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Ongoing projects of the Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory

EU-funded project “RE-CITY ITN: Reviving shrinking cities – innovative paths and perspectives towards livability for shrinking cities in Europe” (2019-2022)


01.04.2019 – The Innovative Training Network “Reviving shrinking cities – innovative paths and perspectives towards livability for shrinking cities in Europe” (RE-CITY ITN) will expand state-of-the-art knowledge on shrinking cities by exploring and evaluating new approaches and success factors for regenerating urban areas facing demographic and structural change. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 813803.


BMBF Project "NEILA" - Sustainable Development through Intercommunal Land Management in the Region of Bonn/ Rhein-Sieg/ Ahrweiler (2018-2023)

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23.11.2018 – The BMBF has selected NEILA as part of the "Stadt-Land-Plus" funding measure in a nationwide competition. NEILA has set itself the goal of developing sustainable, inter-communal land management in the region of the Regional Working Group Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler (:rak). The aim of the research network is not only to provide municipalities with concrete added value but also to collect and utilise scientific findings for other regions.


BMBF-Projekt "ZUKUR: Zukunft Stadtregion Ruhr" (2017-2020)


23.05.2018 – As part of the 'Leitinitiative Zukunftsstadt' (flagship initiative future city) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the project “Future City Region Ruhr (ZUKUR)” aims to combine the goals of preservation of natural livelihood through climate resilience and universal participation in coping with socio-ecologic inequalities in the light of the specific characteristics of the cities of the Ruhr. This combination needs to be further strengthened in the everyday reality of the Ruhr Metropolis.


Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCiRN™)


01.03.2011 – Städtische Schrumpfungsprozesse sind zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts ein weltweit zu beobachtendes Phänomen. Galt in dem Zeitraum von 1960 bis 1990 noch etwa jede sechste Großstadt weltweit in Bezug auf ihre Einwohnerzahl als schrumpfend, so hat sich dieser Anteil in den 1990er Jahren sprunghaft erhöht, so dass heute ca. ein Viertel der Großstädte Einwohnerverluste verzeichnet. Die Ursachen hierfür sind vielfältig und erst in Ansätzen untersucht. Insbesondere besteht ein hoher Bedarf an international vergleichenden Untersuchungen.