spatial indicators; spatial planning; grounded theory; land change modelling; plan implementation; urban region; governance
Sophie Rudolf, Keinast Felix, Hersperger Anna M. (2018), Planning for compact urban forms: local growth-management approaches and their evolution over time, in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
, 61(3), 474-492.
Niță M.R, Badiu D.L., Onose D.A., Gavrilidis A.A., Grădinaru S.R., Năstase I.I., Lafortezza R (2018), Using local knowledge and sustainable transport to promote a greener city: The case of Bucharest, Romania, in Environmental Research
, 160, 331-338.
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Book review: Sustainable landscape planning in selected urban regions, in Journal of Urban Affairs
Hossu C., Loja I.C., Niță M., Hartel T., Badiu D. L., Hersperger A. M. (2017), Need for a cross-sector approach in protected area management, in Land Use Policy
, 69, 586-597.
Sophie Rudolf, Grădinaru Simona, Hersperger Anna M. (2017), Etat des lieux de la qualité et de l'utilité des plans directeurs communaux
Sophie Rudolf, Grădinaru Simona (2017), The quality and implementation of local plans: An integrated evaluation, in Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Book review: Local government and urban governance in Europe, in Planning Theory & Practice
Sophie Rudolf, Grădinaru Simona, Hersperger Anna M. (2017), Impact of planning mandates on local plans: a multi-method assessment, in European Planning Studies
, 25(12), 2192-2211.
Hersperger A.M., Mueller G., Knöpfel M., Siegfried A., Kienast F. (2017), Evaluating outcomes in planning: Indicators and reference values for Swiss landscapes, in Ecological Indicators
, 77, 96-104.
Grădinaru S., Iojă C., Pătru-Stupariu I, Hersperger A.M. (2017), Are Spatial Planning Objectives Reflected in the Evolution of Urban Landscape Patterns? A Framework for the Evaluation of Spatial Planning Outcomes, in Sustainability
, 9(8), 1-17.
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Book review: Citizen Empowerment and Innovation in the Data-Rich Cit, in Journal of Urban Technology
, 24(2), 111-114.
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Book review: Decentralization in Environmental Governance: A post-contingency approach, in Journal of Planning Literature
, 32(3), 254-254.
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Book review: Governance Networks in the Public Sector, in Governance
, 30(4), 732-734.
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Book review: Human smart cities – Rethinking the interplay between design and planning., in Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science
, 44(6), 1169-1171.
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Book review: Situated Practices of Strategic Planning – An international perspective, in European Planning Studies
, 25(2), 351-354.
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Editorial for virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective, in Regional Studies, Regional Science
, 4(1), 1-6.
Oliveira Eduardo, Hersperger Anna (2017), Overcoming Resource Scarcity by Implementing Strategic Regional Plans through Urban-Regional Development Projects: A European Perspective, in The AESOP 2017 Congress eBook of Proceedings
Oliveira Eduardo (2017), Paving the way to the career turning point: how to survive a Ph.D. dissertation and position yourself to be successful on the job market, in Zavattaro Staci, Orr Shannon (ed.), Springer, USA, 73-93.
Oliveira Eduardo, Ashworth Gregory (2017), Place branding in Strategic Spatial Planning: Challenges and Opportunities, in Campelo Adriana (ed.), 22-40.
Pagliarin Sofia (2016), Working leisure: entertaining guests in gated tourist resorts, in Leisure Studies
, 36(6), 752-763.
Oliveira Eduardo (2016), Book review: Image of Istanbul, Impact of ECoC 2010 on The City Image, in Border Crossing
, 6(2), 386-389.
Oliveira Eduardo (2016), Book review: Territorial Governance across Europe - Pathways, Practices and Prospects, in Regional Studies
, 50(11), 1943-1944.
Oliveira Eduardo (2016), Conference Report. Building bridges: cities and regions in a transnational world, in Town Planning Review
, 87(4), 481-486.
Badiu D., Ioja C., Patroescu M., Breuste J, Artmann M, Niță M, Grădinaru S, Hossu C, Onose D (2016), Is urban green space per capita a valuable target to achieve cities’sustainability goals? Romania as a case study, in Ecological Indicators
, 70, 53-66.
Oliveira Eduardo (2016), Place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument: A theoretical framework to branding regions with references to northern Portugal, in Journal of Place Management and Development
, 9(1), 47-72.
Oliveira Eduardo, Book review: Land Ownership and Land Use Development: The Integration of Past, Present, and Future in Spatial Planning and Land Management Policies, in Landscape journal
, 36(2), 00-00.
Bacau Simona, Schmid Franziska, Oliveira Eduardo, Conference report: CONCUR Expert Workshop - The Impact of Strategic Spatial Plans on Land Change in Urban Regions: Debating Plan Making and Plan Implementation, in Town Planning Review
Pagliarin Sofia, Linking processes and patterns: Spatial planning, governance and urban sprawl in the Barcelona and Milan metropolitan regions, in Urban Studies
Grădinaru Simona, Kienast Felix, Psomas Achilleas, Using multi-seasonal Landsat imagery for rapid identification of abandoned land in areas affected by urban sprawl, in Ecological Indicators
Urban regions are undergoing a highly dynamic global process of land change. Planning and governance have a long tradition in urban areas as a means to guiding spatial development. However, a realistic model of the contribution of planning and policy to land change is still lacking, and planning is therefore only rudimentarily considered in land-change science. The research proposed here should help clarify how panning and policy affects land change. The key challenge is that planning is context-sensitive while land-change modelling aims for generality. The overall aim of this ground-breaking, highly interdisciplinary proposal is to bridge these distinct paradigms and develop a scientific basis for adequately integrating regional spatial policies into land-change modelling. The first objective is to develop a theoretical model with the following core concepts: (1) spatial concepts as contained in strategic spatial plans, (2) key elements of governance efficiency, and (3) supra-regional development trajectories. The second objective is to assess the applicability of the theoretical framework by operationalizing the model and subsequently testing it and its operationalization in the urban regions of Zurich, Bucharest, and Austin, Texas. Different social science and natural science methods will be applied and new methods developed. Indicators will be developed to quantify spatial concept, neighborhood configurations, and land use in order to “translate” the information contained in spatial strategy diagrams into pixel maps. Qualitative and quantitative case-studies of European urban regions will be compared to identify key elements of governance efficiency and randomness in supra-regional development trajectories. Standardized questionnaires will be developed for efficient data collection as will protocols for indicator calculations. These tools will operationalize the theoretical model so that it can be systematically applied in land-change modelling. The proposed research is highly interdisciplinary and draws on recent advances in the fields of regional governance, spatial strategic planning, and spatial analysis. The envisaged results may well revolutionize our understanding of the impact planning can have in urban regions and should lead to more realistic applications of planning intentions and plan implementation in land-change models. These models should consequently improve and are expected to become truly useful for decision-making and support politicians in their quest to guide change in sustainable directions.