Volume 13 titled ‘Exploring Human Well-Being and Community Dynamics’ of the peer-reviewed journal plaNext–Next Generation Planning is here. Partially derived from the 16th AESOP Young Academics Conference ‘In Search of Well-Being in Liminality: No Longer-Not Yet’ that took place in Istanbul between April 5-8, 2022, it includes one research paper previously published online. We are delighted to present this latest volume, which draws together a diverse collection of research papers delving into the complex dynamics of human interaction with the living environment, social participation and community development. While originating from different geographic and disciplinary backgrounds, the four papers featured in this volume share a common theme: the complex interplay between individuals, communities, and the places they inhabit.


The theme of ‘Exploring Human Well-Being and Community Dynamics’ encapsulates a rich tapestry of interdisciplinary research examining the diverse connections forged among inhabitants, societies, and their spaces. Grounded on a multidimensional understanding of well-being, this theme integrates insights from sociology, urban planning, economics and related disciplines to unravel the factors influencing human well-being within communal settings. Research in sociology has long emphasized the significance of social structures and community ties in shaping individual well-being. Contemporary scholars have expanded upon this perspective, incorporating concepts such as social capital (Woo et al, 2023; Sanchez-Garcia et al, 2023; Putnam, 2000) and community engagement (Bernstein and Isaac, 2023; Kawachi & Berkman, 2001) to explore the dynamics of collective well-being. The idea that communities play a vital role in shaping the health, prosperity and happiness of their members forms a foundational aspect of this research topic.




Bernstein, A. G., & Isaac, C. A. (2023). Gentrification: The role of dialogue in community engagement and social cohesion. Journal of Urban Affairs, 45(4), 753-770.

Gehl, J. (2010). Cities for people. Island press. Washington DC.

Kawachi, I., & Berkman, L. F. (2001). Social Ties and Mental Health. Journal of Urban Health, 78(3), 458–467.

Lynch, K. (1981). Good City Form The MIT Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Marmot, M. (2005). Social Determinants of Health Inequalities. The Lancet, 365(9464), 1099–1104.

Nikolopoulou, K., Kehagia, O., & Gavrilut, L. (2023). Easyrights: information technology could facilitate migrant access to human rights in a greek refugee camp. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 8(1), 22-28.

Portes, A., & Sensenbrenner, J. (1993). Embeddedness and Immigration: Notes on the Social Determinants of Economic Action. American Journal of Sociology, 98(6), 1320–1350.

Putnam, R. D. (2000). Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.

Sánchez-García, E., Marco-Lajara, B., Martínez-Falcó, J., & Poveda-Pareja, E. (2023). Cognitive social capital for knowledge absorption in specialized environments: The path to innovation. Heliyon, 9(3).

Woo, A., Joh, K., & Yu, C. Y. (2023). Making space and building social capital: Unpacking the relationships between community center use and social capital in urban regenerated neighborhoods in Seoul, Korea. Habitat International, 132, 102742.