plaNext–Next Generation Planning

plaNext–Next Generation Planning is an international peer-reviewed open access e-journal. The young academics network of AESOP founded plaNext to provide prospective authors with an opportunity to engage their ideas in international planning debates as well as to make their research available to the wider planning audience. plaNext invites authors to submit original work that includes: empirical research; theoretical discussions; innovative methodologies; case studies; and book reviews on selected books, textbooks, or specific topics dealing within planning.

editor in chief
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
editorial board member
Politecnico di Torino, Italy
editorial board member
British Institute at Ankara
editorial board member
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
editorial board member
CEPT University, India
editorial board member
University of Twente, Netherlands
editorial board member
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
editorial board member
Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
editorial board member
POLIS University, Tirana, Albania


  • Introduction: Planning theories from 'southern turn' to 'deeply rooted/situated in the South/context'

    Over the years a growing number of planning and urban theorists located in, or writing on, planning and urban theories in the global South have argued that theories emerged on the basis of assumptions within a northern context that do not ‘fit’ or are not applicable in global South contexts

  • Generative pedagogies from and for the social production of habitat

    Re-thinking dominant epistemological assumptions of the urban in the global South implies recognising the role of grassroots networks in challenging epistemic injustices through the co-production of multiple saberes and haceres for more just and inclusive cities. This paper examines the

  • Rooting metropolitan planning in critical theory and participatory practices

    The paper aims at contributing to the discussion about planning theory and participatory practices in the Global South by focusing on a planning experience for the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, led by faculty, researchers and students at the Universidade

  • A Lacanian understanding of the southern planning theorists' identification under the hegemony of western philosophy

    As a planning theorist who has studied and taught planning theory in the Global South and North, I grapple with the question - "What does planning theory mean in the Global South?" To answer this question, I ontologically investigate the meaning of Southern planning theory based on a Lacanian

  • Inclusion in urban environmental governance of small and intermediary cities of the global South

    Urban sustainability is governed beyond the urban scale through trans-local networks and assemblages of actors and institutions. There is an emerging field of interest that aims to understand the outcomes of urban sustainability interventions, both from the environmental and social equity

  • Legacies of mistrust

    National authorities across Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa have implemented various forms of fiscal decentralization over the past three decades with equivocal results. The design of such reforms haslong rested on theories based on the experiences of high-income countries’ efforts at

  • Infrastructural insurgency

    This paper focuses onhow insurgenciesare continually recastin parallel to State-led redevelopment or 'upgrading'. It brings attention to communities that shape and are reshaped by inclusion of data in processes through which citizens participate in city-making. Drawing onacomparative casestudy

  • Retrofitting, repurposing and re-placing

    The vast majority of city planning literature on informal occupations has focused on how residents occupy vacant and peripheral land, developing informal structures to address their basic needs. A smaller body of work, but one with much purchase in South Africa, explores the informal occupation

  • Housing systems in the Global South

    This paper addresses the problem of accessing decent and affordable housing in the Global South, where the housing need is, in general, more problematic than in the Global North. The paper first identifies five distinctive characteristics of housing systems in the Global South as compared to

  • Gentrifying the Brazilian city?

    There is a growing number of processes in Brazilian cities that have been identified as gentrification. However, the classic definition of gentrification as a process of transformation of existing urban housing stocks by new homeowners with a higher socio-economic profile poses challenges to