We are happy to share the keynote speakers of the AESOP 2022 here! 

Wei Yang
Wei Yang & Partners​, the UK 

Dr Wei Yang is an internationally renowned town planner and urban designer. She is Chair of Wei Yang & Partners - an award-winning master planning firm in London. Wei was President for 2021 of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). She champions a digitally enabled place-based whole systems approach to tackle the grand challenges of our times, and thus to achieve collective wellbeing and fulfilment for all.

Wei is a lead figure in researching, promoting, and implementing 21st Century Garden City and green & low-carbon development approach worldwide. She is co-author of a bestselling book, Humanistic Pure Land and Garden Cities (Shi & Yang, 2021).

Passionate about modernising the planning profession in the digital age, Wei is co-founder and co-chair of the Digital Task Force for Planning and co-author of A Digital Future for Planning – Spatial Planning Reimagined (Batty & Yang, 2022) which outlines blueprint for digital transformation of spatial planning and the sector’s future.

Wei builds a bridge between research, development and policy. She is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the RTPI, a Member of Chartered Institute of Highway and Transportation (CHIT), a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Client Advisor, and an Honorary Professor at UCL.

Wei also holds a number of board-level and advisory roles across different sectors. She is a board member of the British Library, an Independent Trustee of the Landscape Institute, and Global Planners Network’s representative at the UN Habitat Professional Forum.



Marketta Kyttä
Aalto University, Finland

Marketta Kyttä, professor in Land use planning in Aalto University (Finland), has her background in environmental psychology and participatory planning. Her work concentrates on place-based research with PPGIS (public participation GIS) methodology studying themes like environmental health promotion, social sustainability, age- and child-friendly environments and participatory planning.

Place-based approach in the study of person-environment relationship and in participatory planning (preliminary title of the presentation)

Place-based approach opens new doors for transactional person-environment research and smarter public participation. By anchoring research findings to specific planning solutions, the place-based approach allows socially and individually sensitive study of human experiences and habitual behaviour. It also provides high quality, diagnostic knowledge for urban planners and makes it possible to realize large-scale public participation. With new “soft” geocoded knowledge it is possible to find win-win solutions that promote both human wellbeing and planetary health.



Tiit Tammaru
University of Tartu, Estonia

Tiit Tammaru is a Professor of Urban and Population Geography at the University of Tartu, and a research professor at the Estonian Academy of Sciences. Tammaru leads the development of longitudinal linked censuses and registers data for urban and population geographic studies in Estonia. He was trained in human geography and received a doctoral degree from the University of Tartu in 2001. In 2018 he was a Visiting Professor at the Neighbourhood Change and Housing research group at the Department OTB – Research for the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. He has also worked as a guest researcher at the Department of Geography, University of Utah, and Department of Geography, Umeå University. He is the Editorial Board member of the journal Social Inclusion and Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. Tammaru is theorizing the paradigmatic shift in segregation studies from residential neighbourhood approach to activity space-based approach. Together with colleagues from Delft and Tartu he is developing the concept of the vicious circle of segregation that focuses on how social and ethnic inequality and segregation are produced and reproduced across multiple life domains: homes, workplaces, schools, and leisure time activity sites.


Andres Sevtsuk

Andres Sevtsuk is a Charles and Ann Spaulding Career Development Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where he also leads the City Form Lab. His work bridges city design, active mobility and spatial analytics. Andres is the author of the Urban Network Analysis toolbox, used by researchers and practitioners around the world to model pedestrian flows along city streets and to study coordinated land use and transportation development along networks. He has recently published a book entitled “Street Commerce: Creating Vibrant Urban Sidewalks” with Penn Press and "Urban Network Analysis: Tools for Modeling Walking and Biking in Cities" with Tianjin University Press. Andres has collaborated with a number of city governments, international organizations, planning practices and developers on urban designs, plans and policies in both developed and rapidly developing urban environments, most recently including those in US, Indonesia, Estonia and Singapore. He has led various international research projects, published in planning, transportation and urban design journals, and received numerous awards for his work. Before joining MIT, Andres was an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He holds a PhD from the Department of Urban Studies and
Planning and an SMArchs in Architecture and Urbanism from MIT.