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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Speaker: Eva Purkarthofer.  Research Group on Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Aalto University, Finland.

About the speaker

Eva Purkarthofer has recently obtained her PhD from Aalto University, Finland. She graduated from the Master program in urban and regional planning at Vienna University of Technology in 2013. After doing an internship at the European Commission in the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Regional Policy in 2014, she has been working in the research group on Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering at Aalto University since 2015. Her PhD thesis revolves around the question how the European Union affects planning in the member states.


The ties between the European Union and urban and regional planning in the member states are manifold, ever-changing and much debated. To clarify these complex connections, European influences can be categorised into three types of policy interventions: financial instruments, legal regulations and discursive policy documents, each of which can affect urban and regional development. To understand these effects, it is necessary to scrutinise the application of EU inputs in national, regional and local contexts. The lecture draws on examples from Austria and Finland and asks who the actors responding to European spatial planning are, what policies they consider relevant for planning in their respective context and how they apply EU policies to support planning goals and processes.


Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00
Event location: 
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre Room 4