Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Sunday 15th- to Wednesday 18th JUNE 2008,
Hindsæter hotel, Jotunheimen National Park


We have created an AESOP PhD workshop which will enable PhD students to share their research ideas, findings, and concerns with each other in an informal atmosphere. Four mentors will act as facilitators to guide the presentations and critical reflection by the students and to encourage discussion on major planning themes and theory.
The themes below will form part of the plenary round-table panel discussion, and will be addressed by the evening plenary speakers: 

  • How to develop, use and apply theory in planning research.
  • Governance and planning
  • Particular topics of interest raised by the participating PhD students.

The venue is in the heart of Norwegian mountains in Jotunheimen National Park
We will stay at the beautiful Hindsæter Mountain Hotel, on the edge of Jotunheimen National Park (900 meters above sea level).

Jotunheimen National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in Norway. Early summer is beautiful as there is light almost all night. The landscape is green, and there is still some snow at higher altitudes. We will arrange voluntary walks in the National Park on both Monday and Tuesday.
Read more about the region at and the Norwegian Mountain Museum.
Remember good walking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat, gloves and a woolly hat. This is Norway!

Guidelines for Abstracts, papers and presentations

Download the call for applications here


PhD students wishing to take part will be required to submit an abstract in advance accompanied by a letter of introduction.

  • The abstract (maximum 500 words) should include:
  • The aims and objectives of the research
  •  Brief description of the research methodology

The letter of introduction should include:

  • At what stage you are in the PhD process
  • Whether you have previously participated in an AESOP PhD workshop
  • What you hope to get out of participation in the PhD workshop

Participants have to register to the Aesop Young Academic network (

Abstracts and letter of introduction must be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on the AESOP Young Academics Network Website by February 1st 2008.

Workshop presentations and papers

The workshop will be a mixture of four working group and plenary sessions. Students will be assigned to a working group by May 2008. A mentor will guide each group. In these small working groups, each participant will have a one hour session to present their research (max 20 minute presentation) followed by an informal discussion and feedback.

The participant's presentations as well as their full paper may focus on one or more of the following:

  • Main theme of PhD
  • Relevance to planning literature
  • Research methodology
  • Major obstacles in developing research
  • Preliminary results

Participants should also state what they would like the discussion to focus on.
Full papers must not exceed 5000 words (excluding references).
Full papers must be uploaded on the Young Academics Network Website by 1st May 2008.

The workshop requires active participation during the day. In addition, participants will be asked to:

  • Read the full papers of participants in their working group in advance of the workshop and to identify points for discussion and clarification
  • Act as a referee for one other student in their group and provide detailed feedback
  • Give individual feedback on the success of the workshop, a summary of which will be presented to the AESOP General Assembly, ExCo, Corep and AESOP Young academics co-ordination team.

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Registration and cost of the workshop

There will be a cost associated with the workshop, meals and accommodation. As planning and preparation are in the early stages, efforts are currently being made to keep these costs to a minimum, including the negotiation of subsidies. The fee is expected to be around 290 Euro.
Final date for registration is March 10th. The University will send an invoice to each participant towards the end of February.  This needs to be paid by April 1st.
When you register please inform us if you require vegetarian food.

Draft study tour Sunday 15th June Gudbrandsdalen Valley

There will be a study tour on Sunday 15th June passing one of the most beautiful valleys in Norway surrounded by mountains, National Parks and high altitude farming. A bus will leave from Lillehammer train station Sunday 15th June 13.00 (tentative). The study tour will end at our hotel, Hindsæter Mountain Hotel. 
Lillehammer is located in the beautiful valley Gudbrandsdalen and is the districts major city. The city of Lillehammer hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1994. 
Read more about Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen at: and
Gubdrandsdalen has traditionally been an important tourist destination, but is now rapidly developing to be one of the most important tourist destinations in Norway. There are fast-growing ski resorts. Local authorities and local business in the area are increasingly cooperating in order to boost development. This increases environmental as well as socio-cultural challenges.  We will visit a regional authority and a ski resort.

Plenary speakers and mentors

D.Sc (Arch.) Raine Mäntysalo is research director at Helsinki University of Technology, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, and docent of planning theory and participatory planning at University of Oulu, Finland. His doctoral thesis 'Land-Use Planning as Inter-Organizational Learning' was published in 2001. As a researcher and research coordinator he has participated in a number of research projects concerning especially rural land use planning and the development of eco-efficient planning tools in growing and declining urban areas. Concerning planning theory, he seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice by combining dialectically pragmatic and systems theoretical approaches to planning activity. Helsinki University of Technology/Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (YTK), P.O.Box 9300, FIN-02015 TKK. Tel. +358-9-4514089, Fax. +358-9-4514071, email: raine.mantysalo(at)

Professor Dr. Maros Finka. Finka is director of the SPECTRA Centre of Excellence EU at the STU Bratislava, professor in spatial planning, vice-rector of the STU, member of German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, member of several scientific and advisory boards in Europe. His research activities are focused on spatial development trajectories in the context of the development of knowledge based society and European spatial planning.  He is author of several monographs dealing with spatial planning terminology, current trends in European spatial development and planning,  rehabilitation problems in old industrial cities and regions, competition and collaboration of cities and regions. Slovak Technical University. Nám. Slobody 19, Bratislava, SK-81106. Tel. 00421/7/905 612 465; E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor Umberto Janin Rivolin teaches spatial and urban planning at the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy ( His main research topics are European spatial planning and EU territorial governance. He has been responsible of the Italian national units in the ESPON research projects 2.3.1 “Application and effects of the ESDP in Member States” and  2.3.2 “Governance of territorial and urban policies from EU to local level” ( He is member of the AESOP's Council of Representatives since 2005. Among his publications area European spatial planning and “Southern Perspectives on European Spatial Planning”, plus various articles in scientific journals. E-mail contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Anna Geppert teaches spatial planning at the Institut d'Amánagement du Territoire et de l'Environnement de l'Université de Reims (IATEUR), France. Her research focuses on planning systems and tools. Her next book, written in collaboration with Emmanuelle Lorenzi, analyses the development of strategic planning, "From plans to projects" (under press at the CERTU, French Ministry of Equipment). At the European scale, Anna Geppert analyses the effects of the last enlargments and the evolution of the cohesion policy of the EU.  As member of the Conseil National des Universités (institution which evaluates French academics), Anna Geppert is actively commited to the promotion of clear and transparent standards of academic quality. As Secretary General of AESOP, she acts for the recognition of the planning profession at the European level. E-mail contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Professor Peter Ache, Dr. rer. pol., Dipl.-Ing., is since 2006 Professor of European Metropolitan Planning at Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), Centre for Urban and Regional Studies. In this position he is a member of the Network for Urban Studies. Previous positions include head of research and deputy director at IRPUD, Institute of Spatial Planning at the University of Dortmund, Professor at Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), Lecturer at Bauhaus-University Weimar (European Module), Lecturer at Dortmund University, Project Manager for a German based consultancy, Researcher at CURDS, Newcastle University u.T. Ache is specialised in comparative regional development research and European planning studies. Recent research interest is focused on multi-level and multi-actor strategies and governance structures in European city regions. Projects related to this cover a COST Action on reconciling competitiveness and social cohesion, ESPON projects on territorial governance,an application of the ESDP with Nordregio, and consultancy work for DG Agri on the employment prospects for rural regions. E-mail contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organising committee

Professor Eva Irene Falleth – Dep. of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Norwegian University of Life Science,

Professor Inger-Lise Saglie – Dep. of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Norwegian  University of Life Science,

Professor Sigmund Asmervik –  Dep. of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Norwegian  University of Life Science,

M.Sc. Giancarlo Cotella – Dipartimento Interateneo Territorio (DITER), Politecnico di Torino; Italy