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

Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

Introduction:  Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen and Eduardo Oliveira  Rethinking planning-branding relations: an introduction . https:...