Department of Geography and the Environment

Colloquium 4/17, "From Plans to Land Change: the Role of Land-Use Policies and Planning in the Transformation of Metropolitan Regions"

Tue, April 9, 2019
Colloquium 4/17,

Wed, April 17, 2019 | RLP 0.128

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dr. Anna Hersperger

Land change is one of the key processes of global environmental change. It is the result of interacting political, economic, cultural, technological and natural deriving forces and the respective actors. To date, land-change science has devoted little attention to spatial policy and planning in metropolitan regions despite the widely accepted premise that planning affects urban land-change. Conceptualizing the role of planning in this context is a great challenge, partly because this research is situated at the interface of two paradigms: planning scholars tend to stress contextually and social construction of space; whereas land-change scientists lend themselves to generalizations and are incline to assume realities that can be objectively described. In this presentation, research on growth management approaches in Switzerland and strategic spatial planning in European urban regions is used to illustrate and discuss methodological and empirical issues in linking planning with concrete land changes on the ground. Our research shows that governance processes of plan-making and plan-implementation can be decomposed, quantified and integrated into land change models. However, much more research is needed to establish a truly theory-based approach to describe and model the role of planning in urban land use change.



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