Association of European Schools of Planning PhD Workshop 2020

AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning) PhD Workshop 2020
Date and time
02 - 05 Jul 2020 (5:00pm)

Curzon Building

4 Cardigan Street Birmingham B4 7BD United Kingdom

Map and Directions

To be announced.
Booking Information

To be considered for the workshop, please send your application to Scroll down to see the full details of requirements.

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AESOP has taken the decision to postpone its 2020 Annual Conference and PhD Workshop.  Details of new arrangements and dates will be posted when available.

Enjoy complimentary registration to the 2020 AESOP congress, shape your research and gain invaluable advice from leading academics.

The 2020 AESOP PhD workshop provides you with an opportunity to explore your research ideas and potential, share findings in an engaging atmosphere, and gain key guidance from leading academics.

The workshop is linked to the AESOP Annual Congress, which will be hosted at the University of the West of England, Bristol, on 7 - 11 July. By attending this PhD workshop, you can enjoy complimentary registration to the Congress.

Hosted by Birmingham City University, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Birmingham, the PhD workshop is an annual event for PhD students primarily from AESOP member schools.

Explore your research

This year's theme is boundaries and connections, with the academic sessions based around exploring your own research ideas, experiences and progress. You will also hear from leading keynote speakers, including Professor Mark Reed (Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation and Director of Engagement and Impact, Newcastle University). The programme so far follows:

  • Thursday: Arrival, welcome/registration (PM), keynote (Mark Reed), PhD social event
  • Friday: Keynote and academic sessions (AM), tour of central Birmingham (PM)*
  • Saturday: Academic sessions (AM + PM)
  • Sunday: Optional trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon*

*Participants should bring weather-appropriate clothing. Those with mobility issues should check with workshop organisers when applying.

Mentors include:

  • Peter Larkham - Professor of Planning, Birmingham City University
  • Claudia Carter - Reader in Environmental Governance, Birmingham City University
  • Silvia Gullino - Senior Lecturer in Planning, Birmingham City University
  • David Adams - Lecturer in Planning, University of Birmingham

Further details on keynote speakers, mentors and more will be announced in due course.

An exciting study environment

The workshop will be held primarily at Birmingham City University's state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, overlooking the ever-evolving Second City (including the planned HS2 rail station). You will get to enjoy the varied and diverse delights of Birmingham, one of Europe's youngest and most vibrant cities. The city continues to grow, and will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The direct workshop fee will be minimised to cover lunches, tea/coffee and other direct expenses. You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements, though links will be provided. 

Application requirements and details

The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 40 students. Participants will be selected by a scientific committee composed of the workshop's mentors and invited experts. The selection will be based on the submission of:

  • A short personal profile and rationale for how the workshop will benefit you (500-800 words);
  • An executive summary (800-1,000 words) of the ongoing PhD research, which will specifically address the general topic and its connection to the AESOP congress, research aims, methodology and expected outcomes.

Please note that it is not possible to attend if you have previously participated in an AESOP PhD workshop.