School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Professor Gert De Roo

Visiting Professor


Prof Dr Gert de Roo (1963) is Professor in Spatial Planning and Head of the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is lecturing various courses such as ‘Environment and Planning’, ‘Governance Dynamics’ and ‘Planning Theory’. De Roo has great interest in a number of topics, all related to choice making regarding interventions in public space.


His books on ‘complexity and planning’ are titled “A Planner’s Encounter with Complexity” (2010, Ashgate Publishers), and “Planning & Complexity: Systems, Assemblages and Simulations” (2012, Ashgate Publishers). Other recent books are on ‘Fuzzy Planning’ (Ashgate, 2007) and ‘Regions in Transition’ (2011, 010-publishers).


De Roo has been President of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) representing 150 Schools of Planning throughout Europe. He has been co-chair of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association (UPE). He is editor of the Ashgate Publishing Series on Planning Theory. De Roo is currently Editor in Chief of AESOP’s digital platform In Planning to sharing knowledge on spatial planning, focusing on e-books, e-journals, videos, lecture programmes, etc. 


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Professor Gert de Roo's research focuses on:

  • Non-linear development of urban space and place.
  • Linking the complexity sciences with spatial planning.
  • The rationalities of planning and decision-making.
  • The development of decision-making models supporting choices concerning interventions within the urban environment.
  • Relating complexity thinking and planning theory.
  • Managing transitions of space.