Department of Planning


PLANNORD symposia and activities

PLANNORD symposia and activities

PLANNORDs main activity is the organization of biannual symposia for both researchers and practitioners. Our symposia are deliberately small-scaled in order to generate as much discussion and interaction as possible.

This includes special attention to PhD students and young academics in order to extend their Nordic networks. PhD students will find that a symposium is also partly organized as a PhD course activity (including credits) with opponents on presentations and papers.

recent activities

Crisis in planning/planning in crisis – a Nordic perspective

Stockholm 2015

How can we understand the current state for spatial planning in the Nordic countries? Is planning and its institutions contested, or are we rather witnessing a revival?

The situation might be described as dual – on the one hand we can find accusations of planning as ineffective, inappropriate to meet contemporary challenges and needs, invalid in a market driven society and thus as an institution with low legitimacy; on the other hand as essential and preventive in meeting problems caused by climate change, urbanisation, segregation or insufficient transport systems. It is also sometimes considered as a driver of growth and sustainable development. Planning could thus be seen both as causing the problem and as the solution to the problem.

Currently we can detect partly different trends in the Nordic countries, due to changes in policies, legal systems and practice. Can we talk about Nordic planning as something with common conditions and interests?

We welcome papers from researchers, practitioners and PhD-students, elaborating on the overall theme of the symposium with special focus on the impact the on-going development may have on planning research, education, practice or/and the role of planner in a Nordic context.