Meet our speakers

The conference contains significant international experts and keynote speakers who will enlighten the conference theme: “Planning in the Nordic context – opportunities and challenges.” 

For information / bio about each speaker, please click their respective photo or name.

Torill Nyseth

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Ph.D. , Faculty of Social Sciences – Department of Planning and community studies, University of Tromsø, Norway (2000)

Current position
2009- Professor in community planning, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

Selected publications :

• Torill Nyseth and Julia Christensen (2023): The heterogeneity of Arctic Cities. In: Leena Cho and Berry Naomi: Design and Built environment of the Arctic. London, Taylor and Francis.

•Abdelillah Hamdouch and Torill Nyseth (2023). Can institutional innovation change the city? Theoretical landmarks and research perspectives. Cities, vol 137.

•Torill Nyseth (2021). Diversity policies as tools to increase participation and encounters. Nordic Journal of Migration research. DOI:

•Torill Nyseth and Tomas Lopez (2021). Innovations in urban integration policies: Immigrant councils as democratic institutions. Cities,,103389

•Christine Hudson, Torill Nyseth and Paul Pedersen (2019). Dealing with difference. City: DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2019.1684076

•Torill Nyseth and Abdelillah Hamdouch (2019). The transformative power of social innovation in urban planning and local development. Urban Planning, Vol 4(1), 2019.

•Torill Nyseth, Toril Ringholm and Annika Agger (2019). Innovative forms of citizen participation at the fringe of the formal planning system. Urban Planning, Vol 4 (1), 2019.

•Toril Ringholm, Torill Nyseth and Gro Sandkjær Hanssen: Participation according to the law? The research-based knowledge on citizen participation in Norwegian municipal planning. European Journal of Spatial Development, No 7, 2018.

•Torill Nyseth and Arvid Viken: Communities of practice in the management of an Arctic environment: Monitoring knowledge as complementary to scientific knowledge and the precautionary principle? Polar Record, 2015.

•Torill Nyseth and Paul Pedersen: Urban Sámi Identities in Scandinavia: Hybridities, Ambivalences and Cultural Innovation. Acta Borealia, Vol 31, No 2. 2014.

•Torill Nyseth: The Tromsø Experiment: Opening up for the unknown. Town Planning Review, Vol. 82, 2011.

•Torill Nyseth, John Pløger and Trine Holm. Planning beyond the Horizon: The Tromsø Experiment.: Planning Theory, Vol 9, No3. 2010.

•Torill Nyseth and Toril Ringholm: Municipal response to local diversity: Flexibility in Community Governance: Local Government Studies. No 4. 2008.

•Christophe Demazière, Anniken Førde, Abdelillah Hamdouch, Torill Nyseth, José Serrano, Nils Aarsæther (eds) (2016). Creative approaches to planning and development in small & medium sized towns. Routledge.

•Torill Nyseth and Arvid Viken (eds) 2009: Place Reinvention: Northern perspectives.

London: Ashgate

Simin Davoudi

Professor Simin Davoudi holds the Chair of Town Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, and is Co-Director of the Newcastle University Centre for Researching Cities. She is former President of the Association of European Schools of Planning and elected Fellow of, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Society of Arts. Simin is a Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association and a former member of the Strategic Advisory Network for the Economic and Social Research Council.  She has held visiting professorships at universities in the USA (Virginia Tech), the Netherlands (Amsterdam & Nijmegen), Sweden (BTH), Australia (RMIT) and Finland (Tampere) and served as expert advisor for several UK government departments, EU directorate generals, research councils in the UK and other European countries, planning schools, and international research projects. Simin has undertaken 35 research projects funded by international, European and UK research bodies. Her research centres on governance processes and the intersection between power, knowledge, justice and democracy in relation to: cities, spatial planning, environmental policies, climate resilience, spatial imaginaries, and civil society actions. Simin has over 200 academic publications. Her most recent paper –Prefigurative Planning: Performing concrete utopias in the here and now– published in European Planning Studies, 2023. Selected books include: Town and Country Planning in the UK (16th edition, forthcoming, Routledge), Hope Under Neoliberal Austerity (2021 Policy Press), The Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning (2019), The Resilience Machine (2018, Routledge), Justice and Fairness in the City (2016 Policy Press), Reconsidering Localism (2015 Routledge) and Conceptions of Space and Place (2009 Routledge).