Geography & Spatial Planning
How do urban spaces develop and how can architecture and spatial planning steer this process in order to make our cities liveable and sustainable? How does location, access to green spaces and accessibility to public transport influence property prices? What are the socio-economic and spatial implications of international migration? How can spatial data be collected with the help of digital devices and crowdsourcing? How can regional economies, in times of climate change and resource scarcity, adapt their business models towards a sustainable production system? What impacts do development strategies have on sustainability in micro- and macro-regions?
In the field of geography, spatial planning and architecture, we conduct research to find answers to these and other questions. We are a team of more than 40 academics from various disciplines who work together to examine spatial development processes on a local, regional and international level. We are particularly interested in understanding transformation processes and in developing recommendations for sustainable transitions. Special emphasis is placed on urban development patterns, underlying governance mechanisms, migration issues, cross-border cooperation, economic restructuring processes and policy coherence for sustainable development. Digital methods of data gathering and analysis as well as the development of digital tools for visualisation play an increasing role in our research and teaching.