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A focus on professional practice

One of the central aims of the PLANET Europe programme is to provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in professional practice. At the moment, we have managed to involve a number of associate partners that will contribute to the PLANET Europe programme in several ways:  (1) placements for the students as professional practice (subject to individual agreements), (2) project materials/ideas, (3) guest lectures, and (4) study visits. The associate partners listed below already agreed to participate in our programme in one of the ways listed above and we are currently working on a further expansion of  our network of associate partners. 

Hannover, Germany 

Founded in 1946, the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) is a research institute for the spatial sciences performing service functions in both fundamental and applied areas of research. In terms of its organisational structure, the ARL is an interdisciplinary personal network with the task of bringing together competences within the spatial sciences. The principal function of the ARL is to be a forum to promote co-operation both between theory and practice and among regions. 

München, Germany 

The Alpine Space Programme is the EU transnational cooperation programme for the Alps. Partners from the seven Alpine countries work together to promote regional development in a sustainable way. The Alpine Space Programme 2007-2013 aims to increase competitiveness and attractiveness of the cooperation  area by developing joint actions in fields where transnational cooperation is required for sustainable solutions. 

Karlskrona, Sweden

Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning is in charge of  planning, urban development, the management of land and water resources, building and housing. Boverket represents Sweden in the European Commission in its fields of expertise and works for the implementation of EU directives in the Swedish legislation. Boverket also provides information to those engaged in planning, housing, construction and building inspection tasks.

Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital’s mission is to facilitate civic engagement and collaboration to enhance the social, environmental and economic fabric of the West of England by:
- Creating and maintaining broad and effective civic partnership
- Connecting local and external investors with commercial and innovative opportunities
- Offering expert advice and access to civic-led, loan-based finance to commercially viable projects and enterprises

BRBC was founded with support from Bristol City Council, Business West, John Pontin of the Bristol Bond project, The Society of Merchant Venturers, Voscur and many third sector groups. This diverse group of local stakeholders have come together to assist local projects to get off the ground by helping them find sources of finance where they would otherwise struggle.

Bristol, United Kingdom
The aim of the Bristol Food Policy Council is to ensure that Bristol residents and visitors have access to Good Food. The Food Policy Council defines Good food as being: vital to the quality of people’s lives in Bristol, as well as being tasty, healthy, and affordable. The food we eat should be good for nature, good for workers, good for local businesses, and good for animal welfare.

Utrecht, the Netherlands

BUITEN Consultancy Economy & Environment is a consultancy operating in the fields of urban & regional development and tourism, recreation & cultural heritage. One of their strengths is European Project Development and Management, in which they have a substantial track record. BUITEN performs research, provides advice and can also provide for project, programme and process management. Their consultants have a background in economy, geography, physical planning and landscape design.

United Kingdom

We are governed by an Act of Parliament. The property we manage is owned by the Crown, and is not the private property of HM the Queen. We work supportively with government; in Westminster, in Scotland, in Wales, Northern Ireland and at a local level. Our vision is to be the UK's most respected property business because of the way in which we manage this portfolio of assets on behalf of the nation. We conduct business in line with our core values of commercialism, integrity and stewardship.

Vienna, Austria

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission in December 2010 and endorsed by the European Council in 2011. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Danube Region countries and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges together. The Strategy seeks to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region.

Kleve, Germany

INTERREG is one of the central instruments in the European cohesion policy and regional policy respectively. It is designed to lessen development differences between the European regions and to strengthen economic solidarity. The sustained strengthening of the cross-border cooperation between the German and Dutch partners is the most important objective of the INTERREG IV A Programme “Germany - Netherlands 2007-2013“.

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Friends of the Earth Cymru was set up in 1984, 13 years after Friends 
of the Earth's foundation in the UK in 1971, to campaign in Wales on 
environmental issues and promote a sustainable future for Wales. It is 
part of the UK's most influential environmental campaigning 
organisation, and is part of the most extensive environmental network 
the world. At the grassroots level, it supports a unique network of 
campaigning local groups working in communities across Wales. The 
vitality of the organisation is attributed to individuals' financial and 
volunteer contributions.

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

The Great Cities Institute sponsors research, service, and educational programs aimed at improving the quality of life of people living in Chicago, its metropolitan region, and other great cities of the world. In carrying out its work the Institute engages closely with government institutions, businesses and their membership organizations, foundations and grant-making agencies, and organizations devoted to the social, cultural, and economic vitality of cities, local communities and neighborhoods. 

Wroclaw, Poland 

The Institute for Territorial Development is an organizational unit of local government in the city of Wroclaw, located in Lower Silesia in southwestern Poland. The office was established to carry out tasks related to spatial planning and development at a regional level and prepares local development plans, prepares studies, analyses concepts and programs, and participates in international projects relating to issues associated with land development.

Lille, France 

INTERREG IVB NWE is a financial instrument of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy. It funds projects which support transnational cooperation. The aim is to find innovative ways to make the most of territorial assets and tackle shared problems of Member States, regions and other authorities.

Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Stockholm, Sweden
Nordregio is an international centre for research on spatial development established by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 1997. We are a leading Nordic research institute within the broad fields of regional development and urban planning. Within these fields, our main topics of research include urban and rural development, city-regional planning, demography, governance and gender, innovation and green growth, and sustainable development in the Arctic. The institute is specialised in international comparative and collaborative research, and our work is targeted at planners and decision-makers at the international, national, and regional levels.

Deventer, the Netherlands

Move Mobility specializes in "smart urban mobility". They work on integrated traffic engineering challenges with the aim of improving the quality of life in cities. They do not do this alone, but with a network of partners. In their view on mobility it is all about connecting. MOVE Mobility connects people, networks and partners. Smart tools are used. These tools (the Mobiliteitsscan for the Dutch market, and the MOVE Meter for the foreign market) are extremely adequate to support decision making, to structure workshops and to clarify the consequences of choices made. The relationship between traffic and urbanism becomes clear, allowing policy makers and various professional groups to find and understand each other easily. In this way MOVE Mobility contributes to creating Smart Moving Cities.

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Nijmegen, now 170,000 inhabitants, 70,000 homes, 5,700 hectares, is the oldest city in the Netherlands. The city, still a border town, lies idyllically on the moraine that reaches to the German town of Kleve, and overlooks the Waal, the Dutch continuation of the German river Rhine. Nijmegen accommodates the Radboud University, a Business School and several renowned health institutions, including the university hospital. Nijmegen is enterprising; after 1880 it developed into an industrial city, on Europe's most navigated river (around 300,000 ships a year) with the Netherlands' largest inland harbour and inner-city business area: Trade Port Nijmegen, hosting many innovative companies. In 2012, the city itself has formulated its vision for 2020, with sustainability as a fundamental principle. Since 2008 Nijmegen has a broad Sustainability Agenda on the field of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation. The passionate participation in the European Green Capital 2016 and 2017 has been supported by many partners.

Arnhem, The Netherlands

The province of Gelderland lies in the east of the centre of the Netherlands. The province occupies an intermediate position between national government and local municipalities and coordinates, monitors and makes decisions on matters such as traffic and transport, urban and country planning and the environment. This mid-level position makes the province especially suited to making assessments from a broader perspective, which are nonetheless geared towards its own municipalities and region.

Blekinge, Sweden

The Regional Council of Blekinge is an arena for regional development. Our overall mission is to strengthen cooperation at a regional level and to play a major role in the development and sustainable growth of the region.

Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Royal Haskoning is an independent international consultancy with technical roots. Working with our clients we develop solutions for issues related to the sustainable interaction between people and their environment. We contribute to our client’s success with innovative and sustainable solutions that enhance society. With a worldwide network of professionals and strong industry relationships established over 130 years ago, our expertise and experience is far reaching. We provide an extensive range of multi-disciplinary services that relate to urban areas and buildings, infrastructure and ports, industry and energy, water and environment.

Cardiff, United Kingdom

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. They are the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe with over one million members. Wildlife and the environment face many threats. Their work is focussed on the species and habitats that are in the greatest danger.

Cardiff, United Kingdom
The Severn Estuary Partnership is an independent, estuary-wide initiative led by statutory agencies and conservation authorities. We work with all those involved in the management of the estuary, from planners to port authorities, fishermen to farmers and many more with an interest in the future of the estuary.

Neutral and unbiased, one of our key roles is sharing topical news to all stakeholders around the estuary, ensuring that everyone is kept up-to-date on the latest estuary developments, proposals and plans. In addition, we work to facilitate communication between organisations and individuals, acting as a co-ordinating body to assist in the effective delivery of agreed estuary-wide actions.

Bristol, United Kingdom

The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health. Today, they are the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. They have over 150 staff based in Bristol and Edinburgh and working as certification inspectors across the country. 


Spatial Foresight GmbH is a Luxemburg-based company which provides territorial policy support and research. The principle idea is to bring together territorial development and policy processes with foresight oriented approaches. Foresight encompasses a range of approaches that combine strategic analysis, prospective forward thinking and process oriented dialogical work. Using these approaches for the processes shaping our territories will facilitate a better understanding of how to best capitalise on territorial development potentials.

Brussels, Belgium
Strategic Design Scenarios is a sustainability innovation lab specialised in strategic design, scenario building, co-design with users and community centred approaches. SDS activities are based on projective techniques such as story-telling, story-boarding, scenarios scripting. In particular SDS co-develops visual forms of scenarios based on short video clips or sequences of still images to facilitate the engagement and the strategic conversation with private companies, public authorities and local stakeholders. SDS research activities are focussing innovation dynamics, sustainable living, collaborative services, design for behavioural change, local development and regional/urban planning by an acupuncture of micro-projects. The lab is active in various fields such as energy use, sustainable cities, public service innovation, emerging uses, interaction design, social inclusion and education. Offices are based in Brussels and offer facilities for co-design and interaction with users. The studio is equipped for video-sketching, rapid prototyping and product-service systems simulation. SDS was partner in various European research projects investigating the emergence of sustainable solutions (EMUDE, SUSHOUSE, CORPUS, SPREAD), the innovation process in small and medium-sized enterprises (INFU, UCIM, E-VAN, ADAPT), the conception of product-service systems (HiCS, MEPSS). SDS collaborates with the 10th Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production supported by UNEP, UN DESA and the Swedish on Sustainable Lifestyles and within WWF One Planet Mobility programme.

Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Founded in 2010, the Sustainable Places Research Institute is a multidisciplinary research centre, where researchers and stakeholders, progress sustainability science for more sustainable places. The  Sustainable Places Research Institute examines the links and trade-offs between sectors, such as energy, food, water, and waste. It works with communities, businesses, environmental and governance interests to find solutions and adaptations to the challenges of diminishing resources and a changing climate. The Research Institute works with a range of stakeholders, developing place-based solutions for rural areas, regions, individual cities and countries.


Ancona, Italy

t33 is a European reference team for specialised services related to European programmes, with particular regard to Structural Funds. Established in 2007, t33 carries out studies commissioned by European and international institutions (European Parliament and Committee of the Regions, amongst others), and it provides evaluation and technical assistance services at EU level (to the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, amongst others) and at regional level (mainly to managing authorities of ERDF co-funded programmes, including ETC and covering also Strategic Environmental Assessment). t33 team has developed specific expertise in the evaluation and technical assistance to the use of financial instruments in Cohesion Policy. t33 has also contributed to European studies analysing topics like the functioning of shared management in EU policies; the possibilities for a more result/performance-based delivery system in Cohesion Policy; the role of macro-regions in the European Territorial Cooperation as well as the support towards multi-level governance in the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Economics and Regional Studies, Hungary

The economics programs of Economics and Regional Studies (KRTI) are characterized by a dominantly applied orientation on the base of solid theoretical and methodological foundations. The two applied fields they are specialized in are regional economics and development and monetary economics and policy.

Faculty of Geography, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is the oldest and the largest state university in Indonesia. It was founded on December 19, 1949 and currently has 18 faculties, 69 undergraduate programs, 24 diploma programs and a Graduate School. Since December 2000, the university has taken a new status as a state-owned legal entity. The University is located in The Special Region of Yogyakarta, one of the smallest provinces in the country, which has been widely known as the center of Javanese culture as well as the center of learning. It has 3,200,000 inhabitants, 511,000 of whom reside in the city of Yogyakarta.

Cardiff Business School, United Kingdom 

WERU has a long record of providing research and consultancy services for organisations in both public and private sectors. WERU has experience in designing and managing surveys, constructing databases, conducting interviews & focus groups and in sophisticated analysis of survey findings. As part of Cardiff Business School, WERU has access to the most contemporary IT resources for the construction of databases and statistical analysis, as well as to its considerable intellectual resource.

Planning and Design Institute, China

Wuhan University gradually developed a fine school spirit and study style of its own, i.e., “improve oneself, promote perseverance, seek truth and make innovations”, emphasis is laid on actively meeting the needs of social development, incessantly reforming its pattern of personnel training and bringing up high-level professional talents of all-round development of morality, intelligence and physique.