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  • is for students who would like to better understand the influences of the European Union and international policies and trends on spatial development, the environment and the economy
  • is for students who would like to address large-scale spatial challenges such as climate change or transnational river management in their future careers
  • is a joint Masters Programme of Radboud University Nijmegen and Cardiff University that prepares graduates for a career in spatial and environmental planning or regional economic development, with a focus on Europe
  • allows a specialisation on the European spatial planning and sustainable development Nijmegen-Cardiff 
  • leads to an internationally-recognised double degree (MSc) from leading European planning schools

Why PLANET Europe?

The influence of EU policies and actions on spatial and environmental planning in the EU member states is ever increasing. European regions are more and more interlinked, and cooperation across national borders is now a routine aspect of the work of spatial and environmental planners. There are considerable differences in how planning is conducted across Europe, and planners are increasingly required to communicate across cultural and institutional boundaries. This European dimension of planning requires a new generation of spatial and environmental planners, who can respond to as well as influence EU and international policy, are sensitive to cultural and institutional differences across Europe, and are capable to cooperate with spatial planners in other European countries.

PLANET Europe is the first integrated European Masters programme that offers a comprehensive education in the rich and dynamic area of European spatial planning. PLANET Europe gives students from all over the world the opportunity to acquire important skills and knowledge in European spatial planning, while at the same time benefiting from Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity.


What is 'spatial and environmental planning'? 

There are many different ways in which 'spatial planning' is practised in different countries. Our approach to teaching spatial planning in the PLANET Europe programme is rooted in the social sciences and focuses on the strategic aspects of spatial and environmental planning and spatial development (in relation to the coordination of spatially-relevant policies across sectors, levels of governance and across administrative borders at regional or national levels), rather than a more 'urban design' or 'engineering' approach to planning.  

In PLANET Europe, you will study and practice the following two aspects of ‘spatial planning’:

1.  In relation to the governance system for managing spatial development and/or physical land use in a particular place (the national or regional planning system). Such differences in national planning systems are for instance the focus of attention in the module on 'Comparative Planning' in Semester 1.

2. In relation to the ‘spatial planning approach’, which is a particular idea or definition of spatial planning that has arisen through debate at the European level. The focus of the European spatial planning approach is on the coordination of spatial impacts of sectoral policies such as transport, regional policy and agriculture through soft instruments such as discourses or images. This is for example discussed in the module on 'European spatial planning and territorial cooperation' in Semester 1.

[*] The definitions of spatial planning are based on: Dühr, Colomb and Nadin (2010). European spatial planning and territorial cooperation. New York: Routledge. pp. 26 – 29.