Research group: Territorialization and Planning Methods

Members of the group

Academic members: Marius Grønning (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.

Professional members: Bruse Rognlien (Link arkitektur/NMBU), Martin Rasch Ersdal (Link arkitektur/NMBU), Nagina Malla (Nordic), Lene Basma (Drammen kommune, Planavdelingen).


The group has its focus on research for the profession (urban and regional planning) and users of the planning system, with the purpose of exploring and develop methods for monitoring, comprehending, and steering society's spatial dynamics, and to strengthen the awareness of action and consequences. The group's activities include:

  • theorietical and empirical knowledge about spatial development and processes of territorialization;
  • theory and methods related to the interaction of territory and society, including culture, values and mentalities, political technologies and planning systems, as well as instruments and professional methods (strategic, operational, regulatory, and communicative);
  • methodological innovation and critical reflection around the relationship between theory and practice in urban and regional planning;
  • exploration of learning methods in the intersection between research and practice.

The relation between territorialization and methods necessitates transdisciplinary approaches in practice and to the research. The group is therefore open to a broad participation from various disciplines and actors, both researchers, professionals, and users of planning systems.

Ongoing projects and collaboration:

  • EVAPLAN, an evaluation of the Norwegian Planning and Building Act, the planning section, in collaboration with various groups and institutes, including NIBR, UiT, NORUT, TØI, and HiL. The project is financed by the Norwegian Council and is lead by Gro Sandkjær Hanssen at NIBR.
  • OsloPilot, the City of Oslo's development of a biennial for art in public spaces, by the Office of culture and the curators Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverrbakk and Eva Gonzalez-Sancho.
Published 9. mars 2017 - 7:33 - Updated 14. February 2018 - 9:11