Framing Climate Change: New directions in Dutch and Danish planning strategies.

A. Jensen, S. van Bommel, A. Brandt Pedersen, H. Orsted Nielsen, W. Kuindersma

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Planning in contemporary societies takes place under conditions of complexity and uncertainty, which stresses the politicised character of planning. Through studies of change in particular framings of planning, induced by the integration of climate change policy issues in the strategic planning of Copenhagen (Denmark) and the Zuidplaspolder (the Netherlands), this paper analyses how climate policies push reframing the basic perceptions and spatial imaginaries of strategic planning, and how this affects planning as a politicised activity. The study shows that reframing socio-spatial imaginaries influences the spatiality of the city/the polder, including a spatial identity, advocates certain solutions, and further enables institutional actors to reframe climate issues strategically to benefit other planning objectives as well as weaving together environmental agendas with economic agendas. However, new framings are challenged by some citizens/actors. At an institutional level, framing of planning may hence serve to relocate tensions and engage citizens and stakeholders in hard transitions, thus revealing implications beyond the discursive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-247
JournalPlanning Theory & Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • climate change policy
  • Copenhagen
  • framing
  • planning imaginaries
  • power
  • Zuidplaspolder


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