Text Box: The aim of the PhD workshop is to promote a lively meeting during three days, which will create the space for the share of experiences and thoughts and allow positive contributions to each PhD researcher.     
Specific topics: Starting from the main theme of the 2017 congress “Spaces of dialogue for places of dignity”, we propose to address three main topics: (1) the nature of the normative dimension of planning; (2) spatial planning and multi-scalar complexity; (3) and planners and the dialectics between planning and the role of the State. More than application submissions that “fit” into these topics we hope that they can inspire debate about the content, the methodology and the aims of students’ PhD research projects. 
The nature of the normative dimension of planning; challenges for planning research. The design of norms and rules play a central role in planners’ work and the aim for equity and justice is very much part of it. As planning evolved in its nature, scope and purpose, namely through the incorporation of strategic perspectives, there is a need to reconceptualise the normative dimension. Louis Albrechts, for instance, argues that “the normative dimension inscribed in strategic spatial planning is of an ethical nature”. During the workshop tutors will be invited to discuss normative related issues regarding students’ research projects. 
Spatial planning and multi-scalar complexity: challenges for planning research. Spatial planning in specific territorial contexts are nowadays facing a diversity of circumstances deeply rooted in multi-scalar dimensions – from the very nature of the problems, through legislative framework and knowledge flows, to policy guidance and decision making processes. At the same time, planning is required to be responsive to territorially-based communities and stimulate public participation and civic engagement. During the workshop tutors will be invited to address the challenges for planning research of this complexity.
Planners and the dialectics between planning and the role of the State: challenges for planning research. In a dynamic setting in which planning is performed the role of the state remains critical, as in most contexts planning is traditionally seen as an activity of public concern. Planners, as professional and individuals, are often caught within the tensions between the aims of the planning systems and changing perceptions about the nature and role of the State, as well as between the need for transformative changes and the deeply embedded cultural attitudes. During the workshop tutors will be invited to address these tensions in terms of challenges for planning research.  

Structure of the event: A three days event with plenary and parallel sessions

We are happy to announce some of the names of mentors in this workshop: 
Prof. Patsy Healey, Prof. Huw Thomas, Prof. Lia Vasconcelos, Prof. Ben Davy and Prof. Stefanie Dühr

Objectives and specific topics

Department Social, Political and Territorial Sciences






University of Aveiro

Campus Universitįrio de Santiago

 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

AESOP 2017  - PhD AVEIRO WORKSHOP - Spaces of dialog for places of dignity: challenges for planning research