Project title: Conceptualizing urbanization as driver of agricultural land abandonment

Project number: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2016-1156

Contract No.: 65/2018

Funding body: The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Budget: 297.485,00 RON

Period: 2018-2020


Simona R. Gradinaru – Project Leader
Cristian Ioan Ioja – Mentor


The CONURB project aims to conceptualize urbanization as driver of land abandonment.

Work hypothesis

The central hypothesis of this proposed research is that (i) local manifestations of urbanization as driver of agricultural land abandonment in urban regions can be revealed through spatially explicit analysis which incorporate social, economic, environmental and political factors. Among them, planning as political factor, can play a decisive role in through (ii) planning instruments which insufficiently promote efficient use of land, and (iii) planning practices which can amplify the process of abandonment.


Project objectives start with determining the role of urbanization as spatially explicit driver of abandonment by analysing socio-economic, and political factors (O1). Then, we evaluate the ability of current planning instruments to promote efficient use of urban land (O2). Finally, we predict the contribution of planning to future patterns of abandonment (O3).

Expected Results:

  • publishing 3 annual reports;
  • publishing 2 ISI papers;
  • participating at 4 conferences or scientific meetings.