25 September 2017

Post-Doc in land-change analysis

Post-Doc in land-change analysis

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The Research Unit Landscape Dynamics studies patterns, causes and processes of landscape change. The ERC-project CONCUR develops and tests a theoretical model on how planning contributes to the development of urban regions. For this, WSL is offering a position starting in February 2018 as a
Post-Doc in land-change analysis
You will test for the urban region of Austin, TX (USA) the theoretical model and tools currently designed by the CONCUR team. This test will be conducted in collaboration with testing efforts in two other areas. Specifically, you will conduct expert interviews, analyze planning documents and perform spatial analyses in GIS to perform an in-depth case study of the past two decades of change in land use and land cover, driving forces, and regional planning. Furthermore you will develop a spatially explicit model (for example with CLUE-S or Sleuth) of regional land-change. You will estimate the contribution of planning and its actors to land change in the Austin TX region. In collaboration with the CONCUR team you will integrate the findings into an overall evaluation on how planning contributes to the development of urban regions.
You have a PhD degree in geography, environmental sciences, spatial planning or equivalent. Significant experience in land-change modelling, spatial analysis, qualitative research methods, GIS and R is expected. Familiarity with US-American planning is a plus. You are expected to spend some time for field work in Austin TX. You have very good English skills and experiences in publishing. You are communicative and very interested in developing innovative, problem-oriented and pragmatic solutions.
Please send your complete application to Sabine Hirt, Human Resources WSL. Anna Hersperger, anna.hersperger@wsl.ch, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information on the position. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

Arcplan invites authors interested in the exploration of urban design and planning in the Arab world

Arcplan invites authors interested in the exploration of urban design and planning in the Arab world to submit original works that include both empirical and theoretical research, although cross-boundary regional research is simultaneously appreciated. Arcplan also encourages ‘controversial’ discussions that raises lead threads on contemporary development challenges. For more details please visit Arcplan website http://goo.gl/cjy43U #ArcPlan #open_access #journal #arab_world #planning #urban_design #architecture #architects #design

Xosé Henrique Vázquez analiza o estado da innovación en Galicia

21 September 2017

Post doctoral researcher project Branding as new governance tool (1,0 FTE, 4 years)

At the department of Public Administration and Sociology  there is a vacancy for a post doc working on the field of new forms of governance especially branding in governance processes. The post doc will be employed for 4 years and be financed by two grants. First of all through a grant in the Vital Cities program of the Erasmus University and secondly additional founding will be secured through the EU funded research project Tropico. International research activities (possibly case studies but maybe also other research activities like experiments) are very likely to be part of the research.
Participating in two projects
Within the vital cities project the post doc will work on the theme branding as new governance tool to include citizens to tackle social problems. Brands, especially when created and sustained interactively, can create identity and a sense of belonging but also motivate other actors to co-operate in tackling social problems. In this research we explore the possibilities of branding for creating identity, enhancing participation and strengthening resilience by several research methods :
-  case studies to explore the participation effect of branding
-  Experiments to test the identity forming of branding
-  Q sort research to test stakeholders perceptions on branding.
Valorization is secured by reaching out to the municipality of Rotterdam and connecting it to the new Faculty’s incubator GovernEUR.
The EU (2020) TROPICO project (Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments) aims to comparatively examine how public administrations are transformed to enhance collaboration in policy design and service delivery, advancing the participation of public, private and societal actors. It analyses collaboration in and by governments, with a special emphasis on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), and its consequences. The post doc will especially work on the work packages that are aimed at Public Private Partnerships and democratic legitimacy (case studies and Qualitative Comparative analysis will be employed).
The post doc will work closely with other researchers on the two projects and be part of a larger research team that jointly works on research and research outputs. For the TROPICO research the post doc will cooperate with various researchers in other countries.
Finally, the postdoc will assist in teaching for the master programme.


New report summerises the knowledge and knowledge gaps on plastics in Nordic marine species


How is ecosystem services included in policy?

18 September 2017

The Place Dimension of Cities & Regions: Governance, Industrial Development & Sustainability

Plenary SpeakersProfessor Lisa de Propris, University of Birmingham, UKDr. Christian Ketels, Harvard Business School, USAMoray Gilland, European Commission, BelgiumProfessor Karen Chapple, University of California, Berkeley, USAJon Potter, OECD, FranceProfessor David Bailey, Aston University, UK
Dr. Phil Tomlinson, University of Bath, UKPlenary ChairsMark Tewdwr-Jones, Newcastle University, UK
Sally Hardy, Regional Studies Association, UK
Sarah Ayres, University of Bristol, UK
Joan Fitzgerald, Northeastern University, USA
Submission & Registration Details RSA members benefit from a reduced members rate and the non-members rate will include RSA membership for 1 year.
Please submit your abstract (250 words) through the Regional Studies Association
conference portal by 21st September 2017. Please click here to see the Call for Papers, to read more about the conference please click here. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programme Committee against the criteria of originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread.

You may also wish to attend the annual RSA President’s Event (awards ceremony & dinner) which is taking place on 16th November (the evening of the first day of the conference) in London. Places are limited and pre-registration is essential.

6 September 2017

Six farmers shot dead over land rights battle in Peru

Six farmers have been shot dead by a criminal gang who wanted to seize their farms to muscle in on the lucrative palm oil trade, according to indigenous Amazon leaders in Peru.
Local leaders in the central Amazon region of Ucayali say the victims were targeted last Friday because they had refused to give up their land.
A police report seen by the Guardian details how the farmers’ bodies were found early on Saturday dumped in a stream near the Bajo Rayal hamlet where the men had lived.

1 September 2017

Governance Networks in the Public Sector

ONLINE NOW: Oliveira, E. (2017) Book Review - Governance Networks in the Public Sector.
Governance, 30(4): 732.734.

21 August 2017

The main themes of the project relate to the role of indigenous peoples common land rights and how they impact on deforestation in the Argentinean Chaco in the province of Salta


This project is funded through the European Research Council Consolidator Grant Scheme, and runs over a five-year period from November 2016 until October 2021. The acronym stands for Indigenous Communities, Land Use and tropical Deforestation (INCLUDE).
Tropical deforestation is an important contributor to climate change, through the release of significant amounts of carbon in the atmosphere. The main proximate cause of deforestation is agricultural expansion, followed by resource extraction. This project will look at the problem of deforestation in the Argentinean dry Chaco in the province of Salta (the Chaco Saltenho). The Chaco Saltenho, part of the Great American Chaco (the second largest tropical forest in the American continent after the Amazon), experiences one of the fastest deforestation rates in the world (on average about 2 football fields per minute over 1970-2015), represents an important agricultural frontier (with over 6 million ha of forest left) and hosts significant ethnic and cultural diversity, including both ‘criollos’ (small scale livestock farmers of European descent) and indigenous peoples (IPs). The project, lasting 5 years, is structured around the following macro-objectives (work packages)

The Impact of Strategic Spatial Plans on Land Change in Urban Regions: Debating Plan-Making and Plan-Implementation

General description:
Within the CONCUR project ‘From plans to land change: how strategic spatial planning contributes to the development of urban regions’ the expert workshop ‘The Impact of Strategic Spatial Plans on Land Change in Urban Regions: Debating Plan Making and Plan Implementation’ (9th – 10thNovember) includes public lectures on Thursday, 9th November (09:00-15:00) by eight international experts. These experts will lecture on issues concerning strategic spatial planning, territorial governance and land-change science (further information on the order of the presentations will be soon available).
9:00 - 12:30
Public lectures by
· Frank Moulaert, The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
· Gertrud Jørgensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
· Raine Mäntysalo, Aalto University, Finland
· Jasper van Vliet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
· Peter Schmitt, Stockholm University, Sweden
· Peter Austin, City of Oslo, Norway
· Thomas Houet, University Rennes, France
· Peter Verburg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
13:45 - 15:00
Public lectures by
· CONCUR project team on the aims of the project and the preliminary theoretical model.
The final program will be soon available.
Please check the CONCUR project webpage regularly.
We look forward to seeing you.

8 August 2017

Call for Paper: "Planning and Ideology", Journal "Planning Theory"

Call for Paper: "Planning and Ideology", Journal "Planning Theory" The journal "Planning Theory" has launched a call for papers for a special issue on ideology and planning. Edited by Edward Shepherd, Andy Inch and Tim Marshall, this special issue starts from the premise that the significant analytical potential of the concept of ideology for planning thinking can only be realised if its role is brought to the fore of analysis. However, ideology has rarely been subject to sustained critical reflection within planning and there have been very few attempts to provide an overview of this terrain or to identify potential new directions for scholarship. The call invites contributions exploring the intersections of planning thought and practice with various approaches to ideology, seeking to bring together a range of papers that use the concept to cast light on different facets of the complex relationships between planning, politics and society. Deadline for paper submission is 20th of October, 2017. http://journals.sagepub.com/home/plt

18 July 2017

Special issue: Power/Knowledge in Natural Resource Management

Content of the special issue:
Power/Knowledge in Natural Resource Management

The will to knowledge: natural resource management and power/knowledge dynamics
Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen & Martijn Duineveld

Partnerships for development in the extractive sector: protecting subterranean interests?
Javier Arellano-Yanguas & María del Pilar Bernal-Gómez

Small-scale fisheries within maritime spatial planning: knowledge integration and power
Svein Jentoft

Natural capital and the political economy of wetland governance in Alberta
Marian Weber, Naomi Krogman, Lee Foote & Rebecca Rooney

Governing the water user: experiences from Mexico
Edwin Rap & Philippus Wester

Power/knowledge and natural resource management: Foucaultian foundations in the analysis of adaptive governance
Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen , Martijn Duineveld & Monica Gruezmacher

Materiality in natural resource management: a systems theory view
Vladislav Valentinov

Place Branding and Marketing

The great moment when you open a newly published book and you have a chapter in it.

Handbook on Place Branding and Marketing


Chapter 2: A strategic spatial planning approach to regional branding: challenges and opportunities


in memory of Prof. Sir Gregory Ashworth.

Impact of planning mandates on local plans: a multi-method assessment

Original Articles "Impact of planning mandates on local plans: a multi-method assessment" by Sophie C. Rudolf, Simona R. Grădinaru & Anna M. Hersperger Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Zürich, Switzerland


4 July 2017

3 July 2017

Join CONCUR project sessions at AESOP congress in Lisbon

Join CONCUR project sessions at AESOP congress in Lisbon
AESOP congress 11 - 14 July 2017, Lisbon, Portugal
Green infrastructures: fostering dialogue across scales and policies
Tuesday, 11th July, 14:30 – room V1.09, Instituto Superior Técnico, Alameda
By Anna M. Hersperger and Simona R. Gradinaru
Regional economics and scarce resources planning
Wednesday, 12th July, 09:00 – room V1.14Instituto Superior Técnico, Alameda
By Eduardo Oliveira
DETAILED CONGRESS PROGRAMME: http://aesop2017.pt/index.php/congress/news

26 June 2017

Handbook on Place Branding and Marketing - OUT NOW

Chapter 2: A strategic spatial planning approach to regional branding: challenges and opportunities

Eduardo Oliveira and Gregory J. Ashworth

This chapter critically scrutinizes the actual and potential roles of place branding as an instrument for the attainment of strategic spatial planning goals. The chapter also aims to critically discuss the challenges and opportunities of branding regions, a spatial scale seldom explored in academic and grey literatures. By presenting and discussing the challenges and opportunities involved in the process of branding regions, the chapter emphasizes the relevance and effectiveness of regional branding processes in supporting economic and social spatial realignment through the shaping of envisioned and collectively defined futures. Collectively defined futures, as the literature in both fields – place branding and strategic spatial planning – elucidates, requires the engagement and careful consideration of those whom a spatial strategy and ultimately a region brand must serve – the territory and those interacting with it. The involvement of key regional actors as well as community participation in strategic spatial planning and place branding strengthens the place brand independently of its scale of application. The chapter proceeds as follows. Firstly, it clarifies the authors’ understanding of place branding as an instrument for the attainment of strategic spatial planning goals. Secondly, civic and institutional participation is critically appraised in light of the literature of place branding and strategic spatial planning. Thirdly, it discusses the roles of strategic spatial planners in branding regions. Finally, the challenges and opportunities of branding regions are discussed and conclusions regarding such an approach are presented.

19 June 2017

Using multi-seasonal Landsat imagery for rapid identification of abandoned land in areas affected by urban sprawl


We present a Landsat-based method for mapping abandoned land in heterogeneous and fragmented urban landscapes.
The method makes use of NDVI values and decision trees.
Vegetation phenology is accounted for indetermining which period of the growing season fits best for mapping.
Scenes encompassing the beginning of the vegetation growing season enhance classification accuracy.
Monitoring land abandonment and urban sprawl can support evaluation of land-use regulations and planning strategies.

16 June 2017

Regional Studies Association conferences 2017 2018

RSA Central and Eastern European Conference 2017
10th – 13th September 2017, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Today’s the Day! Last day to submit your abstract to the RSA CEE Conference in Cluj-Napoca. Meet with your colleagues, take part in networking activities, discuss the most recent research.If you are still unsure about attending the conference, you can find more information about the conference, speakers and special sessions here. Discover what Cluj-Napoca has to offer here. To register and submit your abstract click here.
We have a busy calendar of events that might interest you:
Student and Early Career Conference 2017, Newcastle, UK
Call for Papers and more information available 
RSA Winter Conference 2017, London, UK
Call for Papers and more information available 
RSA Russia Division Workshop 2017, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Call for Papers and more information available 

RSA Annual Conference 2018, Lugano, Switzerland
Call for Papers and more information available 

12 June 2017

How strategic spatial planning contributes to the development of urban regions

Lunch Seminar
TUESDAY, June 13th 2017, 12:00-13:00
Dep. of Human Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden
How strategic spatial planning contributes to the development of urban regions
Eduardo Oliveira
  • Introducing myself & research trajectory;
  • Introducing WSL;
  • Introducing the CONCUR project;
  • Detailing the 2nd aim of the project on territorial governance & SPP;
  • Clarifying the aims of this short research visit;
  • Sharing forthcoming events;
  • Sharing future research ambitions.

9 June 2017

Place branding in strategic spatial planning: an analysis at the regional scale with special reference to Northern Portugal

Ph.D. thesis main research question applied to the case study:

A region branding strategy for northern Portugal might (and eventually should) be developed in line with the strategic spatial planning document in force - that is - Northern Portugal Strategic Guidelines 2014-2020. This is the main strategic planning document that establishes ten planninggoals/ priority axes aimed at improving the socio-spatial and spatial economic condition of northern Portugal. 

Taking region branding as an instrument it the Northern Portugal Strategic Guidelines would contribute to re-imagining and re-positioning the region in those ten goals. As the planning document is the result of a thorough participatory process it represents the communities needs and would generate legitimacy for a region brand. 

Resources will be economised and an integrative spatial development would be reached. As the Strategic Guidelines 2014-2020 is essential to apply for EU funding – region branding could be fuelled with capital to contribute to the achievement of the strategic goals identified.


31 May 2017

METREX Stockholm Spring Conference

Looking forward for 3 days of serious debates on "Planning for social cohesion and Implementing EU strategies and programmes."  at METREX Stockholm Spring Conference


26 May 2017

Planning for compact urban forms: local growth-management approaches and their evolution over time

Urban growth is a key issue for spatial planning as it influences urban patterns and disrupts open landscapes. To effectively steer urban growth towards compact urban forms, many growth-management policies have been developed over recent decades. However, few studies have assessed how municipal policy mixes have evolved over time. In our representative Swiss-wide survey, we evaluated the prevalence and the time of introduction of 18 policies. Our results indicate that large municipalities use a broad range of reinforcing policies over decades. In contrast, small municipalities mostly rely on conventional land-use regulations. The lack of innovative, incentive-based policies casts doubt on small municipalities' ability to effectively manage urban growth. However, our analyses reveal recent efforts by small municipalities to diversify approaches to growth management and adopt innovative policies. These efforts should be supported by guiding small municipalities in their policy choices, and providing support to those lacking planning capacity.

Planning for compact urban forms: local growth-management approaches and their evolution over time

Planning for compact urban forms: local growth-management approaches and their evolution over time: (2017). Planning for compact urban forms: local growth-management approaches and their evolution over time. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1318749

Refining a Conceptual and Operational Framework for Analysing Territorial Governance in Processes of Strategic Spatial Planning at the Urban Regional Level

Short research period at Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University on: 
Refining a Conceptual and Operational Framework for Analysing Territorial Governance in Processes of Strategic Spatial Planning at the Urban Regional Level
The purpose of this visit to the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University hosted by Professor Peter Schmitt, is to refine a conceptual and operational framework for analysing territorial governance in the context of strategic spatial plan-making and plan-implementation processes at the urban regional level. This visit comes in the context of the CONCUR project, From Plans to Land Change: How Strategic Spatial Planning Contributes to the Development of Urban Regions, coordinated by Dr Anna Hersperger (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL) and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).
This international visit, while brief, is intended to (i) refine the visiting fellow’s proposed framework for analysing territorial governance, within the context of strategic spatial planning, by identifying drawbacks and opportunities, and (ii) discuss with Stockholm-based experts how territorial governance and strategic spatial planning can cross-fertilize with each other.
The visiting fellow*: Eduardo Oliveira, http://cms.wsl.ch/info/mitarbeitende/oliveira/index_EN
The host: Professor Peter Schmitt, Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University, http://www.su.se/english/profiles/pschm-1.188628
Project coordinator: 
Dr. Anna Herspergerhttp://www.wsl.ch/info/mitarbeitende/hersperg/index_EN

Project team
Dr. Simona Raluca Gradinaruhttp://www.wsl.ch/info/mitarbeitende/gradinaru/index_EN ; 
Dr. Sofia Pagliarinhttp://www.wsl.ch/info/mitarbeitende/pagliarin/index_EN ; 
Dr. Gaëtan Palkahttp://cms.wsl.ch/info/mitarbeitende/palka/index_EN ; 
& *