Planning theory is a critical-reflective
perspective on urban and regional planning as social-political domain
Planning theory thus conceived relies on a broad, trans-disciplinary understanding of what ‘urban and regional planning’ is. It deals not only with measures related to defined ‘bounded’ spaces – ‘spatial planning’ in the narrow sense – but also with practices, discourses and social relations which contribute to the social construction and social meaning of ‘space’.
An important aspect of this understanding is an interpretive policy approach according to which scientific understanding and normative orientation are not primarily pursued through the analysis of formal structures and procedures, but through critical-interpretive inquiry into concrete practices, interactions and processes which define political agency.
According to this understanding, planning theory can take a mediating position in both topical and epistemological perspective between specific areas of knowledge related to spatial development. Its goal is promoting a transdisciplinary reflection on socio-spatial processes and their political dimension.
Research and teaching at the chair focus on the following topics:
- planning, governance and emerging socio-spatial configurations
- new governance arenas and social interaction processes
- urban development and planning and social conflict
- innovation in urban democracy practices
- transformations in territoriality in trans-scalar perspective
- transnationalisation, Europeanisation and post-nationality in spatial policy
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Legacy, C., Metzger, J., Steele, W. and Gualini, E. (2019), Beyond the post-political: Exploring the relational and situated dynamics of consensus and conflict in planning , Planning Theory, 18.3: 273-281.
Grube, N. (2018)‘You are a tourist! Exploring tourism conflicts by means of performative interventions’  in Frisch, T., Sommer, C., Stoltenberg, L. et al. (eds.) ‚Tourism and Everyday Life in the Contemporary City‘, London/New York, Routledge: 232-254.
Novy, J. and Grube, N. (2018) ‘Streitgrund Stadttourismus- Über die Ursachen und Folgen der Debatte über Overtourism und Tourismusphobie’ , PlanerIn,6.18, SRL: 5-8.
Gross, J.E., Gualini, E. and Ye, L. (eds.) (2018) ‘Constructing Metropolitan Space: Actors, Policies and Processes of Rescaling in World Metropolises’ , Routledge, London/New York
Direct Democracy Ride – "Erfahren" Sie Berlins Volksentscheide! 
Berlin, 24 June 2018
project presentation and public discussion about the current bachelor students project- on methods of direct democracy and the co-creation of city, in cooperation with MakeCity Festival 2018
Program line Nils Grube, Philipp Nimpsch
'International Conference on the Urban Night: Governance, Diversity, Mobility' 
Sofia University, 7-8 June 2018, presentation by Nils Grube titled: Night Tourism Governance and Conflict Regulation under Post-political Conditions
Gualini, E. (2018)
‘Political Articulation and Hegemonic Practices in the Institutionalization of the Urban Order’ , in Salet, W.G.M. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Planning and Institutions in Action, London/New York: Routledge: 43-58.
Gualini, E. and Fricke, C. (2018)
‘‘Who Governs’ Berlin’s Metropolitan Region? The Strategic-Relational Construction of Metropolitan Scale in Berlin-Brandenburg’s Economic Development Policies’ , Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space, onlinefirst
Fricke, C. and Gualini, E. (2018) ‘Metropolitan Regions as Contested Spaces: The Discursive Construction of Metropolitan Space in Comparative Perspective’ , Territory Politics Governance 6.2: 199-221, (special issue on ‘Constructing Metropolitan Scales: Economic, Political and Discursive Determinants’)