Department of Planning

Research projects

Research Projects

AESOP ‘Nordic Planning’ thematic group

AESOP is the only representation of planning schools of Europe. Is leading in debates and initiatives regarding planning education and planning qualifications of future professionals concerned with spatial and urban development and management across Europe. The AESOP thematic group ‘Nordic Planning’ (an extension of PLANNORD) is aimed as a platform for networking and exchange of knowledge, concerning spatial planning in the Nordic context faced with global trends and challenges. The purpose of the group is to share experiences and insights on contemporary and emerging planning challenges, related to various development conditions and scales of spatial planning and governance. The aim is to promote spatial planning research and education excellence, incl. PhD education, concerning the Nordic context, and to facilitate peer support for the academic community, while also facilitating knowledge sharing and collaboration between academia and planning practice.

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AESOP quality recognition programme

DG is Chair of the Excellence in Education Board, Member of the AESOP Executive Committee and responsible for AESOP QR Programme.

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City Lab Car


The CITYLAB project aims to stimulate innovation in teaching in higher education through problem-based learning in the Caribbean, to make higher education institutes and students better prepared to deal with contemporary urban problems and challenges. Problem-based learning is a proven innovative approach for introducing real-world problems in the education program with huge possibilities to transform the quality of learning and teaching. It is a kind of active, integrated and constructive learning method that works from a student centered approach and emphasizes on learning to learn and learning by doing, and breaks with traditional teaching methods, which are still the dominant educational methods used in the Caribbean higher education institutes. 

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Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility:
EU and Astralasian Innovations (CCAMEU)

This is a Jean Monnet Network funded by the EU which investigates the impact digital enabled mobility system. As the danish partner we are responsible for relating it to the smart and livable city.  

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The Danish Centre for Spatial Planning (DCSP) 

DCSP is a platform for knowledge interaction and networking activities between researchers and practitioners concerned with spatial development, governance and planning. DCSP aims to discuss spatial change processes and challenges and how they are dealt with in governance and planning – in particular how they are coordinated, organised, facilitated, regulated and administrated. This entails a wide spectrum of themes: sustainable land use, climate change planning, planning spaces and innovations, participation and inclusion, urban regions, coastal planning, rural planning, municipal planning, community development, smart cities, and citizen social science. DCSP serves as a cross-research group platform in the Department of Planning for AAU’s activities in PLANNORD, AESOP Nordic Planning thematic group, ESPON, and in several research projects.

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ESPON is an applied research programme and network aimed at supporting the formulation of territorial development policies in Europe. To this end, the programme produces wide-ranging and systematic data on territorial trends related to various economic, social and environmental aspects, with a view to identifying the potential of regions, cities and larger territories and the economic challenges they face. ESPON activities cover all EU Member States, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, and involve more than 130 bodies across the continent. ESPON-DK is the Danish branch of the network, and Aalborg University, and the Danish Centre for Spatial Planning, has been appointed by the Danish Business Authority as the Danish European Contact Point (ECP) within ESPON.

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Evaluating Spatial Planning Practices with Digital Plan Data

Led by the University of Copenhagen. Daniel Galland is project partner. The project ends in Feb 2021.

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Field of Goals (FOG) - Co-production and implementation of the sustainability goals in regional and local planning

Aimed at the Norwegian context the aim of the project is to create tools to implement the SDGs in local and regional planning and in planning education. 

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Food, Mobility and Housing in the sustainable transition of everyday life (FoMoHo) 

This is a project founded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) that investigate young adults with focus on their food, mobility and housing practices in everyday life. The focus is on how everyday practices interlink with each other and how institutional material arrangements interact with these everyday practices. 

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Green transition paths

Malene Lindberg’s PhD project is a part of the Green Transition Paths project hosted by Theresa Scavenius (TAPAR research group). The PhD project investigates how neighborhood inequality affects efforts to transition urban mobilities towards sustainable futures.

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JustDe: Jus­ti­fic­a­tion for Agree­ment-based Ap­proaches in Nordic Spa­tial Plan­ning: To­wards Situ­ational Dir­ectDemo­cracy

Led by University of Helsinki. Daniel Galland is collaborative project partner. The project ends in Oct 2022.

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Masterclass (coast to coast climate challenge)

This project is financed by the Coast to Coast Climate Challenge (C2C CC), which is anchored in the EU LIFE program. The aim of the project is to systematize and anchor the on-going innovations in the water sector regarding climate adaptation among the involved planners in order to create the foundation for a new wave of green growth in Denmark. In the C2C CC project, a number of innovative projects are running with the aim to realise and implement ambitious design of infrastructure to prevent flooding within the region. Through the Masterclass, we take part in collecting, sharing and advancing the innovative ideas within a selection of the ongoing projects. Three workshops are carried out with specific emphasis on strategically strengthening the way that project leaders and planners relate to value creation in their projects and challenge prevailing planning practices. Input from research is provided through lectures and learning activities with starting point in an e-learning platform. A key outcome of the project – besides learning and innovation in professional practices – is development of new process tools developed in collaboration between practitioners and researchers.

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NordicPATH – Nordic Participatory and Healthy Cities

The projects overall objective is to establish a new model for citizens' participation and collaborative planning in the Nordic countries focused on urban air quality and the interlinked challenge of climate change.

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Nordjyske Planlæggere

Nordjyske Planlæggere (The North Jutland Planners) is a network of planners in Northern Jutland. They host events throughout the year and actively contribute to an open dialogue between educational institutions, public authorities, politicians, companies, experts, and citizens.

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Preserving and sustainably governing cultural heritage and landscapes in European coastal and maritime regions (PERICLES) is an EU-funded research and innovation project. PERICLES promotes sustainable, participatory governance of cultural heritage in European coastal and maritime regions through a unique interdisciplinary and geographically wide-ranging approach. The overall aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate a comprehensive framework to understand, preserve and utilize maritime cultural heritage for societal good.

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PLANNORD is a platform for networking and exchange of knowledge concerning spatial planning. It is a forum that primarily operates in a Nordic context, however with an extensive international reach out. The platform is aimed at raising awareness of emerging planning challenges, trends and practices in connection with various development conditions and different scales of spatial governance activities. PLANNORD seeks to provide an opportunity to look across the varied spectrum of planning activities in a search for the new settings and roles that spatial planning adopts in societal development. The main form of activity are bi-annual symposia, hosted by each Nordic country in turn. From 2020, PLANNORD extended its activity by establishing an AESOP ‘Nordic Planning’ thematic group.

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Sommerhuse og verdensmål – benyttelse, beskyttelse og planlægning? 

The project main goals are to conduct a status update on the knowledge on second home developments and planning in Denmark and assess the status in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.



Sustainable Innovative Mobility Solutions SIMS 

This is a project funded by the Innovation foundation with a vison to develop sustainable and multi modal mobility solutions that are adapted to citizens everyday practice. The empirical outset is three urban areas within and around Copenhagen.

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