Track 17

Economic Development and Planning in Moments of Crisis

  • Mariana Fix
    • University of Campinas (Brazil)
  • Pantelis Skayannis
    • University of Thessaly (Greece)
  • Christophe Demazière
    • Université de Tours (France)

Crisis is a congenital phenomenon of the history of human societies, especially as these become more and more complex in terms of societal mechanisms and structures. Historically, crises may have material roots but do also have significant cultural and political manifestations that often create spiral effects.

There are no identical crises and each one has differentiated spatial effects. In accordance with this, societies have to devise specific solutions and policies.

This track welcomes contributions that seek to:

  • a) Understand how the current global economic crisis has penetrated rural areas, small towns or large metropolises and its effects on the planning system.. While many local economies and communities have suffered a considerable deterioration, how to explain that other locales have been able to mitigate the adverse effects of the crisis? What are the new challenges and dilemmas faced by planners when trying to devise a path to sustained growth? How does local planning align with national and other higher tier governments?
  • b) Explore the role of spatial planning both as a cause and a remedy to the on-going economic crisis. What are the limits to the instruments, regulations and strategies used before? In countries where the planning system has been reformed in a neo-liberal view, what are the advantages and the shortcomings of the new approach? Is the shift from public-led planning to self-managed projects sustainable? Can strategic spatial planning help cities through the present uncertain time? What are the major innovations in planning?
  • The debate about planning is crucial in the sense that the spatial scale and the levels of policies proposed might easily range between one end that reflects a naïve understanding of the possible effects of spatial interventions and the other end claiming that spatial plans properly grounded in society can put forward meaningful proposals.

    This track is open in accepting sound and theoretically grounded papers of international experience discussing various kinds of economic crises of modern societies and exploring the limits as well as the potential of planning.