The programme of the Conference on Planning Research comprises plenary sessions and parallel thematic sessions. Parallel thematic sessions will include selected papers, covering the topics presented below.

1. Social, environmental and economic dynamics: Exploring integrated perspectives

Giacomo D'Alisa (Keynote speaker)

The purpose of this track is to explore the substantive content of planning by means of adopting integrative approaches. We welcome participants to reflect on issues as diverse as urban resilience, food security and the city as an ecosystem, climate change and the post-carbon city, tourism and housing dynamics, social exclusion and the pursuit of initiatives based on either pro- or post-growth economic principles.

2. Urban form: Understanding its impact on daily life

Peter Larkham (keynote speaker)

This track proposes debating innovative theories, concepts and methods for description, explanation and prescription of the physical form of cities aiming at impacting positively on the social, economic and environmental dimensions of our daily lives.

3. Accessibility and transports: Changing behaviour, technology and infrastructure

Benjamin Büttner (keynote speaker)

Track 3 aims at identifying the state-of-the-art in this area of planning and welcomes presentations that focus on how to promote behavioural change, technological development, and infrastructural enhancement and management in transport planning. Critical perspectives advocating paradigm shifts in accessibility and transport studies are also welcomed.

4. Transformative planning processes: Rethinking institutions and policies

Ernest Alexander (keynote speaker)

Track 4 aims at discussing the different elements of the planning process. While addressing the importance of plans, planning support systems and modelling, and of their results on society and territory, the track will also focus on how institutions, policies and services of general interest can deliver effective change.