Keynote Speakers

Prof. Karina PallagstPallagstK_photo_2
Department of International Planning Systems
Kaiserslautern University

“Shrinking Cities:
Urban Challenges in an International Context”

Karina Pallagst is Professor for International Planning Systems at Kaiserslautern University’s faculty of Spatial Planning. Previously she worked at UC Berkeley’s Center for Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) and the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) as the Program Director of the Shrinking Cities International Research Group. Prior to this appointment she was a senior research specialist at the Dresden-based Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER). Prof. Pallagst holds a PhD from Kaiserslautern University and a post-doctoral degree from Dresden Technical University. Her research focuses on international comparative urban development, shrinking cities, urban growth, planning cultures, and planning theory. She serves on numerous think tanks, working groups and committees regarding spatial planning and international urban development. She is also a co-founder of the Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCiRN).

Prof.  Ali MadanipourMadanipourAli_photo_2
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Newcastle University

“Space-Time-Institution Gaps,
Temporary Interventions”

Ali Madanipour is Professor of Urban Design and the Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. He has studied (MArch, PhD), practised, and conducted research in architecture, urban design and planning. In 2010 he was the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at Vienna Technical University and in 2011 the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg. His recent books are Whose Public Space? (2010), Knowledge Economy and the City (2011), and Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe (in press), all published by Routledge, London.

Dr. Anna JorgensenJorgensenAnna_photo_2
Department of Landscape
The University of Sheffield

“Shrinking Cities | Rethinking Landscape (Architecture)”

Anna Jorgensen is a Senior Lecturer in Landscape at the University of Sheffield. She is the editor of the Routledge book Urban Wildscapes, and an Associate Editor of the refereed journal Landscape Research. Anna’s research deals with the social uses and meanings of wild urban green spaces, together with the wider benefits of these spaces, including their psychological impact on stress-relief and their role in green infrastructure. She is also interested in landscape theory, including landscape aesthetics, and in inter-disciplinary research. She is current involved in F3UES – Fragments, Functions and Flows – a NERC-funded project looking the relationship between urban biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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