2020 may have been an annus horribilis in many ways. The pandemic clearly also affected our work and disrupted academic publishing. However, it was still a successful year for publishing the research done in the Spatial Planning & Strategy section. Several books and many articles in leading journals written by our team were during that year, with news of manuscript acceptance and publication lifting our spirits during those difficult times. We covered a huge variety of topics in those publications, from regional design, ideology and rhetorics in planning, impacts of self-driving vehicles on cities, evolution of spatial planning systems in Europe, EU Cohesion Policy, citification of metropolitan regions, energy transition, planning for resilience and climate adaptation, urbanisation in Asia, spatial justice, inclusive public space, housing in the Netherlands, innovations in planning education, the spatial dimension of sexual violence in cities, to space syntax applications. Have a look below at the selection of the most important of our 2020 publications and enjoy the reading (links included).


Spatial planning systems:

Nadin, V., Stead, D., Dąbrowski, M., & Fernandez-Maldonado, A. M. (2020). Integrated, adaptive and participatory spatial planning: trends across Europe. Regional Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2020.1817363

Van Assen, S. and Van Campen, J. (2020) Q-teams: The balancing act and the tool repertoire for stimulating spatial quality (NL). https://urbanmaestro.org/example/q-teams/

Regional design:

Balz, V., & Zonneveld, W. (2020). The Institutionalisation of a Creative Practice: Changing Roles of Regional Design in Dutch National Planning. In V. Lingua, & V. Balz (Eds.), Shaping Regional Futures: Designing and Visioning in Governance Rescaling (pp. 27-42). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23573-4_3

Lingua, V., & Balz, V. (Eds.) (2020). Shaping Regional Futures: Designing and Visioning in Governance Rescaling. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23573-4

Planning education:

Amenta, L., & Qu, L. (2020). Experimenting with Circularity When Designing Contemporary Regions: Adaptation Strategies for More Resilient and Regenerative Metropolitan Areas of Amsterdam and Naples Developed in University Studio Settings . Sustainability, 12(11), [4549]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114549

Diedrich, L., Janches, F. and Sepúlveda Carmona, D. (2020) Experiences from transdisciplinary academic programs, In: Janches, F. and Angelomé, J.C. (eds) Tactics and strategies for the comprehensive improvement of the urban water landscape: Cuenca Río Reconquista case. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Secretaría de Ciencia y Técnica, 212-215.

Rooij, R. M., Rocco, R., Hausleitner, B., Newton, C. E. L., & Aalbers, K. P. M. (2020). Education for the resilient city – teaching and learning urban design and planning in COVID-19 times. Proceedings of the ICE – Urban Design and Planning, 173(4), 119-124. [2000052]. https://doi.org/10.1680/jurdp.20.00052

Rocco, R., & Pojani, D. (2020). Edutainment: Role-Playing versus Serious Gaming in Planning Education. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X20902251

Rocco, R., 2020, The relationship between text and image in research. Inzicht: Academische vaardigheden voor bouwkundigen 2020-2021_Q1. Hoekstra, M., Lousberg, L., Rooij, R., Wilms Floet, W. & Zijlstra, S. (eds.). Delft University of Technology, p. 141-153 13 p.

EU Cohesion Policy:

Dąbrowski, M., Spaans, M., Fernandez-Maldonado, A. M., & Rocco, R. (2020). Cohesion Policy and the citizens’ perceptions of the EU: the role of communication and implementation. European Planning Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2020.1805413

Dąbrowski, M., Stead, D., & Mashhoodi, B. (2020). 2 Regional Variation in EU Identification in the Southern and Eastern Peripheries of Europe: Does Cohesion Policy Matter?. In I. Musiałkowska, P. Idczak, and O. Potluka (Eds.) Successes & Failures in EU Cohesion Policy: An Introduction to EU cohesion policy in Eastern, Central, and Southern Europe. Warsaw / Berlin: De Gruyter, Pp. 26–44. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9788395720451-003

Faludi, A. (2020). Policy debate: Government and governance on the Western Balkans. Journal of Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance: Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, II. Pp.19-23. ISSN 2707-9384. http://www.co-plan.org/en/policy-debate-government-and-governance-on-the-western-balkans/ 

Forgaci, C., Gorghiu, R., Ivanov, I., Maier, A., Paslaru, D. N., Stadler, R. L., Zagan, L., Stead, D., Ghita, A., Rus, C., Gensheimer, M., Ghintuiala, D. L., Dragomir, A-M., Gorghiu, S-A., Pirvu, A-E., Matei, R., Pop, S., Ghise, C. I., Gauk, M., … Iotzov, V. (2020). State of the European Territory: ESPON contribution to the debate on Cohesion Policy post 2020. ESPON. https://www.espon.eu/state-european-territory

Mattila, H., Purkarthofer, E., & Humer, A. (2020). Governing ‘places that don’t matter’: agonistic spatial planning practices in Finnish peripheral regions. Territory, Politics, Governance. https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2020.1857824 

Climate change, resilience and planning: 

Das Sharma, A., Bracken, G., & Balz, V. E. (2020). Environmental Migration and Regional Livelihood Planning: A Livelihood Planning Approach to Circular Migration. Environmental Justice, 13(5), 173-180. https://doi.org/10.1089/env.2020.0010

Meng, M., Dabrowski, M. M., & Stead, D. (2020). Enhancing Flood Resilience and Climate Adaptation: The State of the Art and New Directions for Spatial Planning . Sustainability, 12(19), [7864]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197864

Sepúlveda Carmona, D. (2020) Exploring socio-environmental approaches as a platform for local co-development under the variability of climate change. The case of the Reconquista River Project. In: Janches, F. and Angelomé, J.C. (eds) Tactics and strategies for the comprehensive improvement of the urban water landscape: Cuenca Río Reconquista case. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Secretaría de Ciencia y Técnica, 51-60.

Spatial justice:

Munoz Unceta, P. A., Hausleitner, B., & Dabrowski, M. (2020). Socio-Spatial Segregation and the Spatial Structure of ‘Ordinary’ Activities in the Global South. Urban Planning, 5(3), 303-318. https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v5i3.3047del Hierro, S., Carvalho Filho, L., & Tjong-Ayong, J. (2020). Reimagining Heerenstraat: Actief Erfgoed in de Historische Binnestad van Paramaribo (1st ed.). Delft: TU Delft Open Books. https://doi.org/10.47982/oaac.7

Energy transition:

Asarpota, K., & Nadin, V. (2020). Energy Strategies, the Urban Dimension, and Spatial Planning. Energies, 13(14), [3642]. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13143642

Koning. R.E., Tan, W.G.Z., and van Nes, A., 2020, “Assessing Spatial Configurations and Transport Energy Usage for Planning Sustainable Communities”, Sustainability 2020, 12, 8146. https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/19/8146

Mashhoodi, B., Stead, D., & van Timmeren, A. (2020). Land surface temperature and households’ energy consumption: Who is affected and where? Applied Geography, 114, [102125]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2019.102125

Mashhoodi, B., Stead, D., & van Timmeren, A. (2020). Spatializing household energy consumption in the Netherlands: Socioeconomic, urban morphology, microclimate, land surface temperature and vegetation data. Data in Brief, 29, [105118]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.105118


Cardoso, R.V., & Meijers, E. J. (2020). Metropolisation: the winding road toward the citification of the region. Urban Geography. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2020.1828558               

Cardoso R.V. & Meijers E.J. (2020) The process of metropolisation in megacity-regions. In D. Labbe & A. Sorensen (Eds.), Handbook on Megacities and Megacity-Regions (pp. 360-375). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. http://doi.org/10.4337/9781788972703.

Urbanisation in Asia:

Bracken, G., Rabe, P., Parthasarathy, R., Sami, N., & Bing, Z. (Eds.) (2020). Future Challenges of Cities in Asia. (Asian Cities). Amsterdam University Press.

Bracken, G. (Ed.) (2020). Contemporary Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West: Care of the Self. (Asian Cities). Amsterdam University Press.

Chen, Y., & Qu, L. (2020). Emerging participative approaches for urban regeneration in Chinese megacities. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 146(1), [04019029]. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000550

Qu, L. (2020). Toward Inclusive, Vital and Livable City Scenarios: The Transformation of Urban Villages in Shenzhen. In G. Bracken, P. Rabé, R. Parthasarathy, N. Sami, & B. Zhang (Eds.), Future Challenges of Cities in Asia (pp. 39-64). (Asian Cities). Amsterdam University Press. https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463728812/future-challenges-of-cities-in-asia

Song, Y., Stead, D., & de Jong, M. (2020). New Town Development and Sustainable Transition under Urban Entrepreneurialism in China. Sustainability, 12(12), [5179]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125179

Transport and infrastructure:

Gallent, N., Morphet, J., Chiu, R. L. H., Filion, P., Fischer, K. F., Gurran, N., Li, P., Schwartz, A., & Stead, D. (2020). International experience of public infrastructure delivery in support of housing growth. Cities, 107, [102920]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102920

González-González, E., Nogués, S., & Stead, D. (2020). Parking futures: Preparing European cities for the advent of automated vehicles. Land Use Policy, 91, [104010]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.05.029

Mladenović, M. N., Stead, D., Milakis, D., Pangbourne, K., & Givoni, M. (2020). Governance cultures and sociotechnical imaginaries of self-driving vehicle technology: Comparative analysis of Finland, UK and Germany. In D. Milakis, N. Thomopoulo, & B. van Wee (Eds.), Advances in Transport Policy and Planning (Vol. 5, pp. 235-262). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.atpp.2020.01.001 

Pangbourne, K., Mladenović, M. N., Stead, D., & Milakis, D. (2020). Questioning mobility as a service: Unanticipated implications for society and governance. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 131, 35-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2019.09.033

Planning theory:

Davoudi, S., Galland, D., & Stead, D. (2020). Reinventing planning and planners: Ideological decontestations and rhetorical appeals. Planning Theory, 19(1), 17-37. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473095219869386

Space syntax:

de Koning, R. E., Roald, H. J., & van Nes, A. (2020). A Scientific Approach to the Densification Debate in Bergen Centre in Norway. Sustainability, 12(21), [9178]. 


van Nes, A., & Yamu, C. (2020). Exploring Challenges in Space Syntax Theory Building: The Use of Positivist and Hermeneutic Explanatory Models . Sustainability, 12(17), [7133]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177133

Yamu C. and Van Nes, A., 2020, “A fractal norm for urban planning”, in: Yamu, C., de Roo, G., and Zuidema, C. (eds.) Handbook on Planning and Complexity, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham, UK. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/handbook-on-planning-and-complexity-9781786439178.html 

Gender perspectives:

Vansetti Miranda, J., & van Nes, A. (2020). Sexual Violence in the City: Space, Gender, and the Occurrence of Sexual Violence in Rotterdam. Sustainability, 12(18), [7609]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187609

Public space:

Rooij, R., & van Dorst, M. (2020). A Pattern Language Approach to Learning in Planning. Urban Planning, 5(1), 58-64. https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v5i1.2961

Sezer, C. (2020). Visibility, democratic public space and socially inclusive cities: The presence and changes of Turkish amenities in Amsterdam. A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment. https://doi.org/10.7480/abe.2020.4


Newton, C., Verstraete, J., & Maes, N. (2020). The Village People? 1M Homes Initiative. https://doi.org/10.47982/1mh.14 

Special issues:

Yamu, C., van Nes, A., Garau, C. (2020). Special Issue: Space Syntax and the Sustainable City: Theory, Methods and Applications. Sustainability, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/space_sus_city 

Pojani, D., Corcoran, J., Mateo-Babiano, I., Sipe, N., & Stead, D. (2020). Special issue on global transitions of urban mobility and land use. Land Use Policy, 91, [104425]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104425

Rooij, R. M. (Guest ed.), Klaassen, R. G. (Guest ed.), Cavallo, R. (Guest ed.), & Arts, J. A. (Guest ed.) (2020). Special Issue: Architecture and built environment design education. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 30(5). https://link.springer.com/journal/10798/volumes-and-issues/30-5


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