Regional Studies Association Conferences 2019

Urban and Rural Wellbeing, First Nations Economies and Global Value Chains for Regional Sustainability
11th-13th February 2019, Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand

Pushing Regions Beyond their Borders
5th-7th June 2019, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Abstract submission deadline: 28th February 2019

RSA Europe’s Socio-Spatial Dynamics Summer College
3rd-6th September 2019, Cagliari, Italy
Abstract submission deadline: More information available shortly

Metropolises and Peripheries of CEE Countries: New Challenges for EU, National and Regional Policies
11th-13th September 2019, Lublin, Poland
Abstract submission deadline: 21st May 2019

The Call of the New: Unpacking Innovation, its Spatiality, its Benefits and its Costs
25th-27th September 2019, Montréal, Canada
Abstract submission deadline: 16th April 2019

Designing Research for Impact: Shaping and Influencing Regional Policy
30th October – 1st November 2019, Lincoln, UK
Abstract submission deadline: 10th September 2019

RSA Annual President's …

IALE world congress 2019

at IALE world congress 2019 my WSL colleagues organise a session on

Addressing the challenges of the Anthropocene with strategic planning: novel ways to 
couple ecological sciences and territorial governance

Abstracts can be handed in until Feb. 25, 2019. Please spread this message to anybody interested!

Disentangling the Governance Configurations of Strategic Spatial Plan-Making

'Disentangling the Governance Configurations of Strategic Spatial Plan-Making in European Urban Regions' hashtag#CONCURWSLhashtag#SNSFhashtag#ERCEidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL 50 free downloads:


Smart City Institute at HEC Liège, Université de Liège has just published 'LE GUIDE PRATIQUE DE LA SMART CITY' by Catherine Nguyen, Hélène Bleus and Jonas Van Bockhaven

featuring my publication 'Citizen Empowerment and Innovation in the Data-Rich City'.



Forthcoming in Planning Practice & Research

Disentangling the Governance Configurations of Strategic Spatial Plan-making in European Urban Regions
Abstract Strategic spatial plans are planning tools aimed at steering the medium- to long-term spatial development goals of urban regions. Whilst there is some consensus regarding the objectives of strategic spatial plans, it is less clear as to how strategic spatial plans are conceived. Specifically, the literature has scarcely investigated how governance configurations impact strategic spatial plan-making processes. Hence, through in-depth interviews with regional planning experts, as well as document analysis and a literature review, this paper is aimed at assessing and disentangling how territorial governance configurations influence contemporary practices in strategic plan-making in 14 European urban regions. The findings allow us to distinguish three dominant practices of strategic plan-making across Europe: i) plan-making shaped by consensus building and multilevel government c…

Governing for resilience in vulnerable places


Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places sets out to provide a multidisciplinary overview and critical reflections on the ways in which the concept of resilience and the virtues of resilience-thinking have been addressed in various governance and spatial planning settings. This is an ambitious quest; however, I concur with the editors that it is crucial to offer empirical evidence to researchers and students, as well as practitioners, in order to foster a better understanding of resilience as entailing more than simply an urban planning metaphor.