"Exploring the Planning-Governance Nexus: Introduction to the Special Issue" is written by Peter Schmitt, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, and Rainer Danielzyk, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) and Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz University Hannover. The article is published in a special issue of disP – The Planning Review on "Governance of Place" together with additional articles from the participants in the Summer School with the theme "Unpacking Spatial Planning as the Governance of Place" conducted by ARL in collaboration with the Department of Human Geography in Stockholm in August 2016.