Submission of Full Papers and Intructions for Presentations

The programme of the Conference on Planning Research comprises an opening session, plenary sessions and parallel thematic sessions. Keynote speakers will participate in the plenary sessions. Parallel thematic sessions will include selected papers, covering the topics presented below.

Session 1) Climate Change and territorial efficiency

The relationships between climate change and the energy efficiency of territories, at both regional and urban scales, have to involve a wide range of land use policies related to energy, transports, ecosystem services, water management, waste management, among others. The conceptual and methodological debate around these crucial themes has been producing very relevant applied research, including specific assessment tools and guidance documents to deal with climate change in strategic planning. In this session papers are expected to address the relationships between climate change and territorial (energy) efficiency with an emphasis on the operationalization of the scientific debate developed in recent years, taking into account the urgency to achieve “real and on the ground” progresses.

Session 2) Climate Change and multilevel governance

Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies have been developed and implemented in a multilevel governance framework. This session gathers papers addressing, in particular, the debate on levels of government and the relevant stakeholders involved in climate change policy, bearing in mind vertical integration between local action plans and national policy frameworks in order to avoid policy gaps and implementation deficits and the horizontal integration between relevant departments and institutions in local and regional governments to promote effective cross-scale approaches. In view of the recent controversies on global climate change policies, the session is also expected to revisit the role and importance of international institutions and treaties, taking into account the relevance they have had to the evolution of the climate change policy agenda.

Session 3) Climate Change and transportation planning

Transport systems not only affect climate, but also they are likely to be affected by global climate change. On one hand, the transport sector is amongst the sectors that most contribute to human-induced emissions of atmospheric greenhouse gases. On the other hand, transport systems are vulnerable to changes, particularly to increases in hot days and heat waves, arctic temperatures, sea level rise, intense precipitation events and hurricanes. Because the quality of transport planning and management is critical for the functioning of a city, long-term transport planning needs to respond to threats posed by climate change. This session aims at tackling important themes such as: national and local governments’ capacity to act on the decarbonisation of the transport sector; the incorporation of climate change adaption and mitigation strategies into the transport–land use planning process; and the development of resilient urban transport systems in view of changing climatic conditions.

Session 4) Climate Change and urban infrastructuring

Urban infrastructures make up the basic physical and organizational structures of our economies and societies. Climate change poses not only costly impacts on the maintenance and repair of these infrastructures, but also, and in particular, on the environmental, economic and social functions they serve. Therefore, alongside the transition to a low carbon society, increasing infrastructures’ resilience to climate change impacts is becoming a pressing priority for national and local governments. This session aims at tackling important themes such as: the risk climate change presents to urban infrastructures; the resilience of urban infrastructures to current risks and future climate change; or the design of pro-active adaptation strategies to mitigate the risks of urban infrastructures to climate change.

Submission of Full Papers

Submission by e-mail to using the provided template (download here).

Instructions related to Oral Presentations

  • The presentations within all tracks are limited to 10 minutes! The discussion on the presentations should be at the end of all presentations.
  • All speakers are requested to keep the time of their presentation, and chairs will be controlling the time.
  • Each room for the parallel sessions has the suitable equipment for the presentations: video projector, screen, and laptop/computer.
  • Please use the Microsoft PowerPoint (*.ppt or *pptx) or Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf), to guarantee they will open successfully on an on-site PC.
  • Your own computer for the presentation will be accepted only in urgent cases. If you use McIntosh, please bring your own adapter for VGA input and please ask technician for help.
  • In case of problems, please ask technician for help.