Evaluation of strategic spatial plans

Gestion de projet

Anna Hersperger

Collaborateurs du projet

Anna Hersperger

Durée du projet

2016 - 2021

Project information

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the scholarship on plan evaluation. Current evaluation studies focus on plan performance and planning process performance, rather than actual material outcomes that are of pertinent interest to land-change science. Specifically, the project reflects on the current state of knowledge in planning evaluation research and focus on three main areas: 1) landscape science, 2) green infrastructures, and 3) land degradation. The overall outcome of this project is to provide a way forward to better link planning and land-change domains, and thus advance the field of planning evaluation. This project’s study areas are urban regions. The project is part of the project "CONCUR - From Plans to Land Change".

Project focus areas

  1. Landscape science issues in strategic spatial plans. The main goal is to investigate to what extent landscape science issues are currently included in strategic spatial plans of European urban regions.
  2. Green infrastructures in strategic spatial plans. The main goal is to identify principles and distinct approaches of green infrastructures planning that are followed in strategic plans of European urban regions
  3. Land degradation in strategic spatial plans. The main goal is to identify best practices, programs and instruments used to avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation in European and North America urban regions.


Project research methods

  • Multi-case study approach.
  • Document content analysis.


Parent project

CONCUR Project


Grădinaru, S.R.; Hersperger, A.M., 2018: Green infrastructure in strategic spatial plans: evidence from European urban regions. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, (12 pp.). doi: 10.1016/j.ufug.2018.04.018

Pagliarin, S., 2018: Linking processes and patterns: spatial planning, governance and urban sprawl in the Barcelona and Milan metropolitan regions. Urban Studies, 19 pp.. doi: 10.1177/0042098017743668


Swiss National Science Foundation ERC TBS Consolidator Grant BSCGIO 157789