Prof. Dr. Benjamin Davy
For more than 20 years, Ben Davy has been a professor of land policy, land management, and municipal geoinformation at the School of Spatial Planning, University of Dortmund (Germany). Born in 1956 in Wien (Austria), he graduated from law school in 1980. He gradually became a planner while working as research assistant and associate professor at the School of Architecture and Spatial Planning, TU Wien. His first book in English, which he wrote as the Joseph Schumpeter Fellow at Harvard Law School (1994–95), deals with the pitfalls of monorational concepts of environmental justice in the siting of hazardous waste facilities. Essential Injustice (1997) presents an early version of what Ben Davy is calling “polyrationality”. Addressing many voices and many rationalities, polyrational planning demands that we “plan it without a condom” (title of an article in Planning Theory 7 301–317). He is teaching BSc and MSc courses on planning theory, land policy, property, food injustice, real estate assessment, border studies, and (occasionally) selfies. His favorite research strategies are doubt, curiosity, and more doubt. Humor is also OK. Ben Davy is Essay Editor of Planning Theory, co-editor of Town Planning Review, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association and Planning Theory and Practice. He has been a mentor in the AESOP PhD workshops in Wien (2005), Manchester (2009), Belfast (2013), Stare Lesna (2015), and Aveiro (2017). As co-founder of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR), he has been Vice President and President of PLPR from 2010 to 2016. In 2017, Ben Davy was elected Vice President and currently is the President of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).