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Planning Theory and Urban-Regional Policy Analysis

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Planning theory is a critical-reflective perspective on urban and regional planning as social-political domain of agency.

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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New Publication
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.

New Publication
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.

New Publication
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
'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

New Publication
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.

New Publication
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

New Publication
Fricke, C. and Gualini, E. (2018)<br/> ‘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’)

Collège d’Etudes Mondiales – FMSH, Chaire Villes Globales,, Paris, 28 June 2017: Seminar by Enrico Gualini titled: Indeterminate spaces, reclaimed spaces, contested spaces: Urban development and the struggle for the political

École Urbaine / Centre d’Études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris, 6 June 2017: Seminar by Enrico Gualini titled: Controversy / conflict in policy analysis and planning: critical perspectives

Enrico Gualini is Research Associate at Collège d’Etudes Mondiales – FMSH, Paris, and Visiting Research Fellow at
Centre d’Études Européennes, Sciences Po, Paris,
April-July 2017

Stadtssalonsurbains (Brussels Academy)
Beursschouwburg Brüssel,
30 September 2016,
lecture by Enrico Gualini titled: Contested urban spaces: development struggles as displacement of the borders of the political. Reflections on urban conflicts in Berlin

International Symposium
Moving beyond conflict in planning: Towards a critical consensus politics?
RMIT University Europe,
Barcelona, Spain,
16-17 June 2016
hosted by Critical Urban Governance Programm, RMIT University, Australia & AESOP Planning/Conflict Thematic Group

Visiting Researcher
Dr. Carolina Pacchi
(Assistant Professor at DAStU, Politecnico di Milano) is visiting researcher at the chair in summer semester 2016 as DAAD fellow and guest of TU strategic partnership

Visiting Fellowship
Enrico Gualini is Visiting Fellow at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, COSMOPOLIS / Department of Political Science POLI, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
in March/ August-September 2016

New Publication
'Conflict in the City:
Contested Urban Spaces
and Local Democracy'

by Enrico Gualini, Jõao Morais Mourato und Marco Allegra (eds.),
Jovis, Berlin

New Publication
'Planning and Conflict:
Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments'

by Enrico Gualini (ed.),
Routledge (RTPI Series),
London/New York

International Conference
'RC21 Conference of the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development'
Urbino, 27-29 August 2015,
presentation by Enrico Gualini and Carola Fricke titled: Who governs’ the Berlin metropolitan region? The strategic-relational construction of metropolitan space in Berlin-Brandenburg spatial and economic development policies

International Conference
'RC21 Conference of the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development'
Urbino, 27-29 August 2015,
presentation by Carola Fricke titled: Europeanization of Metropolitan Regions? City-regional Policies in Supra-national and Sub-national contexts

International Conference
'RC21 Conference of the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development'
Urbino, 27-29 August 2015,
Enrico Gualini (with Walter Nicholls) chair of session E10: Contentious planning: insurgent practices and new democratic openings

International Congress
'AESOP Congress'
Prague, 13-16 July 2015,
Enrico Gualini (with Willem Salet) chair of Track 1: Planning Theory and Methodologies

International Conference
'IPA 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis'
Lille, 8-10 July 2015,
presentation by Enrico Gualini titled: Innovative governance' as hegemonic practice: dis-articulating / re-articulating the urban order through translation

International Conference
'IPA 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis'
Lille, 8-10 July 2015,
presentation by Carola Fricke titled: Tracing Policy Change and Learning in the Europeanization of Metropolitan Policies

International Workshop
Constructing Metropolitan Space: The role of economic development actors and policies in the rescaling of metropolitan regions. A comparative analysis of large metropolitan areas in the world
4. IMRC Workshop,
Technische Universität Berlin,
26-27 June 2015,
concept and organization:
Enrico Gualini und Carola Fricke

International Conference
AAG Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, 21-25 April 2015
presentation by Enrico Gualini titled: Contention, mobilization and conflict in (un-)making the urban order: in search of the political in 'late neoliberalism'