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Politics of Nature and the Environment Research Group (PONTE)

Strategic spatial planning with momentum gaining scenario storytelling: legitimacy contested? (SCENSLECO)

Strateginen maankäytön suunnittelu toimijuuksia muokkaavana skenaariotarinoiden kerrontana: haaste legitimaatiolle? (SCENSLECO)

During the recent years, the strategic approach to spatial planning has been fostered along with the general managerialist turn of the society. Different sorts of “soft” or unofficial planning tools have been introduced, portraying planning as strategic storytelling. However, the role of such soft planning in relation to the statutory planning system has been ambiguous, especially regarding the legitimacy of planning.

The aim of the research project is to study how legitimacy is produced and maintained in strategic spatial planning processes. Our view is that in situations chracterized by institutional ambiguity legitimacy has to build on the planning process, not on formal authority or legal rights. This is often manifested in practices of storytelling which aim at creating storylines that frame understandings on the present and future and bring together different stakeholders.

The research project aims to integrate the unofficial and statutory forms of strategic spatial planning, to better manage legitimacy of planning processes, with a view on 1) rights and responsibilities, 2) democracy and power, and 3) information and knowledge. The research includes a case study of Tammela in the City of Tampere, and an analysis of unofficial structural schemes made in several Finnish urban regions.

Research team

Raine Mäntysalo, D. Sc. (Arch.), leader of consortium and Aalto university subproject leader
Helena Leino, PhD (Adm.), University of Tampere sub-project leader
Pia Bäcklund, PhD (Human Geography)
Ari Jokinen, PhD (Adm.)
Markus Laine, PhD (Adm.)
Kristi Grisakov, doctoral student (M.A., Programme in European Urban Cultures)
Vesa Kanninen, doctoral student (M. Sc., Urban and Regional Studies)
Eva Purkarthofer, doctoral student (MSc., City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning)
Simo Syrman, doctoral student (M.Soc.Sc., Sociology)
Johanna Tuomisaari, doctoral student (M.Sc.(Admin.), Environmental Policy)

Consortium

University of Tampere
Aalto University, School of Engineering, Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics/YTK

Duration

09/2015–08/2019

 
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