plaNext–Next Generation Planning, Making Space for Hope, Volume 8, July 2019

Volume 8,  ISSN 2468-0648, DOI 10.24306/plnxt.2019.vol08



Lina Berglund-Snodgrass and Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren and Lena Greinke

Editorial: Making Space for Hope: Exploring its Ethical, Activist and Methodological Implications

[From the introduction] This volume is a special issue with contributions that stem from the collaborations of the 2018 AESOP PhD workshop, held 5-8 July at Tjärö island, Sweden. The overarching aim of the workshop was to establish inclusive spaces for dialogue and collaboration between PhD students across countries and ...


Megan Sharkey and Monica Lopez Franco and Lara Katharine Mottee and Federica Scaffidi

Activist Researchers: Four Cases of Affecting Change

Researchers in urban planning are frequently motivated by the desire to facilitate positive social change. In seeking better ways to effect change, the researcher becomes an activist by engaging with social and environmental issues in a meaningful way to solve a problem. It is also often at this nexus where ...


Koen Bandsma and Lena Greinke and Danielle MacCarthy

How Power Relationships are Involved in Research Methods

With the rise of activism and activist research, this paper explores how power relationships are involved in traditional and emerging methods used in research on activism. This question matters as research methods have the potential to both improve the capacities of activist groups and enhance knowledge of agents involved: researcher ...



Tuna Tasan-Kok

Exploring Critical Constructive Thinking in Planning Studies

Commentary article [From the introduction] I proposed to place ‘critical constructive thinking’ in planning research under the spotlight as a topic for discussion with PhD students and young scholars during the AESOP PhD workshop, which followed the same theme of ‘hope’. It provided an excellent platform to debate for planning ...