The group focuses on research for the urban and regional planning industry, and users of the planning system's law and administration, with the purpose of exploring and developing methods for registering, understanding and managing the spatial dynamics within societies, as well as enhancing awareness of actions and consequences.
- Theoretical and empirical knowledge of societal development, real estate development and territorialization processes
- Theories and methods related to the interaction between territory and society, including culture, values and mentalities, management technology and planning systems, as well as instruments and methods of practice (strategic, operative, regulatory and communicative)
- Method development and critical reflection on the relationship between theory and practice in urban and regional planning
- Exploration of learning methods in the intersection between research and practice within urban and regional planning
The group is therefore open to wide participation from various subjects and actors, both researchers, practitioners and users of planning systems.
Ongoing projects and cooperation
- EVAPLAN: Evaluation of the Planning and Building Act, 'Plandelen', in collaboration with several groups and institutes, including NIBR, UiT, NORUT, TØI and HiL.
Funded by the Research Council of Norway
Project Leader: Gro Sandkjær Hanssen at NIBR
- OsloPilot: Oslo municipality's commitment to art in public spaces
Project Leader: Norwegian Cultural Counsel, Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverrbakk and Eva Gonzalez-Sancho
Academic members: Marius Grønning (Group Leader), Elin Børrud, Daniel Galland, Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, Hege Hofstad, Kine Thorèn, Kirsti Stuvøy, Anja Standal, Melissa Murphy, Ingvil Nordland, Silvia Mete, Martin Lund Iversen.
Members from the industry: Bruse Rognlien (Link Architecture/NMBU), Martin Rasch Ersdal (Link Architecture/NMBU), Nagina Malla (Nordic), Lene Basma (Drammen Municipality, Planning Department).