Department of Planning



The 10th Nordic Planning Research Symposium (incl. PhD workshop)

Title: Planning Sustainable Futures

When: 25th-26th August 2022 (PhD course starting 24th August)

Where: Aalborg

Organisers: AESOP Nordic Planning TG / PLANNORD & Aalborg University



Welcome to the next PLANNORD symposium, this time taking place in Aalborg, Denmark. PLANNORD is a platform for networking and exchange of knowledge between researchers and practitioners concerning spatial planning in the Nordic context. Read more about Nordic Planning here.  


The purpose of the symposium is to provide opportunities to discuss sustainable spatial development and planning activities across relevant levels, actors, and disciplines. We have called for abstracts that relate to the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Sustainable Futures - SDGs, degrowth and ‘green shifts’
  • Theme 2: Planning during and post-Covid-19
  • Theme 3: Social and urban justice – rights, segregation, gentrification, and housing
  • Theme 4: Planning theory in a Nordic perspective
  • Theme 5: Governance, participation, and the role of the planner
  • Theme 6: Conflicts and collaborations in planning
  • Theme 7: Perspectives of regulatory planning – challenges and opportunities
  • Theme 8: Spatial data management – tools, methods and digitization of planning

Read a full description of all themes here

We have welcomed individual abstracts and presentations, as well as ‘joint ventures’ where a group of people suggest a session with several abstracts and presentations. Also, it has been possible to suggest ideas for sessions that cut across themes or add supplementary perspectives, such as planning education and competencies.


Practical information

Symposium programme, briefly

Wednesday 24th August: Arrival in Aalborg and welcome reception in the evening

Thursday 25th August: Full day programme

Friday 26th August: Half day programme until noon




Venue, registration, accommodation and transport

The venue will be Aalborg University’s Create-building, centrally located on the harbour front and city centre in Aalborg. Registration and booking of accommodation will be administered by Enjoy Nordjylland through the web-link below. The registration fee is 338 Euro for ordinary participants and 138 Euro for PhD students. Accommodation is not included in the registration fee, however we have ensured availability to very reasonably prized rooms in hotels right next to the venue. For transport, Aalborg has good and frequent connections by both air and land. Aalborg Airport is located only a few minutes from the city centre.


Register here 


Additional information

Through the links below you can find additional information about Aalborg, accommodation, transport and the venue:


Organising committee

Nordic committee:

Carsten Jahn Hansen, Raine Mäntysalo, Maria Håkansson, Knut Bjørn Stokke, Sigrídur Kristjánsdóttir, Kristina Nilsson

Local committee:

Carsten Jahn Hansen, Lars Bodum, Rasmus Nedergård Steffansen, Kristian Olesen, Enza Lissandrello, Janni Sørensen, Michael Tophøj Sørensen


See more about PLANNORD here 

We look forward to welcome you in Aalborg!