Dear members of the AESOP Young Academics network,

We are happy to announce the call for a new Editor in Chief of our Young Academics booklet series Conversations in Planning. The YA Coordination Team is seeking to appoint a new Editor in Chief starting 1st April 2018 for a duration of 2 years.

Conversations in Planning is a booklet series managed by the Young Academic Network. It’s open access e-publications are outcomes of collaborative efforts between young academics and more established scholars. The booklet series thus serve multiple purposes:

The series initiates discussions relevant to the discipline.

The booklets are published on AESOP’s digital platform, which facilitates the dissemination of the publications to a global audience as they are freely accessible for all;

Through the collaborative efforts of YAs and established scholars the goal is to push the debates further.  This platform thus gives young academics the chance to develop their intellectual and academic skills through interaction with established academics and/or practitioners.

Conversations in Planning welcomes contributions from members of the young academic network: early-stage researchers, students, activists, practitioners. It encourages YA’s to kick-start their academic/professional careers by providing a platform for booklet publications. Conversations in Planning started in 2013 and has an editorial committee consisting of 3 members in addition to the Editor in Chief. Currently publication of booklets in collaboration with the following scholars are forthcoming: Ananya Roy, Michael Gunder, Alessandro Balducci, Susan Fainstein, etc.


Your responsibility as Editor in Chief will include:

planning and developing (with the support of other members of the Editorial Board) special calls for contributions,

managing the review and publication process of the booklets and making sure that contributions do not violate international standards of law, scientific practice and ethics,

coordinating between the Conversations in Planning’s editorial board and the YA Coordination team

the administration of Conversations in Planning information on both the YA and AESOP websites

Provide the YA Coordination Team with regular activity and financial reports

Prepare funding requests, to be approved by the YA Coordination Team and submitted to the AESOP Council of Representatives

Your work will be supported by additional supporting editors (currently Dr. Chandrima Mukhopadhya, Giusy Pappalardo, and  Chiara Belingardi) as well as previous Editor in Chief who will be taking up the role of Senior Advisor for the first year. Future supporting members of the editorial board will be appointed by the Editor in Chief in collaboration with the YA Coordination Team.   


The YA Coordination Team wants to express its gratitude to the former Editor in Chief of the booklet series Dr. Mona Abdelwahab who both initiated and managed the project since its conception. Thank you for all the time and efforts you have invested into the booklet series. But most of all thank you for the heart and passion you invested into this project.


Please apply before March 15th 2018 by emailing your CV and a short statement of motivation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Preference will be given to candidates, who have been involved in YA activities in recent years and/or have previous experience in managing and/or editing academic publications.   


Best regards,

Anaïs De Keijser

(on the behalf of the Coordination Team of the AESOP Young Academics network)

The Young Academics Network