plaNext - Next generation planning

International peer-reviewed open access journal publishing high-quality and original research. Managed by AESOP's Young Academics Network.

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Latest volume

> Find the latest volume of plaNext (volume 2, april 2016)

Earlier volumes

> Find volume number 1 of plaNext (2015).

Call for contributions

> Download the most recent call for papers here.

Guidelines for authors

> Download plaNext's guidelines for authors here.

About plaNext

Along the concentrated efforts of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) to Open Access scholarly planning debates, the young academics network of AESOP continues to publish its international peer-reviewed open access e-journal, plaNext. plaNext provides prospective authors an opportunity to engage their ideas in international planning debates as well as 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. For more information about plaNext you are welcome to reach us at

Invitation to authors

The fundamental approach taken by plaNext is to provide prospective authors an opportunity to engage their ideas in international planning debates as well as make their research available to the wider planning audience.

plaNext thus invites authors to submit original materials that include:

  • Empirical research
  • Theoretical discussions and building
  • Innovative methodologies
  • Case studies
  • Book reviews on selected books, textbooks, or specific topics dealing within planning.

If you are interested, please send us a mail at:

Open access

plaNext journal is published bi-annually online through AESOP online publishing platform InPlanning. All manuscripts published in plaNext are published "open access". Open access publication means that the article is freely and permanently available on the InPlanning digital platform. Published manuscripts are thus freely and permanently available to the general public for comments and discussions.

At present, plaNext has been awarded funding from the Association of European Schools of Planning and there is therefore currently no fee levied on authors to publish with plaNext. There are also no subscription fees, article pay-to-view fee or any other form of access fee and no publication embargo is applied.

plaNext Editorial Board

The current plaNext editorial board constitutes 5 members of the YA Network:

Dr. Feras Hammami, editor in chief

Institution: Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Feras Hammami is a researcher in Critical Heritage Studies, University of Gothenburg. He holds a PhD in Planning and Decision from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research concerns cultural heritage and urban planning, with a specific interest in the politics of identity, security, conflict and resistance. He is the author of Heritage in Authority Making in Sweden, Palestine and Botswana, Conservation under Occupation, and Culture and Planning for Change and Continuity in Botswana.

Dr. Nadia Caruso

Institution: Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Nadia Caruso is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Politecnico di Torino, in the Inter-University Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning. Her academic background is spatial planning and her research focuses on the evolution of the planning field; housing policies and social housing; territorial governance and planning education. In the last years she took part in the ESPON TANGO research and she is nowadays working in an Italian research project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. She is a member of the Coordination Team of AESOP Young Academics since 2013.

Dr. Ender Peker

Institution: University of Reading, UK. School of Real Estate and Planning

Ender is currently working as a doctoral researcher at the School of Real Estate and Planning in University of Reading, UK. Following a bachelor's degree in urban planning, he specialized in urban design by gaining a Master's degree from Middle East Technical University. With a socio-technical approach, his primary research is focused on the role of design in the formation of climate responsive built environments. Closely related, area of his research also considers integration of socio-ecological values in production of climate responsive urban spaces.

Previously, Ender worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of City and Regional Planning in Middle East Technical University in Turkey. His teaching experiences cut across with the following themes: (i) basic design principles, (ii) planning & urban design and (iii) urban research techniques. He also worked as urban design leader in a private construction and engineering company before entering in academia. He was responsible for management of campus master plans, including coordinating stakeholders. He has also worked collaboratively with governmental bodies in conducting participatory planning processes and has authored various planning consultancy reports.

Ender holds positions in coordination teams of Young Academics Network of Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and Urban and Regional Research Network (URRN). He is centrally involved in the organization of AESOP YA and URRN activities such as national and international urban-themed conferences, PhD workshops and other academic events.

Dr. Simone Tulumello

Institution: University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences.

Simone Tulumello is a Post-doc Research Fellow at the University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences, and holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Palermo. Since October 2013 he is elected member of the Coordination Team of the AESOP Young Academics network. His research interests lies at the border between planning research and critical urban studies: critical analysis of urban security in spatial planning; planning theory and planning cultures; conflict and power in planning; neoliberal urban trends and insurgent practices; Southern European cities and the crisis of Europe. He has published in Space and Culture, Archivio di Studi Urbani e Regionali, Italian Journal of Planning Practice, StrumentiRES.

Dr. Lauren Ugur

Institution: International School of Management, Frankfurt Germany.

Lauren Ugur is a development planner and management professional. She holds a PhD in Urban Sociology and a M.Sc. degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development both from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, as well as a first-class Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Australia.

With the pursuit of on-going research in planning and tourism Lauren draws on her diverse background, focusing her research interests on the environmental, social and institutional complexity that determines how organisations, public and private, are able to deliver integrated planning interventions to address contemporary urban issues. Professionally, Lauren currently holds a Junior Professorship at Frankfurt's International School of Management. Prior to this appointment Lauren worked as the Consortium Manager for the Mundus Urbano programme "International Cooperation and Urban Development" (2009-2014). Lauren is also the current elected Chair of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Young Academics Network.