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Jag är involverat i de följande kurserna:

Theoretical Perspectives on Planning, 7.5 ECTS (Master-level)

Planning Practices in Cities and Regions, 7.5 ECTS (Master-level)

Field Project in Urban and Regional Planning, 7.5 ECTS (Master-level)

Spatial Planning Across Europe, 7.5 ECTS (Master-level)

Advanced Method in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, 15 ECTS (Master-level)

Samhällsplaneringens grunder, 7.5 ECTS (Bachelor-level)

Samhällsplaneringens organisation, 7.5 ECTS (Bachelor-level)

Samhällsplaneringens processer, 7.5 ECTS (Bachelor-level)

Projekt inom Samhällsplanering, 15 ECTS (Bachelor-level)

Urban Governance, 7.5 ECTS (Bachelor-level) 

Supervision of Master and Bachelor Thesis


Pågående forskning och relaterade aktiviteter:


Planners as agents for the transition towards sustainable cities and regions – implications for future needs in expertise and education (PLANTS), 2021-2025, funding organization: FORMAS – A Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development

Beyond the process - Finding common ground for a discussion on planning’s substantial foundation (2020-2024), Member of International Working Group, facilitated by the the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL)

Geography of Governance (2020-2024), Commission of the International Geographic Union (IGU), Elected Member of Steering Committee 

CIVIS - a European Civic University (since 2021) contact person at Stockholm University for the hub Cities, Territories and Mobilities

AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning), contact person at the Department


I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas

  • Place-based development and spatial justice

    2021. Sabine Weck, Ali Madanipour, Peter Schmitt. European Planning Studies


    Within EU cohesion policy, a place-based approach is expected to promote a strategic shift towards more place-sensitive, cross-sectoral and socially inclusive development. These expectations are underlined in the new Territorial Agenda 2030, which highlights that a place-based approach is key to territorial cohesion and to overall efforts towards a just Europe. Drawing on findings from the Horizon 2020 project RELOCAL – Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development – this special issue explores the relations between place-based development and spatial justice. It addresses the complex challenges of place-based interventions, such as the critical role of the national policy environment in explaining variegated outcomes, enabling place-based agency in peripheralised regions, and assessing impacts. In this editorial, we provide an introductory discussion of the relations between place-based development and spatial justice, as well as brief introductions to the nine papers. We argue that there are a number of distinctive locally and nationally anchored mechanisms and inhibitors at play, which academics, and particularly planning professionals and policy-makers, need to be aware of in working towards a just Europe. Hence, place-based interventions are a valuable contribution to the territorial cohesion approach of the EU, but in the quest for spatial justice they cannot replace a redistributive territorial cohesion policy. 

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  • Knowledge and place-based development – towards networks of deep learning

    2021. Thomas Borén, Peter Schmitt. European Planning Studies


    The influential work by Barca on place-based development, which has permeated policy and academic discourses alike in recent years, builds on the premise that localities are expected to utilize their endogenous potential rather than placing their trust in redistributive policies. This endogenous potential involves local knowledge and place-based knowledge, and how these two types can tap into actions. This has barely been explored in a systematic and comparative manner. This paper therefore examines 20 urban and rural development actions across Europe in order to understand how, and the extent to which, local knowledge and place-based knowledge are mobilized (or not). It makes use of empirically informed evidence to identify evolving mechanisms and to analyse how learning loops are triggered. We argue that it is crucial for leading actors in such development actions to pay attention to these different mechanisms of mobilizing these two types of knowledge and how to trigger learning loops. Since this analysis also highlights a number of shortcomings and inhibitors regarding the extent to which these collective knowledge and learning capacities actually inform actions over time, the concept of ‘networks of deep learning’ is suggested as a knowledge management principle for key actors in local governance.

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  • Spatial framing within EU Cohesion Policy and spatial planning

    2021. Eva Purkarthofer, Peter Schmitt. EU Cohesion Policy and Spatial Governance, 31-47


    This chapter addresses the processes of spatial framing underlying EU Regional Policy and spatial planning in the EU member states, which shape the spatial delineations of programmes, plans and projects. While administrative, fixed and hard spaces continue to exist and to be relevant for both policy fields, functional, flexible and soft spaces are gaining importance. Despite these parallel developments, the two policy fields remain disconnected due to their unique origins, different policy rationales, varying logics of implementation as well as prevailing political concerns. However, we understand the developments towards functional and soft spaces as yet another opportunity to establish stronger links between EU Regional Policy and spatial planning in the member states. A stronger integration could help to strengthen the territorial perspective in EU Regional Policy, to provide financial resources for the achievement of strategic objectives in planning, and to harmonise different sectoral policies under the umbrella of spatial planning.

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  • Dissolution Rather than Consolidation - Questioning the Existence of the Comprehensive-Integrative Planning Model

    2020. Peter Schmitt, Lukas Smas. Planning practice + research


    Previous research has shown that the comprehensive-integrative planning model seems to be expedient for modernising planning systems, specifically regarding the relation between spatial planning and sectoral policies. However, contemporary, and particularly comparable studies are non-existent. Based on empirical findings from a European research project our comparative analysis explores whether spatial planning in nine countries conforms to key features of this idealised planning model. Our analysis reveals discrepancies regarding how spatial planning is positioned in relation to sectoral policies across the various countries. We argue that this planning model appears rather to be in a state of dissolution than of consolidation.

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  • Positioning regional planning across Europe

    2020. Lukas Smas, Peter Schmitt. Regional studies


    Many scholars argue that regional planning has lost its political significance and practical relevance in recent years. Based on a comparative analysis of formal regional planning in eight European countries, this study questions and nuances this view. It is concluded that the institutional conditions for regional planning are still extensive and have been adapted to changing contexts since the year 2000, but along different pathways across the analysed countries. The investigation highlights that multiple forms of planning regions have been incorporated in the planning systems through multipurpose planning instruments that have further added to the existing dynamic and diversified regional planning landscape across Europe.

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  • Learning from elsewhere? A critical account on the mobilization of metropolitan policies

    2020. Peter Schmitt. Metropolitan Regions, Planning and Governance, 79-95


    This chapter discusses the emerging body of literature on the mobilities of metropolitan policies since the 1980s. It will achieve this by reviewing the various directions of research and by identifying a number of implications of when such policies are mobilised and eventually land in a given metropolitan area or city, respectively. A tentative typology on the movement of different types of urban/metropolitan policies is suggested that intends to kick off a debate on whether we can distinguish the degrees of visibility, transferability and mutability between these different types of policies. The chapter finalises with some concluding observations concerning the current state of the study of the mobilisation of metropolitan policies and by pointing out some avenues for future research. The key contribution of this chapter is an overview of the conceptual, empirical and historical literature about the mobilisation of metropolitan policies within urban and planning studies.

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  • Shifting Political Conditions for Spatial Planning in the Nordic Countries

    2019. Peter Schmitt, Lukas Smas. Politics and Conflict in Governance and Planning, 133-150


    The political conditions for spatial planning in the Nordic countries are changing in multiple directions. This chapter investigates recent shifts and trajectories of change in spatial planning in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The focus is on the politics behind these recent shifts and the induced rescaling processes and modification of spatial planning instruments. The chapter provides at first a background on the so-called Nordic model, the different political-administrative structures in the Nordic countries and recent changes in regard to the political conditions for spatial planning. After that, we review the shifts in the spatial planning systems in the countries with a particular focus on the spatial planning instruments in the last 15 years. This is followed by a section in which we compare a number of further trajectories related to spatial planning. In the concluding discussion, we take up the post-political question in order to reflect upon to what extent we can identify signifiers towards either depoliticization or even repoliticization in regard to spatial planning in the Nordic countries.

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  • Mobilising post-political environments

    2019. Toni Adscheid, Peter Schmitt. Urban Research and Practice


    This paper develops an analytical framework from which to understand the mobilisation of post-political urban environments across spatial and institutional contexts. Our analysis of two closely related cases from a Swedish context reveals the potential benefits of combining studies on urban political ecology and policy mobility. By utilising Actor-Network Theory (ANT) we illustrate how post-political environments that are shaped by mobile and mutating policies of sustainable urban development are stabilised through distinct discursive strategies, capital investments and the desire for increased influence within global frames of action and contribute to the creation of, what we call, selective geographies.

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  • Unpacking Spatial Planning as the Governance of Place

    2018. Peter Schmitt, Thorsten Wiechmann. DISP 54 (4), 21-33


    Since the 1990s, the concept of governance has become an integral element of spatial planning research. In this article, we revisit some of the key contributions to the literature to discuss how and to what extent governance theory has informed planning theory so far and what the implications are for our understanding of how to construe planning practices. Next, we examine the current governance literature in order to identify promising elements that can further inform planning theory and practice. More specifically, we discuss relations between hybrid modes of governance in regard to cross-sectoral coordination of actors and institutions, and the implications of various forms of learning within governance networks. Finally, we suggest entry points for planning research such as studying the combination and the interplay of various modes of governance to understand the inherent functioning of spatial planning assemblages, or investigating the learning capacity of actors and institutions in order to anticipate their adaptive capacity to respond to changing contexts in spatial planning practice. However, we also point out a few, but troublesome implications. One of them is that planning understood as the governance of place might imply that the term ‘planning’ as such becomes meaningless and that planning theory might turn into a subsection of (institutional) political theory. The article serves as a framing text for this special issue as it addresses a number of key elements and underlying concepts of the governance literature that are relevant for understanding the procedural dimension of spatial planning and which underpin some of the issues that are addressed in the more case study-based contributions by the other authors.

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  • Understanding territorial governance

    2015. Lisa van Well, Peter Schmitt. Europa regional 21 (4), 209-221


    Much of the policy analysis of spatial planning today focuses on governance or multi-level governance in the sense of tracing vertical and horizontal linkages and integration of relevant stakeholders (particularly from the bottom-up). Thus far, little attention has been paid to the more specific territorial dimensions of governance or how knowledge of territorial specificities and the territorial impacts of various courses of action are used in policy- and decision-making. This paper presents the conceptual and practical implications of the ‘ESPON TANGO’ – project (Territorial Approaches for New Governance). To that end a framework of analysis was developed to systematically conceptualise, operationalise and explore territorial governance processes. Some of the main empirical findings from twelve case studies across Europe are synthesised along 20 components of territorial governance. These components are representative of the structural and process-oriented facets of territorial governance. It will be argued that our analytical framework offers various entry points to understand the main elements and characteristics of territorial governance and thus adds clarity to the debate on what territorial governance is. It also offers a more practical access to doing territorial governance to support practitioners and policy makers at any level to promote territorial governance.

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  • Unpacking polycentricity at the city-regional scale

    2015. Peter Schmitt (et al.). European Journal of Spatial Development, 1-26


    The normative concept of polycentricity has become a promising tool to pursue spatial policy goals such as spatial equity and justice, sustainable and balanced development, and, more recently territorial cohesion, at various scales across Europe. As earlier research has shown, a number of city-regions use the concept for their planning and development work. In pursuit of polycentric development, they call for a robust terminology, solid analysis and methods. As a result, literature analysing polycentricity at the city- or mega-regional scale has grown significantly and it appears that some consensus has been achieved in regards to the main facets and dimensions. Recognizing that the potentials to comprehend city-regional dynamics by focussing on the extent to which polycentric urban patterns evolve has not yet been fully utilised, this paper intends to contribute to a more comprehensive view on polycentricity at the city-regional scale. In doing so, we study the (potentially) emerging urban patterns of two cases, the Dusseldorf and Stockholm city-regions, employing different theoretical starting points and analytical approaches. With this in mind, we aim to unpack the concept of polycentricity at the city-regional scale and to offer academics, as well as planning professionals and policy-makers, further insights into qualifying, analysing and understanding the complexity of the topic at hand. Likewise, we argue that sound strategies to promote and mobilise different facets of polycentric development should be carefully reflected and related to the theoretical, methodological and even normative starting point of any attempt to comprehending polycentricity.

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