Raumforschung und Raumordnung Spatial Research and Planning

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Aims & Scope

Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning is a forum for topics and debates relevant to the field of spatial sciences. The interdisciplinary journal addresses issues of spatial development and planning. It focuses on urban and regional planning, demographic change and urban transition, landscape development, environmental planning, sustainable development, adaptation to climate change, mobility, economic geography, regional governance, and planning theory.

Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning consists of four different sections. Beiträge/Articles make new empirical or theoretic-conceptual contributions to national and international scholarly debates. Berichte aus der Praxis/Practice Reports are scientific examinations of issues relevant to spatial planning and development practitioners. The section Zur Diskussion/Statement contains accentuated statements, comments and essays addressing current issues of spatial science and spatial planning policy. Its objective is to trigger controversial debates. Additionally, the journal publishes Rezensionen/Book Reviews of recent books.

Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning addresses four target groups, both domestic and foreign: the spatial research community, spatial policy makers, spatial planning practitioners, and the interested public. The journal facilitates integrative research in the sense of transdisciplinarity not only in a national but also in an international context. Manuscripts are welcome from all spatial disciplines and may be submitted both in German and in English. The journal thus bridges national and international debates. After an initial screening by the editors-in-chief, all submitted manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review by two anonymous reviewers experienced in the respective field.

Article processing charges und waiver policies

After the ahead-of-print publication of a text, author charges, known as article processing charges, of €250 are incurred. There are no submission fees. If you are unable to pay the charges please contact the editorial team. The editors of the journal have established “hardship funds” that it may be possible to access.

Print ISSN: 0034-0111
Online ISSN: 1869-4179

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Andreas Klee, Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL), Germany
Heiderose Kilper, Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS), Germany

Editorial Advisory Board
Ralf Bill, Universität Rostock, Germany
Jürgen Breuste,Universität Salzburg, Austria
Stefanie Dühr, University of South Australia, Australia
Maros Finka, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia
Rachel Franklin, Brown University, USA
Anna Geppert, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France
Johannes Glückler, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Graham Haughton, University of Manchester, UK
Michael Hoyler, Loughborough University, UK
Simon Joss, University of Westminster, UK
Roger Keil, York University, Canada
Evert Meijers, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Patricia C. Melo, Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), Portugal
Frank Moulaert, KU Leuven, Belgium
Elke Pahl-Weber, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Stephan Schmidt, Cornell University, USA
Claus-Christian Wiegandt, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

Rainer Danielzyk, Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL), Germany
Heiderose Kilper, Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS), Germany
Sebastian Lentz, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL), Germany
Bernhard Müller, Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung (IÖR), Germany
Stefan Siedentop, ILS – Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung, Germany

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