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European Spatial Development Planning Network
Type Network of European universities
Founded 1987
Founder(s) Louis Albrechts
Headquarters Leuven, Belgium
Area served Spatial development and planning, Town planning
Key people Frank Moulaert, Flavia Martinelli, Arantxa Rodriguez

The European Spatial Development Planning or ESDP-Network seeks to promote education, research and professional training in spatial planning across European countries, in collaboration with many partners in other regions of the world. To this purpose it considers planning as a process and a change agenda.[1]

Presently coordinated by Frank Moulaert at Global Urban Research Unit, Newcastle University, the network coordinates a number of student and staff mobility programmes involving various partner institutions in a number of European countries. The existing structure is a merger of the Spatial Development Planning network established by Louis Albrechts at (University of Leuven, Belgium) in 1987 and that built around the European Town planning by Richard Williams at Newcastle University in the 1990s. The overlaps between both networks shows a natural basis for their integration.


Aims and objectives

The basic aims of the network revolve around the need to promote the Planning practices across Europe, interdisciplinary interactions, and identification of successful planning experiences.

Three kinds of staff and students exchanges are supported under the banner of the network:

  • General ERASMUS programme mobility;
  • Short Intensive Programmes; and,
  • a comprehensive Postgraduate Certificate in European Spatial Planning.

Apart from this the network scholars are also engaged in wider interdisciplinary research through various programmes funded by European Commission and respective national institutions.

The network also holds regular scholarly events that generally address the evolution of planning aspects since the inception of the network.

Participating institutions

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Research projects

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