25 May 2016

The impacts of strategic spatial planning on land change in European urban regions

Eduardo Oliveira, Anna M. Hersperger
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland

T2  S27  -  Conceptualizing and modelling spatial planning as a driver of land system change in urban regions
Presentation format: full oral presentation

Abstract (250 words)

The impacts of strategic spatial planning on land change in European urban regions
Strategic spatial planning, territorial governance and land system change have been widely explored in the literature. However, little attention has been paid to the conceptual and practical linkage between these three areas of inquiry. The main purpose of this study is to contribute to fill this gap. More specifically, it aims to scrutinise - how do strategic spatial plans affect land change in urban regions. The hypothesis of departure is that - governance arrangements, such as “coordination of policies”, “cooperation between regional actors” and “vision-building” - influence strategic spatial plans - from the designing phase to its practical implementation. The governance settings that take shape during strategic planning, will generate an impact on land use, for example, over new housing developments, the edification of an industrial site or the development of infrastructures. To describe these governance arrangements, a set of components, such as “coordination”, “agenda-framing”, “accountability” and “legitimacy” has been elaborated. These components will be operationalised through a set of indicators, such as “goal-alignment”, “strategic-cooperation”, “representability of interests” and “freedom of association”. The working hypothesis will be tested by taking 10 urban regions in western Europe as case studies. The primary data sources will be a documentary analysis of strategic plans and semi-structured interviews with regional actors and organisations. We are expecting to contribute to clarify, for example, how having a clear “leadership” at the regional level is reflected in strategic spatial plans and it impacts land change. These insights are crucial for effective land use modelling and scenario analysis.

Keywords (8 words): Governance, strategic spatial planning, land change, urban regions.

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Dear Dr Oliveira,

We are pleased to inform you that your abstract, "The impacts of strategic spatial planning on land change in European urban regions," submission-ID 73, has been accepted for presentation as a Full oral presentation at the 3rd Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project to be held in Beijing, China October 23-27, 2016.