36th AESOP Annual Congress 2024 Paris, France
“GAME CHANGER? Planning for just and sustainable urban regions”

Unlocking the Future of Planning. Knowledge, Action, and Reflection for Urban Sustainability, Health, and Well-being of Future Cities and Territories

Organizers and speakers:  

  • Enza Lissandrello, Aalborg University, Ecole d’ Urbanism de Paris (EUP)
  • Nacima Baron, Gustave Eiffel University
  • Marcus Zepf, Ecole d’urbanisme de Paris (EUP), Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC)

Health, well-being, and urban planning are inevitably linked. Urban planning, since its origin, has traditionally addressed issues related to urban health and well-being. However, the multiple crises intertwined with the climate in the post-
pandemic, such as the energy crisis as well as threats to peace in the world, new migration trends, and widespread urbanisation, are worsening the human conditions for urban health and well-being. This special session aims to address research on rethinking the paradigm of knowledge, action, and reflection that will keep planning as an idea of value in the contingency of multiple crises. Interrelated aspects have become urgent issues for human survival due to the  acro- dynamics of the global urban society. Moreover, micro-practices of citizens in the everyday pose several socio-economic and socio-environmental threats to urban infrastructure. Planning knowledge, action, and reflection must become transformative to address this complexity and the interrelated issues of sustainability, health, and well-being.

This session invites planning scholars to present fundamental, practical, and applied research on:
Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge co-production and interfacing academic disciplines to the understanding of vulnerabilities of urban sustainability, urban health, and well-being in cities and their spatial relationships. 

Challenges combining disciplines and approaches seem to be a condition for developing knowledge. However, questions remain on which factors and evidence-based assessments and evaluation, the development and transversal  approaches would improve a progressive planning paradigm to address interrelated aspects of urban sustainability, urban spatiality, and health, unequal urban geographies of spaces and people.

Methodologies that utilise deliberative and participatory approaches to unravel inequality in urban infrastructure, urban health and well-being that materialise in progressive methodologies of action and reflection in spaces, infrastructures and citizen-science opening perspectives and re-orientations to understand urban ecosystems and urban health, health inequities in urban areas and interrelatedaspects of climate change including urban governance for
health and well-being in cities.

Case studies research on urban inequalities operationalised in urban infrastructure, the environment and the urban lifestyle of citizens that focus on the uneven distribution of socio-environmental pressures in different social groups and attempt to address the complex factors that influence the possible urban health trajectories of communities and citizens.

The session invites presentations on questions aimed to advances in knowledge, action and reflection that consider but are not limited to:

  • Approaches grounded on the Anthropocene or “planetary limits” of widespread urbanisation
  • Approached that aim to break dichotomies and oppositions between culture and nature, which tends to de-structure the dominant paradigms of action and thought
  • Approaches grounded on political ecology, “ecological humanities," and ecofeminism
  • Approaches grounded on ‘the right’ to urban health and well-being in urban environments and the climate effects of human activities
  • Approaches to Urban Governance, mutual learnings and reflexivity for Urban health and well-being in Cities and territories

The session intends to establish a platform for a dialogue to think of planning as a triangulation of knowledge, action and reflection. The aim is to combine disciplines and perspectives to understand the links between urban aspects of sustainability, health and well-being and to articulate questions that have the potential to unlock the future of planning. 

Keywords: Transformative planning; Power and Public Deliberation; Infrastructural Citizenship; Mutual Learning and Reflexivity.