[From the introduction] The 12th AESOP Young Academics conference – and this volume of plaNext as a follow-up of it - brought the topic of navigating change back to Europe. Not being a matter for total surprise, it is still relevant that this occurs. In fact, in the last decades the rapid growth of the developing world has transferred the attention on pace, urgency and challenges associated to change to other parts of the planet addressing for instance the accelerated growth and impact of slums in the urban fabric. The topics addressed in this volume, although directly concerning European contexts make also part of a globalized world, such as migratory and refugee’s movements, technological shifts or the impact of tourism. They are good examples of how, despite being addressed in European contexts, they concern broader and globalized contexts. Papers address very specific cases, distributed by different parts of Europe, from Tallinn and Riga to Bozcaada in Turkey. The peripheral condition of some of the researches here presented contributes to explore new responses for planning problems. The experimental contexts in this paper are interesting as they allow to experiment and eventually generate new mainstream outcomes; they all reveal relevant conclusions which one can anticipate being replicable to other contexts.