Dr. Wolfgang Haupt

Wolfgang Haupt joined IRS as a research associate in May 2019. He works in the project "Urban Resilience vis-a-vis Extreme Weather Events - Typology and Transfer (ExTrass)". His research focusses on local climate governance, transnational municipal climate networks, city-to-city-learning and the transfer and mobility of local climate policies.

Wolfgang holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in geography from Technische Universität Dresden (2008-2014) and a Ph.D. in urban studies from Gran Sasso Science Institute L’Aquila and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa (2015-2019). In his Ph.D. thesis he explored processes of learning among local policymakers (city-to-city learning) and how these are facilitated by transnational municipal climate networks. In spring and autumn 2017 Wolfgang Haupt conducted two visiting research stays at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands. Between October 2018 and May 2019 he worked as lecturer and coordinator of the international master programme „City Resilience Design and Management“ at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Governance Research
Policy Analysis
Resilience Studies
Urban Research
Urban Planning and Development
Disciplines
Urban Studies
Geography
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Document Analysis
Expert Interviews
Case Study Design
Semi-Structured Interviews
Participatory Observation

Projects

Ongoing Lead Projects

The lead project aims to understand the political construction and governance of critical infrastructures in relation to their spatiality. Infrastructures are increasingly viewed in terms of their vulnerability to disruption and the resulting security risks. Political resources are devoted to adequately securing "critical infrastructures" such as water supply and energy networks. <br/>But which infrastructures are considered critical and why? The perception and governance of infrastructures are particularly relevant for cities due to their high concentration of people, infrastructure, economic and cultural assets. Accordingly, urban climate adaptation, which seeks to prepare for disruptions such as extreme weather events, and the digitalisation of urban infrastructures, as a potential improvement tool but also as a possible new source of uncertainty for infrastructure networks, serve as fields of investigation.<br/> more info

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

ExTrass seeks to better prepare medium-sized and large cities in Germany for heavy rainfall and heat. To this end, restraining and enabling factors of urban climate adaptation are analysed and successfull measures are identified. A large part of the project work is undertaken in three case study cities: Potsdam, Remscheid and Würzburg. Here, among other things, the project team tests greening measures, works towards climate-sensitive urban planning, contributes data on city climate, educates the population on risks and improves contingency plans. In addition, opportunities for exchange are created so that cities can better learn from each other. more info

This project aims at analysing the climate change policy of the City of Turku and compare it with the experience of three comparable cities, Malmö, Rostock, and Groningen. The City of Turku aims at becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2029. The strategy encompasses an implementation programme and specific measures. Since similar strategies have been decided upon and implemented in many European cities, there is much to learn from other forerunner cities. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2021
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Turku on edelläkävijä ilmastonmuutoksen torjunnassa, mutta sopeutumisessa riittää kirittävää
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Turku is a forerunner in climate mitigation, but has catching up to do in climate adaptation
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Matching Forerunner Cities: Assessing Turku's Climate Policy in Comparison with Malmö, Groningen and Rostock
Haupt, W., Eckersley, P., & Kern, K. (2021). Transfer und Skalierung von lokaler Klimapolitik: Konzeptionelle Ansätze, Voraussetzungen und Potenziale. (IRS Dialog; Vol. 2021, No. 1). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.
Haupt, W., Zevenbergen, C., & Van Herk, S. (2021). City-to-City Learning within City Networks to Cater City Needs to Climate Adaptation: Results of a Preliminary Study. In S. Hülsmann, & M. Jampani (Eds.), A Nexus Approach for Sustainable Development : Integrated Resources Management in Resilient Cities and Multifunctional Land-use Systems (pp. 223-238). Cham: Springer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57530-4_14
2020
Haupt, W. (2020). How do Local Policy Makers Learn about Climate Change Adaptation Policies? Examining Study Visits as an Instrument of Policy Learning in the European Union . Urban Affairs Review, 2020. DOI: 10.1177/1078087420938443
Coppola, A., Crivelli, S., & Haupt, W. (2020). Urban Resilience as New Ways of Governing: The Implementation of the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative in Rome and Milan. In A. Balducci, D. Chiffi, & F. Curci (Eds.), Risk and Resilience: Socio‐Spatial and Environmental Challenges (pp. 113-136). (PoliMI SpringerBriefs). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-56067-6_8
Haupt, W., & Kern, K. Entwicklungspfade von Klimaschutz und Klimaanpassung in Remscheid
Haupt, W. (2020). Interkommunales Lernen: Definition, Bedeutung und Potenzial für die lokale Klimawandelanpassung. In T. Neumann, U. Ziesler, & T. Teich (Eds.), Kooperation und Innovation für eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung: Forschung mit innovativen Kommunen (pp. 189-203). (Research). Wiesbaden: Springer Spektrum.
Haupt, W., Chelleri, L., Van Herk, S., & Zevenbergen, C. (2020). City-to-City Learning within Climate City Networks: Definition, Significance, and Challenges from a Global Perspective. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 12(2), 143-159. DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2019.1691007
2019
Haupt, W., & Coppola, A. (2019). Climate Governance in Transnational Municipal Networks: Advancing a Potential Agenda for Analysis and Typology. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 2019 (11 (2)), 123-140.
2018
Haupt, W. (2018). European Municipalities Engaging in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Networks: Examining the Case of the Covenant of Mayors. In Y. Yamagata, & A. Sharifi (Eds.), Resilience-Oriented Urban Planning: Theoretical and Empirical Insights (Vol. Lecture Notes in Energy, pp. 93-110). Cham: Springer.
Van Herk, S., Chelleri, L., Haupt, W., & Berkelmans, M. (2018). BEGIN: Experiences, Methods and Guidelines to Accelerate Effective City-to-City Learning to Reach Transformational Change. Paper presented at Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation: Aligning Sustainability and Resilience. 11th International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) Congress 2018, Barcelona, .
2014
Haupt, W. Förderinstrumente für erneuerbare Energien im Stadtraum: Eine Analyse der Vor- und Nachteile ausgewählter Programme

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Haupt, W. (2020). How do Local Policy Makers Learn about Climate Change Adaptation Policies? Examining Study Visits as an Instrument of Policy Learning in the European Union . Urban Affairs Review, 2020. DOI: 10.1177/1078087420938443
Haupt, W., Chelleri, L., Van Herk, S., & Zevenbergen, C. (2020). City-to-City Learning within Climate City Networks: Definition, Significance, and Challenges from a Global Perspective. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 12(2), 143-159. DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2019.1691007
Haupt, W., & Coppola, A. (2019). Climate Governance in Transnational Municipal Networks: Advancing a Potential Agenda for Analysis and Typology. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 2019 (11 (2)), 123-140.
Contribution to Anthology
Haupt, W., Zevenbergen, C., & Van Herk, S. (2021). City-to-City Learning within City Networks to Cater City Needs to Climate Adaptation: Results of a Preliminary Study. In S. Hülsmann, & M. Jampani (Eds.), A Nexus Approach for Sustainable Development : Integrated Resources Management in Resilient Cities and Multifunctional Land-use Systems (pp. 223-238). Cham: Springer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57530-4_14
Coppola, A., Crivelli, S., & Haupt, W. (2020). Urban Resilience as New Ways of Governing: The Implementation of the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative in Rome and Milan. In A. Balducci, D. Chiffi, & F. Curci (Eds.), Risk and Resilience: Socio‐Spatial and Environmental Challenges (pp. 113-136). (PoliMI SpringerBriefs). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-56067-6_8
Haupt, W. (2020). Interkommunales Lernen: Definition, Bedeutung und Potenzial für die lokale Klimawandelanpassung. In T. Neumann, U. Ziesler, & T. Teich (Eds.), Kooperation und Innovation für eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung: Forschung mit innovativen Kommunen (pp. 189-203). (Research). Wiesbaden: Springer Spektrum.
Haupt, W. (2018). European Municipalities Engaging in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Networks: Examining the Case of the Covenant of Mayors. In Y. Yamagata, & A. Sharifi (Eds.), Resilience-Oriented Urban Planning: Theoretical and Empirical Insights (Vol. Lecture Notes in Energy, pp. 93-110). Cham: Springer.
Conference Paper
Van Herk, S., Chelleri, L., Haupt, W., & Berkelmans, M. (2018). BEGIN: Experiences, Methods and Guidelines to Accelerate Effective City-to-City Learning to Reach Transformational Change. Paper presented at Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation: Aligning Sustainability and Resilience. 11th International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) Congress 2018, Barcelona, .
Expertise / Position Paper / Policy Paper
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Turku on edelläkävijä ilmastonmuutoksen torjunnassa, mutta sopeutumisessa riittää kirittävää
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Turku is a forerunner in climate mitigation, but has catching up to do in climate adaptation
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Matching Forerunner Cities: Assessing Turku's Climate Policy in Comparison with Malmö, Groningen and Rostock
Final or Preliminary Project Report (not published)
Haupt, W., & Kern, K. Entwicklungspfade von Klimaschutz und Klimaanpassung in Remscheid
Haupt, W. Förderinstrumente für erneuerbare Energien im Stadtraum: Eine Analyse der Vor- und Nachteile ausgewählter Programme
Working Paper, Discussion Paper
Haupt, W., Eckersley, P., & Kern, K. (2021). Transfer und Skalierung von lokaler Klimapolitik: Konzeptionelle Ansätze, Voraussetzungen und Potenziale. (IRS Dialog; Vol. 2021, No. 1). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.

Talks

2021
Matching Forerunner Cities (Mafoci): Coping with climate change in Turku, Malmö, Rostock, and Groningen

EURA conference 2021 - Contradictions shaping Urban Futures

May/06/2021
Online, Oslo, Norway

Cities, climate change, and co-operative federalism in Germany

UK Political Studies Association

March/31/2021
Belfast , United Kingdom

The role, significance and potential of local governments in governing climate and clean energy futures

Energy Futures

February/22/2021
Online

2020
Climate Governance and Federalism: The case of Germany

IIASS 2020 Anniversary Conference

December/17/2020
Online, Brüssel, Belgium

Vorstellung des Projekts ExTrass: Urbane Resilienz gegenüber extremen Wetterereignissen

Auftakttreffen des Netzwerkes "TheoAdapt- Theorizing Climate Adaptation"

October/12/2020
Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Jena, Germany

Explaining climate policy pathways of unlikely city pioneers: the case of the German city of Remscheid

Place-Baced Climate Action Network (PCAN) Climate Praxis Conference

September/30/2020
Online, London, United Kingdom

Policy Diffusion and Upscaling of Climate Policies in German Cities

ECPR General Conference 2020

August/28/2020
virtuell

Cities, climate change, and multi-level governance in the German Länder

2020 Conference of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences

June/24/2020
Online, Brussels, Belgium

2019
100 Resilient cities: Rockefeller Foundation and the mobility and reproduction of the idea of resilient city in Milan and Rome

XII National Conference of Environmental Sociologists in Italy

September/26/2019
Università degli studi di Salerno, Salerno, Italy

2018
Transnational city resilience networks as facilitators of policy learning and implementation?

Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation: Aligning Sustainability and Resilience. 11th International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) Congress 2018, Barcelona

December/12/2018

How do local policymakers learn in climate change adaptation? Examining twinning visits as an instrument of policy learning in the European Union

Festival della Partecipazione 2019

October/12/2018
Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy

Climate governance in transnational municipal networks: Questioning existing typologies and advancing a potential agenda for analysis and classification

Fifty Years of Local Governance 1980-2030

September/04/2018
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Lissabon, Portugal

The significance of city-to-city learning in transnational climate networks: a global perspective

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, Edmonton

March/06/2018
Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, Canada

2017
The Significance of City-To-City Learning in Transnational Climate Networks

New Sciences and Actions for Complex Cities. Social and Institutional Innovation in Self-Organising Systems, Florence

December/14/2017
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florenz, Italy

The Significance of City-To-City Learning in Transnational Resilience Networks

2nd World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation, Coimbra.

September/07/2017
Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

The Concepts of Urban Sustainable Development and Smart Cities. In the Understanding of Academia and the European Union

Annual Conference of Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers 2017

August/31/2017
Royal Geographical Society, London, United Kingdom

City-to-City Learning to Cater City Needs for Climate Adaptation: Results of a Preliminary Study

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

May/17/2017
Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany

2016
The Motives of European Municipalities to Engage in Climate and Energy Networks. Examining the Case of the Covenant of Mayors Initiative

Regional Studies Association (RSA) Student and Early Career Conference 2016, Newcastle

October/28/2016
Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom

2013
Förderinstrumente für erneuerbare Energien im Stadtraum. Eine Analyse der Vor und Nachteile ausgewählter Programme

Dresdner Energiedialog. Energiewende für alle!

October/15/2013
Dresden, Germany

News
March/10/2021

The Leibniz Research Alliance "Energy Transition" combines the expertise of 20 Leibniz institutes in the field of energy research. Under the title "Energy Futures - Emerging Pathways in an Uncertain World!", the final conference of the alliance took place from 22 to 26 February 2021. Due to the pandemic, the event originally planned for May 2020 had already been postponed once by one year. Now it was held as a purely online conference. It attracted a broad international audience of around 500 participants and was able to attract renowned keynote speakers such as Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex) and Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University), who have a significant influence on the field of social science energy and climate research. more info