Daniel Galland

Associate Professor, PhD in Planning and Development

  • A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, A, 2 096

    2450 København SV



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Research profile

Daniel Galland is Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning in the Department of Sustainability and Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. His research broadly focuses on historical and contemporary drivers of change and continuity shaping urban and regional planning institutions from an international comparative perspective. He has recently co-edited Planning Regional Futures (Routledge 2022), Metropolitan Regions, Planning and Governance (Springer 2020). Currently, he is co-authoring (w/ J Harrison and M Tewdwr-Jones) Regions in Evolution: A History of Regional Planning  and co-editing (w/ M Freudendal & J Iuel-Stissing) Planning for Urban Sustainability.

Daniel serves on the editorial boards of four planning journals: Planning Practice & Research, Nordic Journal of Urban Studies, European Journal of Spatial Development, and Urban Planning. During 2017–2023, he served as Chair of the Excellence in Education Board and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). He has been visiting professor in the School of Urban Planning at McGill University in Montréal.

Teaching profile

Daniel instructs master's level courses (5 ECTS) and supervises project modules (15 ECTS) and thesis projects (30 ECTS) across master's specialisations:

Course modules (5 ECTS)

  • Planning History & Urban Theory
  • Spatial Planning & Governance
  • Planning Theory
  • The Deliberative Planner
  • Urban Infrastructure Synergies

Project modules (15 ECTS)

  • Land Management
  • The Complex City
  • Power & Planning
  • Urban Infrastructure Synergies

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

Executive Committee Member, AESOP


Chair, Excellence in Education Board, AESOP


Member of the Council of Representatives, AESOP


Visiting Scholar, School of Urban Planning, McGill University



  • Architecture and Spatial Planning
  • urban and regional planning
  • planning history and theory
  • planning and time
  • planning education
  • international comparative planning
  • spatial planning


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