Cities and regions can be considered as highly complex systems in terms of their spatial organization and function as well as in terms of development, management governance and policy. They are confronted with major urban and economic developments, as well as challenges of climate change, energy crisis, food crisis, financial crisis, immigration and increasing environmental vulnerability. Therefore interventions, policies and management not only have to accommodate future urban growth but also to guarantee environmental sustainability.
Environmental issues of conflict, exposure and resilience have gained a lot of attention in recent years, both in academia and practice. This track aims to increase our understanding on urban and regional environmental pressures, conflicts, and vulnerabilities. It focuses on particular environmental issues in a variety of geographical scales (global, regional and local) and seeks to discuss cases of management and possible policy and planning solutions world-wide.
This track welcomes papers contributing to the theme in a wide variety of ways. Environmental Planning issues cover amongst others: natural resource planning and management, integrated land use planning, environmental and strategic environmental impact assessment, transport planning, economic and community planning, urban and regional environmental planning, sustainable architecture and planning, sustainable – green – smart cities, in all spatial levels. Papers considering the environmental dimensions of interdisciplinary policies (agriculture and fisheries, urban and rural, transport etc), environmental governance at different spatial levels, environmental policy instruments and environmental legislation are encouraged. International policies and legislation that influence spatial planning, notably in relation to climate change, are also welcome.
Dimitra Vagiona, Associate Professor, Department of Spatial Planning and Development, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Pozoukidou, Assistant Professor, Department of Spatial Planning and Development, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, email@example.com