Spatial Policy, Politics and Planning

The research group Spatial Policy, Politics and Planning focuses on the political and governmental practices of producing, maintaining and transforming geographical space. Our starting point is that social production of space is never a “neutral” or technical expression of rationality. Under several research themes particular attention is paid to the links between expert knowledge production, the constitution of economic and urban forms, and the spatial governance of political communities. Our aim is to produce high quality research with both academic and applied impact. Our key research foci include: (i) Urban political geographies/economies; (ii) State spatial transformation; (iii) Spatial planning; and (iv) Geographies of well-being and quality of life