The main objective at MOPT is to conduct fundamental applied research in advanced spatial analysis, modelling and assessment on spatial planning and development.

This objective is complemented by eight specific objectives:

  1. identify and assess changes related to processes of economic and social restructuring;
  2. develop critical thinking about spatial planning;
  3. formulate diagnosis at the national and European levels, describing economic, social and spatial trends;
  4. draft studies, plans and programmes of spatial and urban planning;
  5. discuss and evaluate social cohesion policies, territorial cooperation and European policies of spatial planning;
  6. analyse human and social vulnerabilities;
  7. develop methods and techniques to support decision making in urban and regional planning, geostatistics, GIS, programming, databases and related areas;
  8. draft scenarios for sustainable spatial development, from an intrasectoral and interdisciplinary perspective.

These specific objectives are carried out from three different approaches: theoretical development, methodological development and applied innovation analysis.

MOPT seeks to address different areas of knowledge: geography, urban and regional studies, spatial planning, energy and environmental security, geopolitics and natural resources, modelling and GIS, European policies, social cohesion and policies for territorial cooperation, epidemiology, transport and mobility, gender and social justice, urban system resilience, social and environmental vulnerability, sustainable urban design, urban metabolism, agrosystems in urban environments, and sustainable and healthy communities.

2015-2020 objectives

For the coming period, MOPT’s strategy will focus on 5 axi>s:

  1. Production of fundamental research, enhancing its applied character, contributing to support the process of political decision making in the following subjects:
    • Urban and regional development, including the social cohesion and urban policies;
    • Assessment, monitoring and definition of indicator systems for public policies, both national and European;
    • Spatial analysis and elaboration of spatial models, including economic, demographic and social scenarios;
    • cities, territories, resilience and sustainability;
    • Man / Nature cross-thematic approach;
  2. Enhance internationalisation;
  3. Increase cooperation between teaching and research, and establishing a stronger link with the general public;
  4. Develop MOMA-Planning (Modelling, Management and Planning), an incubator for planning in collaboration with public institutions and the educational structures of the IGOT. MOMA-Planning will promote software development and present and future patents of algorithmic software;
  5. Promotion and Dissemination: The publishing policy will follow the line adopted in the last few years, in which most scientific production was published in Peer Review Journals (national and international), books, and book chapters.