Actors, Arenas and Aims: A Conceptual Framework for Public Participation

This paper systematises knowledge of public participation by bringing together existing concepts and theories from planning literature to conceptualise the 3A3-framework of participation. The framework presents participation as an emergent phenomenon, shaped by the dimensions: actors, arenas and aims. Each of these dimensions consists of three interacting elements. More

From conformance to performance? A comparative analysis of the European Union territorial policy trends in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As several Western Balkans countries aspire to become members of the European Union (EU) in the (near) future, it is interesting to explore to what extent EU territorial trends are adopted in both the official national regulations and spatial planning practice. To do so, we: 1) screen EU More

«Densifying Switzerland»: Acceptance and public support for densification projects in Swiss cities

The SNF-funded research project «Densifying Switzerland» examines factors that affect the acceptance and local democratic support for densification projects in all 162 Swiss cities. Densification is the central paradigm of the current revisions of the Swiss Spatial Planning Act. There is a broad public and scholarly consensus that More

Toward an Urban Policy Analysis

A new Symposium called «Toward an Urban Policy Analysis» is out in PS: Political Science & Politics edited by David Kaufmann and Mara Sidney (Rutgers University). The Symposium aims to develop theoretical foundations for an urban policy analysis built from urban empirical work.

Zurich, a Sanctuary City?

28 October 2019, 18:00 – 19:30 | ETH Zurich, Leonhardstrasse 21, LEE E 101. This event is part of the series of events «Sanctuary Cities in Switzerland?», which takes place in Zurich, Berne and Geneva. The speakers in these events outline the developments in urban migration policies in support of More

Urban Policy Analysis

Societal, environmental, and technological transformations accentuate themselves in dense settings, pushing cities and metropolitan regions to the forefront of tackling complex policy problems. Whether responding to climate change, migration, poverty, or limited land availability, or aiming to generate sustainable development and inclusive technological transformations, cities tend to be More

Participatory Urban Governance

The realization of large urban infrastructure projects is necessary to achieve long-term planning goals such as sustainable cities, just cities or smart cities. Yet, these large urban infrastructure projects are more and more contested by city residents (for example Amazon HQ2 in New York, Toronto Sidewalk Labs, or More

Policy Analysis of Spatial Planning

Densification policies are at the core of the current revisions of the Federal Act on Spatial Planning. This research project analyzes the effects of densification policies on the housing market and the socio-economic composition of the population by making use of quasi-experimental research designs. We compare areas that More