained an elite project, motivated primarily by economic imaginaries of the region and performed through technocratic practices which are insufficient for creating imagined political communities. I'll finish by highlighting the importance of spatial imaginaries for planning and planning education in Europe and beyond.


Neoliberal Urbanism and Contested Landscapes of Planning Practice in Europe and Beyond

Zeynep ENLIL (Yildiz Technical University)

The shift from Keynesian welfare regime to the neoliberal market economy has been the context in which planning policies and practice over the last decades were shaped. Projects geared towards increased competitiveness, state-led commodification of land and housing has been the major markers of the neoliberal agenda, which has become increasingly hegemonic and authoritarian. Diffusion of neoliberal policies had profound spatial consequences and exacerbated inequalities at all spatial scales and in all geographies causing dissent concerning the devastating consequences the neoliberal policies have on cities. Using the case of Istanbul, I will discuss the ramifications of the neoliberal project on planning practice and its implications for planning education.



Coffee break


Keynotes (Presenter: Sabine KNIERBEIN)


For Europe and Beyond – Proposals for innovative interdisciplinary, greener Planning Education

Andrea FRANK (Cardiff University)

There have been a number of efforts to label our current period in time – notable are the ‘Urban Age’ (more than 50% of humans living in urbanized areas) or somewhat more controversially ‘the Anthropocene’ (the human influenced age); fact is that human activities are having an enormous impact on the planet including inducing or accelerating a change of climatic conditions but also contributing to the mass extinction of species and a reduction in biodiversity. Both developments pose a threat to human (quality) of life at a minimum or our own extinction (at worst). This talk presents nascent ideas on potential contribution of planning and planners to develop responses for these challenges and reflections on what this may entail for planning education.


For Europe and Beyond – Revisiting the internationalisation of planning education

Ela Babalik (Middle East Technical University)

The move towards internationalization in planning education is not a new phenomenon, but it has recently received momentum due to increasing numbers of global policy documents and such global urban and planning issues as migration, housing and shelter, insurgent planning, civil movements and protests, as well as climate change, disasters and associated displacement processes. While the internationalisation of the planning curricula can help introduce inter-cultural awareness, cross-cultural cooperation, difference, diversity, and comparative learning opportunities, there are a number of challenges that have been discussed in various academic platforms, including AESOP’s past Heads of Schools meetings. This talk aims at further elaborating the opportunities and challenges associated with the internationalisation in planning education, by conveying the recent debates made within and between the regional associations of planning schools that are members of the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN). Furthermore, the talk addresses the recent global experience of (emergency) online education due to the pandemic and the opportunities as well as challenges it presents for the internationalisation in planning education.



Lunch break


The Future of European Spatial Planning Education (Presenter: STUDENTS + Petra HIRSCHLER + Arthur SCHINDELEGGER)

An Input from Viennese spatial planning students on utopian and dystopian ways of thinking in spatial planning will serve as a basis for discussions in small groups.


Coffee break


Virtual City Walk

Rudolf Schicker, the former City Councilor for Urban Development and Transport, will take us on a virtual tour of Vienna.


Casual end of the Meeting at the virtual Heuriger