The department’s scientific research program focuses on the systematic analysis of different spatial development strategies in international context. The basic question here is: “In what way does the exchange of knowledge and cooperation on a European and international level influence national planning systems and strategies?”

Special focus is on comparative studies of different planning systems, strategies and methods in spatial planning but also on the underlying policies on a European and international scale. The discussion of differences and similarities in planning systems and strategies can contribute to strengthening the role of German planning regarding methods and proceedings in current European discourses.

At the same time teaching will improve so that planners will be qualified who are able to analytically and methodically embrace changing requirements in an international context.

In summary the following challenges are covered by the research program:

Ξ   Shrinking cities in industrialised and post-socialist countries.

Ξ  Research of planning methods and concepts considering different
    planning cultures. 

Ξ  The increasing relevance of concepts in European spatial planning and
     the EU structural funds for urban and regional development. 

Ξ  The need for further transnational cooperation (territorial cohesion).

Ξ   Comparative studies on urban and regional development.

Research Projects
Networks and Cooperations