AESOP Best Congress Paper Award 2019
The selection of the nominated papers is carried out by a committee. The AESOP Best Congress Paper Award Committee consists of the following members:
- Tuna Tasan-Kok, Chair (University of Amsterdam)
- Mike Raco, Vice Chair (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL)
- Sabine Knierbein (Vienna University of Technology)
- Jonathan Metzger (Royal Institute of Technology, KTH)
- Cristiana Rossignolo (Politecnico di Torino)
- Pieter Van den Broeck (Catholic University of Leuven)
A first pool of papers results from nominations by the Track co-Chairs among all the self-nominated papers submitted. An evaluation is then carried out by the Committee based on the following criteria: Theoretical strength, Clarity of argument, Originality, Quality of writing, Methodology and Relevance to current debates.
The final short list comprises the following articles:
- Talia Margalit, Nir Mualam, Selective rescaling and inequality: The Israeli national plan for earthquake preparedness in Track 4/ Institutional change and regional (Paper ID 76543);
- Federica Appendino, Charlotte Roux, Myriam Saadé, Bruno Peuportier, Circular economy in urban projects: a case studies analysis of current practices and tools in Track 10/ Urban metabolism and circular economy (Paper ID 77574);
- Ute Neumann, Public Space as Protest Space: Between Visibility and Insecurity in Track 15/ Tourism, public spaces and urban cultures (Paper ID 76674);
This year's Best Congress Paper Award went to Federica Appendino, Charlotte Roux, Myriam Saadé and Bruno Peuportier
for the paper
Circular economy in urban projects: a case studies analysis of current practices and tools
in Track 10/ Urban metabolism and circular economy
According to the Best Congress Paper Award Committee, this paper is based on a very timely and original idea, and a detailed comparative research to contribute to the growing area of ‘circular neighbourhoods’. By carefully investigating 4 projects in Europe the authors identified and classified circular economy initiatives, actions and assessment tools by using interviews and document analysis. Their results demonstrate a diverse representation of the circular economy paradigm, and a growing role played by these assessment tools in urban planning.
The Committee felt that the paper was particularly significant due to its argumentation, careful literature review, and conceptual and methodological framing which were enriched by deployment of comparative research methods. The study points out lack of research in this field especially concerning the application of circular economy principles to urban projects and their assessment. In contemporary urban planning practice, especially under challenging economic and ecological conditions this study not only contributes to the operationalization of the circular economy context in urban planning but also underlines the further need of research in this field.
The paper written by Ute Neumann from TU Kaiserlautern, titled Public Space as Protest Space: Between Visibility and Insecurity took the second place, followed by the paper Selective rescaling and inequality: The Israeli national plan for earthquake preparedness written by Talia Margalit from Tel Aviv University and Nir Mualam from The Technion, which took the third place in the ranking.
On behalf of the AESOP Community, we would like to congratulate the author and to express our thanks to Tuna Tasan-Kok (Chair) and the Award Committee members for all their hard and skillful work.