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The Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) was established in 1987 in Belgium as an international association with scientific, artistic and educational purposes and operates according to its Charter. It is selebarting this year its 25th anniversary.  

With over 150 members, AESOP is the only representation of planning schools of Europe. Given this unique position, AESOP strengthens its profile as a professional body. AESOP mobilizes its resources, taking a leading role and entering its expertise into ongoing debates and initiatives regarding planning education and planning qualifications of future professionals. AESOP promotes its agenda with professional bodies, politicians and all other key stakeholders in spatial and urban development and management across Europe.


These aims are achieved through a number of activities:

• Annual Congress, on European, national, regional and local spatial planning issues

• Yearly meeting of the Heads of Schools discussing planning curricula

• PhD Workshop for young academics

• European Urban Summer School for younf planning professionals

• Cooperation with planning professionnal bodies and other key stakeholders

• Research Thematic Groups

• Prizes

• Publications

• AESOP Young Academics Network



The new interfaculty Center for Social Complexity Studies (GCSC) at the University of Groningen has been launched this Spring. The center combines expertise on social complexity from different angles: economics & business, ecological & evolutionary studies, sociology, spatial sciences and artificial intelligence.

The key question around which the researchers from the GCSCS gather, is how interactions between individual people or animals give rise to group phenomena such as the diffusion of new behaviours, social networks, societial polarisation, crowd behaviours and spatial arrangements. Using empirical and simulation methodologies, researchers try to identify the processes that explain such phenomena, and if possible, identify managerial strategies.

Topic that are studied in the GCSCS are: Consumer behavior, market dynamics and innovation; Dynamics of social organizations; Task allocation in teams; Social network dynamics; Social structures and self-organisation in animal societies; Opinion dynamics; Social conflict and Dynamics of crowds.

Laatst gewijzigd:25 oktober 2012 15:25