Daniel Galland

Associate Professor, PhD in Planning and Development

  • A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, A, 2 101

    2450 København SV



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Research profile

Daniel Galland is Associate Professor in the Department of Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen. His research and scholarship are bound by an interest in the drivers of change shaping urban and regional planning institutions, policies and practices, and the modes of spatial intervention emerging as a result.

His current work investigates how the essence, content and styles of planning transition - with a focus on implications at the regional scale. Recently completed international projects include:

  • Planning and Governing the Metropolis (ARL: German Academy of Spatial Research and Planning)
  • Nordic Planning Styles in Urban & Regional Governance (NOS-HS: Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences)
  • Urban Planning and Governance Styles (Research Council of Norway)
  • Evaluating Spatial Planning Practices with Digital Plan Data (ESPON)

Daniel serves on the editorial boards of four planning journals: Planning Practice & Research (since 2021), Nordic Journal of Urban Studies (since 2020), European Journal of Spatial Development (since 2016), and Urban Planning (since 2016). He is also co-editor of Metropolitan Regions, Planning and Governance (Springer 2020) and Planning Regional Futures (Routledge 2022).

Since 2017, he has been Executive Committee Member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), where he chairs the Excellence in Education Board and is responsible for AESOP's Quality Recognition Programme.

Teaching profile

Daniel teaches master's level courses in the following programmes: Sustainable Cities (SusCi, Copenhagen), Surveying, Planning & Land Management (SPLM, Copenhagen) and Urban Planning & Management (UPM, Aalborg).

He is responsible for the following course and project modules:

  • Water Management, Transport Planning & Infrastructure Synergies (SusCi, 15 ECTS)
  • Urban Infrastructure Synergies (SusCi, 5 ECTS)
  • Planning History & Urban Theory (UPM, 5 ECTS)
  • Managing the Use of Land (SPLM, 5 ECTS)

He also lectures and supervises master's projects in the following course and project modules:

  • Spatial Planning and Governance (SPLM, 5 ECTS)
  • Planning Theory (UPM, 5 ECTS)
  • The Deliberative Planner (UPM, 5 ECTS)
  • Surveying, Geoinformatics & Land Management in a Cross-Disciplinary Perspective (SPLM, 15 ECTS)
  • Land Management (SPLM, 15 ECTS)
  • Professional Development (SusCi and UPM, 30 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (SusCi, SPLM, and UPM, 30 ECTS)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Planning and Development


Master of Philosophy, Ethics and Politics, University of Barcelona


Master of Science, Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia


External positions

External Examiner, Technological University Dublin (BSc in Spatial Planning & Environmental Management)


Chair, Excellence in Education Board, Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)


Member (Executive Committee), Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)


Associate Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)


Member (Council of Representatives), Association of European Schools of Planning


Invited Assistant Professor, School of Urban Planning, McGill University


External Examiner, University College Cork (Master's in Planning & Sustainable Development)



  • Architecture and Spatial Planning
  • spatial planning
  • metropolitan planning and governance
  • regional planning
  • planning education
  • international comparative planning
  • planning theory
  • planning history
  • temporalities
  • strategic-relational approach


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