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The Centre for mobility and spatial planning (AMRP) is a multidisciplinary and international oriented research-teaching group of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University.

AMRP is focused on the elaboration of co-evolutionary planning in reference to emerging spatial challenges, such as citizens and community-led urban development, housing, heritage, sustainable mobility, evolutionary (mainport) economy, resilient water management, energy transition, urban health, open space and climate change. Such spatial challenges are characterized by uncertainty, new actors, a changing playing field and institutional landscape. Research takes place according to the principles of actor-relational governance, in which both citizens, businesses and government are regarded as pro-active contributors to spatial transformation. Object of attention are the unique features of the Eurodelta (rivers Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt) and Flemish urban landscape. Its characteristic ‘horizontal metropolitan conditions’ are studied in comparison with cities, metropolitan areas and regional delta’s across Europe and the world.

AMRP is involved in the Institute for Sustainable Mobility (IDM) of the Ghent University, and awards an annual prize for the best paper, PhD or project in the field of Spatial Development and Mobility (MORO). AMRP is involved in European projects FRAMES (INTERREG), FloodLabel (JPI) and OpenHeritage (H2020). The Centre organizes prestigious international congresses on a regular basis, is the national/Flanders contact point for ESPON and URBACT and an active participant within the European AESOP network.

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