35th AESOP Annual Congress 2023 Lodz, Poland “Integrated Planning in the Context of Global Turbulence”
Call for abstracts now open until 15th February 2023!

We perceive this theme to reflect the current challenges for sustainable future. In recent years, the modern world has been facing growing civilization challenges related to the effects of climate change, progressive degradation of the natural environment resources and values, internal and external migrations resulting from economic crises and political tensions, as well as shortening product life cycles, automation and autonomization of management processes in business and the public sector.

Development processes are going to be difficult to predict, such as the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 appearance, for example. Uncertain forecasts for the future force us to expect further development disruptions. Importantly, these phenomena have their consequences in the sphere of spatial development patterns and ways of using it by various stakeholders. These consequences are revealed on a local, regional, national and transnational scale, implying the need to develop methods of cooperation between various planning entities and planning systems.

Space is becoming - on the one hand - an increasingly valuable resource, and its values and territorial dimension become an important factor of the development and growth processes - on the other hand, it requires more and more flexible adaptation of its development patterns to changing trends and forecasted challenges and problems. This raises the question of the effectiveness and legitimacy of using the existing, more traditional planning approaches based on the methodology of long-term strategic planning aimed at building stable foundations for the development of society and - in contrast to this - searching for new approaches corresponding to the indicated planning challenges in conditions of high uncertainty of events, risks and anthropogenic and natural hazards. A particular challenge seems to be the need to use planning tools in international cooperation to reduce the negative externalities related to the side effects of globalization processes.

Read the full Call for Abstracts on the AESOP website.