Final program for Planning & Complexity Meeting in Ghent

We are happy to inform you about the final program of the upcoming AESOP Planning & Complexity conference in Ghent (12-14th of April) on the theme “Crossing over with Complexity: Co-evolution in Planning”.

The program will be interesting and divers, as it includes – besides many interesting paper presentations – a keynote speech by prof. Robert Geyer titled “Complexity, Pragmatism and Policy: Can we keep things simple?”; a round table with prof. Robert Geyer, Prof. Luuk Boelens, Prof. Gert de Roo and Prof. Filip de Rynck on the ability to co-evolve and a workshop together with the city of Ghent on Dealing with Complexity in Urban Renewal Processes.

Professor Robert Geyer is a member of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, the Associate Dean for Internationalisation and Engagement and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University. He has been working on applying complexity thinking to public policy for the past 18 years. His complexity and policy related books include: Handbook on Complexity and Policy (2015), Complexity and Public Policy (2010), Complexity, Science and Society (2007), Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster (2007), and Integrating UK and European Social Policy: The Complexity of Europeanisation (2005). He has published articles on complexity and international relations, health policy, education policy, drug policy, diabetes management, Europeanisation and political theory. He has also produced a small number of short Youtube videos on complexity and UK policy.

Round Table discussion “The ability to co-evolve”
In a round table discussion, Prof. Robert Geyer, Prof. Luuk Boelens, Prof. Gert de Roo and Prof. Filip de Rynck will discuss the following questions: What skills do planners need in times of complexity? What abilities are needed to be able to act in co-evolution? Hannes Couvreur will moderate the debate.